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Bracknell Forest has a huge variety of parks, leisure centres, children’s classes, walks and attractions for families to enjoy. Here is our list of things to do in Bracknell Forest for families.
Play Areas in Bracknell Forest
Locks Ride Recreation Ground, Winkfield – Locks Ride is found between Ascot and Warfield. It is a fantastic and popular recreation ground. There is a large sandpit, plenty of play equipment, splash pad and catering hut serving refreshments including delicious ice creams.
Jocks Lane Recreation Ground, Bracknell – Jocks Lane Recreation Ground is a popular park in Bracknell. It has a great play area, splash pad in the warmer months, cafe, pitch and putt, miniature railway, walks, tennis courts, football pitch and more.
Westmorland Park, Warfield – Westmorlands Park has a play area which has a wooden obstacle course, small climbing frame and slide for younger children, a set of swings (see picture), spinning bucket and wobbly animals! Then outside the play area there are a few more play items aimed at older children. There is a small astroturf area for ball games too.
Harvest Hill Play Area, Warfield – The play area was renovated in 2019. It has play equipment for older and younger children. Although enclosed, there are gaps in the fence so not totally enclosed.
Savernake Park, Bracknell Forest (Winkfield Parish) – There are two wooden play areas at Savernake Park. One for younger children, the other for older. There is also green space and a pond to walk round. Plus it’s a good location to feed the ducks. You can read more here.
King George V Recreation Ground, Winkfield Row – This park has a range of play equipment for both younger children and older children. There is a small climbing frame, toddler swing, roundabout, see-saw and trampoline for younger children. Then climbing frames (one which is quite complicated at the top), helter sketler slide, climbing wall, swings and more for the older children.
Mill Park at Mill Pond, Bracknell – There are a couple of play areas at Mill Park plus a circular walk around Mill Pond. There is a large slide, wooden boat, climbing frames, swings and more.
Sandhurst Memorial Park, Sandhurst – Sandhurst Memorial Park is split into two play areas, one for older children and the other for younger children. There is a sand pit, zip wire, large slide, green space, skateboard park and cafe.
Jennett’s Hill Play Area, Jennett’s Park – Jennett’s Hill Play Area has two play areas one suitable for 0-5 years and the other for 6-18+ years plus two multi-use games areas.
Great Hollands Recreation Ground, Great Hollands – Great Hollands Recreation Ground is a brilliant facility for families, with open space, woodland, a play area, splash pad, tennis courts, cafe and free parking there is lots on offer.
Foxley Fields, Binfield – Foxley Fields has an enclosed play area and also a play area on the open grass field. The play areas are near family friendly Foxes Den Cafe. You will find swings, a climbing frame with slide, obstacle course plus a games area.
York Road Play Area, Binfield – York Road Play Area had new play equipment (which is all wooden) put in the park in 2021. It’s a lovely play area with swings, climbing frames, tunnels and a slide.
Warfield Memorial Ground – The Play Area at Warfield Memorial Ground is ‘hidden’ from the main road and is in the far corner of Warfield Memorial Ground which is home to Warfield Cricket Club. There is a large playing field with free car parking. The park is good for toddlers as well as older children.
Family Friendly Attractions in Bracknell Forest
The Look Out – We really enjoy visiting The Look Out and Swinley Forest in Bracknell. There is plenty on offer for the family and our family just adore being in the woodland setting. They have Toddler Days, Bike Rides, a large Play Area and the Discovery Centre. You might also like to read 10 Things to do at The Look Out here.
Coral Reef Waterworld – This is one of Bracknell’s most popular attractions and one of the largest interactive water worlds in England! They have everything from water slides and interactive features to a spa area. You can book tickets here.
Bracknell Leisure Centre – The centre has 3 swimming pools (and offers family swimming sessions), a sports hall, birthday party packages and more.
Moss End Garden Village, Warfield is a great place to spend a few hours. They have everything from animals to pottery painting plus lots more. Click here to read our list of family friendly things to do at Moss End Garden Village.
*Gymfinity, Bracknell – offer a wide variety of fun yet structured children’s activity classes, including multi-level gymnastics, pre-school movement and Ninja. They also offer birthday parties, holiday camps, and so much more.
The Lexicon, Bracknell – This shopping centre in Bracknell is full of high street shops, family friendly restaurant chains and a cinema. They often hold family events throughout the year as well which you can read more about on their website. You can read more The Lexicon here.
Hollywood Bowl, Bracknell – As well as bowling you will also find arcade games and an American themed diner for food and drinks. They also offer birthday party packages. Check the website to find out more.
Bracknell Trampoline Centre – This is a purpose built trampoline facility giving access to all trampoline associated activities including elite trampoline training and recreational classes for children of all ages, teens and adults. They run really fun school holiday play sessions, classes and can host birthday parties.
Ozone Ice Rink, Bracknell – The centre run lessons, public skating sessions, hockey and can hold birthday parties.
Walks in Bracknell Forest
Frost Folly, Warfield – Frost Folly in Warfield is a walk in a wildflower meadow. It changes seasonally and is a wonderful place to visit, especially in the summer when the daisies are in bloom.
Larks Hill and Cabbage Hill, Warfield – There are a number of different walking routes that could be taken and there are two choices of car park. Many walking routes have flat paths and we have walked there with our off road buggy. You can also walk dogs here but are asked to respect nesting birds.
Peacock Meadows, Jennett’s Park, Bracknell -Peacock Meadows is in Bracknell and is made up of 36 hectares of open space, the wild flower meadows and wildlife are wonderful to observe in the summer months.
Shepherd Meadows and River Blackwater, Sandhurst – This walk takes you along the River Blackwater and through Shepherd Meadows in Sandhurst. You can also include a trip to Sandhurst Memorial Park as part of your walk.
The Green Man Sculpture Trail, Jennett’s Park, Bracknell – The Green Man Sculpture Trail is based in Tarman Copse at Jennett’s Park. Here you can take a gentle walk through the woodland and spot some fantastic wood carvings of ‘The Green Man’. Click into the blog post for more details about the walk and where to spot the sculptures. This walk is flat, buggy and dog friendly.
Buckler’s Forest, Crowthorne – Buckler’s Forest in Crowthorne covers 100 acres of forest, grasslands, heathland and ponds. The site was the former Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) and the newly built walking routes are impressive to walk around.
Englemere Pond Nature Reserve, Ascot – The Nature Reserve is in Ascot, Bracknell Forest. This woodland walk takes you around Englemere Pond, which has a viewing platform over the lake allowing you to enjoy the view and wildlife.
South Hill Park, Bracknell – Whilst exploring the grounds at South Hill Park there are several different walks to take. Whilst at the park you can explore the lakes, go on the nature trail and head to the play area.
Lily Hill Park, Bracknell – Lily Hill Park is a brilliant place for a family walk in Bracknell. There is not only the largest picnic bench in England, made from a single piece of wood but you will find wooden sculptures, open space and woodland to explore.
Horseshoe Lake, Sandhurst – Horseshoe Lake in Sandhurst is a flat walk around Horseshoe Lake and part of the River Blackwater.
Piglittle Field, Binfield – Piglittle Field sits on the border of Binfield and Wokingham. It’s a circular field walk with the option to walk around two fields and through a small woodland.
Westmorlands Park to Edmonds Green, Warfield – During this walk you will find a number of wooden animal sculptures. It is a flat walk great for buggies.
Mill Pond, Bracknell – Mill Park at Mill Pond in Bracknell is a lovely place to visit. There is a circular walk around the pond and when we went you could see cormorants and swans on the pond. There were also ducks, so make sure you bring some food for them if you would like to feed them.
Savernake Park, Winkfield, Bracknell – This is a gentle walk around a balancing pond. Watch the bird life on the pond and look around for the wooden carvings dotted around. There is also a wooden play area.
Pope’s Meadow, Binfield – Pope’s Meadow in Binfield is as 13.7 acres site. There are designated paths, open space, a woodland and pond. There is also a lovely play area by the car park.
Bumblebee Trail and Wild Flowers, Elms Park, Bracknell – There are wooden signs around Elms Park which point to the wildflower areas – there are some wildflowers near the road and then a larger area at the bottom of Elms Park, which has large paths cut through. It is also lovely to see the bees enjoying the flowers too.
Baby, Toddler and Pre-schooler Classes in Bracknell Forest
*Hartbeeps – Highly interactive music classes for toddlers which include their own original versions of nursery rhymes, puppet characters, dress up and lots of props. There are classes in Winfield Row, Martins Heron, Bracknell. Click here to book.
*Gymfinity Kids – Gymfinity Kids host weekly classes for children of all levels, from babies to 16 years. Classes are in Bracknell. Use code BERKMUMMIES30 for £30 off your joining fee. Click here for more information.
Active Antz, Bracknell Leisure Centre – For children age 0-5 years. Active Antz gives children and parents an opportunity to play and interact whilst having fun and developing fundamental principles. Please click here for more details or phone Bracknell Leisure Centre.
*Little Leapers Play Café & Bakery, Bracknell is an independent and unique business that offers a mixture of EYFS structured classes, stay & play sessions and an on-site café making fresh food and baked goods daily. Visit their website for further details on the stay and play sessions.
Tiny Talk, Bracknell – These quality baby-signing classes work on developing children’s communication using action songs, stories and puppets. The classes are physical and interactive to suit developing young minds. Visit the website to find out more.
Yoga and More – Run a Postnatal yoga class where mums can enjoy some postnatal yoga techniques and some baby yoga is incorporated into the class as well. Classes are based in Bracknell. Click here to find out more.
*Little Muddy Boots – A unique gardening and nature club which promotes learning, creativity and a love of the outdoors for children aged 1-6 years. There are classes in Bracknell. Click here to book sessions.
Click here for a list of after-school classes and clubs in Berkshire – many of them are based in Bracknell Forest.
Click here for some Free Things to do in Bracknell Forest.
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