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Things to do in Berkshire in the Rain

Things to do in Berkshire in the Rain

With the storm season well underway, and summer all but a distant memory, we started thinking about all the things you can do in Berkshire on those wet and miserable days in the rain. And the good news is, there’s a lot. Here are our top picks if you’re feeling […]

Coral Reef Waterworld, Bracknell

Coral Reef Waterworld, Bracknell

After 18 months and £13m, the doors to Bracknell’s Coral Reef have opened again to the public. And what’s inside is well worth the wait. We went down for a nosey the day before it opened to the public and already can’t wait to go […]

Cinemas in Berkshire – what’s on for kiddies

Cinemas in Berkshire – what’s on for kiddies

We love a trip to the cinema on a wet and grey day. But, it can start to leave a bit of a hole in your pocket if you aren’t careful. That’s when we say hurrah for special kids club screenings at cinemas across Berkshire. […]

Bracknell Trampoline Centre, Berkshire

Bracknell Trampoline Centre, Berkshire

Trampolining is not only great fun for little ones (and adults), but it’s also great for their fitness and co-ordination. The Bracknell Trampoline Centre is a purpose built trampoline facility for elite trampoline training, recreational classes for children and adults, and energetic birthday parties. Preschool […]

Bouncy Baileys, Hare Hatch

Bouncy Baileys, Hare Hatch

Bouncy Baileys is a fantastic new soft play venue between Maidenhead and Reading. Set within Ladds Garden Centre in Hare Hatch, you’ll find a safe and fully enclosed area for kiddies to let off some steam and have a lot of fun in the process. The play […]

Runnymede National Trust & Pleasure Grounds

Runnymede National Trust & Pleasure Grounds

Ok, so strictly speaking Runnymede doesn’t fall within the glorious Berks boundary but it’s just outside and we think Surrey’s pretty special too, plus it’s a real family favourite of ours. Runnymede sits on the River Thames and is part of the National Trust, although historically Runnymede […]

Hughenden Manor, High Wycombe

Hughenden Manor, High Wycombe

A visit to Hughenden Manor in High Wycombe is like stepping back in time, and it’s something the whole family will enjoy. Now part of the National Trust, Hughenden was home to Victorian Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli between 1848 and 1881. Later on the Manor […]

Family Friendly Beaches We Love

Family Friendly Beaches We Love

If you’re thinking of escaping to the coast soon, Little Ankle Biters has pulled together a list of our favourite family friendly beaches, and what’s more they’re all easy to get to from Berkshire – yay! So, have a look at the list below, and […]

Free Stuff We Love At Little Ankle Biters

Free Stuff We Love At Little Ankle Biters

The summer holidays have got me losing pounds in all the wrong places. After setting off with wild abandon, the dent in my bank balance led me to start looking at what Free Fun there was available for families in Berkshire and the surrounding areas. And […]

Jocks Lane Park, Binfield, Bracknell

Jocks Lane Park, Binfield, Bracknell

If you’re looking for some free fun with the kiddies (and frankly, who isn’t), then I’d recommend a trip to Jocks Lane Park in Binfield. You can easily spend a few hours here on a dry day, there’s loads to keep the little ones busy […]

Eddie Katz Play Centre, Newbury

Eddie Katz Play Centre, Newbury

Eddie Katz is a chain of award winning children’s play centres, now with a large venue in Newbury. The centre boasts a giant playframe, dedicated toddler area, dressing up area, party rooms, a reading space, a purpose-built sports’ pitch, and much more. There’s also a […]

Kids’n’Action, Winnersh Triangle

Kids’n’Action, Winnersh Triangle

Kids’n’Action is a soft play you could pretty much spend most of the day at, and you know the kiddies are going to be sleeping very well that night. Being Berkshire’s newest and biggest indoor play and party centre, there’s so much going on here […]

Bekonscot Model Village, Beaconsfield

Bekonscot Model Village, Beaconsfield

Located in the centre of Beaconsfield, Bekonscot Model Village is the world’s oldest model village and a fantastic day out for your little ones. It’s a mini world, with big appeal. A visit to the quaint little village is like a trip back in time, stuck in […]

Greys Court, Rotherfield Greys

Greys Court, Rotherfield Greys

Greys Court in Henley-on-Thames is a Tudor country house and gardens now owned by the National Trust. We took advantage of a break in the rain, popped on our wellies and made the 20 minute trip from Maidenhead. I’m not sure how I’ve managed to miss […]

Enjoy the London Life with your Little Ones

Enjoy the London Life with your Little Ones

My little ankle biters absolutely love heading into London. Even the train journey in is ‘the best day in the world, ever’. Easily pleased! If you’re planning on taking the kiddies in to London, we’ve pulled together our recommendations on what not to miss. City […]

Living Rainforest, Hampstead Norreys (Nr Newbury)

Living Rainforest, Hampstead Norreys (Nr Newbury)

Explore the Living Rainforest, and discover its wonders for yourself. Look out for free roaming lizards, birds and butterflies – you never know where they will appear next! You’ll also see amazing creatures like monkeys, an armadillo, toucans, and much more. This is also home to some of the world’s […]

BCA Animal Management Centre, Maidenhead

BCA Animal Management Centre, Maidenhead

Looking for something to keep the kids (and adults) entertained in the Berkshire area? How about an animal encounter day at BCA Animal Management Centre. They now offer a range of amazing up close experience days including Meerkat encounters, primate encounters, reptile encounters, zookeeper days and […]

Windsor Castle, Berkshire

Windsor Castle, Berkshire

Take a trip to Windsor Castle and see their imaginations go crazy, playing soldiers or knights and princesses. I loved Windsor Castle as a child, and it’s just as much fun there as an adult. Windsor Castle is the largest and oldest occupied castle in Europe, and […]

Liquid Leisure Aqua Park, Datchet

Liquid Leisure Aqua Park, Datchet

Liquid Leisure in Datchet is home to Europe’s largest aqua park. It’s set on one of the most beautiful private freshwater lakes amongst stunning parkland in the heart of Berkshire. With the option to wakeboard on their state of the art cable lake, clamber across the floating […]

Legoland Windsor Resort, Berkshire

Legoland Windsor Resort, Berkshire

You may have to break open the piggybank, but a trip to Legoland Windsor will be a dream come true for your little ones and worth every penny. The park is massive as you would imagine, so try and plan your trip before you go so you make […]

Wellington Country Park, Riseley

Wellington Country Park, Riseley

Set in 350 acres of beautiful parkland, Wellington Country Park is the perfect day out for kiddies who like to run wild and explore the great outdoors. There’s so much here for little ones. Around the park you’ll find adventure playgrounds, where they can slide, […]

Beale Park, Pangbourne

Beale Park, Pangbourne

Beale Park in Pangbourne has been a firm favourite since I was a child and it’s definitely worth a visit on a warm, dry day. Beale Park is an outdoor wildlife park set within 30 acres of beautiful grounds. There are gardens and a deer […]

Lookout Discovery Centre, Bracknell

Lookout Discovery Centre, Bracknell

The Lookout Discovery Centre in Bracknell is the perfect day out to inspire little minds and get their scientific juices flowing. It’s a hands-on science centre, letting children learn through touch, play, sight and sounds. There are over 90 activities split over different zones suitable […]

Go Ape, Bracknell Forest & Black Park

Go Ape, Bracknell Forest & Black Park

To this day, Go Ape is still one of the funniest days out we’ve ever had as a family. It was the day my mum refused to take any words of encouragement from us, and had a meltdown high up in the trees in Bracknell […]

Jump In Trampoline Centre, Slough

Jump In Trampoline Centre, Slough

It’s an overused cliché but there really is something for everyone at Jump In. I want a night out here with my friends. It’s that good. If you haven’t been before (and if not, why not?) then imagine wall to wall trampolines, dodgeball areas, a ‘Gladiators’ […]

Jake’s Indoor Soft Play & Mini Farm, Sandhurst

Jake’s Indoor Soft Play & Mini Farm, Sandhurst

We took a trip over to Jake’s in Sandhurst on a typically British rainy July day, and not even the torrential outbursts could stop us enjoying every minute. They have a giant indoor playbarn which is suitable for children up to 11 years. The playbarn is three floors high with a three lane […]

Lili Pottery, Warfield, Berkshire

Lili Pottery, Warfield, Berkshire

Paint your own pottery in the relaxed Lili Pottery studio, and take home your beautiful creation. Our stock is constantly changing, so come and see us to choose from the latest fabulous ornaments, plates, boxes, mugs, tiles, and so much more. Pick a piece you […]

Black Park, Wexham

Black Park, Wexham

Bikes and scooters at the ready, Black Park is waiting. This is a great place for a family bike ride, walk or just a trip to the park with an ice cream after. There are over 10 miles of well surfaced paths suitable for buggies […]

Andrea’s Cafe & Soft Play, Cox Green

Andrea’s Cafe & Soft Play, Cox Green

Andrea’s cafe & soft play is a dream if you want to let your little ones burn off some energy in a safe venue, constantly being able to see where they’re wrecking havoc playing quietly while you savour the Holy Grail that is a hot […]

Wycombe Rye Lido, High Wycombe

Wycombe Rye Lido, High Wycombe

What better way to spend a glorious sunny day when the kiddies are off school than in a pool. Wycombe Rye Lido was named one of Britain’s top 20 lidos and it’s easy to see why. The pools here are heated and open all year […]

Tenpin Bowling, Maidenhead

Tenpin Bowling, Maidenhead

Looking for something to do with the kiddies on a wet and dreary day? I’ve got an idea that will bowl you over <sigh>. Get yourselves down to Tenpin Bowling Maidenhead. They’ll love the little white and red shoes (you’ll have to grin and bear it […]

Dinton Pastures Country Park, Wokingham

Dinton Pastures Country Park, Wokingham

Dinton Pastures is the perfect destination for a lovely sunny day. The play area here is huge and will keep small people entertained for hours. It has a wide range of play equipment including: zip wires, slides, swings, sand pit, play bridge, trampolines and lots […]

Changing of the Guard, Windsor Castle

Changing of the Guard, Windsor Castle

One of my favourite memories from my childhood was standing out in front of Windsor Castle watching the Changing of the Guard with my sister. I loved the colours, the music and the way the ground started to tremor as the guards marched closer. Taking […]

Locks Ride Recreation Ground & Splash Pad, Winkfield Row

Locks Ride Recreation Ground & Splash Pad, Winkfield Row

Dreaming of long hot days on golden sands with a G&T in hand? Well, while I can’t quite offer anything of the tropical beach variety I can steer you in the direction of the next best local thing! Locks Ride in Ascot is the perfect […]

Windsor Duck Tours

Windsor Duck Tours

Ask anyone who knows me and they’ll tell you of my love for a red bus tour. I’m obsessed. And frankly what’s not to love about being driven around a new town getting the low down on the scandal and goss. You can imagine my […]

Odds Farm Park, Wooburn Common

Odds Farm Park, Wooburn Common

If you love petting fluffy animals (who doesn’t), going on tractor rides (me!) and using your children as an excuse to throw yourself around the hurdles of a soft play (seriously, get in line), then Odds Farm will have you beaming all day. A beaut […]

Wyevale Garden Centre, Hare Hatch

Wyevale Garden Centre, Hare Hatch

The epic rise of the garden centre. Previously home to your nan and elderly next-door neighbour, now packed to the rafters with mummies and their brood. Myself included. Multiple times a week it seems. My favourite hangout of the green variety is Wyevale at Hare […]

Cliveden National Trust, Taplow

Cliveden National Trust, Taplow

Just two miles from Maidenhead on the Berkshire / Buckinghamshire border sits Cliveden National Trust. A firm favourite with our family, adults and kiddies alike. Part of the National Trust collection, just flash your card on entry to enjoy all that this beautiful house and […]

Savill Garden, Englefield Green

Savill Garden, Englefield Green

The beautiful Savill Garden sits within Windsor Great Park as an enclosed garden which you pay an entrance fee to get in to. There are also lovely walks and picnic areas outside of the actual garden which are free to enjoy, and probably more suitable […]