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Royal Windsor Racecourse Spookfest & Sparkle Fireworks Display 2018

Royal Windsor Racecourse Spookfest & Sparkle Fireworks Display 2018

Last year’s spectacular at Royal Windsor Racecourse sold out early, so hurry and book your tickets for this year’s fireworks highlight and massive fun fair… Yes, the nights are drawing in, but there’s a real highlight coming up. On Saturday 3 November, the skies above […]

What’s on this Weekend for Families in Berkshire: 29 & 30 September 2018

What’s on this Weekend for Families in Berkshire: 29 & 30 September 2018

If you’re looking for things to do this weekend (29 & 30 September) with the kiddies in Berkshire and just beyond, there’s loads happening and we’ve got all the best, not-to-be-missed bits right here for you. So, grab a cuppa and read on. If you’d […]

Little Ankle Biters meets the cast of Peter Pan

Little Ankle Biters meets the cast of Peter Pan

Earlier this week we were invited along to the press launch of Peter Pan, this year’s panto at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, where we got to meet and interview the cast! The event was held at Go Ape in Wendover Woods, a woodland set in the Chiltern […]

What’s on October Half Term & Halloween in Berkshire 2018

What’s on October Half Term & Halloween in Berkshire 2018

The season of trick or treating, little ones dressed as cute cats and vampires, and all those left over sweets that you’ll just have to polish off, is just around the corner. We’ve been searching the length and breadth of Berkshire to bring you all […]

Sprouts Play Barn at Millets Review

Sprouts Play Barn at Millets Review

Sprouts Play Barn at Millets Farm near Abingdon were awarded ‘Best Soft Play’ in the Oxfordshire 2018 Little Ankle Biters’ Awards, so we went along to find out more. Millets Farm in its entirety is a fantastic place to visit and you can easily spend […]

Fireworks Displays in Berkshire 2018

Fireworks Displays in Berkshire 2018

My second favourite night of the year (what could beat Christmas Eve) is just around the corner, and the excitement is building already. Fireworks Night is all about wrapping up in chunky knits, funfair rides, wellies, naughty food, glow sticks and of course that amazing smell […]

Pantomimes in Berkshire Christmas 2018

Pantomimes in Berkshire Christmas 2018

Who can resist the lure of traditional Christmas pantomimes? Men dressed as women, sweets hurled into the audience, no one frowning over your rowdy children, and some risqué gags for the parents thrown in for good measure. What’s not to love! We’ve pulled together a […]

Free Fun for Families in Berkshire

Free Fun for Families in Berkshire

Children can be an expensive business. The dent in my bank balance during the school holidays led me to start looking at what free fun there was available for families in Berkshire and the surrounding areas. And the answer is, loads. We’ve had a fantastic time getting […]

Ideas and Activities to Keep Kids Cool on Hot Days

Ideas and Activities to Keep Kids Cool on Hot Days

We love the hot weather but sometimes it can all get a bit too much, especially when you have little ones to think about and keep cool. We’ve had a look at some great ideas, activities and places to head to to get out of […]

Whoosh Play Centre, Bracknell

Whoosh Play Centre, Bracknell

Soft play is an absolute godsend for parents, grandparents and carers – what would we do without it?! And Whoosh Play Centre is an award-winner, voted by local Berkshire parents. Located inside Bracknell Leisure Centre in Berkshire, Whoosh is a large soft play with absolutely […]

Bucklebury Farm Park, Bucklebury

Bucklebury Farm Park, Bucklebury

We just got back from a gorgeous day spent pottering around Bucklebury Farm Park in Berkshire. It’s great place to visit with children of all ages, our 5 and 4 year olds absolutely loved it. It’s not the biggest farm out there, but that’s part […]

Lakeside Softplay, Datchet

Lakeside Softplay, Datchet

Nestled in a corner of the Liquid Leisure complex in Datchet is Lakeside Softplay. As the name suggests it has an enviable location alongside the water and also benefits from a large free carpark. Lakeside is a great option for families with younger children. It’s […]

Camping with Children – a Parents Survival Guide

Camping with Children – a Parents Survival Guide

Camping with children – a moment of magic or mayhem? We’ve heard lots of split opinions on the topic so decided to take our Little Ankle Biters away for a night sleeping under the stars in the great British outdoors… Ok, it was actually a […]

Langley Park, Iver: a Little Ankle Biters Review

Langley Park, Iver: a Little Ankle Biters Review

Langley Park is nestled on the Bucks / Berks border in Iver making it easily accessible for both counties and from both the M4 and M25. It’s a fantastic place to visit with the kiddies, we spent a few hours there on a sunny Sunday […]

Pick Your Own Farms in Berkshire

Pick Your Own Farms in Berkshire

What better way to get your little ones, and bigger ones, eating the rainbow than taking them out to pick their own fruit and veg. Berkshire and the surrounding area has loads of fantastic farms which offer pick your own for families, it’s a great […]

Splash Pads and Lidos in Berkshire

Splash Pads and Lidos in Berkshire

With Summer on our minds and thoughts turning to long hot days with the little ones, we started thinking about all the family friendly splash pads, pools and lidos in Berkshire and just beyond, to cool down and have some fun with the children. Here […]

Little Ankle Biters Awards 2018 Winners

Little Ankle Biters Awards 2018 Winners

Wow! A huge thank you to everyone who nominated and voted in your thousands in this year’s Little Ankle Biters Awards. We’ve been overwhelmed by the support and votes received. We’re really excited to now announce your winners for 2018. Drum roll please………   Award […]

Bocketts Farm, Leatherhead, Surrey

Bocketts Farm, Leatherhead, Surrey

We paid a visit to Bocketts Farm in Leatherhead, Surrey, and fell in love with the muddy farm life. This is a great day out for families with children of all ages which we’d highly recommend. Set in the countryside of the North Downs just […]

River & Rowing Museum, Henley, Oxfordshire

River & Rowing Museum, Henley, Oxfordshire

We visited the River & Rowing Museum in Henley for the first time recently and now we’ve discovered it I’m sure it’s somewhere we’ll visit time and time again. The museum is set on the river Thames in the beautiful town of Henley with it’s […]

KidZania London

KidZania London

Located at the top of Westfield Shopping Centre is KidZania London, an indoor city run by kids! We had an inset day, it was February and we wanted somewhere to go that was indoors and would normally be busy during the school holidays so we […]

Ugly Duckling Pottery Painting Coffee House, Newbury

Ugly Duckling Pottery Painting Coffee House, Newbury

The Ugly Duckling Pottery Painting Coffee House is based on Newbury High Street. It’s a family-friendly studio with a relaxed atmosphere, where you can come along to get your coffee fix while the kiddies explore their creative side at the same time! There’s something for […]

Soft Play Centres in Berkshire

Soft Play Centres in Berkshire

If you’re looking for ideas on somewhere to take the kiddies for soft play in Berkshire, then you’ve come to the right place. We’ve got all the biggest ball pools, the slipperiest slides and the best coffees for parents right here. Here are our suggestions […]

Mad Hatters Pottery Painting Cafe – Sandhurst & Tilehurst

Mad Hatters Pottery Painting Cafe – Sandhurst & Tilehurst

If you’re looking to unleash your little ones creativity, and grab a cuppa and cake at the same time then the Mad Hatters Pottery and Painting Café is a great place to visit. We spent a wet and windy afternoon huddled in the warmth of […]

The Jelly Lounge, Windsor

The Jelly Lounge, Windsor

There’s a new kid on the Windsor block and they’re pretty damn cool. We just got back from a morning at the awesome Jelly Lounge in Windsor Town Centre, and can confirm it’s everything you’d hope to find in a modern day soft play, and more. It […]

Walks in Berkshire for Families

Walks in Berkshire for Families

Not much beats pulling on the wellies and heading out for family walks, whatever the weather. We’ve been roaming the beautiful county of Berkshire to come up with our favourite family friendly hikes (haha, who am I kidding, we’re definitely more in the gentle stroll […]

Things to do in Berkshire in the Rain with Kids

Things to do in Berkshire in the Rain with Kids

With the storm season well underway, and summer all but a distant memory, we started thinking about all the things you can do with the kids 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 […]

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 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 fun in the process. The play area has been designed […]

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 on the South Coast

Family Friendly Beaches on the South Coast

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 being on the south coast – yay! So, have a look at […]

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 dry day. Beale Park is an outdoor wildlife park set within 30 acres of beautiful grounds. There are gardens and a deer park, […]

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, Berkshire

Go Ape, Bracknell Forest, Berkshire

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 […]



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