Visit Berkshire: Things to do and places to visit

Hannah Rose shares her favourite spots in Berkshire, a quiet and family friendly county full of character and charm. You’ll soon forget that yu’re only a 40-minute hop skip and jump away from London.

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Why go there?

Berkshire is home to a whole host of illustrious names, from the more recent the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, to more ancient royalty – King Henry I is buried at Reading Abbey. Jane Austen also attended the Abbey School.

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As well as beautiful outdoor spaces to picnic in and explore, t
here’s also lots on during the summer, whatever you’re into. 

Things to do 

Dinton Pastures

An ideal place to explore as a family, Dinton’s 355 acres of land is open all year round and displays each season beautifully. It has seven glittering lakes, two peaceful rivers and an expanse of wild meadow. It’s home to a fantastic play park which has hanging logs,  a willow maze, a storytelling area and lots more. After a fun packed day head to the Dragonfly Café – there’s an outdoor area for dog owners and inside there’s a friendly atmosphere with a yummy menu that’s healthy too.

Windsor Castle

This is another great option for a day out: wander around the largest and oldest occupied castle in the world, now home to none other than her Majesty the Queen. One of the star pieces in the castle has to be the Doll’s House, a stunningly detailed creation which once belonged to Queen Mary. There’s plenty to entertain yourselves with outside of the castle – the changing of the guard is a spectacle not to be missed. 

This year marks the 200th anniversary of The Battle of Waterloo, and Windsor Castle are setting up a themed trail through the state apartments. The trail will highlight objects seized on the battlefield by the victors, including silver, furniture and weapons.

Summer events

Mortimer Fun Day – 4th July

A friendly day out in the heart of the local community, Mortimer village’s annual Fun Day is perfect for a family day out. From sand pits for the children (and adults) to tasting local produce and a broad variation of activities on offer for all ages, there’s something for everyone. You won’t lack for entertainment, either – tThis year, the festival has signed up the Welsh Axe Men and the Reading Pipes and Drums.

Free entry all day

Marvellous Festival – 25th-26th July

A two-day tribute band event held at Wellington Country Park, Marvellous makes the perfect weekend, whether you’re up for a full camping or glamping experience or you just want to see your favourite act on one of the two fun-packed days.  
Some of the tribute bands include Queen, Ed Sheeran, Bob Marley and The Wailers and Duran Duran.

Adult £36.00, child £18.  

Where to eat


The Rowbarge, situated right beside the Kennet and Avon canal, is a classic English gastro-pub full of charm and character. An idyllic setting for families, the outside garden is also dog friendly; on a sunny day it’s the perfect place to sit after a canal-side walk or cycle and watch barges and rowers go by. The Rowbarge stocks a wide range of superb wines and beers to accompany their scrumptious food. 

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Fancy more of an adrenaline rush? Teamworks Go Karting is perfect! Tucked away in a lesser known part of Reading this activity is ideal for parties or just letting off steam you can fly around the state of the art track and feel like the next Lewis Hamilton. I’ve always had an amazing time here and plan to go back very soon.

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From £19.95.