Five Family-Friendly Cultural Attractions in Berkshire

London Calling

Looking for things to do with the kids in Berkshire? Want something more engaging than another trip to the cinema or the park? We've rounded up our five favourite unusual, and interesting, child-friendly destinations in Berkshire.

The Living Rainforest


Image credit: John Olade

Situated outside the small Berkshire village of Hampstead Norreys, The Living Rainforest is an unexpected gem. From the picturesque English countryside of the Berkshire Downs, step straight into a real rainforest, with exotic animals roaming freely around and above the visitors. The tropical greenhouses may not be very large but they are home to over 700 species of plants and animals, and children will be happy to spend hours exploring amongst the jungle growth. Particular favourites to look out for while you’re there include the monkeys, butterflies, tortoises and Harry the armadillo.
 
The Living Rainforest is based in Hampstead Norreys, near Newbury. A family ticket for two adults and two children is £35.15. 


Windsor Duck Tours


Image credit: Andrew Burdett

Take a road and river tour through the beautiful surrounds of the regal town of Windsor. Duck Tours’ amphibious sightseeing adventures are a wonderful way to combine an educational introduction to this historic town with some fun, child-friendly entertainment. A knowledgeable guide will show you the town – including the iconic Castle - from both road and river, making for a unique afternoon out.
 
Windsor Duck Tours take place in and around Windsor and last 50-60 minutes. Adult tickets are £19. Child tickets start at £8.


Highclere Castle


Image credit: leefenn-tripp

Adult guests may be impressed by the history of this famous Berkshire castle (or by the fact that this is the setting of Downton Abbey), but children will love exploring the secret garden and discovering a replica Egyptian tomb in the cellars. Highclere Castle also hosts many events like fairs and garden parties throughout the year – many of which are perfect for a family-friendly day out. If its sunny, a picnic and a walk through the grounds are a must; there are 1,000 acres to explore, with follies, lakes, and woods.
 
Highclere Castle is based in Highclere, near Newbury. Family tickets start at £40. 



Dinton Pastures Country Park


Image credit: Visit Britain

Get some fresh air and let the children use up their extra energy at Dinton Pastures Country Park. The park’s 335 acres contains stunning lakes, gentle rivers, pretty meadows and miles of paths to explore. There’s also an award-winning children’s play area that you might end up having to drag the kids away from. Feed the ducks, paddle in the stream or – if you’re feeling adventurous – hire out some canoes and kayaks and take to the water!
 
Dinton Pastures Country Park is located at Hurst, near Wokingham. 


The Watermill Theatre


Image credit: Philip Tull

A beautiful and intimate theatre that was once a working watermill, this rural venue is the perfect way to introduce children to the joys of the stage. The Watermill Theatre runs regular family productions throughout the year (not just the obligatory Christmas performances!), as well as opportunities for budding actors to get involved in their youth theatre troupes; a fun way for children 5-16 to get creative and build their confidence.
 
The Watermill theatre is at Bagnor, near Newbury

Your inbox deserves a little culture! Get our monthly newsletter