Local Attractions

What to do in Berkshire

The Coppid Beech Hotel in Berkshire is surrounded by England’s best-loved leisure and family attractions, including Royal Ascot racecourse (5.6 miles), LEGOLAND Windsor (9.4 miles), The Oracle Shopping Centre (9.6 miles), The Lookout Discovery Centre (5 miles away) and Tri Lakes Animal Park (7.6 miles) to name a few.

Regular train services from Bracknell station also offer direct access to and from central London’s famous sights in under an hour. The hotel is 30 minutes’ drive from Heathrow Airport and 15 minutes’ drive from Reading. The M4 and M3 motorways are easily accessible.

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (32.5 miles)

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew was founded in 1759, and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003. As well as being one of London’s top visitor attractions, Kew is also a world leader in plant science and conservation. Their work helps to discover and describe the world’s plant and fungal diversity, safeguard the world’s plant life for our future, promote the sustainable use of plants and inspire an appreciation of plants and the environment.

Pope’s Meadow, Bracknell (0.7 miles)

Come and explore this 13.7 hectare park where 18th Century poet Alexander Pope spent much of his childhood! The parkland is a Local Wildlife Site and includes a pond, copse and open grassland in addition to an outdoor children’s play area. Picnic tables and benches are also located throughout the site.

AMF Hollywood Bowl, Bracknell (2.3 miles)

Kids love bowling and if they are under 6 they can use a ramp and gutter guards. This AMF is air conditioned, has 28 lanes and boasts a diner, arcade and more.

Golfplex, Binfield (0.9 miles)

Just 0.9 miles away from the Coppid Beech Hotel, GolfPlex is all about offering a fun, healthy and entertaining experience to everyone – young and old, golfer and non-golfer.

Pinewood Miniature Railway, Wokingham (3.3 miles)

The railway has been running miniature steam trains for 25 years, taking passengers for half mile rides through a woodland setting. Why not come along and have a ride!

Monkey Mates Indoor Play Centre, Wokingham (4.1 miles)

An indoor area containing slides, ball pools and ball cannons and also an outdoor area complete with swings, frame, roundabout and sit and ride on cars etc. Full catering facilities serving tasty food and drinks.

Coral Reef Water World, Bracknell (4.9 Miles)

Closed while new attractions fitted: 5 new flumes! Re opening 2017!

The Look Out Discovery Centre, Bracknell (5 miles)

Has over 90 hands-on science and nature activities, fun for everyone! Leave your shadow on the wall, make a mini animation, dam up “The Stream” and much more! Plus, a fantastic adventure play area, coffee and gift shops and 1000 hectares of Crown Estate woodland.

Go Ape Bracknell, Bracknell (5 miles)

The UK’s No.1 Forest Adventure. Award winning outdoor adventure activities. Families and friends can enjoy a day out like no other. Fly down zip wires, leap off Tarzan Swings and tackle obstacles whilst enjoying some of Britain’s most breathtaking scenery.

Odds Farm Park (20 miles)

Get close up to animals at Odds Farm Park. All year round activities including piggy’s tea time, milking demonstrations to sheep racing. Outdoor activities include pedal go kart’s, sand pits and diggers to tractor and trailer rides. If it’s chilly, there’s a heated play barn.

Museum of Berkshire Aviation, Reading (6.7 miles)

Museum of local aviation history with much for the interested eye to feast on including re-constructed aircraft, fascinating pictorial records and priceless archives.

HaaHoos Ceramics, Twyford (6.9 miles)

Have a fun session with us doing our fantastic pottery painting or decopatch activities. Relax in our large, friendly and open studio with a tea/coffee and piece of cake and be creative! We also have a selection of great birthday party packages.

California Country Park, Finchampstead (7.1 miles)

In the summer a great big paddling pool is opened up, there is a large adventure play area, great nature walks in the ancient bog and woodland replete with natural wildlife!

Chessington World of Adventures (30.6 miles)

This theme park, zoo and aquarium with a pair of themed hotels is 1.1 miles from Chessington South railway station and 6.4 miles from Hampton Court Palace. Chessington World of Adventures theme park centres around “immersive areas” and “high quality themes” from around the world. It currently has ten areas including the Market Square, Mystic East, Mexicana, Pirates Cove, Transylvania, and Forbidden Kingdom. Land of the Dragons opened in 2004 for children although it includes the intense spinning coaster Dragon’s Fury, and in 2010 Wild Asia replaced the area known as Beanoland. In 2012 Africa replaced ToyTown, and following this Chessington introduced the new area ZUFARI in 2013. Major attractions include: Vampire, Bubbleworks, KOBRA, Zufari: Ride into Africa and Scorpion Express.

Jungle Mania, Reading (7.3 miles)

Jungle Mania fun rainforest themed indoor play centre with 3 level play structure plus separate toddler area, and coffee bar with customisable kids’ menu.

Dinton Pastures Country Park, Hurst (7.4 miles)

Huge park offering lakes, meadows and rivers for exploration, plus an adventure playground.

Horseshoe Lake Activity Centre, Sandhurst (7.5 miles)

Horseshoe Lake Activity Centre offers canoeing, dinghy sailing, kayaking, windsurfing, stand up paddleboarding dragon boating and raft building. Instructional and supervised activity sessions available to participants aged 8 and above.

Giggles Indoor Play (8.2 miles)

An indoor play landscape full of fun features and especially for the under 8s crowd plus outdoor play too in summer and special activities during school holidays. Terrific parties too!

French Brothers Boat Trips (9.1miles)

Based on the Thames, French Brothers, take passenger boats from Windsor, Runnymede and Maidenhead, to explore the beauty of the idyllic villages and wildlife along the river, allowing families, groups and individuals to experience the surroundings from the comfort of the beautiful boats. Even if you know the area well it is an exciting and different way to see such a tranquil area and see things you might have missed from the window of your car.

Legoland, Windor (9.4 miles)

Children aged 3 to 12 can take to the road, soar through the skies and sail the seas in complete safety. With over 50 interactive rides, attractions, live shows, building workshops and driving schools, not to mention over 55 million LEGO bricks, all set in 150 acres of beautiful parkland. Heartlake City…

Gravity Force, Camberley (9.4 miles)

Gravity Force is an indoor trampoline park suitable for all ages. A unique and fun activities to be enjoyed by all the family with activities such as dodgeball, basketball, foam pit or main court. It’s fitness made fun!

Guards Polo Club (Miles 9.5)

Guards Polo Club is the most prestigious polo club in the world and is the polo club most closely associated with the British Royal Family. The club’s main official tournaments are the Queen’s Cup (High Goal), Royal Windsor (Medium Goal) and the Archie David (Low Goal), all of which take place in June.

Little Street Play Centre, Camberley (11.4 miles)

Little Street Play Centre is based on a scaled down version of a typical town, inspiring children to explore life in the world around them.

Windsor Racecourse (11.8 miles)

Royal Windsor Racecourse is located in Windsor, Berkshire, one of only two figure-of-eight courses in the United Kingdom. The local area has links to horse racing that date back to the time of Henry VIII, but the first race meeting at Royal Windsor did not take place until 1866. With the fabulous island setting on the banks of the River Thames, there is always a warm welcome from the minute you arrive. See their website for details on weekly races and big events.

Savill Garden (11.9 miles)

The Savill Garden is one of Britain’s greatest ornamental gardens. It is a garden to celebrate the beauty of gardening in this country and is not over shadowed by a stately property or botanical message it is just there to be enjoyed by horticulturalists and enthusiasts alike. It never fails to charm visitors who come to explore its 35 acres of contemporary and classically designed gardens and exotic woodland. Developed under the patronage of Kings and Queens, The Savill Garden was created in the 1930s by Sir Eric Savill. It began as a woodland garden, with native oak, beech and sweet chestnut trees, but has since evolved by incorporating many new plants over the yeas. A fantastic opportunity for photographers.

Windsor Great Park (11.9 miles)

The Great Park is an ever more popular destination for recreational activity, with over two and a half million people visiting every year to run, walk or ride. Windsor Great Park, managed by the Crown Estate, was once part of a vast Norman hunting forest, the 2,020 hectares of parkland, which includes a Deer Park, is a varied landscape of formal gardens, woodland and open grassland. The stunning landscape is enhanced by the scattering of great ancient oaks for which the Great Park and its forest are renowned for. With a vast array of wildlife and places to explore the park is a great day out for all the family.

Frimley Lodge Park and Miniature Railway, Camberley (13.1 miles)

The main circuit is multi gauge, ground level and caters for 3 and a half, 5 and 7 and a quarter inch gauge. It is approximately 1km long and is used to give rides to the public on the first Sunday of each month between March and November.

Windsor Castle (14 miles)

Windsor Castle, the largest and oldest occupied castle in the world, is one of the official residences of Her Majesty The Queen. The Castle’s dramatic site encapsulates 900 years of British history. It covers an area of 26 acres and contains, as well as a royal palace, a magnificent chapel and numerous outbuildings. The Castle is used regularly for ceremonial and State occasions. It is here that The Queen often hosts State Visits from overseas monarchs and presidents. St George’s Hall makes a spectacular setting for a State Banquet, when a single table, stretching the length of the hall and seating 160 people, is decorated with porcelain, and silver-gilt from the Royal Collection. Visitors can take in all the lavish décor as well as Queen Anne’s luxurious doll’s house. Celebrating the jubilee, there are also exclusive displays of the Queen in images from over her reign.

Aldershot Military Museum, Aldershot (14.8 miles)

Aldershot Military Museum hosts 150 years of British army history housed in a Victorian barracks, this museum tells the story of both soldier and civilian since 1854. A great place to bring the family, with some fun interactive activities to enjoy.

Thorpe Park (15.1miles)

Thorpe Park, the roller coaster and thrill seeking theme park home to Nemesis Inferno, Colossus, The Swarm and the first of its kind in the dark, reverse rollercoaster, is located in Chertsey, Surrey, just off junction 11 on M25. For those wanting an adrenaline fuelled day, look no further for over 25 white-knuckle rides all in one park and an experience not to be forgotten. Book in advance for some great ticket offers for groups and families and check out which ride you will head to first.

Henley on Thames (15.8 Miles)

Henley’s riverside location – surrounded by a Chiltern landscape of wooded hills and green fields – lends itself to relaxation, long lunches and power shopping. There’s a pub where Charles I drank, a Chantry house, a butcher that smokes his own bacon and shops still offering a personal touch. A 12th century South Oxfordshire market town, Henley’s historic heart sits a few strides from the river Thames. The main street has many Georgian frontages covering older buildings and among the 300 buildings within the town designated ‘of special architectural or historical interest’ are St Mary’s church, the town hall, market place and Henley Bridge. This is a town dedicated to enjoying the river. So bring a picnic, pick up a copy of Wind in the Willows and settle for an hour on the waterfront. Watch others messing about on the river, or hire a boat and join in the fun – the summer straw boater and stripy blazer combo is optional.

Marlow (18 Miles)

Marlow is without a doubt one of the loveliest locations on the River Thames, set amongst the rich meadows of the river valley and alongside the woodlands of the Chiltern Hills. The vibrant Georgian market town is made up of historic streets and an abundance of boutique shops, restaurants, cafes and bistros all adding to the town’s unique charm. The towns most famous landmark is the suspension bridge which spans the River Thames and joins the counties of Buckinghamshire and Berkshire. Residents of the town have included Thomas Love Peacock, Jerome K. Jerome, T.S. Eliot and Mary Shelley who finished her gothic masterpiece Frankenstein while living in the town. Marlow is also home to one of Britain’s most premier rowing clubs which has produced many Olympic oarsmen including Sir Steve Redgrave whose statue stands in Higginson Park.