Things to do in Bracknell Forest while on vacation


As the year draws to a close and we come back down from the Christmas excitement, there is no better time to spend with your loved ones than this time of limbo between Christmas and New Years.

However, if your bank account is particularly light this time of year, a family outing can seem quite intimidating. That’s why we at The Bracknell News covered it.

Below are some suggestions for things to do in and around Bracknell this season that won’t burn everything in your pocket.

South Hill Park

The well-known South Hill Arts Center in Bracknell may be famous for its annual Christmas panto, but we don’t forget the picturesque gardens which are open to the public 365 days a year. Wrap yourself in the warmth as the landscaped gardens, lakes and woods are perfect for a stroll through this magical winter wonderland.

The new nature trail which was opened in the spring is fantastic for adults and children. Simply follow the wildlife-themed woodcarving through the park and you will have an enchanting afternoon.

After your walk in the park, the Atrium bar-restaurant is also open between Christmas and New Years to enjoy a delicious refreshment.

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The lexic

If you’re craving that perfect family photo this Christmas, why not head to the Lexicon at one of their two selfie stations.

Located on Princess Square and Braccan Walk, strike a pose in front of the giant light star and Christmas tree.

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If you’re feeling charitable, you can always donate to Bracknell Foodbank via QR codes next to the two selfie stations.

More information and Lexicon’s opening hours can be found on the website.

Dinton Pastures Country Park, Wokingham

Dinton Pastures Country Park in Wokingham is a perfect stopover if you and your family are clueless while on vacation. Open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., the adventure park will be open to children to escape the fatigue of Christmas.

This play park is designed to connect children to nature and emphasizes tactile and sensory play. From giant nest towers, monkey bars and funnel trap nests, to secret hobbit holes and giant logs that sway and climb, the park is guaranteed to provide hours of fun.

Or if it’s a relaxing stroll through the beautiful Berkshire countryside you are looking for, there is a stunning nature trail around Central Lake with areas to sit and enjoy the fresh, crisp air.

The cafe in the country park is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Christmas if you fancy a hot drink after the fun and games.

The on-site car park is open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. outside of Christmas Day, however be careful of the closing times on public holidays this season.

Lookout Discovery Center

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This discovery center is specially designed for children and adults to explore the scientific world and marvel at the wonders of different experiences.

Take a tour of the main exhibit on the ground floor, where you’ll find woods and water, and the insect enclosure. If you want to challenge your body and brain, head to the main exhibit on the first floor for “Light and Color” and “Build It!” ” areas.

Between Christmas and New Year, the center is open from 28 to 31 and is free for children under 4 and caregivers.

Throughout the year, the Lookout Discovery Center hosts activities and events for schools, groups and individuals to add to the experience.

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Visit the Christmas lights around Bracknell

If you didn’t get a chance before Christmas to contemplate the incredible display of Christmas lights scattered throughout Bracknell Forest, this is definitely something to watch out for before they are pulled out for another year.

The “Kingfisher Chase” neighborhood is a must see, where residents have taken Christmas lights to a new level. From lighted trees to magical arches, it’s the perfect backdrop for that awesome Instagram or Christmas photo.

You might need a GPS to navigate the area’s maze of streets, but if you get lost, head to Kingfisher Chase for a little piece of Christmas card magic.

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