If you live in Berkshire and want some great ideas on how to entertain the kids without breaking the bank, then you are in the right place!
We are blessed in Berkshire with many gorgeous parks and outdoor spaces. If we have half-decent weather, then there is so much fun to be had which is completely free. Here are Signets top 4 free things to do that are local to our HQ!
1 Swimming in the Jubilee River.
Wild swimming has become uber fashionable in the last few years, not as fashionable as paddle boarding currently is but it is much cheaper and delivers many more health benefits. One of the safest places to do this is the Jubilee River in Maidenhead. There are no boats to contend with and plenty of accessible places to get in and out easily. Crucially there is also no current as it’s a man-made flood relief system! Now of course this is weather dependant and only for older children who are competent swimmers but if you have those two on your side, then a wild swim is a wonderful summer family activity.
Home to many members of the royal family and Elton John, Windsor Great Park is a stunning, scale historic parkland. Once used by Henry 8th as his private hunting ground it is now free to the public from dusk until dawn. It is perfect for cycling thanks to the many flat pathways and acres of space. Its on the national cycle route and if you’re lucky you’ll get to cycle past some of the 500 strong red deer who live in the park, or maybe even HRH in her Land Rover as she oversees the parkland close to her home.
Originally an old flour mill Boulters Island is now managed by Maidenhead council. It is a beautiful place to take younger children for a picnic or to feed the ducks. Situated on the Thames in the north of Maidenhead the island has a small adventure play area along with an aviary and a guinea pig enclosure. It also has an ice cream stall that sells snacks and a fantastic pub at the entrance to the island…… if you did want to stop for chips and a pint after the little ones had had a good run about!
This place is an oasis in the middle of the Thames Valley. It has an amazing children’s playpark, acres of woodland, seven rivers, a meadow, and a huge lake! You could visit 10 times and still do something completely different, but the kids will want to go to the gold standard play park every time. Designed by architects to deliberately connect children with nature it is one of the finest play parks in Berkshire. With giant nest towers, monkey bars, funnel trap nests, secret hobbit holes and giant swinging and climbing logs it will blow your little one’s mind.
Everyone at Signet wishes you all the best fun-filled summer this year.
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