Day Trips not too far from Reading

If calls of “I’m bored” are already ringing through in your house and you’re desperate to head out, why not take a look at these fun packed days out that aren’t too far a journey.

Cotswold Wildlife Park

Miles from central Reading: 54.8 miles

Journey time according to Google Maps, based on central Reading: 1hr 9mins.

We headed off to this wonderful venue only last week. A huge open space that offers a great selection of zoo animals and fun to explore, it had my kids grinning all day long. At this wildlife park you can see giraffes, lions and penguins, plus much more. The new treetop park is pretty special too, a great addition to an already fantastic spot. Dogs are welcome, although in some areas leads are required. Parking is free and there is more picnic spots than you can dare to count, meaning you can make this a really affordable day out.


Go Ape – Bracknell

Miles from central Reading: 14.4 miles

Journey time according to Google Maps, based on central Reading: 26 min

If adventure and adrenaline is what keeps your family entertained, then take a look at this tree top playground. Testing your skills (and nerves) to the limit, this is great fun. Not just climbing, Go Ape now offers segway experiences too. Go Ape is also located within a council run forest/nature reserve. Pack a picnic and grab the bikes for when you’re finished in Go Ape for a full day out for all.

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Bekonscot Model Village & Railway

Miles from central Reading: 28.5 miles

Journey time according to Google Maps, based on central Reading: 43 min

Described on the website as ‘a wonderful little world tucked away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life’ this superb model village and minature railway is sure to be a pleasant day out. Train fans can watch the minature trains weave their way throughout the park and can even take a ride on a the Bekonscot Light Railway themselves! Take a picnic or enjoy a treat in their newly refurbished tea rooms.

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Cotswold Water Park

Miles from central Reading: 53.1 miles

Journey time according to Google Maps, based on central Reading: 58 min

Fancy a trip to the beach that doesn’t include hours and hours trapped inside the car? Take a look at this inland beach over at Cotswold Water Park. Open from Feb to Dec, it’s the largest inland bathing beach in the UK. There are lifeguards on duty during school holidays and weekends. If sunbathing isn’t your thing, there is boat hire, BBQ facilities and lakeside walks on offer at this summer favourite.


Roald Dahl Museum

Miles from central Reading: 25.8 miles

Journey time according to Google Maps, based on central Reading: 50 min

Are your little ones fans of The Enormous Crocodile, The Twits or Matilda? Then be sure to head over to this fantastic museum dedicated to all things Roald Dahl. Featuring not just 3 interactive galleries but drop in craft sessions, workshops and storytelling, it is a great day out for young and old.


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