There is plenty to do for families
If there’s one thing you can rely on, it’s that the good old British weather will mess up your plans.
Country walks, picnics and all kinds of wholesome family activities have been ruined by that bothersome heavy rain and high winds we have to put up with in this part of the world.
Half-term is looming, and parents around towns like Slough,Maidenhead, Windsor, Newbury, Wokingham, Bracknell and Reading, Berkshire, will already be anxiously looking at the long term weather forecast.
But fear not, there’s plenty to do that doesn’t involved waterproofs, several layers of clothing and a lot of mud to deal with when you get home.
Here are 12 things to do on a rainy day in Berkshire.
Mad Hatters Pottery Cafe
Where: 114 School Road, Tilehurst, Berkshire, RG31 5AX
This a gem of a place in Tilehurst where children can choose an item of pottery, and then let their creative spirits run free.
Once decorated, the items are glazed and fired in the kilns.
There are still half term spots available, but parents are urged to make sure they book as it could be the case they turn up with no tables available.
To book, call 0118 327 2022
They also have a branch in Yorktown Road, Sandhurst with booking taken by calling 01276 423454.
Museum of Berkshire Aviation
Where: Mohawk Way, Woodley, Berkshire RG5 4UE
The museum is based on the historic Woodley Airfield.
The town used to have a thriving aircraft industry, which is showcased at the museum.
There are several exhibits which have survived wars and battles.
For fans of aircraft engineering, it also has the only Miles Student two-seat side-by-side jet trainer ever built, and a Fairey Jet Gyrodyne (which is a bit like a helicopter to you and I).
Find out more about the museum online.
The Mad House Soft Play and Party World
Where: 240 South Oak Way, Lime Square, Green Park, Reading, Berkshire, RG2 6UL
The good news for parents is that the indoor soft play centre is open seven days a week from 9.30am.
There are separate baby and toddler areas with a ball pit and a main play frame that comes complete with slides, a construction zone and a rope bridge.
You can find out more information on their website.
The Museum of English Rural Life (MERL)
Where: University of Reading, Redlands Road, Reading RG1 5EX
The MERL is one of Reading’s hidden gems.
Learn and explore how farmers and crafts people of old, and in the present day, used various skills and experiences to shape how people work and live today.
It’s great for youngsters with loads to see and do with interactive displays and activities.
There is also the only collection of Ladybird books which is bound to bring back nostalgic memories for slightly older visitors.
And it’s free.
Go for a swim
Where: Richfield Avenue, Reading, RG1 8EQ
Most people like taking the kids for a swim, and Rivermead’s Lagoon Pool is perfect for that.
There is also a small baby pool with a slide along as well as the main pool, and there’s a wave machine.
The Centre in Slough, Magnet Leisure Centre in Maidenhead, Windsor Leisure Centre, Carnival Pool and Loddon Valley Leisure Centre in Wokingham and Lower Earley respectively all offer swimming sessions for children for people in those areas.
Which brings us to…..
Coral Reef Waterworld
Where: Nine Mile Ride, Bracknell, Berkshire
Worthy of mentioning on its own.
The legendary centre in Bracknell has recently had a massive revamp.
Families can enjoy the thrills of the new waterslides, or relax in the spa or just chill out in the pool.
Visitors are advised to book online 48 hours before their visit, especially during peak hours, which includes weekends, bank holidays and school holidays.
The full list of opening times available on the website.
Slough Ice Arena
Where: Montem Lane, Slough, SL1 2QG
Ice skating and a climbing wall are all available at Slough’s sparkling new ice arena.
Events include a family ice disco and lessons for children of all ages.
John Nike Leisuresport in Bracknell is an alternative for those needing to hit the ice.
Find out more on what’s on in Slough here.
Leap Frog Ceramics
Where: Henry Street Garden Centre in Swallowfield Road in Arborfield, Berkshire
More pottery painting is available at the Henry Street Garden Centre in Arborfield.
The centre offers parent and baby sessions, as well as children’s parties.
Choose your item, paint it and wait for it to be glazed and fired before you take it home.
Prices start at £4.95 for the unpainted bisqueware plus a studio fee of £1.95 per person.
Find out about their events, and more details on their website.
Where: Unit 7 Sterling Way, Norcot Industrial Estate, Reading, RG30 6HW
Reading’s biggest soft play centre is one of the places to take energetic youngsters – while you sit and watch.
The centre has multi-level adventure play frames with padded and soft features such as waterfall effect slides, bouldering wall and more.
The centre in Reading, Berkshire, is open every day between 6am and 10pm and prices start from just £1.
For more information about facilities, visit the website.
RedKangaroo Trampoline Park
Where: Bridgewater Close, West Reading, RG30 1JT
This is an excellent place for people of all ages to put a spring in their step.
The park is another great place to take those who might need to expend a little energy on a rainy day.
RedKangaroo Trampoline Park has been a popular spot since it opened in 2017.
The centre features wall-to-wall trampolines as well as other aerial activities including ninja courses, dodgeball courts and foam pits with “gladiator beams”.
For the full timetable go to the website.
See a performance at The Curve
Where: William Street, Slough SL1 1XY
The centre in Slough has a range of performances and activities for children of all ages.
From Magic Table Sessions to music and storytimes to learning how to beatbox, there’s something for everyone.
More information can be found here.
The Living Rainforest, Thatcham
Where: Hampstead Norreys, Thatcham RG18 0TN
Take a look at more than 850 species of plants and animals from the tropical rainforest at the amazing Living Rainforest.
Take a fascinating journey around the centre in West Berkshire and look out for the elusive two-toed sloth.
More information can be found here.
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