20 Best Things To Do In Reading Near Me | Day Out With The Kids

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Best Things To Do & Days Out In Reading

Planning a family day out in the biggest town on the River Thames? You're in luck - there are lots of great things to do in Reading!

Discover 1,000 years of history at the family-friendly Reading Museum, where you can follow the journey of the town from its Saxon beginnings to the present day. Spread over two sites and 12 galleries the past is brought to life via art, natural history, archeology and much more.

We love family days out in the park as much as the next guy, so some of our favourite things to do in Reading include going to Wellington Country Park or Beale Park. For some outdoor action, head out to Unique Outdoors Reading - they’ve got archery, high ropes, zorbing and lots more!

Turn your next family walk into an adventure and get to know your city the fun way with The Reading Mystery Treasure Trail. Download the map for this self-guided tour and embark on your own mini family adventure to solve the puzzles and crack the clues as you make your way round this two-mile circular route.

 Up for a whole day of fun in the great outdoors? Check out Bucklebury Farm Park, boasting 77 acres of fun, including farm animals, adventure play, trails, tractor rides and lots more. Here’s a list of the UK school holiday dates, in case you need to find the perfect time for your big day out.

Looking for fun things to do indoors in Reading?  Reading Climbing Centre is a great place to go if you feel like channelling your inner Spiderman; kids as young as 5 are welcome! Want to get your brains working? Take the whole family on a break-out mission at Escape Hunt Reading.

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Men roleplaying as knights at Batsford Arboretum in Moreton in Marsh

Batsford Arboretum

  • Moreton-in-Marsh
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Batsford Arboretum is a treat for kids eager to explore the great outdoors! You can follow winding streams and watch the pond-life or set out to find...

People on miniature train at Summerfields Miniature Railways in Bedford

Summerfields Miniature Railways

  • Haynes
  • Outdoor
  • Railway and Transport Attractions

Summerfields Miniature Railways has been a hidden gem in Bedfordshire ever since it was opened to the public around 20 years ago. All aboard the ador...

Map and booklet for The Chippenham Treasure Hunt Trail

The Chippenham Treasure Hunt Trail

  • Chippenham
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Are there any pirates in your household? They won’t be able to resist long lost booty up for grabs! See if you can track it down on The Chippenham Tr...

The Abbey at Lacock from the left side

Lacock Abbey

  • Lacock
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

A host for Harry Potter, the birthplace of photography and a Gothic ruin: Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum and Village lays claims to all these achiev...

Flumes, Treasure Island and Activities at White Oak Leisure Centre

Flumes, Treasure Island and Activities at White Oak Leisure Centre5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(2)

  • Swanley
  • Indoor
  • Swimming Pools and Leisure Centres

White Oak Leisure Centre offers a fantastic range of aquatic and dry fun for an active kid's day out plus there's plenty of soft play fun to be had a...

Boys on The Lacock Spy Mission Treasure Trail

The Lacock Spy Mission Treasure Trail

  • Chippenham
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

You'll find fantastic family fun on the Lacock self-guided spy mission themed Treasure Trail. As you follow the clear directions around the fixed rou...

Herd of deer at Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary in Newtown

Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary

  • Newtown
  • Outdoor
  • Zoos and Wildlife Parks

Deer viewing at Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary isn't guaranteed but the herd is fed by the friendly local New Forest keeper daily between April and Septem...

Duck at Swanley Park

Swanley Park

  • Swanley
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

There’s nothing like a safe, open space for families to relax in during the summer months, which is what you’ll find at Swanley Park. This popular 60...

Owl at Birds of Prey Centre in Wilstead

Herrings Green Activity Farm & Birds of Prey Centre

  • Wilstead
  • Outdoor
  • Zoos and Wildlife Parks

Herrings Green Activity Farm & Birds of Prey Centre is one of the largest in the UK, with various species of eagles, hawks, owls, falcons, vultur...

Inflatable course on lake at Box End Park in Kempston

Box End Park

  • Kempston
  • Outdoor
  • Water Parks

Set in 100 acres of rural Bedfordshire, Box End Park has something for everyone! Jump, climb and swing your way around the Aqua Park obstacle course...

Man walking dog at Bedelands Farm Nature Reserve in Burgess Hill

Bedelands Farm Nature Reserve1 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Burgess Hill
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Bedelands Farm Nature Reserve is the winner of 4 consecutive Green Flag Awards and a great place to take the family for a natural day out in the coun...

Train engine at Swanley New Barn Railway

Swanley New Barn Railway

  • Swanley
  • Outdoor
  • Railway and Transport Attractions

Swanley New Barn Railway is a miniature railway (7 an a quarter inch gauge) situated in the green flag awarded 60 acres of Swanley Park, Kent. The ra...

A child holding a paintball gun at KidsPaintball in Brighton

KidsPaintball Brighton

  • Henfield
  • Outdoor
  • Paintballing

Grab your troop and get down in the mud at Kidspaintball Brighton! With special games so kids as young as 8 can get involved, there’s something for t...

Sailing boat exhibit at The Classic Boat Museum in East Cowes

Classic Boat Museum Cowes

  • East Cowes
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Classic Boat Museum Cowes is a great place to take the kids in any weather. There is a great selection (more than 50!) of power boats, sailing boats,...

Paddle boarding at Canoe Trail in Bedford

Canoe Trail

  • Bedford
  • Outdoor
  • Sailing and Kayaking

Canoe Trail is the place to go for messing about on the water. There are a number of guided tours on kayak and canoes or you can hire the craft and g...

Mechanics behind clock at Isle of Wight Ghost Experience in Cowes

Isle of Wight Ghost Experience

  • Cowes
  • Outdoor
  • Tours and River Cruises

Isle of Wight Ghost Experience are immersive guided ghost tours that last around an hour an a half, featuring grisly local history tales and costumed...

Kids racing on go karts at Q Leisure in Albourne

Q Leisure

  • Albourne
  • Outdoor
  • Go Karting and Driving

Qleisure is a great place to take kids 8 years and over for a bit of excitement. They offer quad bike treks and archery for 8 years and older, plus c...

Falcon flying at Cotswold Falconry Centre in Morton in Marsh

Cotswold Falconry Centre

  • Moreton-in-Marsh
  • Outdoor
  • Zoos and Wildlife Parks

Cotswold Falconry Centre aims to be one of the friendliest Raptor centres in the country! You can avail yourselves of their daily entertainments in t...

Sheep at Church Farm in Stevenage

Church Farm

  • Stevenage
  • Outdoor
  • Children's Farms

Church farm is an all-round outdoor adventure! There are lots of animals to see, including 250 sheep and rams, 30 cattle, 24 pigs, hens, turkeys, gee...

Mascot outside of Logans Den in Baldock

Logan's Den

  • Baldock
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Let your little-lions free at Logan’s Den in Hertfordshire. This is the perfect place for little animals to run free and enjoy a wild and wonderful d...

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