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Top Snowdrop Walks in Buckinghamshire

There’s something very special about seeing the first snowdrops appear and knowing that spring is around the corner.  Snowdrops ...

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Ray Mill Island

On one of my last sunny days of the summer holidays this year, I stumbled across Ray Mill Island in Maidenhead.   We were looking for a ...

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Hughenden Park

I discovered Hughenden Park with my three boys at the end of the summer holidays and we loved it. The full Hughenden parkland itself is ...

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Oxford Wet n Wild Aqua Park

By Jess aged 12, an Oxfordshire almost teen who loves art, running and the outdoors. Oxford Wet n Wild aqua park kindly donated entry ...

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Minster Lovell Ruins

I’ve visited the Minster Lovell Hall ruins a number of times with my kids from the early days of having just one in a sling and ...

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Hughenden Manor: What To Do There With The Kids

By Emma Kisby,  family and lifestyle blogger living in Berkshire, Mum of two, coffee addict and good at sleeping. Hughenden Manor High ...

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Waddesdon Greenway Family Bike Ride

My kids are at the perfect age for a family bike ride, with two pretty confident cyclist and a little one who’s happy to sit on a ...

Florence Park Oxford Review

Florence Park in Oxford was my new discovery today on an outing with my three boys and what a great one!  It’s situated between ...

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A to Z of Things To Do With Kids in Berkshire

Looking for some ideas of places go and things to do with kids in Berkshire? Here’s our A to Z packed with suggestions of ...

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The Thames Path: Dorchester-on-Thames to Wallingford

After walking from Abingdon to Dorchester and staying the night in the White Hart, we travelled on towards Wallingford.  From ...

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Top 5 National Trust Places to Take the Kids

By Vicky Harlock who set up Free Time with the Kids  to find and review free, cheap and cheaper than they should be places to visit ...

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Family Fun at Cliveden

By Emma Kisby,  family and lifestyle blogger living in Berkshire, Mum of two, coffee addict and good at sleeping. Cliveden House is a ...

The Thames Path: Abingdon to Dorchester Family Walk

One of the benefits of walking down the Thames is that it is hard to get lost. Just make sure you keep the water in sight. The most ...

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The Thames Path: Oxford to Godstow Family Walk

A desire to see Oxfordshire, Berkshire and London from a different angle, to swap busy schedules for the peace of the riverbank and to ...

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Pick Your Own Pumpkin Patches

Pick your pumpkin patches are huge in North America and you can find a few around Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire too.  ...

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Best Pick Your Own Farms in Berkshire

Where to go strawberry picking in Berkshire There’s nothing better than picking your own fresh fruit and vegetables.  Their taste ...

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Woodley Park Run

Have you tried Park Run? It’s a great, free, weekly run which is a great way to get the kids out and about and exercising.  There ...

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Wonder Woods at Stonor Park

If you’re looking for a fab playground to visit, check out  Wonder Woods playground at Stonor Park, near Henley.  It’s ...

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Top 10 Bluebell Walks in Wiltshire

Not long after Easter, towards the end of April, the bluebells start to appear in woodland across the UK. Forests are transformed with ...

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List of Playgrounds in Newbury

Looking for a playground to take the kids to in Newbury? Here’s our list of all the playgrounds to choose from with options for ...

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Top 10 Bluebell Walks in Buckinghamshire

Not long after Easter, towards the end of April, the bluebells start to appear in woodland across the UK. Forests are transformed with ...

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Victoria Park Playground Newbury

Victoria Park is in central Newbury, only a few minutes walk from the river, main carparks and shops. It’s a beautiful spacious ...

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Upton To Didcot Art Trail Bike Ride

The Upton to Didcot Art Trail makes a lovely family bike ride (or walk).  There’s a great playground at the start, a car-free ...

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Pangbourne Playground

Pangbourne has a lovely little playground, not far from  the river. The playground is fenced and secure for younger ones and has ...

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Wooburn Park Playground

Wooburn Park has a small playground beside the playing fields and tennis courts.  The playground equipment is a bit old and tired but ...

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Top 10 Bluebell Walks in Surrey

Not long after Easter, towards the end of April, the bluebells start to appear in woodland across the UK. Forests are transformed with ...

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Sloe Gin Recipe

Sloes are the fruit on a blackthorn tree.  They are ready for picking when they turn blue, usually in late August/September/October ...

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Beat the Heat – Top Ideas for Kids When it’s Hot, Hot, Hot

We’re all used to a wet British summer, but every so often we get a heatwave.  There is lots of advice around on how to keep ...

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Abbey Meadows Playground, Abingdon

The new Abbey Meadows playground in Abingdon is now open and is definitely worth a visit.  A £320,000 investment has created a ...

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Family Canoe Adventure on the River Wye

A family canoe expedition in an open Canadian canoe is a great fun adventure which the whole family is sure to remember for years to ...

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Go Ape, Bracknell

If you’re looking for some adventure thrills for kids (and adults too!), check out Go Ape Bracknell at The Look Out. It’s a ...

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Best Family Campsites

A weekend camping with kids is a great way to spend time together and enjoy the outdoors.  Here are some great family campsite ...

Easy Garden Projects For Kids

There’s something magic about getting outdoors, growing something or making a craft project with items you find outside. You ...

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Where To Go For A Family Bike Ride In Berkshire

Getting outdoors and getting active together as a family creates great experiences and memories.  Here are our top tips for where to go ...

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Leys Recreation Ground, Witney

The Leys Recreation Ground in Witney is a fantastic park with lots for all the family to enjoy. As well as the lovely open grassy space ...

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Kilkenny Lane Country Park

Set on the edge of a housing development near Carterton,  Kilkenny Lane Country Park is a surprisingly fun place to go with the kids. ...

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Berkshire Family Bike Ride: Thatcham to Theale

The Kennet and Avon Canal is a brilliant place to go on a family bike ride in Berkshire.  There are miles of fairly flat, car-free ...

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Blossoms Field Playground, Newbury

We haven’t yet visited Blossom’s Field Playground in Newbury but it’s on our list! In the meantime, if you have any ...

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Upton Playground

Upton Playground is a really excellent playground for children aged 5 years and older.  Located next to Upton Village Hall, there is ...

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Wellington Country Park

Wellington Country Park describes itself as Berkshire’s largest playground and it lives up to it.  The country park has so much ...

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St Mary’s Fields Circular Walk, Kidlington

The small circular walk around St Mary’s fields has long been a favourite in my family.  It’s not very long so perfect for ...

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Alexandra Gardens, Windsor

Alexandra Gardens in Windsor is a beautiful place to go with the family if you’re thinking of a trip to Windsor.  Located right ...

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Parkhill Recreation Ground (Benmead Road Park)

Officially called Parkhill Recreation Ground, my kids have always referred to this little park in Kidlington as Benmead Road park.  ...

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Bury Knowle Park

Bury Knowle is a beautiful park in Oxford’s Headington.  It’s a lovely spot for a family picnic and has lots to keep the ...

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Cuttleslowe and Sunnymeade Park

Cuttleslowe and Sunnymeade Park is the all time favourite park for my kids in Oxford because it has so much to do there.  Covering 42 ...

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Blenheim Palace

A trip to Blenheim Palace is a magical day out.  Prepare to be ‘wowed’ as you catch sight of this magnificent building. ...

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Grey’s Court (National Trust)

A day out to a National Trust property is always fun and Grey’s Court near Henley is no exception. There is a beautiful house, ...

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Bure Park Nature Reserve

If you fancy somewhere for a run around, or a good place for younger ones to bike without the worry of cars, then head over to Bure ...

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Far Peak Campsite, Cotswolds

A camping trip to Far Peak Campsite in the Cotswolds is highly recommended. With an indoor and outdoor climbing centre, a low ropes ...

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The Look Out – Swinley Forest, Bracknell

Swinley Forest is a great low cost destination for a outdoor family day.  Park at the Look Out and enjoy free access to walking and ...

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Steeple Aston Play Park

Steeple Aston has a lovely mid sized play park with a good range of equipment for younger and older kids.  It’s mostly wooden ...

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Kirtlington Quarry

Once a busy quarry, Kirtlington Quarry is now a nature reserve.  It’s not specifically set up with any kids activities but I ...

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The Oxfordshire Museum, Woodstock

If your kids love dinosaurs, then they’ll have fun at the Oxfordshire Museum in Woodstock.  Entry is free which makes it a low ...

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Rectory Farm

Rectory Farm is more than just a PYO (pick your own). With some extra facilities for kids on site, you can easily extend your visit to ...

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Bracelands Campsite, Forest of Dean

Less than 2 hours drive from Oxford, the Forest of Dean makes a great weekend away.  With beautiful ancient forest, canoeing on the ...

Mill Meadows Toddler Playground, Henley

There are two great playgrounds at Mill Meadows, by the river, in Henley. The wooden adventure playground is suitable for older ...

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Mill Meadows Adventure Playground, Henley

There are two great playgrounds at Mill Meadows, by the river, in Henley. One is ideal for toddlers and younger children.  The other ...

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Hollands Wood Campsite, New Forest

New Forest Camping Less than 2 hours drive from Oxford, the New Forest makes an excellent camping destination doable in a weekend. ...

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Ball Run at Basildon Park

The ball run at Basildon Park is open annually from mid May throughout the summer.  Buy a ball run kit for £3 which is valid to use all ...

Shotover Country Park

Located on the edge of Oxford, Shotover Country Park offers a great trip out with the family.  It’s open all year round and ...

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Postern Hill Campsite, Marlborough

Postern Hill Campsite, near Marlborough is a fantastic campsite, less than an hours drive from Oxford.  Situated in  4500 Savernake ...

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4 Kingdoms

4 Kingdoms Family Farm and Adventure Park is a great day out for the whole family.  With a large multi-level outdoor play zone, bouncy ...

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Millets Farm Centre

Millets Farm Centre is great for a trip with younger kids and really good value too as it’s free! It’s perfect if you want ...

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Dinton Pastures

For a great family day out, Dinton Pastures is a great destination.  With an awesome playground, lakes perfect for cycling or talking a ...

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Hinksey Park and Playground

Hinksey Park is a lovely spacious area to run around and enjoy a picnic.  There is a pond with ducks and swans, a good sandy playground ...

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Hinksey Outdoor Pool

We visited Hinksey Outdoor Pool for the first time on a sunny day in early April.  It’s a fabulous place which is definitely ...

Top 10 Bluebell Walks in Berkshire

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Top 10 Bluebell Walks in Oxfordshire

Not long after Easter, towards the end of April, the bluebells start to appear in woodland across the UK. Forests are transformed with ...

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Beale Park

A trip to Beale Park, near Pangbourne, is always a fun family day out.  Set in 350 acres of Thames-side land, the park feels spacious ...

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Dorney Lake

Dorney Lake is a fantastic place for a family walk, bike, scoot or rollerskate.  Set in a spectacular 450-acre parkland near Windsor, ...

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Moulsford Playground

Tucked away next to Moulsford Pavilion, Moulsford playground is a wonderful playground for kids of all ages.  Opened in 2014, ...

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The Nature Discovery Centre

A trip to the Nature Discovery Centre in Thatcham makes a great day out whatever the weather.  With two adventure playgrounds, a lake ...

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Blewbury Play Space

Blewbury Play Space Head over to Blewbury to find a brilliant playground designed for children 8 years and over. Younger children can ...

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Earth Trust Centre

A trip to the Earth Trust Centre (Little Wittenham, near Abingdon) is well worth a visit, with interesting activities for kids of all ...

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Harwell Jubilee Playground

The Harwell Jubilee Playground is a fabulous outdoor playground for kids of all ages.  It is grassy and spacious with lots of ...

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Bucklebury Farm Park

Bucklebury Farm Park is a favourite day out for my family.  There’s a great mix of outdoor and indoor activities so suitable for ...

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Cogges Manor Farm

Cogges Manor Farm is steeped in history but bang up to date for lots of family fun. Nominated for several awards, they have won the ...

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Basildon Park

If you are a National Trust Member, a trip to Basildon Park makes a great day out. Visit the Georgian mansion, or explore the 400 acres ...

PYO Fruit at The Old Farm Shop, Harwell

A trip out to pick your own fruit makes a wonderful outing with children. We picked blackberries in September at The Old Farm Shop, ...

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Top Snowdrop Walks in Buckinghamshire

There’s something very special about seeing the first snowdrops appear and knowing that spring is around the corner.  Snowdrops ...

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Ray Mill Island

On one of my last sunny days of the summer holidays this year, I stumbled across Ray Mill Island in Maidenhead.   We were looking for a ...

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Hughenden Park

I discovered Hughenden Park with my three boys at the end of the summer holidays and we loved it. The full Hughenden parkland itself is ...

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Oxford Wet n Wild Aqua Park

By Jess aged 12, an Oxfordshire almost teen who loves art, running and the outdoors. Oxford Wet n Wild aqua park kindly donated entry ...

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Minster Lovell Ruins

I’ve visited the Minster Lovell Hall ruins a number of times with my kids from the early days of having just one in a sling and ...

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Hughenden Manor: What To Do There With The Kids

By Emma Kisby,  family and lifestyle blogger living in Berkshire, Mum of two, coffee addict and good at sleeping. Hughenden Manor High ...

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Waddesdon Greenway Family Bike Ride

My kids are at the perfect age for a family bike ride, with two pretty confident cyclist and a little one who’s happy to sit on a ...

Florence Park Oxford Review

Florence Park in Oxford was my new discovery today on an outing with my three boys and what a great one!  It’s situated between ...

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A to Z of Things To Do With Kids in Berkshire

Looking for some ideas of places go and things to do with kids in Berkshire? Here’s our A to Z packed with suggestions of ...

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The Thames Path: Dorchester-on-Thames to Wallingford

After walking from Abingdon to Dorchester and staying the night in the White Hart, we travelled on towards Wallingford.  From ...

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Top 5 National Trust Places to Take the Kids

By Vicky Harlock who set up Free Time with the Kids  to find and review free, cheap and cheaper than they should be places to visit ...

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Family Fun at Cliveden

By Emma Kisby,  family and lifestyle blogger living in Berkshire, Mum of two, coffee addict and good at sleeping. Cliveden House is a ...

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