23 April, 2014
It's a gloriously sunny day, too nice to be watching the telly or traipsing round the shops, but what to do? Here's our top ten things to do in and around Wokingham when the sun is shining...
1. California Country Park
Covering 40 hectares, the park is set within 100 acres of ancient bogland and lowland heath. Offering scenic walks, wildlife watching, fishing and nature walks, it's the perfect place to take advantage of good weather. Ideal for a family day out too, there's a children's play area and a Pay and Play pool open daily in school summer holidays. Boardwalks and laid paths provide easy access and there's plenty of interesting wildlife to be seen.
2. Dinton Country Park
There's a whole variety of water and land based activities on offer at the park, from paddlesport to pond-dipping, bushcraft to sailing. Countryside Days Out, designed for families and individuals, both young and old, run regularly throughout the year. Download the What's On guide from Wokingham Borough Council to see what's coming up.
Whether you explore the myriad rivers, lakes and meadows on a segway, or tackle a challenging course in a 4x4, there's plenty of adventure to be had if that's your bag. Guided tours and fun games can be undertaken and the segways are a great way to explore Dinton Country Park.
4. Local Parks
If you want to stay close to home but take in some fresh air, Wokingham's local parks are the perfect place for picnics, stretching your legs or playing games! There are plenty to choose from; many offer tennis courts, football pitches and even archery. With the sun out it's a great opportunity to explore!
Whether you're a seasoned pro, fancy a new hobby, or you are looking for some family bonding time, Hurst Golf Course is just the ticket. Either book in advance or just turn up and play.
6. Oakwood Youth Challenge
An outdoor challenge centre, suitable for children eight years old and over, the centre offers great challenge days where participants can tackle a high ropes obstacle course, mountain biking, climbing, archery and more.
If a quiet day on the river is for you then there are six sites managed by the Borough Council offering peace and tranquillity, and hopefully some fish too! Casual day tickets are available.
Get active and grab some fresh air; the Wokingham Health Walks Scheme offers a range of walks of varying distances. Discover some of the more picturesque areas of the borough, whether you fancy a short stroll or a more taxing hike.
Nearby Henley-on-Thames is just 25 minutes drive away and offers a wonderful opportunity to spend the day messing about on the river. Hire a boat and go rowing, have afternoon tea at one of the delightful tea rooms or lunch at one of the many restaurants along the river. There are plenty of scenic walks and don't forget Henley Regatta every July.
Located between Wokingham and Crowthorne, what better way to spend an afternoon than chugging through the forest on a whimsical miniature steam train. There's a children's adventure playground close by and visitors can also enjoy a walk through the woodland, watching the trains pass by.