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Things to do in Bracknell

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Park
“(About a 11 minute drive from 52 Lakeside) Coral Reef Waterworld isn't just Bracknell's largest water world, but one of the largest interactive water worlds in England. With a huge range of different ways to enjoy the water, as well as a host of other activities, Coral Reef Waterworld is the perfect place to stay active and, most importantly, have fun. With thrilling waterslides, an erupting volcano, a pirate ship and a variety of other features, there’s something for everyone in the pool area. Meanwhile, the adults-only Coral Spa area is the ideal place to relax and get away from it all. SLIDES Thrilling selection of five interactive special effects water slides. Whatever your preference, there’s a slide for you, from the gentler Aqua Splash, which is perfect for younger children and families to the more extreme Cannon, Storm Chaser and Maelstrom slides, each of which is perfect for the more adventurous amongst you. POOL Coral Reef Water World’s swimming pool is designed to make swimming as fun as possible, in its free form leisure pool, rapids, bubble pool, little corals children’s area, fountains and even a pirate ship all designed to make sure everyone enjoys themselves as much as possible. Coral Reef have moved to an online-only ticket booking system during Weekends and Holidays.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“5 Minute Drive 10-15 Minute Walk from AirBnB location With fabulous shopping, the very best in women’s fashion and men’s clothing stores, a 12 screen cinema, and so many places to eat, from pizza to burgers, Italian restaurants to Japanese and pub favourites, The Lexicon is the perfect place to shop, dine and socialise.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Theme Park
“Great place to take children to let off some steam - also a cafe and discovery centre.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“(About a 11 minute drive from 52 Lakeside) Winter Opening Treetop Adventure open weekends throughout January and February. Treetop Challenge closed from 9th December - 31st January 2020. Forest Segway will be open from 14th March. There’s triple fun to be had at Bracknell Go Ape with three of our fan favourites – Treetop Challenge, Treetop Adventure and Forest Segway. We've got all views of the forest covered from ground level to tree level. Scream your way around Swinley Forest on the Challenge route & be prepared for 2-3 hours of tree-to-tree obstacles designed to get the adrenaline pumping and the heart thumping. If you and the family fancy something a little more sedate, buckle up and hook onto the Treetop Adventure route. Prefer your fun to be on terra firma? Hire a Segway and get exploring.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
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  • 1 local recommends
Grocery or Supermarket
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“Large supermarket selling full range of groceries, toiletries, household items and clothes. Costa Coffee Timpsons Subway”
  • 2 locals recommend
Nature
“Over the last 35 years South Hill Park has evolved into a performing arts centre whose patrons include Kate Winslet and Kenneth Branagh. This began with the construction of the Wilde Theatre, while the mansion went through a multimillion-pound revamp in the early 2000s, furnishing it with arts and craft studios, another performance stage, galleries, a cinema, dance studio, a recital room and bar in the mansion’s atrium. There are more than 300 events, shows and films at the centre each year, together with over 250 workshops and courses. South Hill Park also has seven artists in residence, specialising in printmaking, jewellery design/silversmithing and ceramics. Beyond the glorious 18th-century Italianate mansion, out in the refined parkland, you’ll come across a rose garden, a graceful Italian formal garden, a special toddler garden, lots of sculptures and deep oak, sweet chestnut, lime and birch woodland. There are four waymarked trails showing you around the estate, as well as an educational nature trail with quirky wood carvings.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Bar
“(About a 12 minute drive from 52 Lakeside) South Hill Park is a Green Flag awarded historic park located south of Bracknell town centre with excellent road and rail links to London. The grounds are open to the public and include landscaped gardens, lakes and woodland, all of which surround a Grade II listed building which is now used as an arts centre. The grounds of South Hill Park have been restored back to their former glory thanks to a £2.3 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund. Take a step back in time and admire original features such as a Yew Walk and Italian Garden in your exploration of the park.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Lots of great places to eat lunch eg: Bills, TGI's, Nando's, Blue's Smoke House, Carluccio's and Domino's. Gourmet Burger Kitchen, Prezzo and Wagamama. There are also a huge variety of shops, Fat Face, Foot Locker, Game, Hotel Chocolat, Jack Wills and Joules.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bicycle Store
“(About a 12 minute drive from 52 Lakeside) Swinley Forest is the South's destination mountain bike trail centre. At the heart of the Swinley Forest trail scene is Swinley Bike Hub; an independent, rider owned hire centre, coaching academy & trail shop. Swinley Bike Hub offers bikes (hire/demo/sale), trail clothing, trail protection, and trail items for your ride. Swinley Bike Hub offer incredible Mountain Bike Coaching for skills progression whatever your level or goals. If you have any questions pop in to see the SBH Team who all have huge local knowledge to make yours a great day on the trails!”
  • 4 locals recommend
Cinema
  • 4 locals recommend
Premise
“South Hill Park is the creative heart of Berkshire, hosting over 300 shows, films & events a year, as well as holding over 250 courses and workshops!”
  • 3 locals recommend
Park
“(About a 8 minute drive from 52 Lakeside) Lily Hill Park is a Green Flag awarded 23-hectare public open space, located near Bracknell town centre and Ascot, with excellent road and rail links to London. There are 56 acres of restored heritage parkland and gardens for you to explore and enjoy, with an extensive network of restored surfaced pathways allowing easy access to all areas of the park. Take a step back in time and enjoy the grand views and attractive features of Lily Hill Park that were experienced by Victorian ladies and gentlemen some 160 years ago.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
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  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
“5 minute drive, 10-15 minute Walk from AirBnB location Great family food Blue’s is a place where you roll-up your sleeves and get stuck-in to a menu full of American smokehouse favourites, southern specials, burgers galore and more. BBQ Classics are smoked in-house over hickory wood and served-up on big old platters. From our imported American smokers (tucked-away around the back) to our award-winning executive chef the focus is on serving authentic flavours in a relaxed, fun and informal atmosphere. ”
  • 2 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Bar
“(About a 12 minute drive from 52 Lakeside) South Hill Park is a Green Flag awarded historic park located south of Bracknell town centre with excellent road and rail links to London. The grounds are open to the public and include landscaped gardens, lakes and woodland, all of which surround a Grade II listed building which is now used as an arts centre. The grounds of South Hill Park have been restored back to their former glory thanks to a £2.3 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund. Take a step back in time and admire original features such as a Yew Walk and Italian Garden in your exploration of the park.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“5 minute drive, 10-15 minute Walk from AirBnB location Great family food Blue’s is a place where you roll-up your sleeves and get stuck-in to a menu full of American smokehouse favourites, southern specials, burgers galore and more. BBQ Classics are smoked in-house over hickory wood and served-up on big old platters. From our imported American smokers (tucked-away around the back) to our award-winning executive chef the focus is on serving authentic flavours in a relaxed, fun and informal atmosphere. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Hotel
“You can join their wellness programme on an attractive month by month membership basis. Visit the hotel's website for more details on wellness and beauty.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“my favorite place come breakfast, lunch or early evening. Cool decor, nice vibe just go!!!!!”
  • 2 locals recommend
Bowling Alley
“(About a 5 minute drive from 52 Lakeside) Modern multilane bowling chain with an on-site bar/diner, plus a dedicated games area and arcade.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 1 local recommends
American Restaurant
Restaurant
“just ace, if you know if, then go. Great before or after Cinema or if juyst shopping!”
  • 1 local recommends

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