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Explore Reading with the Family

With the Spring Bank Holiday weekend quickly approaching it can often be difficult to find ways to keep the kids entertained without doing the same old things. If they’re tired of the local swimming pool or the cinema’s playing a film you’ve already been dragged to, then organising a weekend away is a fantastic opportunity to get everyone excited and active while spending time together. Escaping to Reading for a 3 day weekend might seem like a long time to fill up but with a load of fun activities to choose from you’ll be back at home wondering where all the hours went!

It won’t be difficult to find hotels in Reading which cater for families that are right in the centre of the city. There’s so much to do and see in the city centre ranging from the historically rich Reading Museum, full of dusty old artefacts for the kids to gawp at, to big name shops like H&M and River Island along Broad Street.

If you aren’t much of a city bug and want a bit of tranquillity then walking along the Thames as a family, or jumping on one of the frequent riverboat tours, is a great chance to enjoy the tranquillity of the city. These walks can be a short wander down Thames Path or walks that stretch over 10 miles.

If you want something that’ll get the family exercising and their adrenaline pumping without all the walking then the Reading Climbing Centre  has a bunch of activities for kids and families. You can organise a family session so you can face the fear together, or send the kids up on their own while you sit back and bite your teeth! There are different sessions for all ages going from the ‘Little Monkeys Session’ (5 and 6 year olds) all the way up to the ‘Hang Time Sessions’ (11-17 years old) which can be done without any prior experience. All of these sessions are done under the supervision of the parents and trained professionals, so at least some of your worries will be forgotten!

Obviously you won’t be expected to jump from wall to wall on your first session but this can be a good way to build confidence for you and your kids.

Once you’ve scaled a few walls and had your fill of adventure, it might be time for a nice relaxing afternoon. Forbury Gardens is a public park which recently underwent a major restoration. With a wall surrounding the ornamental gardens it provides a peaceful haven for your kids to have a run about. Inside you’ll find a rose garden, herbaceous borders, a pond with an ornamental fountain and a fernery. One of the many fun days out that won’t stretch the wallet. So if you’ve run out of ideas and need a place to whisk the family off to then Reading might just be the place to go!

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