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  • Henry T
    Reading, UK1,628 contributions
    Always enjoy a visit here to take a wander around the gardens and see the flower gardens. The roses, foxgloves and other flowers were beautiful on this visit.
    Written 5 June 2022
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  • Locketts Luck
    Swindon, UK12 contributions
    I'd not been to Beale park for about 6-7 years as we do not live that close and we have an amazing wildlife park nearby. I booked the animal feeding experience for myself and my 10 year old son. The Meerkats and Lemurs. Wow, what can I say, if you like these animals and like to get up close then this is for you. You go in and sit on little wooden tree trunks, then after some careful instructions to safeguard the animals and yourselves they give you the food, and then the animals climb on you if around you to munch away on their lunch. The Meerkats had red pepper first and then live mealworms (this was not my favourite bit) they were a little more wary of us than the lemurs. The lemurs were my absolute favourite, they were super cute and gentle, and happily climbed on your lap or next to you while eating away. We spoke to lots of keepers on the way round who happened to be feeding them and all the young ladies were great in imparting their knowledge and answering any questions, the staff are a real credit here, especially the meerkat and lemur & racoon, reindeer feeding ladies. Thank you! The park has lots of open space and gardens, rustic I would say and does look a little tired in places, some of the animal enclosures look so overgrown you struggle to actually see the animals, (this didn't seem to be the normal foliage that the enclosures might have) but then again the park wasn't busy at all for a sunny day in late June so I'm not sure they're getting the benefit of decent footfall traffic to pay for the amount of upkeep it ideally needs. Having been before many years ago I knew what to expect so was not disappointed. I would say the play parks are more geared towards the slightly younger children, there was a bouncy inflatable slide at no charge and safety was monitored well by a staff member. There's a splash pool too. A few cafes and eateries and an ice cream van. We had paninis at the pavilion cafe which was reasonably priced and tasty. Great choice for a day out especially for animal feeding or those with young children.
    Written 26 June 2022
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  • Sittinaroundoinuthin
    Hong Kong, China62 contributions
    We stayed at the campsite, which backed onto the park. As a campsite ‘resident’ you can enter the park 24 hours (although the farm/train/cars etc close at 5pm). Beautiful place, established foliage campgrounds, clean toilet/shower facilities. Nearest shop ten minutes drive. Camp wifi intermittent, no BT phone coverage. It’s good overall.
    Written 5 June 2022
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  • 522Susie
    West Bromwich, UK68 contributions
    Impressive remains of a walled Roman town. A bit muddy in places on the footpaths. Carpark is poor and very potholed. Site also would benefit from toilet facilities. But the remains are impressive just need to go prepared.
    Written 20 March 2022
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  • darkdave25
    Lynton, UK17 contributions
    What a gem of a place! Not the sort of place you expect to find tucked away in Reading, and much bigger than it looks from the road.
    We got into the main car park, so we had no worries about parking, and then spent nearly 4 hours happily wandering through the museum.
    The staff were cheerful, friendly and welcoming, and contributed to the nice atmosphere of the place.
    The museum itself was fascinating, with a great collection of tools, objects, photos and artwork - we thought we’d seen everything there was to see before we found out there was an upstairs!!
    The cafe is really good too - we got a very reasonably priced pot of tea for two, with plant milk, and in proper tea cups! Lovely!
    Written 2 June 2022
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  • Brianthelion
    Birmingham, UK2,236 contributions
    As stations go this rebuild was a very good one. Pub on site, food available and lots of concourse space and info boards.
    Written 6 March 2022
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  • fleming47
    Alton, UK154 contributions
    I have been wanting to revisit for years, particularly to visit the Silchester Gallery and see the replica Bayeux Tapestry. Also enjoyed the Abbey Ruins and Forbury Park nearby
    Written 23 October 2020
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  • Lexy m
    Bracknell, UK6 contributions
    Relaxing and peacful walk. The path takes you across the whole of Reading and is a really nice place to walk with the kids or a dog.
    Written 9 April 2022
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  • CarltonA10
    Stoke Poges, UK382 contributions
    I combined a visit to the Abbey Ruins with a walk through this area. It is a relaxing public space with some interesting features. There is a civil war defensive mound as well as a splendid memorial to those who fell in a 19th century conflict in Afghanistan.
    Written 16 November 2021
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  • Pippa
    Windsor, UK98 contributions
    We visited for the Stranglers gig this week - normally there is a cloakroom at the Hexagon and there was nothing on the website saying there wouldn't be one. When we arrived we went to the normal place, nothing, so then went around asking staff who weren't sure. Finally we found the manager who apologised, took on board the fact that either perhaps they should reopen now that Covid rules have changed, or they should state on their website that there will be no cloakroom - and then he offered to put our coats in his office. Without that the gig would have been pretty dreadful for us since we come to dance and would have been really hampered holding coats and scarves. So a very big thank you to him! It is sadly so rare nowadays that you meet a can-do rather than a can't-do attitude at gig venues, and he was very kind and polite, even when one of us became rather agitated (let's say) at the idea she wouldn't be able to dance! On the basis of that we would absolutely recommend - lovely staff and a very happy venue. Long bar queues, but that's often par for the course nowadays!
    Written 26 February 2022
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  • MissBusy22
    London, UK263 contributions
    Ruins were very interesting not far to walk from the centre one of the highlights of reading. There is a nice greenary area to sit and you can walk into spaces and touch the rocks. They also have rocks from the past
    Written 25 March 2022
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  • Nikki F
    Newtown, UK171 contributions
    Great weekend away, we booked the tickets for the foo fighters, twenty one pilots and bowling for soup and everything else was a bonus! Heard loads of amazing bands and had a blast.

    However, past the arena the camp sites are a bit rough. Also, the Sunday night we ended up leaving at 3am due to kids setting fire to aerosols, jumping on tents (whether occupied or not) and trashing the place. Nothing was being done by the staff either. A real shame to end a really good weekend.
    Written 11 October 2019
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  • leoglutten
    14 contributions
    The museum is packed with exhibits. Outside a couple of planes are parked.
    The volunteer staff are welcoming and ready to guide you around.
    Written 20 June 2022
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  • Emma H
    Reading, UK96 contributions
    Interesting timeline of residents of Caversham Court. Small but lovely with grassy area for picnics.
    Written 17 May 2022
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  • Mark W
    Oxford50 contributions
    A fun couple of hours with the kids. It's free, so don't expect Alton towers but it kept our little ones amused. Thumbs up!
    Written 4 June 2022
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