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7 things you must do during a staycation in Bracknell, Berkshire

Bracknell hosts one of our most beautiful top-end aparthotels located at Beneficial House, Bracknell, which features studio, 1-bed and 2-bed serviced bedroom apartments. Located a 14 minute walk away from The Lexicon, everything you need is within walking distance. Car parking is bookable along with the Bracknell train station only being a 12 minute walk away. When staying at House of Fisher in Bracknell here are the seven things we recommend you must do:

Enjoy the entertainment at South Hill Park Arts Centre

1.  Enjoy the entertainment at South Hill Park Arts Centre

South Hill Park Arts Centre is the creative heart of Berkshire, hosting hundreds of films, shows and events every year. Along with this they hold over 250 courses and workshops for you to develop your skills and have fun at the same time. With the South Park mansion being built in the 1760s it boasts some of the most beautiful grounds stretching over 24-acres of land allowing for some amazing views and great photo taking opportunities. South Hill Park has been awarded the Green Flag, which they pride themselves in, as evidence they keep the park up to an amazing standard of quality.

If you are ever stuck getting around the grounds there are 4 way-marked trails to guide you around the outstanding historic grounds. We also highly recommend their Sunday lunch roasts, with unlimited roast potatoes and gravy!!

Have a spendup at The Lexicon

2. Have a spendup at The Lexicon

The Lexicon is Bracknell’s brand new retail and leisure complex located only a 14 minute walk from our aparthotel at Beneficial House. The Lexicon boasts an amazing 160 stores (like Primark, H&M, Next and Marks & Spencers) and services ranging from Pizza Express, if you would like to experience Italian dining, to KL Dance Steps, a dancing school offering classes in ballroom, latin america and social dance, if you like to get your groove on! If you decide that you would like to see one of the latest movies you are in luck as The Lexicon is home to Cineworld, the UK’s leading cinema chain, which includes the new, very popular, 4DX full sensory experience. 

They hold many events such as the Vegan Market, organised by Sparkle Vegan Events, where they have fantastic stalls selling a range of incredible food, refreshing drinks and eco-friendly products.

Parking is available at one of the multiple car parks around The Lexicon, Princess Square being their main one. Spaces ranging from 500-1300 spaces per car park with payments available from their own parking app or by the ticket machine.

Break out of prison at Puzzalogical Escape Rooms

3. Break out of prison at Puzzalogical Escape Rooms

If you are looking to be challenged and have some fun at the same time then an escape room might just be perfect for you. Puzzalogical have multiple types of escape rooms to keep you entertained with one of them being ‘The Secret Of The Vault’ where you and your team have 60 minutes to think outside of the box and break into a vault, which has a 12 inch thick walls and a 6 inch steel door. If you are a fan of the show Prison Break then the escape room ‘Prison Break’ is perfect for you. You and your friends have been locked up in HMP Bracknell and have nothing but your wits! You must outsmart the guards to escape to freedom. If neither of those are to your liking then Pharaoh’s Mystery (coming soon) is what you’ve been waiting for. You and your team of cunning archaeologist’s have stepped inside Pharaoh’s Tomb and must solve the ancient puzzles to unravel Pharaoh’s Mystery.

Not only are escape rooms lots of fun, they can help you develop and further improve your skills, better communication being the main one, as they promote group discussions while working under pressure using the analysis of information to move forward. Becoming a team player is another valuable skill that escape rooms teach as the games require a variety of different skills to work together.

Puzzalogical is only a 4 minute drive from our aparthotel in Beneficial, so travelling there will be no hassle at all.

Take in beautiful nature at Swinley Forest

4. Take in beautiful nature at Swinley Forest

Swinley Forest is one of the most beautiful places in all of Bracknell, with 2,600 acres of gentle hills from Bracknell to Crowthorne. While you are there, make sure to check out the Look Out as a base to explore the surrounding area. Don’t be afraid to get lost as the Look Out reception sells a map with three planned routes marked on it. Maps cost as little as £1 and the routes can range from one to five miles per route.

If walking isn’t something you want to do then the Look Out has a bike hub offering bike hire services. Three bike routes are marked out in colours with green being the beginner route, blue the intermediate route and red being the advanced route. If you would like a more peaceful ride then you may prefer the wide forest tracks which are shared with walkers and stretch for miles. 

Swinley Forest once surrounded Swinley Lodge where the King kept the Royal Staghounds in Georgian times. Swinley Forest is only an 8 minute drive from our aparthotel in Beneficial House with parking available daily from 7am to 8:30pm.

Create a splash at Coral Reef Waterworld

5. Create a splash at Coral Reef Waterworld

Coral Reef Waterworld is one of the largest interactive water worlds in England with a huge range of different ways to enjoy the water. Coral Reef Waterworld is the perfect place to stay active and have fun. Meanwhile, the adults-only Coral Spa area is the ideal place to relax and get away from it all. 

Nothing beats the rush of a thrilling waterslide, with a selection of five interactive special effects waterslides there is one for you. As for the spa, which is what you are most likely waiting for, there are 3 relaxing saunas, a Japanese steam room, spa pool, cool pool and heated sun loungers, all of this to help you de-stress and let it all go. Feeling a little bit peckish after your big day of waterpark activities? Coral Reef Waterworld has you covered with a cafe for you to enjoy a variety of tasty food and drink.

Coral Reef Waterworld is only a 7 minute walk from our aparthotel at Beneficial House and is next door to Swinley Forest should you like to see some beautiful woodland after your fun packed relaxing day.

Go Ape!

6. Go Ape!

Go Ape is an adventure-activity chain venue where groups explore the forest canopy via a treetop rope course. Located in Swinley Forest, we already know the views from up high are going to be astonishing for the eye to see. Tree-to-tree obstacles last for around 2-3 hours and are designed to get the adrenaline pumping and the heart thumping. Should you get hungry or thirsty from all this adventure, you can grab a lovely drink and a snack from the coffee shop or, with all the surrounding tables and benches, you can bring your own picnic.

Two main adventures you can choose from are the treetop challenge, which is the Goliath of their high rope adventures and will test your nerves and head for heights, or a segway with spectacular off-road trails which is possibly the most fun to have on two wheels in the woods.

Located in Swinley Forest, parking is available from 7am to 8:30pm daily only, being an 8 minute drive from our aparthotel in Beneficial House.

Buy handmade pottery from Lili Pottery

7. Buy handmade pottery from Lili Pottery

Lilian has been running Lili Pottery since 2016, currently due to the Covid-19 restrictions Lilian has had to relocate to her home but still offers mobile and takeaway services which we would definitely recommend. 

If you like your pottery to be colourful and vibrant, they offer dozens of paints and textures and you can choose up to 6 for your pottery. Whatever your age or experience, you will be able to create a wonderful piece to treasure. Once you have painted your masterpiece you can get it glazed where your rich colours get transformed and create a smooth, tactile finish. Don’t worry, there are plenty of pottery styles to choose from, their most favorite being the Japanese Delight which is a Japanese Doll but also a moneybox, so you can save up your money for your next pottery excursion. If you would like to create something for your loved-ones then we would recommend their Beautiful Heart Dish, since there’s no gift better than something handmade and from the heart. 

With the relocation, the delivery has to be within a 5 mile radius of Warfield.  Luckily, Warfield is only 3 miles from our aparthotel at Beneficial House so you can enjoy your pottery, send it back to Lili Pottery to get  glazed, and expect it to be sent back to your luxurious apartment at Beneficial House.

Where to stay in Bracknell?

We recommend our most beautiful top-end aparthotels located at Beneficial House, Bracknell, which features studio, 1-bed and 2-bed serviced bedroom apartments. Located a 14 minute walk away from The Lexicon, everything you need is within walking distance. Car parking is bookable along with the Bracknell train station only being a 12 minute walk away. 

When booking your Staycation with House of Fisher, we always encourage you to book directly through our website and advanced booking engine or by calling our Reservations team on 01189 514151.  Click here to read the wealth of benefits from doing this and remember booking directly with House of Fisher is the only way to guarantee you will pay the lowest price.

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