The Lexicon is all set to become Bracknell’s biggest pull, with a host of new restaurants, shops and a 12-screen cinema in jaw-dropping surroundings giving the town a real sense of renewal. Outside the centre, though, there’s plenty to keep the kids happy. Like the rest of Bracknell, Coral Reef Water World is also undergoing a multimillion-pound transformation, with state-of-the-art water flume rides – “from the serene to the extreme” – as well as refurbished pool and sauna areas.
Slightly drier but no less thrilling is Go Ape Bracknell, the tree-top adventure centre with zip-wires, Tarzan swings and rope ladders to excite the whole family, plus a Forest Segway ride for the more sedate. Kids’ grey matter can also get a workout at the Look Out Discovery Centre next door, a hands-on science park packed with fun activities.
Both Go Ape and Look Out are in Swinley Forest, Bracknell’s beautiful green lung owned by the Crown Estate. Take a leisurely stroll through the pines that were famously a location for Harry Potter, or ride a mountain bike – the trails here are among the best in the south of England.
Bracknell locals, meanwhile, are rightly proud of South Hill Park, an 18th century mansion house in Bracknell boasting 2 theatres, a dance studio, creative spaces and a cinema. Check their website regularly for their amazing programme of events and festivals.