Ascot

Things to do with teenagers in Ascot

A trip to Ascot presents an excellent opportunity to relax among the scenic surroundings of Berkshire, but for those travelling as a family, there’s also plenty to keep teenagers occupied. Experience the full potential of this historic corner of the British countryside with this two-day itinerary, filled with adrenaline-fueled activities from kayaking on the River Thames to horse riding in Windsor Great Park.

 
 

Day one

Get the day started with a visit to Thorpe Park, just 15 minutes from Coworth Park by car.

T: +44 8716 631 673 | Staines Road, Chertsey, KT16 8PZ

Thorpe Park

One of the UK’s best-loved theme parks, Thorpe Park has a number of rollercoasters and other attractions, including rapids and ghost trains. There’s also the popular “SAW – The Ride”, the UK’s first winged rollercoaster, The Swarm, and numerous places to eat and drink.

Then, take a 20-minute drive to Windsor Leisure Centre, where you can take to the river with the Canoe & Kayak Tours.

T: +44 7585 907 734 | Canoe & Kayak Tours, Railway Arch 110, Windsor, SL4 5JA

Canoeing and Kayaking on the Thames

As one of Britain’s most famous rivers, the Thames has proven irresistible for thrill-seekers and sightseers alike. Join the Thames at Windsor and you’ll paddle peacefully past green meadows, historic buildings and weeping willows. For the more confident, the company also offers lessons in stand-up paddle boarding.

A 15-minute walk across the river or a 10-minute drive will then bring you to Flaming Cow in Eton for lunch.

T: +44 1753 863 379 | 75 High Street, Eton, SL4 6BT

Flaming Cow Eton

With a passion for great food and a commitment to using locally sourced ingredients, the Flaming Cow takes pride in its menu. Expect high quality handmade burgers, brioche buns, hot dogs, sides and a range of hard and soft shakes. Follow signs to Eton High Street to discover this popular teenage hangout.

Legoland Windsor is then just half an hour from the restaurant by bus, or 15 minutes by car.

T: +44 8712 222 001 | Winkfield Road, Windsor, SL4 4AY

Legoland Windsor

Legoland Windsor is a perennial favourite, translating the magic and imagination of the little Danish bricks into an engaging and fun-filled theme park experience. Joining the famous large-scale Lego models of Miniland are over 55 interactive rides and other attractions, so there’s plenty to entertain visitors of all ages.

For the final activity of the day, take a 25-minute drive to get to the car park opposite Rangers Gate, off the A332. This is where you will meet your horse riding guides from Tally Ho Stables.

T: +44 7743 253 373 | Carpark opposite Ranges Gate, off the A332, Windsor Great Park, Windsor

Horse Riding with Tally Ho Stables

Located just outside of Windsor Great Park, Tally Ho Stables offer year-round rides on horseback through the royal park. The stables cater to all skills, from novice first-timers to seasoned riders, making it one of the best ways to enjoy the area’s natural beauty.

After your ride, the hotel is just 15 minutes away by car.

Day two

Start your second day in Ascot with a trip to Chessington World of Adventures, 35 minutes away from the hotel by car.

T: +44 871 663 4477 | Leatherhead Road, Chessington, KT9 2NE

Chessington World of Adventures

Chessington World of Adventures has 10 whimsically themed lands, from the Forbidden Kingdom to the Wild Woods and more than 40 rides and attractions. However, the iconic theme park originally opened as a zoo in 1931, and still has over a thousand animals – including Gorillas, Tigers and Penguins – as well as a SEA LIFE centre.

Then, jump back in the car for the 40-minute drive to Bracknell for lunch at Blue’s Smokehouse.  

T: +44 1344 867 575 | High Street, Bracknell, RG12 1DS

Blue’s Smokehouse

After a morning of adrenaline-pumping activity, refuel at Blue’s Smokehouse with some authentic American BBQ. Here the portions are massive and the flavours pack a punch. Expect everything from Carolina-style pulled pork and baby back ribs to spicy chicken wings, burgers, nachos, and fries. A milkshake would round off the meal nicely.

After a restorative lunch, Go Ape is just 10 minutes away by car.

T: +44 8456 439 215 | The Look Out Discovery Centre, Nine Mile Ride, Bracknell, RG12 7QW

Go Ape Bracknell

Enjoy an unforgettable adventure at Go Ape Bracknell, located in the heart of the Swinley Forest. Experience zip-wires, Tarzan swings and tree crossings as you traverse the treetop course up to 13 metres above the ground. A little closer to earth, you can try the Forest Segway Experience for an hour of off-road fun.

Then, walk over to Swinley Bike Hub in The Look Out Discovery Centre, where you can hire your bike.

T: +44 1344 360 229 | Swinley Bike Hub, The Look Out Discovery Centre, Nine Mile Ride, Bracknell, RG12 7QW

Swinley Forest Bike Trails

For keen cyclists, Swinley Forest offers a set of enticing challenges. The forest is home to 24km of mountain bike and single-track trails covering all experience levels, from the 1km Green Trail – geared to those who are new to off-road cycling – to the physically demanding, expert level Red Trail. Hire your bike at The Look Out Discovery Centre.

The final stop of the day is The Oracle Shopping Centre in Reading, a 25-minute drive away from Swinley Forest.

T: +44 118 965 9000 | Reading, RG1 2AG

The Oracle Shopping Centre

Coupling chic boutiques with major department stores, The Oracle in Reading is the best shopping destination in Berkshire. Located on the banks of the River Kennet, visitors can enjoy great shopping, restaurants and bars (indoor and outdoor), and an 11-screen cinema. What’s more, the mall stays open late on weekday nights, ensuring your retail experience remains stress-free.

From The Oracle, the hotel is 40 minutes away by car.

All journey times are approximate and subject to variation.

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