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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.