17 Pubs with Play Areas Berkshire 2024

If you’re anything like us, wherever you go as a family, you want to make sure that the children will be entertained. Because of this, there’s always that joy of finding local pubs with not just a large beer garden but a play area in it too. A pub that knows that parents want to enjoy a drink and relax whilst their children play happily, make new friends but remain close by and supervised.

Growing up in the 90s, some of my fondest memories are of sitting in pub beer gardens on a holiday afternoon or sunny weekend. My brother and I would have a glass bottle of Coke, drinking it through a straw whilst enjoying a packet of crisps in the sunshine. But back then, we talked or read a book whilst our parents relaxed. There weren’t any outside play areas to keep us amused!

Now, the majority of pubs cater to families and are pretty kid friendly. They often have a lovely children’s menu, soft drinks, activity sheets to enjoy whilst the children wait for their meal and have highchairs and baby change facilities. Pubs know that families are great clientele and will do all they can to make a family visit a great one, ensuring the pub is as child friendly as possible so that any family who visits will want to return again and again.

Kids play areas in pubs go that one step further. Not just creating family friendly pubs but actively wanting families to visit. So here are some pubs with outdoor and indoor play areas across Berkshire to keep your little ones entertained – but don’t forget a trusty Brewers Fayre for family fun and great value too. I hope this gives you inspiration when you’re next looking for somewhere to visit after a day out or just to spend a sunny afternoon with friends or family. There’s also a map below so you can see easily where each pub is – and the vast majority have car parks too.

Family Pubs with Play Areas in Berkshire

1 – Jolly Farmer – Church Road, Cookham Dean, Cookham, Maidenhead Berkshire SL6 9PD

The Jolly Farmer is a village country pub servings a great variety of food and drinks. It has a large garden with a new play area and dogs are welcome too – as long as they’re kept on a lead.

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2 – The White Hart – Moneyrow Green, Holyport, Maidenhead Berkshire SL6 2ND

Friendly family atmosphere
The White Hart is a charming traditional English pub that is full of character. It prides itself in being at the heart of the local community and focuses on offering delicious fresh food, a great choice of real ale and a warm welcome to all. It has a log fire blazing in the winter and a lovely beer garden with separate enclosed children’s play garden that is a hive of activity in the warmer months.

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3 – Bel & The Dragon – High Street, Cookham Berkshire SL6 9SQ

Situated in the picturesque village of Cookham, just a short stroll from the Thames path, Bel & The Dragon combines our 600 years of history with the best in modern British cuisine. It has ten beautiful bedrooms, a large terrace and outside seating area as well as a lovely large play area for the children.

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Pubs with Play Areas Berkshire

4 – The Furze Bush Inn – Hatt Common, Ball Hill, Newbury Berkshire RG20 0NQ

The Furze Bush Inn is a family owned traditional hotel, public house and restaurant just outside Newbury. It sits in the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has gardens that are the perfect place to relax and enjoy a drink or meal in good company, especially with the addition of a lovely play space for the children.

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5 – The Craven Arms – Skinner’s Green Lane, Enborne Berkshire RG20 0HG

The Craven Arms offers a cosy pub setting complete with garden and fantastic play area. It’s a family focused pub, offering great food and a really lovely atmosphere.

Things to do nearby:

  • Greenham Common Control Tower
  • Donnington Castle
  • Watership Down
Pubs with Play Areas Berkshire

6 – The White Horse – Newbury Road, Hermitage, Thatcham Berkshire RG18 9TB

The White Horse is a top local pub which has built up a reputation for providing excellent traditional food prepared from fresh, quality ingredients sourced from local suppliers. It has a fantastic garden that includes a safe, enclosed play area for children and dogs are also welcome both indoors and out.

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7 – The Dukes Head – 2 Upper Village Road, Sunninghill, Ascot Berkshire SL5 7AG

The Dukes Head offers home-cooked gourmet dishes, fine wine, a log fire and a lovely, relaxed environment where the whole family will feel welcome. Plus, they have a little outdoor play area for the young ones too.

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Pubs with Play Areas Berkshire

8 – The Old Boot Inn – Stanford Dingley, Reading Berkshire RG7 6LT

The Old Boot Inn is a traditional pub offers traditional British home cooked pub food with a contemporary touch served alongside locally brewed British ales and a selection of fine wines. The beautifully 18th Century inn has roaring fires in Winter along with a family-friendly garden with fabulous views and a fantastic play area.

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9 – The Black Horse – Windmill Road, Fulmer, Slough Berkshire SL3 6HD

The Black Horse is a family friendly country pub, guesthouse and farm shop that started as a 17th century craftsman’s cottage but has been lovingly refurbished and extended into a modern pub, with all the charm and character of its original setting. It’s family friendly, dog friendly and has a fantastic garden complete with play area.

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Pubs with Play Areas Berkshire

10 – Rifle Volunteer – 141 Reading Road, Wokingham Berkshire RG41 1HD

The Rifle Engineer was originally the first inn on the road from Reading, but it’s now a popular community local serving a good selection of real ales. It has a spacious bar and is very much a sports lover’s pub with large TV screens and an alcove area for darts players but also a small room for children at the rear and a play area in the garden.

Things to do nearby:

  • Dinton Pastures Country Park
  • Museum of Berkshire Aviation
  • Caversham Lakes

11 – Elephant and Castle – Lodge Road, Whistley Green, Reading Berkshire RG10 OEH

The Elephant and Castle is a two bar community pub with plenty of pub games and a great menu of hot and cold, home-cooked food along with a roaring open fire in winter. The huge beer garden has a large children’s play area and the pub is dog friendly too.

Things to do nearby:

  • Charvil Country Park
  • Dinton Pasture Country Park
  • Oakwood Climbing Centre

12 – The Coach and Horses – Bath Road, Midgham Berkshire RG7 5UX

The Coach and Horses is a traditional English pub bursting with character, complete with a cosy fireplace area and exposed beams on the ceiling. There’s a large garden, sandpit for the children and a wonderful decked seating area along with a varied menu to suit all appetites.

Things to do nearby:

  • Silchester Roman City Walls
  • Ashford Hill National Nature Reserve
  • Englefield House

13 – The Greyhound – Tidmarsh, Reading, Berkshire RG8 8ER

The Greyhound is a real social hub at the heart of Tidmarsh village near Reading. Recently refurbished, the Greyhound offers a modern take on a classic country pub with contemporary style meeting 13th century charm. It has beautiful gardens and a lovely children’s play area.

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Pubs with Play Areas Berkshire

14 – The Wellington Arms – 203 Yorktown Road, Sandhurst Berkshire GU47 9BN

The Wellington Arms dates back to 1857 and sits in the heart of Sandhurst. They offer delicious food, tasty cocktails and somewhere for a good dance! They’re definitely a modern offering in a traditional setting, complete with a fantastic play area for the children.

Things to do nearby:

  • Horseshoe Lake Activity Centre
  • Shepherd Meadow Nature Reserve
  • Jake’s Play Barn and Mini Farm

15 – The Fox and Castle – 21 Burfield Road, Old Windsor Berkshire SL4 2RB

The Fox and Castle is a dog and family friendly pub with a huge garden. Under new ownership, the pub no longer has its own children’s play areas. However, there is a very large children’s play area behind the pub in the recreation ground.

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16 – Running Horse – London Road, Bracknell Berkshire RG12 2UJ

The Running Horse are all about great food at tasty prices and it’s a great place to stop for a bite to eat. Plus, there’s a lovely garden and play area for the children.

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17 – Palmer Arms – 1291 Village Rd, Dorney, Windsor Berkshire SL4 6QW

The Palmer Arms is a country pub and restaurant in the village of Dorney. They serve serious, unpretentious food with great service in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. There’s always a welcoming environment and they are family friendly, with a large garden and children’s play area.

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The Berkshire Arms Midgham and the Dundas Arms Hungerford also came really highly recommended but I couldn’t find confirmation online of a play area currently at either pub.

If you know for sure, get in touch and I’ll add it to the list! There aren’t as many pubs with play areas in Berkshire as there are in Surrey and Hampshire and most tend to be across West Berkshire but there are still quite a few options here. 

So, that was 18 child friendly pubs with outdoor play areas, climbing frames and play frames across Berkshire which I hope has given you some inspiration. I’ll add more as I come across them and please let me know if you have a favourite that I’ve missed too. It’s so nice to enjoy the outdoor space that many pubs offer, especially over the warmer months, and it’s lovely that so many have dedicated an outdoor area to family fun to help keep the kids entertained!

You can also see pubs with play areas in different counties here:

Pubs with Play Areas Berkshire


  • Donna Wishart

    Donna Wishart is married to Dave and they have two children, Athena (12) and Troy (11). They live in Surrey with their two cats, Fred and George. Once a Bank Manager, Donna has been writing about everything from family finance to days out, travel and her favourite recipes since 2012. Donna is happiest either exploring somewhere new, with her camera in her hand and family by her side or snuggled up with a cat on her lap, reading a book and enjoying a nice cup of tea. She firmly believes that tea and cake can fix most things.

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