PARK visits and outdoor adventures - they seem like a lifetime ago.

But the chaos coronavirus has brought will come to an end eventually - lockdown will be lifted and we will be able to safely venture outside again.

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And if you're anything like us, you'll be heading to all the local beauty spots to soak up the atmosphere we used to take for granted, enjoying picnics, meet ups and leisurely strolls that are no longer constrained by a time limit.

We've scoured some of the reviews of the best local parks to bring you a list of the top Reading days out, according to TripAdviser.


Are they any we've left out?

1. Feathers and Fur falconry centre - 5*

Reading Chronicle:

This was the voted as the best day out in Reading on TripAdviser.

Based at Ladd’s Garden Village, Reading, the centre has a collection of hawks, falcons and owls used to allow people the opportunity to experience falconry and the unique and wonderful bond between man and bird.

It offers a variety of amazing opportunities, from a half-day hands on experience session and family falconry sessions, to the more unusual experiences such as educational owl hours or awesome bird of prey birthday parties.

One reviewer said of their experience: "I must say, what a great half day we had myself and my wife.

"Sadie is very informative and laid back, even though you are handling her babies.

"I would recommend anybody and everybody to go and take advantage of this wonderful half day, you get hands on with upwards of six magnificent birds of prey and great value for money.

"Keep up the good work Sadie and lets hope you have another 10 great years here doing what you love."

2. Caversham Court Gardens - 4.5*

Reading Chronicle:

Caversham Court is a public garden, and was a mansion located on the north bank of the River Thames in Caversham.

The charming walled garden with terraced lawns leading down to the river Thames is a great place for a picnic, and many public events are held in the gardens throughout the year, including open air theatre and cinema.

The park is also a Green Flag and Green Heritage award winner.

People seem to love this place, with one review saying: "If you haven't been to this little hidden gem please make time and go.

"Beautiful small little park leading down to the Thames with a coffee pavilion ran by different volunteer groups. "Always amazing homemade cakes" It is one of the most relaxing places in my eyes in Berkshire.

"St Peter's above, great gardens and a place for everyone."

3. Harris Garden, 4.5*

Reading Chronicle:

The Harris Garden is a botanical garden of the University of Reading.

According to the 'friends of The Harris Garden' website, it "provides an important amenity for all, giving pleasure to an increasing number of visitors, staff and students.

"It provides facilities for teaching, conservation and recreation."

The garden is situated on the Whiteknights campus and was once the home paddock of the now demolished ‘Wilderness’ - a Victorian house which was built in the remains of a famous landscape garden created at White Knights by George Spencer, Marquis of Blandford (later 5th Duke of Marlborough) between 1798 and 1819.

Ideal for a leisurely walk, one review said: "I often wander around here as part of the route we take heading into Reading. There’s plenty to see regardless of what the season is."

4. Beale Park - 4*

Reading Chronicle:

Beale Wildlife Park and Gardens is situated by the River Thames, between the villages of Pangbourne and Lower Basildon.

The outdoor park boasts 30 acres set against the River Thames and is home to an exciting mix of animals and attractions.

One glowing review reads: "Lots of fun for young ones and old ones!

"Went there with our daughter and her family.

"We took a picnic and sat on the spacious grass picnic area which also had benches if you preferred.

"There were lots of small animals and exotic birds, pretty plants and flowers, fascinating statues and figures scattered around the grounds, play areas and apparatus for the children, a beautiful Chinese garden to walk round, large Koi and ordinary carp, restaurant, convenience rooms and a fun train ride to boot!

"It’s a definite recommendation! Great day out!"

4. Forbury Gardens - 4*

Reading Chronicle:

A spacious public park in the centre of town, Forbury Gardens is on the site of the outer court of Reading Abbey, which was in front of the Abbey Church.

Described on the council website as 'a delightful Victorian town garden, created at the height of the urban parks movement', the park is the perfect place for a summer stroll.

The ornamental gardens have a wall around which provides a peaceful and tranquil retreat.

There is a bandstand, and bands play every weekend in the summer. The Forbury Gardens is home to the famous Maiwand Lion statue.

One reviewer called the park 'a hidden gem', saying: "Forbury Gardens are a place of peace and tranquility right in the centre of Reading. One of Reading's hidden gems and of course right next door to the Abbey ruins."