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Parks & Recreation Grounds





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Mill Park and Mill Pond

Wildridings Ward Wildridings Road, Bracknell RG12 7WT
Image of Mill Pond and Old Boathouse CafeSituated in the south of the parish, Mill Park provides an ideal leisure opportunity for all the family with extensive children’s play areas, a skate park, fishing platforms and walks around the lake (dogs must be kept on the lead around the lake).

The old boat house houses a family run café (not managed by the Town Council). The cafe offers all day breakfasts, hot & cold sandwiches, burgers, chips, jacket potatoes, confectionery and drinks. Telephone 01344 450014. The opening times are as follows:

Tuesday - Friday 8.00am - 2.30pm
Saturday & Sunday 9.00am - 2.30pm

There is also is an adjacent McDonalds making this a popular family venue.

Day ticket fishing permits are required by those wishing to fish in the lake; these are available from McColls, 94/95 Liscombe, Birch Hill Bracknell, 01344 452816 and Crowthorne Angling Centre, 91-95 Church Street, Crowthorne, Tel No: 01344 777411,

There is free parking on site.


The Elms Park

Bullbrook Ward RG12 2EW
Swing, Skate & Star Statue in The Elms ParkRecently refurbished, this town centre park offers local office workers and neighbours the opportunity to stretch their legs in an attractive urban setting.

The park includes a childrens play area, teenage meeting shelter, seating, picnic tables and junior football pitches, as well as a range of formal flower and shrub beds and borders.

A group of cast statues - Swing, Skate & Star - were installed in 2009 and prove to be a constant attraction.

Parking (limited on weekdays) is available next to the Avis building off Park Road.

More details for The Elms Park

Birch Hill Recreation Ground.

Birch Hill Ward Entrance is between Hornby Avenue, RG12 7FA and Jameston, RG12 7WZ
Image of synthetic pitch and clubhouseThe Birch Hill recreation area boasts a top of the range full size synthetic pitch available to be hired for hockey or football. Changing facilities and floodlighting are available when required, at extra cost.

During winter evenings the Town Council operates a kiosk selling hot drinks and light refreshments.

Birch Hill also provides one full sized, one intermediate and one junior grass football pitch and a cricket square, all of which are available for hire.

There is a selection of play equipment suitable for a large age range, an outdoor basketball court and a large hard surface fenced kick-about area. Adjacent to the play area is a teenage meeting place with shelter.

The on-site Pavilion is leased to the Bracknell Hockey Club who regularly use the synthetic pitch.

A large car park completes the facilities.


Braybrooke Recreation Ground

Garth Ward Makepiece Road, Bracknell RG42 2HG
Jean's Pond, Braybrooke Recreation GroundThis 15 acre recreation ground with football pitches and two children's play areas is a popular area for children, young people and dog walkers. There are a number of attractions for older children including a spectacular maypole swing, rock stack and teenage meeting shelter.

On site is a large well-appointed community hall with kitchen, which is available for hire and is accessible for those with mobility difficulties. The hall also provides changing facilities for sports teams.

Jean's Pond is close to the community hall and offers a tranquil setting for fishing. Permits can be purchased at Brooke House.

There is a large free car park next to the community hall and the Town Council’s works depot is also based at this site.


Great Hollands Recreation Ground

Great Hollands South Ward South Road, Wokingham RG40 3EE
Play Area at Great HollandsSituated on the southern edge of the parish is the Town Council’s largest recreation area – Great Hollands. This park offers a wide range of facilities for all the family including seating and picnic tables.

The Pavilion (open most weekends and school holidays, but subject to closure in inclement weather) has public toilets and a coffee shop offering light refreshments.

Changing facilities and floodlighting (for the tennis / netball courts) are available when required, at extra cost.

Other facilities include a paddling pool, tennis courts (weekends only), tennis practice court / ball games area, football pitches, netball courts, a full size cricket square and children's play area.

Also on the site is Great Hollands Bowls Club whose Club House and rink are situated adjacent to the Pavilion. One rink of the bowling green is available for public hire through the Pavilion coffee shop.

Overall the Great Hollands recreation area, South Road allotments and Home Farm play area create a large attractive outdoor facility for local families, sports people and dog walkers.

* The paddling pool is not supervised.   All users do so at their own risk.   All children must be accompanied by an adult who takes responsibility for their safety.   The pool is for children aged 8 years or under.   Children aged between 9 and 12 after 5.00 p.m. only.  

Jocks Lane Recreation Ground

Priestwood Ward Off Binfield Road, Bracknell - Use postcode RG12 2BH for sat navs
Play Area at Jocks LaneThis attractive park was awarded a Green Flag in 2012 and is an ideal location for a family picnic with plenty to keep the family entertained. From 2015 the paddling pool is being replaced with a splash pad area next to the pavilion where there are family friendly toilet facilities including a shower cubicle. The pavilion also has a coffee shop serving light refreshments and a hall which is available for hire.

The park also boasts a well-appointed play area, teenage meeting shelter, miniature golf, tennis courts, basketball court, boules court, hard surface kick about area and a large playing field with junior football pitches.

Jocks Lane also plays host to the Bracknell Railway Society which provides miniature steam train rides on selected dates throughout the year. See for running times and further details.

Leading from the park is a pleasant walk along the Cut Countryside Corridor with access to Jocks Copse and Tinkers Copse where there is a spectacular display of bluebells in spring (these copses are maintained by Bracknell Forest Council).

A large free car park next to the pavilion and main play area completes the facilities at this splendid park.


South Hill Park Recreation Ground and North Lake

Old Bracknell Ward Ringmead, Bracknell - Use postcode RG12 7PA for sat navs
Image of North Lake - looking north from RingmeadThis attractive grassed area (across the road from South Hill Park Arts Centre) is popular with families and dog walkers.

Subject to ground conditions the site is occasionally let out for use by a Fun Fair.

The fishing rights on North Lake are managed by the Bracknell Herons Fishing Club. Day tickets to fish can be obtained from the Café at Mill Park 01344 450014 or from Crowthorne Angling Centre, 91-95 Church Street, Crowthorne, Tel No: 01344 777411,

At the far side of the recreation ground is a small children’s play area, bounded by woodland, which in spring is a mass of bluebells.


Domesday Copse

Domesday Copse, the woodland area at Wildridings is managed as a partnership between Bracknell Forest Borough Rangers, Bracknell Town Council and a Local Voluntary Group.   In early 2007 significant work was undertaken in the copse including the removal of dead trees, a heavy growth of brambles and the layering of a hedge between the car park and the copse. This type of work enables younger trees to grow whilst still providing an ideal habitat for wildlife.

Woodland areas

The Town Council is responsible for managing a number of woodland areas around the town and has a policy of cutting back the undergrowth to allow better visibility for users and to encourage wild flowers to establish.

Floral Displays

Bracknell has a record of success in the Britain in Bloom initiatitive.   Bracknell in Bloom is headed up by Bracknell Town Council who with a team of local organisations including Bracknell Forest Council, Bracknell Forest Homes, the Bracknell Regeneration Partnership and local community groups ensure Bracknell blooms all year round.

Bracknell Town Council also organise a Your Gardens competition which involves many parts of the local community including local businesses and schools.