Cultural Activities for the Elderly in Berkshire

Cultural Activities for the Elderly in Berkshire

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The county of Berkshire offers lots to do with your elderly relative. Whether interests lie in the great outdoors, history or the cinema, there is undoubtedly a cultural activity to suit your family.

You may also be interested in 5 accessible days out in Berkshire, which includes details on planning a trip to Windsor Castle with your elderly relative.

Our guide to dementia friendly initiatives in Berkshire, looks at activities which are organised with the needs of those with dementia in mind.

The Best National Trust Properties in Berkshire to Visit With Elderly
Relatives

National trust Berkshire

Basildon Park

A 18th century house sitting in 400 acres of historic parkland and gardens. The house was de-requisitioned after the Second World War and bought back to life by Lord and Lasy Iliffe. The house has a collection of fine furnishing and classic English interior.

The surrounded parkland offers glorious seasonal planting. The landscape has been designed to make the most of wonderful local views and picnic areas. There are designated spaces for children to play, a shop and tea room.

Accessibility

There is designated disabled parking 20 yards from the ticket office. The walk to the gardens is 400 yards, and a visitor buggy is on offer. Disabled toilets are on site. Part of the grounds have slightly loose gravel.

Prices

Adult: £8
Child: £4
Family: £20
National Trust members go free.

Opening Times

View opening times calendar to plan your visit.

Contact

Address: Basildon Park, Lower Basildon, Reading, Berkshire, RG8 9NR
Telephone: 01491 672382
Email: basildonpark@nationaltrust.org.uk
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Sandham Memorial Chapel

The red brick chapel was built as a memorial to honour the dead of the first world war. Sandham contains a unique series of large-scale murals, by the acclaimed war artist Sir Stanley Spencer. The murals reflect Spencer’s own experiences as medic during the war.

There is an exhibition area in one of the surrounding almshouses. This gives details of the history of the chapel. Outside the chapel, views stretch to Watership Down. There is also an original orchard with old apple varieties and a wildflower meadow to look over. Refreshments are available at the nearby village pub.

Accessibility

Accessible parking is available for blue badge holders at the rear of the chapel. Although there is level access and ramps around most of the site, it is recommended a helper accompanies visitors with disabled access.

For the visually impaired, there are braille guides to paintings in the chapel. For those that are hard of hearing, there are portable hearing loops available. Assistance dogs are welcome in the ground.

Prices

Adult: £9
Child: £4.50
Family: £22.50
National Trust members go free.

Opening Times

View opening times calendar to plan your visit.

Contact

Address: Sandham Memorial Chapel, Harts Lane, Burghclere, near Newbury, RG20 9JT
Telephone: 01635278394
Email: sandham@nationaltrust.org.uk
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Silver Screenings in Berkshire

Silver screenings Berkshire

Empire

A selection of new releases and classic films are shown for seniors every Wednesday morning at the Empire cinema in Slough. Tickets cost £3.75 which includes a complimentary tea or coffee, served before the screening. Screens are fully accessible and there is an infra-red sound system for those hard of hearing.

Address: 45 Queensmere Centre, High St, Slough SL1 1DD
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ODEON

The ODEON Silver Cinema club presents a series of film screenings specifically for guests over 55. Standard tickets start from £3 each and include refreshments before the film. Please enquire over screening times and book using contact details below.

Bracknell

Address: The Point, Skimped Hill Ln, Bracknell RG12 1EN
Telephone: 0333 014 4501
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Maidenhead

Address: 42-44 King St, Maidenhead SL6 1DY
Telephone: 0333 014 4501
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Vue

Vue offer discounted prices on all films for citizens over 60. Be sure to bring some ID! Please browse whats on and book a screening using details below.

Reading

Address: Vue Reading, The Oracle, Riverside Road, Reading RG1 2AG
Telephone: 0345 308 4620
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Newbury

Address: Vue Newbury, The Kennet Centre, Newbury RG14 5EN
Telephone: 0345 308 4620
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3 Must-Visit Museums for the Elderly in Berkshire

Museum of English Rural Life, Reading

With fascinating galleries, a beautiful garden and a vibrant shop and cafe, the museum of English rural life makes for a great day out. Ten galleries explore the history of countryside living and how technology and therefore life has developed over the years. The Festival of Britain wall-hanging is a particular must-see.

Throughout the year, the museum host different exhibitions and events, meaning there is always something new to learn about. There are plenty of activities around the site for children to enjoy.

Accessibility

The museum is fully wheelchair accessible and has two disabled parking spaces. Assistance dogs are welcome. Large print guides for permanent displays are available upon request.

Prices

Free!

Opening Times

Tuesday to Friday, 9am – 5pm
Saturday to Sunday, 10am – 5pm

Contact

Address: The Museum of English Rural Life, 6 Redlands Rd, Reading RG1 5EX
Telephone: 0118 378 8660
Email: merl@reading.ac.uk
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Museum of Berkshire Aviation, Woodley

Museum of Berkshire aviation

Berkshire’s rich contribution to aviation history is displayed and explained at the Wooley museum. Run as a charity, the museum is located at Woodley Airfield near Reading, which was once a thriving centre of aviation production. The museum hosts reconstructions of classic air crafts and historic records outlining changes in history.

There is an onsite cafe, picnic area and museum shop.

Accessibility

There is disabled parking near the visitors entrance. Ramps, level access and disabled toilets make the museum wheelchair accessible. Guide dogs are permitted.

Prices

Adult: £3.50
Senior ticket: £2.50
Child: £2.50

Opening Times

April – October: Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday, 10.30am – 5pm
November – March: Wednesday, 10.30am – 4pm & Sundays, 12noon – 4pm

Contact

Address: Museum of Berkshire Aviation, Mohawk Way, Woodley, Reading, Berkshire, RG5 4UE, England
Telephone: 0118 944 8089
Email: museumberksav@gmail.com
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West Berkshire Museum, Newbury

As the name suggests, the museum tells the story of the history of West Berkshire and how the area has developed. Displays detail how towns, villages, farms, industries and organisations have changed – a fascinating local history.

Throughout the year, the museum also host special exhibitions meaning there is always something different on offer. A cafe on site serves hot drinks and a range of delicious cakes.

Accessibility

The museum is fully accessible for wheelchair users and those with limited mobility. Ramps, lifts and disabled toilets are all installed around site. Assistance dogs are welcome.

At the nearby Newbury Library Car Park there are two spaces reserved for blue badge holders. A sensory bag is available to borrow, please enquire at the visitor reception.

Prices

Free!

Opening Times

Wednesday to Sunday, 10am – 4pm

Contact

Address: West Berkshire Museum, The Wharf, Newbury RG14 5AS
Telephone: 01635 519562 
Email: museum@westberks.gov.uk
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