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Bracknell is an ideal place to base oneself when exploring some of the attractions the Berkshire area has to offer. The town is surrounded by great things to do, so if you’re there on business, or are in the area with friends and family, you’ll find plenty of distractions.

I’ve stayed there on several occasions. Once, on a corporate trip to Bisley National Clay Shooting Centre, a few miles from Bracknell, I stayed at the Grange Bracknell, one of several hotels in Bracknell that boast excellent facilities and an ideal location.

It’s a hotel I also used once while on a visit to Ascot races, which is located just outside town – I could enjoy the thrill of one of the most famous racetracks in the country without having far to travel back to my hotel.

With the Winter Olympics just around the corner, Bracknell has its own answer to Sochi. The town features an Olympic-size ice rink, plus a dry ski slope. For someone more used to snow – either Alpine slopes or man-made indoor snow – snowboarding on this surface took a bit of getting used to, but I had an instructor on hand to help me master the intricacies of the artificial run. It was a fun hour, despite a few falls.

Other nearby attractions include Legoland Windsor and the Look Out Discovery Centre. There are also many shopping options in Bracknell town centre, with many famous names present. Indeed, the centre is undergoing a major redevelopment, so in the near future, the town will offer an even bigger choice of stores.


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