Once part of Windsor Forest, Binfield is a thriving, historic village midway between Wokingham and Bracknell. The village name derives from Old English, meaning the ‘open land where the bent grass grows.’ Set within Berkshire’s Green Belt, the village still has plenty of open green spaces. Today, Binfield is popular with home buyers because of its wonderful sense of community and excellent transport links into London.
Living in Binfield means having everything you need on a daily basis on hand. There’s Binfield Village Stores on Terrace Road North and, if you are entertaining or just don’t feel like cooking, there’s a branch of COOK on Terrace Road South. The range of local stores include a garden centre, a florist, several hair and beauty salons and a range of independent retailers. In nearby Bracknell and Wokingham, you’ll find branches of the major supermarkets and food retailers including Sainsbury’s, Morrison’s and the Co-op. Binfield has its own surgery and dental practice. The village post office sits close to the roundabout between Terrace Road North and Terrace Road South.
Whether you’re heading out for a meal – or to meet friends for coffee, you’ll have a choice of venues. The Foxes Den is a delightful community café in the heart of Binfield Village, open for breakfast, brunch and lunch, which hosts a variety of community events. There’s also Crema Coffee on Terrace Road South.
If you’re eating out or heading out for a pint or a glass of wine, The Stag & Hounds on Forest Road to the east of the village. This is Binfield’s most historic inn, with parts dating back to the 14th century. It is reputed to have been a royal hunting lodge used by King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I. The queen was said to sit at the window and watch the maypole dancing on the village green. Today, The Stag & Hounds provides excellent food and service and welcomes dogs – so it’s a great place to call in for a drink or a meal after a country walk. In winter, there are roaring open fires to warm you up.
The Daruchini Brasserie on St Marks Road serves Indian, Asian and Bangladeshi cuisine at both lunch and dinner time.
If you enjoy keeping active, you certainly won’t be bored living in Binfield. Binfield Club, with a history stretching back to 1885, has two function rooms, snooker and poll tables, a comfortable bar, large dance floor and space for live bands. Members groups include darts, snooker, chess, skittles and more. The four large televisions show sporting events and members can hire the facilities for functions and events.
Binfield has its own cricket club and if you don’t want to play or relax in the sun watching play, the club is always on the lookout for new umpires and scorers – and there are teams to suit all abilities.
Binfield has a football team, founded by farm labourers and bricklayers in 1892 and still popular with football players and fans of all ages.
For anyone wanting to take part in a slightly more unusual sport, the Bowmen of Warfield Archery has their own field on Hill Farm Lane and a membership of around 150.
Wokingham has a bowls club and there are several golf courses in the area.
There are four main parks in Binfield at Wicks Green, Silver Jubilee Fields, Popes Meadow and Foxley Fields.
Wicks Green has a trim trail running around the perimeter and there’s a cableway and children’s play area.
Silver Jubilee Fields is separated from Wicks Green by a pond and the fields contain some lovely specimen trees including Black Walnut, Pin Oak, Elderberry and Persian Ironwood.
Pope’s Meadow, extending to almost 14 acres, is a green flag park with lovely, grassed areas, a large pond, designated paths, open space, woodland and a small play park for younger children.
Foxley Fields is the destination for anyone who enjoys sports or wants to entertain visiting grandchildren – there are three all-weather tennis courts managed by Binfield Tennis Association, a play area, an all-weather pitch with basketball hoops and integral cricket stumps and markings for several games.
Dinton Pastures Country Park in nearby Hurst is a wonderful place to get outside in the fresh air. Covering just over 335 acres, this is an award-winning park with events and activities for everyone. There are seven lakes, two rivers and beautiful meadows and a chance to pay adventure golf. At Dinton Activity Centre you can hire a boat, go indoor climbing, orienteering, sailing or wild swimming.
South Hill Park in Bracknell is Berkshire’s leading centre for the arts with two theatres, a cinema, specialist art studios, gallery spaces and a restaurant all set within a 17th century mansion.
This impressive venue hosts over 300 shows, films and exhibitions a year as well as providing a range of courses.
For a day out, Cliveden House is one of our favourites, where the beautiful parkland includes the splendid Long Garden and the floral Parterre, along with formal gardens, riverside walks, woodland trails and a maze.
Greys Court near Henley is a picturesque 14th century house set in beautiful walled gardens in Henley, with a Tudor wheelhouse, maze and icehouse.
Binfield is perfectly placed for travel being within easy reach of the M3 and M4. Binfield can be accessed from junction 10 of the M4, then the A329 (M) and London Road to Binfield. The nearest stations to Binfield are Bracknell and Wokingham. Bracknell provides services to stations on the line between Reading and London Waterloo. Wokingham also provides rail links to London, Reading and Gatwick airport calling at Guildford, Dorking, Reigate and Redhill.
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