In line with government guidelines, all our libraries, swimming pools and leisure centres are now closed until further notice. For more information on leisure centres visit Places Leisure website.
To access e-Books, e-Audio and e-Comics, login to the RB Digital service website. Use your library card number to create a free account with a username and password. For more information visit the library page.
Books can be renewed online but overdue fines have been suspended at this time.
We are developing digital and virtual library services and working with Public Health on safe ways to continue home deliveries.
Take a look at the Frequently Asked Questions for the most up to date information on the borough libraries.
We have closed all our country park car parks. This is in line with updated Givernment advice we have received that people should not be driving to their daily exercise and this includes driving near to country parks and parking on residential roads. The restrictions will be enforceable by the police. Our country parks, including Dinton Pastures and California Country Park, are still open (except for the play areas, cafes, the activity centre at Dinton and for fishing at all sites) however this can only be maintained if visitors are keeping their social distance and adhering to the rules on social distancing. If a park becomes too busy, or people are not respecting these rules, it will sadly be necessary to close it.
There are plenty of green spaces in the borough – please visit our webpage here for some other options.
We are urging visitors to work with us to keep these parks open.
Dinton Activity Centre
Following the prime minister's announcement we have now closed Dinton Activity Centre, ceased fishing on all of our sites and postponed access to Berkshire Disc Golf Club.
If you are a member of either leisure facility or have booked onto one of the activities/events run by Dinton Activity Centre you will be contacted by our team.
In order to support social distancing to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus, we have decided to close all of our play areas from 23 March.
Over the coming days (following the announcement on 23 March) each of the borough council’s 99 play areas will have signage installed informing residents that the play area is closed and reminding people to follow social distancing guidelines to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus and keep them and their families safe. Those play areas that are able to will also be locked.
Many of the town and parish council’s within the borough also operate play areas. We are asking them to close these as well and offering to install signage for them.
Public Rights of Way
The restrictions announced by the government now apply to Public Rights of Way along with the countryside access network.
We request that you adhere to the below rules:
- Please only use your local Public Rights of Way network for lawful access which is to exercise once a day and for routes to food shops or when essential travel to and from work is required.
- Please ensure that you keep the 2 metres (6 feet) distance between your household group and other individuals you come across.
- Please do not arrange to meet other families or form groups larger than two when out exercising, walking or riding.
- Please ensure that you take tissues or any other health products that you use home with you.
- Where paths use canal towpaths and river banks please respect residents who have limited space and may be in self-isolation due to illness and other vulnerabilities. Please do consider using other routes.
- Although at present there is no evidence of human-animal transference of Coronavirus (Covid-19), it is essential that you limit contact with other families’ animals as well as farm livestock as part of social distancing.
In relation to inspections of public rights of way, due to present restrictions on movement, we are giving a priority only to matters on the public rights of way network which present a safety hazard for the public. In some cases, work will be done which is deemed to be reducing the risk of a potential hazard.
Site inspections by staff will only take place where necessary to ascertain the priority of the request. It would assist if all requests from the public were accompanied by as much information as possible.
For more information on public rights of way, visit our webpage.
Sports and health activities
The SHINE programme, run by our sports team to provide activities for those 60 and older, will therefore not be running until further notice. For more information visit the SHINE website page.
Tennis courts will remain open at Cantley Park. In line with Public Health England advice, appropriate hygiene measures, including social distancing, will be in place to reduce/stop any spread and therefore only every other court will be in use. We would ask those who fall into the vulnerable categories to continue to self-isolate and avoid using these facilities.
All Ramblers Walking for Health Walks, supported by the council’s Sports team, are suspended - See the Ramblers.org.uk website. This includes group walks, social activities and other meetings. All these activities have stopped until further notice or at least until the 31 May, subject to further developments.
All Wokingham Borough Council football pitches, both grass and 3G, are closed until further notice..
Wokingham Active Kids, our school holiday camp, will not longer be running over the Easter holidays. Our sports and leisure team will be in contact directly with those who have booked a place.