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The Look Out Discovery Centre

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jlou wrote a review Sep 2020
London, United Kingdom21 contributions1 helpful vote
We had a really nice morning in the adventure playground. There is lots of equipment and the numbers had been controlled so it wasn’t overly busy. We didn’t mind paying the £5 to reserve a slot as you can redeem this on a coffee which we would likely have spent anyway. Although the takeaway cafe is open, it really only sells coffees, soft drinks, snacks such as flapjacks and muffins, and ice creams. Fine for us, but I could see another parent had hoped to buy lunch for her children and seemed disappointed there wasn’t more on offer. Definitely make sure to bring a packed lunch if you intend to eat. Although there was a small queue to enter (as you have to give booking reference numbers and receive a wristband), we liked having a reserved table and our own space. Feel like this should be the new normal rather than the rush to try and find somewhere to sit! Overall a nice morning. Could have easily stayed longer than the time allocated. My only major gripe was that there were no toilet facilities open. I asked a member of staff who confirmed these were closed. So you either need a bladder of steel or willingness to go al fresco!
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Katy J wrote a review Sep 2020
London71 contributions30 helpful votes
I highly recommend a visit to the Discovery Centre Playground at Bracknell. I am still avoiding public playgrounds, so this is perfect. The centre itself isn’t open, but they are taking bookings for their outdoor playground, which is huge and set in the beautiful woodland. Suitable for toddlers through to 10yrs (in my opinion). You pre-book online, choose your preferred date/time and pay just £5, which when you attend is then added as credit for the coffee shop (this equates to 2 coffees and a pack of biscuits). The £5 booking fee secures a table for up to 6 people (inc. children). Each session is 90mins. When we arrived the car park staff showed us where to park. £2.60 to park for 4hrs, so after your playground session you can also take a walk in the woods. Hand sanitizer at the main entrance and on each of the play area gates. In between each play session, they close the playgrounds, clear the tables and sanitize everything (tables and all ply equipment). I saw the staff kit up with sprays and hoses ready to clean after our session. Toilets - please note these are currently closed. They can book a maximum of 30 tables, which when fully booked I am sure would be very busy. I went on a weekday, during school time and there were about 5/6 tables booked so it was really quiet. Very friendly staff on hand to help and a really lovely and safe play time for my little one. 💓
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Lesley Welsted wrote a review Sep 2020
Nottingham, United Kingdom11 contributions3 helpful votes
We were so excited to see the Look Out reopening. What a disappointment. They couldn't have made it more complicated and an unenjoyable experience if they'd tried. Main issue is lack of toilets. (Bird World, Alice Holt etc have all managed a really good system so it's not tricky). The entry system takes at least 2 minutes per person so the queue meant that we missed about 10 minutes of our session. We then queued to get some refreshments but didn't realise we needed a code from a wrist band so lost our place in the queue. You then order and then some poor young lad has to run from one area to get the order to another area to serve it to you. The £5 charge just seems wrong and forces you to spend it in house when most people bring picnics. All in all, we won't hurry back.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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CoventryRose wrote a review Aug 2020
Coventry54 contributions46 helpful votes
Visited today on bikes, the weather was showery, and place was not at full capacity. Ordered drinks at the takeaway cafe, given them on a tray, so we ASSUMED you would be able to use the large empty picnic table area. But when we came to enter the table area, we were told ALL picnic tables were reserved and none were available even for 10 minutes. Of the numerous tables available only 4 were occupied. Seems a crazy scenario when you are actively encouraging takeaways from the cafe, but provide no seating for people to enjoy these. The weaving barrier of barriers towards the MTB trails is an overkill and an accident waiting to happen.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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GReyMaiden wrote a review Aug 2020
Maidenhead, United Kingdom2,907 contributions199 helpful votes
Rode over to Bracknell Forest to enjoy the superb trails. The tracks are all open and we saw that Go Ape and bike hire is running, but the Look Out centre was mostly closed with no picnic area open and playground also closed. There is a kiosk for takeaway. Sad to see but understand the need for precautions
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Date of experience: August 2020
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