The Look Out Discovery Centre

The Look Out Discovery Centre, Bracknell: Hours, Address, The Look Out Discovery Centre Reviews: 4.5/5

The Look Out Discovery Centre

The Look Out Discovery Centre
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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We are a hands-on science and discovery centre aimed at primary school aged children with over 90 activities to entertain. We have an amazing outdoor play area which includes an all-access section. With a picnic area and coffee shop, you can stay all day.
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Katy J
London72 contributions
Family
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. 💓
Written September 11, 2020
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jlou
London, UK20 contributions
Family
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!
Written September 20, 2020
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Jon W
Carnforth, UK8 contributions
Family
We visited here as a family if 5 (2adults, 3 children ,8,10,13).
We had a great day out here. There are lots of different hands on science experiments, activities and a construction based play area. The activities are all aimed at primary aged children but my 13 year old loved joining in too, helping out her younger brothers and offering explanations to them from her experiences. There is also a large observation tower which if you can face the 88 steps (we did it 3 times and are not super fit so should be fine for most) it offers fantastic views of the tree tops of the surrounding forest and the play park below. The play park outside is split into areas offering suitable equipment for various ages to play on with lots of picnic benches to sit and eat your lunch which could be either a packed lunch or food bought from the small food/drinks facility. I personally would reccomend taking food as the service was pretty slow just for drinks (we didn't eat food from there but what we saw from those that did, it looked perfectly good to eat - it just took a while to place an order) the hot drinks were reasonably priced and although not the best brew I've ever had, they were not bad.
There is also a small heated marquee to sit in to eat if you so prefer, however this was very full on our visit during half term.
Parking was £4 for all day but you can get £2 off adult entry with the stub making parking very reasonable. The parking also serves the forest works, mountain biking trails and a go ape but we did not take part in any of these activities.

Overall a reasonably prices day out if you have primary aged children, particularly if they love science. Would recommend.
Written February 20, 2020
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Lesley Welsted
Nottingham, UK12 contributions
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.
Written September 1, 2020
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Barbara H
Wokingham, UK6 contributions
I have visited The Lookout many times with my children, grandchildren and school groups and have always been pleased. The last time I visited was 2018 but now have another grandchild old enough to enjoy the experience. Even though tickets are pre-booked with time slots, it was very crowded. Many of the experiences were either not in use, not working properly or had pieces missing. Only one hand dryer in the woodland and water experience was working and hand sanitizers were a bit hit and miss. All in all, it felt as if it needed a good clean, a bit of a revamp and a lot of TLC. However, the outside play area, the den building and walks were the saving grace. I will definitely return to the Lookout but not necessarily to the Indoor Discovery Centre.
Written April 14, 2022
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Richard W
Costa Blanca27 contributions
Unfortunately, our visit was not a great experience. The inside was quite dusty and many of the activities looked as if the had not been cleaned for quite some time. Far too many were not working. The organisation for the cafe was atrocious. Queue at one window to place an order and pay without being able to see what it was you were ordering. We ordered 2 slices of cake which were handed to us straight away and two coffees for which we had to wait 15 minutes at another window. The pieces of four day old cake, judging by the day marked on the box, were tiny, solid and barely edible. The outside tables and benches were filthy with pine needles, bird droppings and other assorted rubbish.
The only reason this gets an average review instead of a terrible one was that the 9 year old we took with us, oblivious to all the failings, had a great time on the activities that were working and from what I could see, the outside activities and walks would be great in good weather.
Written November 18, 2021
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CoventryRose
Coventry63 contributions
Friends
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.
Written August 17, 2020
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B D
2 contributions
Family
First time visiting and well we won't return. This is a very dated attraction..opened in 1991 and never really been updated since. Decor and activities. Very old equipment, lots of it out of order, some with signs explaining and others just don't work. We arrived and luckily had the place to ourselves for 30 minutes but then 3 school trips arrived and the place was taken over by about 120 kids. We quickly left as it's a small place and went to the play areas which are the only good thing about this place. Pay and display car park which is £3.10 for 4 hours and takeaway food and coffees available. I wouldn't waste time visiting the discovery centre unless it's updated. It was like traveling back in time to a school trip in the early 90s.
Written May 26, 2022
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kellychaseblake
Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom8 contributions
Family
It’s a lovely place, perfect for young school age children with an interest in science. My 3 and 6 year old were intrigued especially the older one. However we went in half term and although we got there early we left after an hour because it was just crazy. It was so busy and cramped and with the amount of kids in there the noise was deafening. There were babies and toddlers crawling all over the exhibits and when we left the queue was a good 150 people deep if not more. Car park was full and people queueing on the road to get in. It was such a shame as we had travelled over an hour to get there and paid to get in but it was in my opinion, over capacity for the space. We reluctantly headed home. Because my children are school age we wouldn’t be able to go any other time than holidays or weekends so sadly I don’t think we will visit again, which is a real shame because educational places like this are hard to come by. The venue itself was lovely but I’ve had to mark down as there was just too many people in there for it to be safe or enjoyable and I heard another woman asking a member of staff what the capacity was as we left so I wasn’t the only person that felt that way. Perhaps a suggestion would be to advise customers not to bring pushchairs in as they were just discarded all over the place. Photos are from the first few minutes as we were the first people through the door. Wish I’d taken some as we left!
Written February 21, 2020
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Louise R
Reading, United Kingdom42 contributions
Family
I visited with my toddler who is 2. We’ve been a couple of times before post covid and had a lovely time. However unfortunately our latest visits haven’t been as good and I can’t envisage we will return knowing now what we know.

Unfortunately the place was taken over by hundreds of school children. Had this been said on the booking or prior to our visit we would not have attended as the school children took the place over and my 2 year old couldn’t get to many of the attractions. Especially the water play area which a school was using as a class room and the digger area which I thought was more for preschool children however a lot of school kids ages 5/6/7 were in there which meant a timid 2 year old was suddenly unable to use the area.

I understand the need for schools to go as an educational centre but I feel this should be made obvious when booking or certain areas left for smaller children. It was a very disappointing visit.
Written June 29, 2022
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The Look Out Discovery Centre is open:
  • Sun - Sat 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM