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“Ideal place for a half term visit”

The Look Out Discovery Centre
Ranked #1 of 20 things to do in Bracknell
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed May 31, 2013 via mobile

Took my 2 children plus my niece and nephew, aged between 5 and 10 here at the end of half term. Considering that it was the first decent day of the holiday week it wasn't as busy as I thought it would be. We paid extra to watch the Science show, which was okay and I was glad that it was only £1.80 each - any more and it wouldn't have been value for money.

The place itself is brilliant - has many things which we saw at the science museum in London , but more accessible as it wasn't as busy! Children loved the new building section. Lunch was good, queue was long but soon moved. Food was basic, but good and served pretty quickly. Play park outside was clean and well spread out.

Will come again to explore the woods as well.

3  Thank Alison B
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

Went to the Lookout Centre on a bank holiday weekend with two teenagers. Basically, the lookout centre comprises of a vast area of forest and woodland, intersected with tracks and trails suitable for cycling, running or just walking, suitable for all ages and abilities. Rather than try and repeat some of the comments already made on the site, I will try and give some basic information which may be useful.
The site is easily accessible, immediately opposite 'Coral Reef' water theme park. Parking is fairly adequate, although it does get busy. The cost of the car park in May 2013 was £2 for four hours, £4 all day which is not bad.
We hired four mountain bikes at a cost of £60, for two hours, perhaps not cheap, but helmets and a map is included. If considering the cycling option, I strongly suggest old clothes as parts of the forest can be muddy even in the dry periods.
The restaurant sold the usual snacks and drinks you would expect and I considered it reasonably priced, about £1.30 for a coffee or cold drink and ice creams were available as well. There is however a large picnic area, with seating provided where there is no objection to you consuming your own food and drinks if you wish to keep costs in check.
For the more energetic, there is 'Go Ape' which consists of numerous tree top zip wire activities. Looked great fun and was impressed with the safety equipment but if you intend partaking, booking in advance is essential as if you just turn up on the day you may be lucky to get on.
There are also various educational activities for the younger members of the family at the entrance. Most areas of the forest are accessible to buggies, pushchairs and wheelchairs. Free loos and baby changing facilities are situated near the cafe at the entrance and if all else fails, a couple of NHS ambulances are usually in attendance at the entrance!
Hopefully though, you won't need to avail yourself of the medical facilities but will go home tired, smiling and generally happy - that is unless you're not used to bicycle seats!
In conclusion, a good, inexpensive and thoroughly enjoyable day out in the fresh air, away from computers and x boxes!

3  Thank foxeye1
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Reviewed May 27, 2013

My 6 year old daughter is telling me what to write - It was amazing atmosphere. what an experience because you can learn lots of things. The people are very nice. It is a really good idea to go, it is really fun with lots of activities and you get to be creative.

2  Thank BinfieldUK
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

I took my 2 year old here recently and he had a great day out. We spent some time in the discovery centre (his favourite things were the giant keyboard, the play supermarket and the ballpit). There were plenty of things that were accessible to him and it was generally very child friendly and well maintained.

My son also enjoyed playing on the playground outside, which has different areas for different age groups. The outside area, the cafe and the picnic tables were very busy - mostly with cyclists rather than people using the discovery centre. There was a queue at the cafe at lunch time - so get there early if you want to get food there.

2  Thank linc2068
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

Visited the centre over the Bank Holiday weekend.

When we arrived around 10.30, the main car park was already busy! Very popular place, as there is a big forest with various walks, nature trail, Go Ape centre, and an excellent big childrens play ground.

We also visited the Discovery centre - think it was £7 for adults and £5 for our 4 year old. If you submit your parking ticket you get £2 off the prices.

Loads of hands on science/nature based activities - plenty of buttons to push, and a great water play exhibit.

The giant piano keys and the hot air balloon were our little one's favourites, and she also enjoyed the scanning in the pretend shop, although she needed help with the scanners as quite hard to operate. She also loved the giant building bricks and the house.

Climbed up the top of the Lookout tower, but it was a bit wobbly at the top, so don't do it if you have a fear of heights!

Had a picnic lunch, but there is a cafe there and an outside refreshments booth too.

Highly recommend this attraction for a few hours. You can come and go as you please.

4  Thank SallyCC
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