Our visit to The Look Out Discovery Centre in Bracknell was brilliant, to visit somewhere and watch Harry have so much fun was amazing. The centre is designed for exploring minds and encourages learning through science – although kids are having such fun they don’t realise they are learning. The Discovery Centre is based in a woodland area with Go Ape next door and fantastic cycle routes.
As you enter the Centre you need to remember to take part of your parking receipt in order to get a discount on your entry fee. I stupidly made this mistake and had to return to the car twice. There is a shop immediately to your left and then straight ahead is the main centre. Inside there is so much to do especially for toddlers – it’s perfect. The sensory water area allows kids to explore lots of fun with water, boats, drainage, and fountains. Harry loved this but refused to wear the protective mac provided, so if like me, you have a strong willed child I would advise packing a change of clothes as they will get wet. The floor is not slippy and around the water feature there is lots of other fun experiments to try. Dyson hand dryers are located around the water area, which I thought was a fantastic idea.
Opposite this is a construction site where kids can wear helmets, high visability jackets and use the diggers, wheel barrows and bricks. There is even a small house that they can climb into and add tiles to the roof, make phone calls to their friends on another level and post tiles up a conveying belt. Harry loved the roof and spent a lot of time pulling the tiles off.
In the main centre of the building there is a larger room on two floors filled with lots of interactive games. The variation made it a hive of entertainment for all the children, and Harry loved a majority of the games including a hot air balloon, mini supermarket, rolling balls, floating inflatable earths on a wind machine, a floor piano, bubble making machine and he even operated a crane. I was so impressed with the discovery centre I could really relax watching Harry having lots of fun.
On a Sunny Day
The great thing about The Look Out Discovery Centre is the entertainment outside, two childrens play areas are located behind the centre with picnic tables, Go Ape is next door and there are cycle paths through the woods for everyone to enjoy.
Eating and Changing Facilities
The centre has a main restaurant but during busy periods there is not much seating inside. On a warm day there is further seating outside, but it is worth eating earlier or later to avoid standing. Highchairs are provided and a buggy area is outside the restaurant as it is small inside. The food is good value for money, but I did not see a microwave.
The restaurant has an interactive animal scene running around the edge of the ceiling. Wooden animals will pop up and Harry loved this, and for me he actually stayed still during lunch, which is always easier.
Toilets, and one baby changing room is allocated to the right of the restaurant
There is lots of parking available and is located out the front of the discovery centre in the wooded area. The cost is between £2 – £4 depending on how long you wish to stay, but remember to take part of your ticket stub to reception to receive a discount. It is worth packing wellies or walking boots as on a rainy day there are puddles.
The car park does get busy, and if like me, you have a 2 year old who enjoys running off it is worth carrying them.
Location and Opening Times
Click here for a map location to The Look Out Discovery Centre. Please ensure you input coordinates to your sat nav as the postcode will not take you there – co-ordinates:
N 51.388, W0.74
General opening times
Centre opening times
- Monday – Sunday 10am – 5pm daily
- Parking for cars and coaches
Car park opening times*
- 1 April – 30 September = 7am – 8.30pm
- 1 October – 31 March = 7am – 6pm
* car parking charges apply