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The Look Out Discovery Centre

Type:Science Centre

Nine Mile Ride, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG12 7QW

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About

The Look Out Discovery Centre is a fun place to visit with all the family, whatever the weather. Inside we have over 90 interactive science-based activities, in six themed zones.  The activities are generally aimed at children from toddler age up to 12 years; however there is something for all ages to enjoy!  Can you really leave your shadow on the wall?  Or play the giant keyboard with your feet?  Come and make a mini animation, fire up a hydrogen rocket, build an unfinished house, launch the hot air balloon or design and create a vertical ball run.  

We also have a great gift shop, and a coffee shop with indoor and outdoor seating.

The centre is set in Swinley Forest, which has over 1,000 hectares of woodland . Outside we have a fantastic adventure play area, orienteering course, walks and trails and picnic area.

Free re-entry to the centre on the day of your visit. 

Check out the website for details of the current live science show, which is on at weekends and Bracknell Forest school holidays, and our “Toddler Days” where we put on extra activities for children up to the age of 5 years.  Open daily from 10am-5pm (except 24-26 December). Just off J3, M3 or J10, M4

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult£7.45 per ticket
Saver Ticket (2A+2C or 1A+3C)£20.00 per ticket
U16s, students, 63+, visitors with disabilities£5.10 per ticket

Prices valid until 31 March 2018.

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors - Disabled parking area is close to main entrance. Holders of blue badges may park free anywhere in the car park, with badge on display.

Catering

  • Cafe
  • On-Site cafe/restaurant
  • Outdoor eating area
  • Picnic area
  • Picnic Site
  • Refreshments Available
  • Take away food - Food can be purchased from coffee shop to take away.
  • Undercover picnic area
  • Vegetarians catered for

Children & Infants

  • Baby changing
  • Children's Meals
  • Family Friendly, Children Welcome
  • Highchair(s) available
  • Outdoor children’s play area

Establishment Features

  • All weather attraction
  • Conference facilities - Limited to 20 delegates.
  • Dogs Accepted - Assistance dogs are permitted in the centre, and all dogs are welcome in the surrounding 1,000 hectares of woodland.
  • Gift shop
  • Groups by arrangement - Pre-booked groups are welcome.
  • Marquee Space Available - Heated marquee available for picnics in poor weather.
  • Open all year round
  • Open New Year
  • Open on bank holidays
  • Printed Material in Foreign Languages - General information leaflet in several languages is available on request.
  • Public Telephone
  • Toilets - Award winning loos!

Parking & Transport

  • Coach parking
  • On Site Car Parking
  • On site parking
  • Parking (charge) - Pay and display car park. £2 for 4 hours or £4 for the whole day. Bring the small stub of your car park ticket in to get £2 discount when you buy an adult or saver ticket.
  • Railway station within 5 miles
  • Secure cycle parking - Limited

Payment Methods

  • American Express accepted
  • Approx length of visit - 2 hours
  • Delta accepted
  • Groups Accepted - (pre-booked schools/organised groups)
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Max group size - 250
  • Min group size - 10
  • Open by appointment outside normal opening times - Possible to pay for evening hire.
  • Special group rates
  • TIC Staff Admitted Free
  • Visa accepted

Provider Preferences

  • Forest Location
  • In countryside
  • Indoor Attraction
  • No Smoking Attraction
  • Outdoor Attraction
  • Smoking Areas Available - Outside only.

Specialist Features

  • Cyclists welcome - Mountain bike trails are nearby in Swinley Forest.
  • Family Fun
  • Marketed Towards Children
  • Marketed Towards Families
  • Marketed Towards Senior Citizens - With grand children.

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted

Travel & Trade

  • Group discounts available
  • Min group size numeric qualifier - Group discount applies to minimum of 10 people.
  • Room/unit allocations available
  • Wi-fi available

TripAdvisor

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  • Certificate of Excellence 2018

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

  • Excellent
    264
  • Very Good
    160
  • Average
    30
  • Poor
    7
  • Terrible
    2

Recent Reviews:

  • Derek B
    Bracknell, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Family fun day
    5 of 5 stars
    Monday, 3rd September 2018
    Secure play area for children situated near the cafe and learning centre. All close to Go Ape and car parking. Read full review
  • hollyreadingberks
    Wokingham, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Amazing place
    5 of 5 stars
    Monday, 3rd September 2018
    Visited in the school holidays so new it would be busy, parking was a nightmare as a lot of cyclists were using it to park but eventually found somewhere and for £4 all day and then £2 of your ticket... Read full review
  • SallyMcArthur
    Epsom, United Kingdom
    Great day out with the children
    5 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 29th August 2018
    We enjoyed a day out here with the children. Lots of different areas with hands on activities to explore. Great for all ages . Outside there are play areas and tables for picnics. There is plenty of... Read full review

Map & Directions

Road Directions

M3, J3 and M4, J10 - follow the brown tourist signs.Opposite Coral Reef, Bracknell's water world.

Public Transport Directions

Nearest train station is Bracknell. Bus station is opposite the train station. Please take a bus to Birch Hill/near the out of town Sainsbury’s and The Look Out is a 10-15 minute walk away.

Opening Times

2018 (1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00*

* Open All YEAR 10-5pm, except 24th-26th December.

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change

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