Look Out Discovery Centre
- Carer passes
- Disabled toilets
- Nearby parking
- Disability discount
- Children's menus
- Enclosed play area
- Picnic Area
- Welly boots worthwhile
- Outdoor sheltered area
- Flat and friendly
- 1 to 3 miles walk
- Dogs in certain areas
- Baby changing facilities
- Changing Places Toilets
Nine Mile Ride, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG12 7QW
Look Out Discovery Centre
A hands-on science and discovery centre aimed at primary school aged children with over 90 activities to entertain. Located about 5 minutes from the M4 and M3 in Bracknell it is a good location to meet friends or family, and really easy to navigate and find. The centre includes an amazing outdoor play area which includes an all-access section. With a picnic area and coffee shop, you can stay all day. There is a fully inclusive play area includes a wheelchair accessible roundabout, slide, and a cradle swing. What is also lovely is they have a wheelchair accessible path up to a viewing platform in the forest. You can opt in or out of paying to enter the science centre, so if you just want to explore outside it is absolutely free.
Review by Vic:
What we absolutely loved was the hands-on science discovery centre which is either indoors or covered. They also have a sensory room – Light & Colour (although this does have a flashing light in it, in the shadow box), which was a lovely calm space. There are so many things to do and see, touch and interact with which is fantastic. There is no specific route or guide which is so good for children who like to explore and take it all in.
We contacted the centre prior to the visit and they were really helpful on the phone and via email. One thing to note is it can be quite busy at the weekend, and also many other families use the car park for the forest which surrounds the area. Also, they advised if individuals prefer less noise and activity the earlier you can get here the better. They open at 10am so the closest you can get here to that time the quieter it will be. I would say the centre is very much geared to under 8 year olds. They have home education and school trips where they do interactive talks and displays. We lasted about 2 hours and the kids did enjoy themselves. If we were local it would definitely be a great place to come mid week with younger ones.
The surrounding area has a forest where you can cycle and run which would be great in the summer, and if you can’t bring your own bike there is a hiring shop. This part is absolutely free (apart from the cost of the parking) which is brilliant, and many families use this area pre or post a cycle or walk around the forest.
The cafe and car park are shared by the general public so does get busy but the service was really quick and food, snacks and drinks reasonably priced. Also, if you park in the main car park keep the stub as inside the centre will give you an extra £2 off you entry cost.
The outdoor adventure playground area is open from 9am and again open to the public and free to use so would be great on a sunny day. There are so many things to do within this area, and the inclusive play area is fully enclosed and you are able to see where the children are at all times.
There is a big play area outside which has some quiet spots you can go too, and you could always bring ear defenders for later in the day when it gets busier if you are planning to stay all day. One thing that is great you are able to go in and out as you are issued with a wrist band. So, if you decide to go for a cycle, walk or scoot around the forest, or pop over to The Coral Reef water slides, you are able to go back in later.
With regards to ticket prices they offer free carers with a concession ticket £5.20 or if only a short visit would be suitable we offer a 45 minute disabled ticket for £3.15, which is great if you know you only want to pop in for while. They don’t offer a fast pass but they did they would always work with a customer who approached them for help and support. They also have changing places toilets on site.
They have blue badge parking outside the venue which is free. If those are taken you can park anywhere in the car park and if you display your blue badge, the parking is free. If you don’t have a blue badge, parking is £2 for 4 hours, or £4 for all day.
We enjoyed ourselves this weekend, and would definitely return in the summer or on a warm day as the outside space was brilliant. If you have been please send us your comments; [email protected]