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Nature Discovery Centre

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Muddy Lane | Lower Way, Thatcham RG19 3FU, England
+44 1635 874381
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Family Day Out!

The Centre is a good place for all the family. Lovely, easy walks around a beautiful lake, a nice... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
margaretbaum
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Newbury, United Kingdom
lovely place to walk with kids or a dog, great lakes

there is a hall which has various activities and a cafe, there are 2 kids parks, the one for... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
abelleonhols
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Thatcham, United Kingdom
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The Nature Discovery Centre is a visitor centre on a nature reserve on the outskirts of Thatcham, Berkshire. This fantastic visitor centre is packed full of interactive wildlife and natural history displays. There is a network of footpaths ranging from small family-friendly walks to longer paths for the more adventurous, and the bird hide offers a perfect opportunity to watch the world go by. We also have a Lakeside Cafe where you can enjoy hot and cold homemade food and drinks looking out over the lake.
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  • Very good37%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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“older children” (12 reviews)
“main lake” (2 reviews)
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Muddy Lane | Lower Way, Thatcham RG19 3FU, England
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+44 1635 874381
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"feed ducks"
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"hands on activities"
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"peaceful place"
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"nice walk around the lake"
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"water birds"
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"watch the birds"
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"large lake"
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"cake"
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"ideal for families"
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Reviewed 4 days ago

The Centre is a good place for all the family. Lovely, easy walks around a beautiful lake, a nice cafe where you can sit outside over looking the lake. Interesting things to do inside the Centre for children and a small but good play area...More

Thank margaretbaum
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Reviewed 5 days ago

there is a hall which has various activities and a cafe, there are 2 kids parks, the one for little kids still needs you to supervise your kids as there is a bid drop in the levels. There are several routes you can take through...More

Thank abelleonhols
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Although it can be noisy around the playgrounds, a quick stroll around the lake can be a great escape. Easy under foot, its a small loop walk around the lake, or extend it over to the canal.

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Reviewed 6 days ago

A wonderful place for families, to walk around feed the ducks, plenty of children's play parks - a great café to have a bacon buttie or lunch good food and coffee.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice stroll around and it’s not too far round the lake. It is also pushchair friendly, which makes it more fun. There are two parks for younger and older children, however can sometimes be intimidating as local youths ‘camp out’ on the top of play...More

Thank Donna S
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I often come here with my friends after a school day to wind down and relax. It is a lovely place to wander around and it seems that you see a new thing everytime you visit. The wildlife is very diverse and beautiful and I...More

Thank VerityMeechan
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

... with lots of families enjoying school holidays. We did think it looked a bit unkempt? The staff in the information area were very helpful. YMMV

Thank wing6rider-Australia
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Reviewed 29 April 2018

Lovely place to wander around, nice views. And there's also a pleasant tea shop with friendly staff. Plus WC's

Thank steveculshaw
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Reviewed 25 March 2018

This small nature reserve with a large lake is a great place to come for a walk and enjoy the bird life. We come here regularly and sometimes stop for tea at the reception centre. The place is well looked after by the Berks, Bucks...More

1  Thank GlobetrottingViking
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Reviewed 17 March 2018

I've visited the Nature Discovery Centre in Thatcham a few times with family over the years, most recently for a family get together. Country park, set around lakes made from disused gravel pits. Lots of walks - though wrap up warm in March!!! Great little...More

1  Thank 923Dan
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Dawn D
1 June 2016|
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Response from Berks Bucks Oxo... W | Property representative |
Dogs are permitted on site. We encourage responsible dog ownership, so to echo previous points please keep your dog under control at all times, and preferably on a lead near the building. Dogs are not permitted in the... More
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Dawn D
1 June 2016|
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Response from Richard477 | Reviewed this property |
We saw people taking dogs for walks round the lake and a longer walk. They should be kept from chasing ducks though. Some have ducklings.
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