Exploring Newbury's Nature Discovery Centre

It was a cold Winter's day when we headed south for the weekend to Newbury's Nature Discovery Centre. Once there we donned our coats, hats, mittens and wellies and stepped outside the car to be greeted with a huge play ground. Of course the girls were so excited to experience a play ground and a new one to them. Soon they were climbing all over the wooden apparatus. Little one even had the courage to head up to the biggest slide and slide down it backwards. Eldest seemed to be more
fearful of the big slide though so decided to hold her sister's hand as they went down together.

Exploring Newbury's Nature Discovery Centre


After a little while we told the girls we were going to head off in pursuit of geocaches and we would return to the playground once we'd finished. This went down well with the girls who took to their scooters and sped off along the ground. Due to the rain fall the ground was rather muddy and puddles had also formed along the track so it wasn't long till they'd abandoned their scooters and were jumping in all the puddles they could find. This leads me to wonder whether it would be
worth investing in some overalls for the girls.


Exploring Newbury's Nature Discovery Centre


Along the track we also spotted some ducks. A family was feeding them bread and as soon as eldest spotted this activity she was soon asking them whether she could join them. They seemed very happy to let her join in the activity and offered her some of the bread they had in their possession. I've heard differing views on whether or not bread is actually good for them. Some suggest that it leads to the birds contracting conditions while others say it is like eating cake everyday.


Exploring Newbury's Nature Discovery Centre


Once around the lake and the girls were back at the playground. There they had more fun before we headed off to get lunch.The girls were rather saddened by the fact they were leaving the adventure playground behind but we told them we'd return after eating something and we also booked on to the Nature Discovery taster session.


Exploring Newbury's Nature Discovery Centre


During the session we were read Stanley's Stick by John Hegley. This revealed a few options for how a stick could be used. After huddling together and listening to the story we were asked to find some sticks to take back to the centre. This we all achieved before heading indoors and up the stairs to a room over looking the lake. There we discovered a few sticks that were set up with the story in mind. There were clay slugs to be picked up, plastic ducks to be moved from one water tray to two others, flame building with card and tissue paper as well as replicating dinosaur bones. Eldest had a go at all of the activities but our youngest spent most of the time elbow deep in water play. Towards the end of the session the children picked out two more books they liked the look of and they were read them.

This was a perfect way in which to spend the afternoon and the girls fell fast asleep on the return journey home. I will be keeping an eye out for further events the girls may enjoy.

Visiting The Nature Discovery Centre
Address:
The Nature Discovery Centre
RG19 3FU


Lower Way,
Thatcham, 

Opening times:
Carpark open from 8am every day. The visitor centre is open from 10.30am - 4pm but is closed on Mondays.

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Comments

  1. What a wonderful sounding place. It does indeed look cold around the lake but good to take a look further than the play area for a while. I love the sound of the activity session, I might just take inspiration from this for here. We often build fires, I like the idea of a pretend one first with sticks and tissue. #CountryKids

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  2. Looks like you had a great time. We love a good geocache hunt and jumping in muddy puddles! I was told that bread isn't good for ducks because it expands in their stomachs - not sure how true that is but it makes sense! #CountryKids

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  3. This looks like a lovely place to visit with plenty to keep the children occupied. I wonder what it is with children and puddles, they cannot seem to resist them! #mmbc

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  4. Go ahead and buy your girls some raingear - you won't regret it!
    #CountryKids

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  5. New playgrounds are always fun. Love how your little one headed for the biggest slide and went down backwards. My two girls would probably have been the same in that situation. Would definitely recommend overalls or puddlesuits for muddy puddle jumping – ours have had plenty of use over the years! The nature discovery activities sound like fun. Glad you had such a lovely day out. #CountryKids

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  6. Sounds like the discovery centre has a bit of something for everyone and you made the most of all of it! So glad puddle splashing featured large too! From what I've heard, the bread feeding problem can occur when ducks and swans are overfed on just bread, which can happen a lot at tourist sites. Looks like a great time was had by all, including the ducks! #CountryKids

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  7. Enjoying this the second time around from #adventurecalling

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  8. What a great day and great sounding discovery centre. This is certainly a session our two would love. It’s funny you mention overalls because it’s one of the few things we don’t have to fight our two to wear haha. Thanks for linking up to #adventurecalling. We’re back open for new posts tomorrow.

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  9. Sounds like an awesome day, I love the idea of the nature activity session, Finn would love that. Such a great way to get children engaged with nature, thank you for linking up #adventurecalling

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