Opening times

Car Park

Open from 8am every day; subject to seasonal locking times (please check the boards on your arrival)

Centre (including shop and café) 

November 2015 - February 2016

10:30am-4pm. Open Tuesday-Sunday, closed Mondays. 

Please note: we are closed for Christmas 25th – 27th Dec inclusive.



How to get here

The Centre is off Lower Way in Thatcham, easily accessible from the A4 and close to Newbury. The full address of the centre is

The Nature Discovery Centre
Muddy Lane
Lower Way
RG19 3FU

Get the most from your visit


Car parking and admission to the centre are free. We welcome donations.

Charges apply for special events (please see What's On for more information)



  • Lakeside Café offering delicious hot and cold food and drinks
  • Gift shop with a great range of wildlife themed gifts, toys and books
  • Toilets, disabled toilet and baby changing
  • Picnic facilities
  • Adventure Playgrounds
  • Bird hide overlooking Thatcham Reedbeds Nature Reserve - please pick up a key from reception
  • Signposted walk routes and seasonal trails
  • Thatcham Community Orchard- find out more on the Facebook page

Bringing your dog

Dogs are welcome on the reserve, but please keep them out of the lake. We ask that you keep dogs under close control at all times. Dogs, except assistance dogs, are not permitted inside the visitor centre.

Contact Us

Telephone: 01635 874381

Welcome to the Nature Discovery Centre at Thatcham

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The Nature Discovery Centre offers a great day out for all the family.

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. Click here to download a map of the reserve

Event by Rob Appleby

The Nature Discovery Centre offers a wide ranging and varied programme of events throughout the year. With hands on wildlife activities, craft workshops, walks and talks there’s something to suit every member of the family.

See what's on at the NDC


Cake by Kanko

Are you looking for a venue for a family celebration, children's party, business meeting or team building day? The Nature Discovery Centre is the ideal venue in a peaceful lakeside setting, with easy parking and good transport links.

Find out more about our facilities


Wildlife Clubs

There are activities for children and young people of all ages through our wildlife clubs. So if you are aged between 0 and 16, love wildlife, practical conservation and nature activities there’s something for you at the Nature Discovery Centre. 

Find out more about our Wildlife Clubs


Education at the Nature Discovery Centre

The Nature Discovery Centre is a great setting for outdoor education, with specifically designed areas perfect for getting closer to nature. Book a visit for your school group today.

Education at the Nature Discovery Centre.

Wildlife at the Nature Discovery Centre

The lake in front of the Nature Discovery Centre provides the perfect setting to view a wide variety of wildlife. The internationally important Thatcham Reedbeds is a short walk from the lake.

Find out more about the wildlife you can see.

Join us on Facebook

Keep up-to-date with our latest events and news, share your pictures and let us know what you thought of your recent visit. 

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    "The Bushcraft Adventure Day was brilliant, 11 out of 10!" Participant on Bushcraft Adventure Day at Greenham Common

    Monday 21st July 2014
    by ndc

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Volunteer with us

Snakeshead Fritillaries Survey by BBOWT

Do your bit to help local wildlife.

Find out about volunteering opportunities here.

Employee Work Parties

Get out of the office...

 ...and enjoy a team building day on a local nature reserve!

"The Bushcraft Adventure Day was brilliant, 11 out of 10!" Participant on Bushcraft Adventure Day at Greenham Common

Monday 21st July 2014
by ndc