Nature Discovery Centre

Nature Discovery Centre

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

The 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. Surrounded by a mosaic of different habitats, there is fantastic wildlife to see all year around.

Facilities include:

  • Lakeside café offering delicious hot and cold refreshments
  • Adventure Playgrounds
  • Gift shop with a great range of wildlife themed gifts, toys and books
  • Picnic facilities
  • Toilets, disabled toilets and baby changing
  • Signposted walk routes and seasonal Wildlife Discovery Trail
  • Thatcham Community Orchard
Nature reserve

Discover fantastic wildlife

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Getting around

Reserve and trails map

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Education centre

Education Centre at the NDC

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Where to find us

We are located between Thatcham and Newbury, a short distance off the A4 at:

Nature Discovery Centre, Muddy Lane, Lower Way, Thatcham, Berkshire, RG19 3FU

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Tel: 01635 874381



Opening times

Centre opening times (including shop and café)

  • Summer (April-October): Open 7 days a week, including bank holidays. 10:30am-5pm

  • Winter (November-March): Tuesday-Sunday 10:30am-4pm. Closed Mondays

Car parking and admission to the centre are free. We welcome donations. Charges apply for special events (please see our events page for more information)

Car Park opening times

  • All year round: Open from 8am every day; subject to seasonal locking times (please check the boards on your arrival).

Get the most from your visit


The centre, cafe and toilets are wheelchair accessible. The Red Trail around the lake is suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs.

Walking information

Gentle slopes, gates, benches, unsurfaced paths may become muddy in wet weather. There are trails suitable for all abilities. 

Dog walk

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.

What's on at The Nature Discovery Centre

Birthday fun
Children's birthday parties

Make your child’s birthday extra special

Book a member of our team and our beautiful Lakeside Room for a really wild children's party

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Nature Discovery Centre

Improving the Nature Discovery Centre

We have recently submitted a planning application to West Berkshire Council with designs for an improved waterfront.

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The Nature Discovery Centre on Day Out With The Kids