Thatcham Nature Discovery Centre

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

Come and celebrate everything that’s wonderful about Amazing Autumn at the Nature Discovery Centre. Entertainment, crafts, fun and food will keep all ages entertained.This is a free family day out. A whole range of wildlife experts will be on hand to answer questions about bats, barn owls and bumblebees. Plus, learn…

Sun 15 Oct

Free

  • 10:30 – 16:00

Animal Experience Day - Fur And Feathers

Come and meet the keepers from 'The Animal Experience'. This week they are bring a selection of animals which will include Meerkats, a hit with all ages, African Hedgehogs, quite distinct from those found in this country. Gambian Pouch Rats these used for sniffing out landmines, and able to identify someone infected…

Wed 26 Jul

£4.50per person

  • 10:00 – 11:00
  • 11:30 – 12:30
  • 13:00 – 14:00
  • 14:00 – 15:00
  • 15:00 – 16:00

Animal Experience Day-Reptiles And Mini Beasts

A sure hit with both children and adults alike, our Reptiles and Mini-Beasts event introduces you to an amazing selection of unusual animals. The opportunity to get up close and personal and even hold many of these rare and unusual creatures. On the day you will meet snakes, ranging from the Milksnake all the way up to…

Wed 9 Aug

£4.50per person

  • 11:30 – 12:30
  • 13:00 – 14:00
  • 14:00 – 15:00
  • 15:00 – 16:00

Animal Experience Day - Reptiles And Mini-Beasts

A sure hit with both children and adults alike, our Reptiles and Mini-Beasts event introduces you to an amazing selection of unusual animals. The opportunity to get up close and personal and even hold many of these rare and unusual creatures. On the day you will meet snakes, ranging from the Milksnake all the way up to…

Wed 9 Aug

£4.50per person

  • 10:00 – 11:00

Autumn Wildlife Photography Course

Photograph the Autumn wildlife with practical guidance and tuition from wildlife photographer Iain Green. Discover and learn about seasonal specialities of the reserve and how to photograph them. A practical course, the day will begin with an introductory session inside, before heading out to explore. Suitable for both…

Sat 23 Sep

£65.00 this includes tuition refreshments and lunch.

  • 10:00 – 16:00

Bird Of Prey Day

Sessions at 10am, 11am, 12 noon, 1.30pm & 2.30pm Bird of prey expert Ray Prior is back by popular demand! Join him for a fascinating exploration of his birds. Learn all about how they fly and hunt. Be part of Ray's display and enjoy a hand's on experience. Who is this event suitable for? Everyone is welcome.

Thu 31 Aug

£4.50 per person

  • 10:00 – 11:00
  • 13:30 – 14:30
  • 14:30 – 15:30

Children's Wildlife Photography Course

Learn how to take a great photograph with the expert guidance of expert wildlife photographer Iain Green. The course will start inside with an introduction to wildlife photography, camera settings and how to vary the composition of your photographs for impact and creativity. We'll then head off to explore the nature…

Tue 29 Aug

£25 per child includes refreshments and snacks

  • 10:00 – 13:00

Christmas Tree Sale At The Nature Discovery Centre

Get your Christmas tree from us and give wildlife some seasonal help too. Our trees are Scots pines, felled as part of wildlife site management. They make excellent Christmas trees and they are less prone to drop their needles than commercial trees. Trees will be of a variety of sizes and prices will start from £10.

Sun 10 Dec

Free

  • 11:00 – 15:00

Clone Of Bird Of Prey Day

Sessions at 10am, 11am, 12 noon, 1.30pm & 2.30pm Bird of prey expert Ray Prior is back by popular demand! Join him for a fascinating exploration of his birds. Learn all about how they fly and hunt. Be part of Ray's display and enjoy a hand's on experience. Who is this event suitable for? Everyone is welcome.

Thu 31 Aug

£4.50 per person

  • 13:30 – 14:30

Crocodiles Of The World

Crocodiles of the World is a conservation and education zoo. Its aim is to inform and educate adults, children and infants about animals and conservation. BOOKING ESSENTIAL Crocodiles of the World is a conservation and education zoo. Its aim is to inform and educate adults, children and infants about animals and…

Wed 2 Aug

Booking essential £4.50 per person.

  • 15:00 – 16:00

Crocodiles Of The World

Crocodiles of the World is a conservation and education zoo. Its aim is to inform and educate adults, children and infants about animals and conservation. BOOKING ESSENTIAL Crocodiles of the World is a conservation and education zoo. Its aim is to inform and educate adults, children and infants about animals and…

Wed 2 Aug

Booking essential £4.50 per person.

  • 11:30 – 12:30
  • 13:00 – 14:00
  • 14:00 – 15:00

Crocodiles Of The World

Crocodiles of the World is a conservation and education zoo. Its aim is to inform and educate adults, children and infants about animals and conservation. BOOKING ESSENTIAL Crocodiles of the World is a conservation and education zoo. Its aim is to inform and educate adults, children and infants about animals and…

Wed 2 Aug

Booking essential £4.50 per person.

  • 10:00 – 11:00

Fantastic Wildlife Fridays: Build A Bug Hotel

Spend some time looking for some of the fantastic bugs that you’ll find here then be creative with different materials to make your own bug hotel to take home so that you can encourage insects into your own garden. Suitable for children aged 2 and above. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. We'll be…

Fri 18 Aug

£4 per child, adults free

  • 13:30 – 14:30
  • 15:00 – 16:00

Fantastic Wildlife Fridays: Butterflies And Moths

Join Charley and learn about the different butterfly and moth species we find in Berkshire. We'll do some butterfly surveys (weather-dependent) and take a look at moths found overnight, plus make a crafty creation to take home. Suitable for children aged 2 and above. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all…

Fri 4 Aug

£4 per individual. Children must be accompanied by an adult who has also booked a place.

  • 15:00 – 16:00

Fantastic Wildlife Fridays: Butterflies And Moths

Join Charley and learn about the different butterfly and moth species we find in Berkshire. We'll do some butterfly surveys (weather-dependent) and take a look at moths found overnight, plus make a crafty creation to take home. Suitable for children aged 2 and above. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all…

Fri 4 Aug

£4 per individual. Children must be accompanied by an adult who has also booked a place.

  • 13:30 – 14:30

Fantastic Wildlife Fridays: Feathered Friends

Which feathered friends will need your help come winter. Which feathered friends need your help in the garden? Join us for a spot of bird watching before learning how to turn used plastic bottles into beautiful hanging bird feeders for the garden. Suitable for children aged 2 and above. Children must be accompanied by…

Fri 25 Aug

£4 per child, adults free

  • 13:30 – 14:30
  • 15:00 – 16:00

Fantastic Wildlife Fridays: Feathered Friends

Which feathered friends will need your help come winter. Which feathered friends need your help in the garden? Join us for a spot of bird watching before learning how to turn used plastic bottles into beautiful hanging bird feeders for the garden. Suitable for children aged 2 and above. Children must be accompanied by…

Fri 25 Aug

£4 per child, adults free

  • 11:00 – 12:00

Fantastic Wildlife Fridays: Nature's Garden-On-A-Plate

A hands-on craft based session for children aged between 5-10 years old. Use natural materials found outside, to create a natural garden-on-a-plate. Find natural objects such as twigs, moss, small stones, round pebbles, feathers, leaves, sand, bark, flowers, pine cones and acorns to attach onto to your plate and create…

Fri 11 Aug

£4 per child, adults free

  • 13:30 – 14:30
  • 15:00 – 16:00

Fantastic Wildlife Fridays: Pond Dipping

Join us for an exploration of the pond. Discover what lives beneath the depths of our dipping pond and a whole load of wonderful facts about the animals you find! Suitable for children aged 2 and above. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. You will be outside for the whole session, please come…

Fri 28 Jul

£4 per child, adults free

  • 15:00 – 16:00

Fantastic Wildlife Fridays: Wildlife Detectives

Test your wildlife detective skills and piece together the clues to work out whose footprints, food, homes and even poo you’re looking at and to work out who stole the eggs from one of our blackbirds Suitable for children aged 2-10 years old. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. This session will be…

Fri 1 Sep

£4 per child, adults free

  • 13:30 – 14:30
  • 15:00 – 16:00

Fantastic Wildlife Fridays: Wildlife Detectives

Test your wildlife detective skills and piece together the clues to work out whose footprints, food, homes and even poo you’re looking at and to work out who stole the eggs from one of our blackbirds Suitable for children aged 2-10 years old. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. This session will be…

Fri 1 Sep

£4 per child, adults free

  • 11:00 – 12:00

Foraging And Campfire Cookery

Come and join us for a morning of finding free wild food (foraging) followed by cooking tasty and nutritious recipes over a campfire. No need to bring lunch! Who is this event suitable for? The course is suitable for adults and children over 12 (children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian). No experience or…

Sat 7 Oct

£15 per adult/child over 12 years old

  • 10:00 – 14:00

Let's Go Batty - Bat Walk And Talk

Dave Endacott from the Oxford bat group will be at the Nature Discovery Centre this evening. He will introduce you to his rescue bats which will include Sophie the serotine bat, Wally the noctule and Cherpy the pipistrelle. You will learn all about our native British bats, their flight, food and echolocation. At…

Fri 1 Sep

£4.50 includes refreshments

  • 19:30 – 22:00

Let's Go Batty - Bat Walk And Talk

This event is repeated on Friday 1st September. Dave Endacott from the Oxford bat group will be at the Nature Discovery Centre this evening. He will introduce you to his rescue bats which will include Sophie the serotine bat, Wally the noctule and Cherpy the pipistrelle. You will learn all about our native British…

Fri 18 Aug

£4.50 includes refreshments

  • 20:00 – 22:30

Linking The Landscape: Nature Tots - Thatcham

Come along to our parent and toddler group. A great opportunity each month for you and your pre-school little ones to have fun in natural surroundings. Each session will include activities such as bug-hunting, mud-painting and mask-making. Tea, biscuits and mud provided! Booking essential. All children must be…

Tue 19 Sep

£5 donation

  • 09:30 – 11:30

Tue 17 Oct

£5 donation

  • 09:30 – 11:30

Tue 21 Nov

£5 donation

  • 09:30 – 11:30

Tue 19 Dec

£5 donation

  • 09:30 – 11:30

Linking The Landscape: Nature Tots - Thatcham

Come along to our parent and toddler group. A great opportunity each month for you and your pre-school little ones to have fun in natural surroundings. Each session will include activities such as bug-hunting, mud-painting and mask-making. Tea, biscuits and mud provided! Booking essential. All children must be…

Tue 15 Aug

£5 donation

  • 09:30 – 11:30

Marvellous Minibeasts

Come and join Charley for a session all about the wonderful creatures living on the nature reserve. Try different methods of finding minibeasts and see how many different types you can identify. Who is this event suitable for? Children over 5 years old and their parent/guardian(s). What to wear? Please dress…

Sat 5 Aug

£4/child, adults free

  • 14:00 – 16:00

Planting For Wildlife: For October- Shrubs For Winter And Bulbs For Spring

Wildlife-friendly plants for sale. Experts on hand to advise. Visit our new 'gardening for wildlife' advice clinic where our experts will be on hand once a month to provide gardening advice, together with a range of wildlife-friendly plants for sale. This month we will be featuring a range of winter flowering shrubs…

Sat 7 Oct

Free

  • 10:30 – 15:00

Planting For Wildlife: For September- Cyclamen And Shrubs

Wildlife-friendly plants for sale. Experts on hand to advise. Visit our new 'gardening for wildlife' advice clinic where our experts will be on hand once a month to provide gardening advice, together with a range of wildlife-friendly plants for sale. This month we will be featuring autumn flowering cyclamen and shrubs…

Sat 2 Sep

Free

  • 10:30 – 15:00

Wild Bird Rescue Encounter

Come along to the Nature Discovery Centre this October half-term to meet Aimee Wallis. Aimee is the founder of Corvid Dawn Wild Bird Rescue which rescues and rehabilitates wild birds. Aimee will share her huge knowledge and experiences of bird rescue and introduce you to some of her current birds. She’ll demonstrate…

Tue 24 Oct

4.50 per person

  • 13:30 – 14:30
  • 15:00 – 16:00

Winter Wildlife Photography Course

Learn how to use your camera to capture the very best of the winter wildlife and landscapes at the Nature Discovery Centre. Practical guidance and tuition will be provided by expert wildlife photographer Iain Green. Discover and learn about seasonal specialities of the reserve and how to photograph them. A practical…

Sat 10 Feb 2018

£65.00 this includes tuition refreshments and lunch.

  • 10:00 – 16:00

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