Thatcham Nature Discovery Centre

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

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Aliens At Easter! Planetarium Show

Presenter Dave Buttery, an expert Astronomy communicator,introduces 'We are Aliens!' A planetarium show which will tell the story of the most important journey humankind has ever undertaken, the search to discover if we are alone in the Universe. In this exciting show we will explore how our understanding of life on…

Wed 12 Apr

Aliens At Easter! Planetarium Show

Presenter Dave Buttery, an expert Astronomy communicator,introduces 'We are Aliens!' A planetarium show which will tell the story of the most important journey humankind has ever undertaken, the search to discover if we are alone in the Universe. In this exciting show we will explore how our understanding of life on…

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…

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…

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…

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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.

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…

Fri 2 Jun

£25 per child includes refreshments and snacks

Tue 29 Aug

£25 per child includes refreshments and snacks

Early Spring Bird Walk At The Nature Discovery Centre

Join local natural history enthusiast Graeme Stewart on regular walks at the Nature Discovery Centre in Thatcham. Learn all about the birds that visit the lakes and grounds around the centre during the spring months. People with limited mobility please contact organiser in advance

Lakeside Arts Workshop With Tessa Kirby

Join us for a day to explore your artistic capabilities. This day-long workshop will be relaxed and informal and will be based in our Lakeside room where magnificent views and abundant wildlife will be an inspiration to all. Artist Tessa Kirby will be your tutor for the day and will encourage you to broaden your…

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

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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

Linking The Landscape: Gardening For Wildlife

Go wild in your garden! Large or small, ledge or yard, your garden can be a mosaic in a wider network of natural havens linking urban green spaces with nature reserves and the countryside. In this talk, local wildlife guru Becca Flintham will talk about the many ways in which wildlife helps us as gardeners, and how we…

Mon 10 Apr

suggested donation £4 per person

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…

Linking The Landscape: Update Evening

Come along to hear the latest from the Linking the Landscape team in West Berkshire. How this project is working with private landowners, linking habitats, people with wildlife and monitoring the health of the local landscape for wildlife. As well as the usual updates from the Linking the Landscape team, we welcome a…

May Evening Night Safari

Make the most of the fine weather and longer days by exploring nocturnal life at the Nature Discovery Centre. We will start with some crafts and games that help develop senses invaluable to night-time creatures and then Oxford Bat Group member Dave Endacott will introduce you to his rescue bats.  He will explain all…

Wed 31 May

4.50 includes refreshments

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Nature Explorers Club

Join us on the third Saturday of every month for a hands on wildlife club for 5-8 year olds. Each month follows a different theme with hands on wildlife activities, craft, stories and child-led play. Book for one session or a series of six. Who is this event suitable for? Children aged 5-8 years old. All children must…

Sat 21 Jan

£4 per child, adults free

Sat 18 Feb

£4 per child, adults free

Nature Memories Cafe

A series of free weekly drop in sessions designed to provide support for people living with dementia and their loved ones. Join us each week to experience the relaxing power of nature through crafts and other activities and enjoy a piece of delicious homemade cake with a hot drink. Don’t worry if you’re not artistic…

Mon 16 Jan

Mon 23 Jan

Mon 30 Jan

…and 7 more dates until 20 Mar

Spring Wildlife Photography Course

Photograph the Centre's spectacular spring 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.

Sat 27 May

£65.00 this includes tuition refreshments and lunch.

Summer Wildlife Photography Course

Photograph the summer wetland wildlife with practical guidance and tuition from wildlife photographer Iain Green. Discover and learn about seasonal specialties 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…

Sat 22 Jul

£65.00 this includes tuition refreshments and lunch.

Wild Bird Rescue Encounter - Postponed

Unfortunately we have had to postponed this event and will reschedule it later in the year. Come along to the Nature Discovery Centre this February 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…

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Wild Bird Rescue Encounter - Postponed

Unfortunately we have had to postpone this event and will reschedule it later in the year. Come along to the Nature Discovery Centre this February 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…

Willow Basket Weaving Workshop

Join tutor Christine Brewster for a relaxed and informal day of basket making. She will teach how to turn a simple raw material into a robust and characterful basket. You will learn useful techniques and be encouraged to use your imagination to creat a unique functional basket, all from just a bundle of twigs! All…

Sat 1 Jul

£65.00 per workshop, includes tuition, materials, lunch and refreshments throughout the day.

Willow Plant Support Workshop

Learn how to weave with willow to make a delightful structure for your garden this summer. The support will be ideal for sweet peas but also suitable for clematis or any plant that likes to scramble! Christine Brewster, your tutor for the day, will assist you in exploring different designs for weaving willow and look at…

Sat 8 Apr

£65.00 per workshop, includes tuition, materials, lunch and refreshments throughout the day.

Winter Bird Walk At The Nature Discovery Centre

Join local natural history enthusiast Graeme Stewart on regular walks at the Nature Discovery Centre in Thatcham. Learn all about the birds that visit the lakes and grounds around the centre during the winter months. People with limited mobility please contact organiser in advance

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 25 Feb

£65.00 this includes tuition refreshments and lunch.

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.

Young Rangers Wildlife Club Taster Session

Experience our Young Rangers Club during this taster session. Join the rest of the Young Rangers for a fun hands on session and learn all about local wildlife. Who is this event suitable for? This event is suitable for children aged 8-12 years old. Children don't need to be accompanied by an adult but a registration…

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