The Look Out Discovery Centre Playground

This amazing playground is located within Swinley Forest in Bracknell and is part of the Look Out Discovery Centre. Currently you have to reserve a space to play there, which guarantees that it won’t be busy. You also get a reserved picnic bench as part of your booking so have somewhere to sit and enjoy your coffee!

Playground Overview – The Look Out Discovery Centre

This is an amazing playground for all ages, with 3 different enclosed sections including an inclusive play area. The inclusive play area has equipment suitable for children with additional needs. The whole playground area is huge and has loads of great themed play areas, such as a pirate ship and a big fort.

Here’s a few images from the inclusive play area.

To visit the playground you need to book a slot on their website. There’s no charge for this an it guarantees you 90 minutes play time. Each booking accommodates one household or support bubble only.

Session times are:

  • 9:15am to 10:45am
  • 11am to 12:30pm
  • 12:45pm to 2:15pm
  • 2:30pm to 4pm

What’s there for younger kids

The infant play trail at The Look Out Discovery Centre is designed for children aged 3-6. It’s completely enclosed and features a static wooden train, a big pirate ship playframe with slide and a smaller boat. There’s also loads an obstacle course for them to work round which is better for the upper end of the age group. Plus toddler swings and a trampoline!

There’s loads of fun things within the inclusive play area for them to play on as well.

What’s there for older kids

The junior play trail is designed for children aged 7-11. This section has a very cool fort with a draw bridge. Inside the fort there’s wobbly bridges, tunnels and towers for them to climb. Ashley still had a run around in here but some of it was of course too challenging for her.

What else is there to do nearby?

There’s loads to do in Swinley Forest itself, including Go Ape! (reopens on 12th April), walks and bike rides. You can buy a map of the 3 walking routes from The Look Out and the shortest route is only 1.2 miles so perfect for little legs.

For the bike riding there’s again 3 trails ranging from 1 mile up to 8 miles and you can view them online here. You can also hire bikes for children aged 6 and over from Swinley Bike Hub, which is also located at The Look Out.

Just across the road is Coral Reef Waterworld (reopens on 17th May), a huge indoor leisure pool with slides. We absolutely love it here and it’s great for all ages. There are smaller slides for babies and toddlers and massive slides for older kids.

The Look Out Discovery Centre itself is also fantastic when it reopens. It’s a hands-on-science exhibition with loads of fun and interactive things for the kids to get involved with.

Café: There’s a café right next to the playground which at the moment has a selection of hot and cold drinks, snacks and ice creams available for takeaway. It’s open daily from 9am – 5pm.

Toilets: There are currently no toilets available – this is a real downside to the playground at the moment.

Cleanliness: Very clean when we visited.

Condition: Great condition and really well looked after.

Playground surface: Natural forest floor.

Parking: Large pay and display car park.

Address: Nine Mile Ride, Bracknell

Sat Nav:RG12 7QW

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