The Living Rainforest
near Thatcham, Berkshire
Average time spent – 2-4 hours.
Things to do at The Living Rainforest review
The Living Rainforest is an indoor ecological and educational centre based in Thatcham near Newbury, Berkshire.
As it is a rainforest, it is warm so take note that you may not want to dress in coats and jumpers. I’d advise to wear layers and also shoes that you are happy to get a bit wet/dirty as some areas are quite damp. It truly is like stepping into another world and there is just so much to take in, to learn and to enjoy.
From huge tropical plants to tiny insects, birds wandering around, tortoises, butterflies, reptiles, ducks as well as an elusive sloth, you have to return again and again to try and catch a glimpse of all that is here.
The centre offers guided talks as well as helpful staff on hand to answer all of your questions. To help your children to learn, there are age-appropriate worksheets available at reception as well as an education centre which often runs workshops in the holidays. We attended in the Easter Break and joined in with a free percussion class!
The centre also has a cafe, a shop plus an outdoor play area which is perfect for picnics in the summer.
Eating – There is a cafe serving hot and cold food and drinks. You can picnic outdoors.
Facilities in brief – Indoor tropical house with insets, birds, butterflies, reptiles, a sloth and more. Worksheets and guided talks plus an outdoor play area. There are toilets on-site and a cafe.
Entry price – *Mid-range
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *Mid-range – One-off payment of £11.85 for adults and £9.55 for children (2-14 years) for the year. Keep hold of your ticket to return on your next visits for no extra charge.
Opening: Open every day except for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Please check here for up to date opening times.
Information on accessibility – They are fully wheelchair accessible and have designated disabled parking spaces.
Address: Hampstead Norreys, Thatcham RG18 0TN, Berkshire, England. Phone: 01635 202444
Category – Indoor tropical house – Outdoor play area – suitable for all ages.
Written by Emma Reed, blogger at Emma Reed www.emmareed.net
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