School and group visits

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Children's groups - Brownies, Cubs, Rainbows and Beavers

Group bookings are  available during weekends and school holidays. Pre-booked groups are charged at £4.65 per child under 16 with free entry for 1 adult to every 6 children. Shows are also available for pre-booking and are charged at an additional £1.95 per child.

We open The Look Out until 8pm from 26 to 30 June 2017

Pre-booking essential. Please contact us to book your group visit.

Starlab for schools

The Look Out On The Road is an outreach service for schools. We can bring Starlab, our mobile planetarium to your school. We also have challenge workshops available during school terms, or why not book one of our fun shows Yucky You, the Slime Show, the Brain Drain show or Dinosaur show. For more information please go to our Outreach for Schools page.

We can do up to 4 sessions a day with up to 35 children per session and our experienced presenters are happy to tailor the day to fit your needs.

Hands-on science and discovery exhibition

At The Look Out there are more than 90 hands-on science and discovery activities, which are ideal for child-centred learning and investigation. You will have science literally at your fingertips.

There are five zones:

  • Build It!
  • Light and Colour
  • Body and Perception
  • Forces and Movement
  • Woodland and Water.

The centre has welcomed school groups since 1996 and staff are highly experienced in ensuring your visit is well organised. Upon booking, you will receive a copy of our risk assessment and further useful information. Upon arrival, The Look Out staff will explain the logistics of the visit to make sure the day runs smoothly.

It is essential to pre-book a visit - £4.65 per pre-booked child, 1 adult free for every 6 children (or 1 for every 4 children for Foundation Stage).

Please call The Look Out on 01344 354400 to make a booking.


Pre-booking essential for school visits and shows, please call The Look Out on 01344 3544000 so we can help with your booking.

Summer term 2017 - 6 May to 22 July 2017

Bugs and beasties

KS1 - Can you identify a food chain or collect a mini beast to observe, identify and classify? Part one of the session is an interactive show. In part two, spend time outside with sweep nets to find out which bugs live in Swinley Forest. This show lasts an hour.

KS2  - Enter the world of the mini beasts and use your observations and investigative skills to discover more about the animals living in out forest. Part one of the session is an interactive show. In part two, spend time outside with sweep nets to find out which bugs live in Swinley Forest, recording your findings on our bug chart. This show lasts an hour.

National Curriculum links - KS1 and KS2

Identification and classification of animals, food chains, working scientifically.

Gift bags

If you choose to book one of our shows, why not pre-order one of our themed gift bags for your group? We'll be happy to have them ready for the day of your visit, saving you time and controlling the spend of your group whilst giving the children a memento of their exciting day.

Souvenir bag order form

Backpack trails

The Look Out backpacks are designed to be used for outside, but in bad weather are suitable for inside use. Using the backpacks involves a short walk, stopping at various points and concentrating on national curriculum themes. Backpacks can be hired in advance and are self led.

There are two different backpacks available - nature explorers (4 to 8 year olds) and materials detectives (8 to 11 year olds).

Backpack trails

The cost is £1.95 per child in addition to the entrance charge.

Beastly bug bags

Our fantastic show-themed gift bags include a 10 per cent discount on suggested retail prices.

Beastly bug bags - description and order form

Information sessions and complimentary visits for leaders

Complimentary visits for teachers

Teachers are welcome to have a complimentary pre-visit, once they have booked a visit, for carrying out a risk assessment and so on. If you are interested in bringing a school to The Look Out and would like a complimentary visit of the hands-on science and nature exhibition please use our enquiry form.

Feedback from school visits

We received the following feedback:

  • "Very enjoyable, great fun."
  • "Science from a Toy box was an excellent presentation pitched at just the right level. All hands on activities were excellent."
  • "As always we enjoyed spending time in the exhibition. Children responded productively to the variety and hands on nature of the exhibits. Staff were helpful and accommodating."
  • "Thank you for a most enjoyable and informative day. Staff were most welcoming and put us at our ease."
  • "I bring my class every year and the children absolutely love it. If fits in well with some of our topics. Thanks for a great day."
  • "Excellent experience for our autistic children. They loved the water play. Staff extremely helpful and friendly."

Pre-ordered souvenirs for schools and groups

The Discovery Shop at The Look Out offers an exciting range of toys, souvenirs and gifts based on the science and nature themes found in the exhibition. If you feel the stress of managing your group’s spending in the gift shop may present difficulties, why not make use of our pre-ordered souvenirs order form to avoid any hassle?

Order form for souvenirs

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