We run a programme of activities throughout the year for people with physical and learning disabilities at The LookOut Discovery Centre, Hyde Park.
Uncover, discover and be inspired by the natural world!
To discuss your requirements with our experienced education team, just fill in our enquiry form and we'll be in touch.
The LookOut Discovery Centre is accessible to all ages and abilities and the design of the building and surrounding nature trails includes various Disability Discrimination Act compliant features.
Our facilities feature:
- A secure, fenced garden bursting with flowers, trees, bugs and bees. Guests can explore the grounds with their senses and discover the sounds, colours and smells of nature.
- Two bright and airy discovery classrooms that open onto a wooden decking area. Perfect for outdoor work on warmer days.
- A fully fitted sensory room with soft rugs, bean bags, tactile surfaces and various light stimuli including a bubble tube, UV and fibre optic lights.
- Raised flower beds for horticultural activities such as planting, weeding and garden care.
- Two ponds that bring learning to life. One is raised for easy access.
- A range of activity sessions to suit your group.
- Ramped access to all areas of the building and gardens.
- Disabled toilet amenities.
- Use of a hoist to enable access to and from a wheelchair if needed.
Sessions are between one and two hours long and run 10am-12pm and 1-3pm. Sessions run all year round, however some are more suited to the late spring and summer terms.
Once you’ve selected your sessions, just fill in our enquiry form and we can arrange your visit.
Guided activity sessions
Book a session with our experienced education officers to experience learning entirely suited to people with sensory deprivation and moderate to severe learning needs. We work with you to make sure that the content, level and duration of the activities are tailor-made for your group and deliver a day out that your students will love! Please note that carers and group leaders must attend too.
Exploring the seasons
An engaging session that encourages guests to find out more about the season in which they visit. Activities could include collecting seasonal colours, creating nature art, studying natural textures or searching for wildlife.
Practical outdoor skills
Get your group up and active with a busy session that involves grounds maintenance and horticulture. Groups get the chance to sweep or rake leaves, clean benches, help create compost, make plant pots and plant their own seeds. This is a session for a more physically able group.
Feed the birds
This is a hands-on session where we prepare a variety of different bird feeders, such as pine cone feeders, recycled feeders and squirrel-proof feeders. Guests get the chance to create and hang their own bird feeders before visiting the birds on the Serpentine Lake.
Self-led sensory room sessions
Make use of our private facility, fitted with an array of colourful, interactive and stimulating equipment designed to enrich the senses. After a short compulsory training session by a member of our education team, we offer the option to book a course of visits with complementary material to immerse your students in the beauty of the wider park.
Plan your visit
Have you chosen which sessions you’d like to join? Fill out our enquiry form so we can plan your visit! If you'd like more information, just drop us a line on 0300 061 2286 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.