Muddy Lane, Lower Way, Newbury, RG19 3FU
Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun, Nov-Feb, 10.30am-4pm; March, 10.30am-4.30pm; April-Oct, 10.30am-5pm, Closed Mondays
The Nature Discovery Centre in Thatcham is close to the site of archaeologically renowned Mesolithic (Middle Stone Age) hunter-gatherer camps. Several excavations took place in the 20th century when land was developed, and other finds were made before the gravel extraction that has created the present lakes in the area. Evidence of occupation dating from 10,000-8,000 BC came from hearths and domestic rubbish; there were many varying types of flint tool and the bones of animals such as deer, wild pig and beaver. Some of the excavated artefacts can be seen on display in the centre. Visitors can also walk around the Reed Beds, exploring this atmospheric part of the Kennet Valley.
Times and prices are subject to change. Contact venue before setting out.