Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium

In a nutshell

The world of science is brought to life with 100 hands-on interactive attractions and the largest digital planetarium in the UK.


Telegraph Way, Morn Hill, Winchester, Hampshire SO21 1HZ

Contact details

Tel: 01962 863791

Web: www.winchestersciencecentre.org

Activity type

Birthdays, Gardens and Open Spaces, Indoor Activities, Science and Technology, Theatre and Entertainment

Suitable for

Ages 5 - 12, All ages, Schools and Groups, Teenagers, Under 5s

Price guide


(based on family of 4)

Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium details...

This exciting family destination is the South of England’s hands-on, interactive, science and technology centre with the largest stand-alone planetarium cinema in the UK. It is an under-cover, all-weather visitor attraction, designed especially with families in mind, with a welcoming feel and where children can run around safely. Situated about three miles from Winchester City Centre, it has easy access from all major routes without entering the city.

There are 100 hands-on interactive exhibits to amuse and enthuse all the family. Children can explore how to bend light, create their own tornado and vortex, create electronic music, and see their body through a heat sensitive camera, together with many other activities. The Science Centre’s aim is to bring to life the worlds of science, technology, engineering and mathematics through hands-on interaction.

Visit the Invention Studio, a space where anyone, young or old, can explore, create, construct and be challenged. At the Colon Café you can go on a journey of discovery through an enormous colon to learn about good and bad bacteria, and how what you put into your body affects what comes out! At the Science of Sport Zone you can test your reaction time, your flexibility, and your ability to balance. Discover the effect that spin has on the direction of a ball, and how your jump height and sprint speed can be related.

At the planetarium cinema the screen is so wide around you that you may feel as if you are floating through the universe! It offers Fulldome cinema films which are high-quality digital pre-recorded films, with a wide variety of fascinating topics. There are also live presenter-led shows. Look out for the chatterbox shows which allow younger children, who are unable to contain their excitement, or want to ask questions, to chat or call out during the show.

There’s a great café, as well as indoor and outdoor picnic areas and a science shop with a variety of unusual and quirky items. It’s also an amazing place to hold a birthday party! Birthday Party Packages include unlimited play on the Science Centre’s 100 hands-on exhibits, as well as a party meal. Please the website for all the details.


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Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium Events

Mini Professors at Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium

Open 11th September 2017 - 11th December 2017

Children four years and under can become mini professors at the Winchester Science Centre in Hampshire!

Spooky Science! at Winchester Science Centre & Planetarium

Open 20th October 2017 - 30th October 2017

All of this October half term week spooky shows and demonstrations are free with general admission!

Horrible Science Weekend at Winchester Science Centre & Planetarium

Open 4th November 2017 - 5th November 2017

The author of the wonderful Horrible Science books will bring his books to life this weekend!

Santa and the Elves Christmas Experience at the Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium

Open 1st December 2017 - 23rd December 2017

Enjoy this new experience at the Winchester Science Centre in Hampshire, from the 1st to the 23rd December!

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