The exciting world of science is brought to life with an interactive hands-on exhibition and the UK’s largest standalone planetarium.
Telegraph Way, Morn Hill, Winchester, Hampshire SO21 1HZ
Birthdays, Gardens and Open Spaces, Indoor Activities, Museums and Art Centres, Science and Technology, Theatre and Entertainment
Ages 5 - 12, All ages, Schools and Groups, Teenagers, Under 5s
(based on family of 4)
Re-opening with a brand new visitor experience on the 17th October.
Winchester Science Centre is more than a day out. It’s a chance to spark your children’s curiosity in science which could lead them on an exciting journey for life! Situated in the stunning South Downs National Park, this exciting family destination is the South of England’s hands-on, interactive science and technology centre with the largest standalone planetarium in the UK.
A brand new visitor experience for October 2020
From Saturday 17th October, find out how far your curiosity will take you as you embark on an exhilarating adventure around Winchester Science Centre’s brand new visitor experience!
Feel your senses come alive as you explore the sights and sounds of an exciting new interactive exhibition, all themed around sound, hearing and vibration. Put yourself in the action by venturing into an enormous 10 metre long guitar to feel the string vibrations or climb through a giant ear to explore its inner workings.
Get set for explosive Science LIVE demos taking place right on the exhibition floor or for something a little more tranquil, the whole family can get creative and have a go at challenges themed around nature in the inside/outside experimentation zone BIO:SPACE. And if it all gets a bit too much, take a break in the Recombobulation Room – a quiet place designed for people who need time away from the hustle and bustle.
Experience the out-of-this-world interactive exhibits of Explorer:Space, an epic journey through the Solar System. Located on the lower floor, Explorer:Space encompasses 20 fantastic modular exhibits, covering everything from meteorites to stardust, robots to coding, and atmospheric pressure to human space flight!
Free Live Science Show
Make sure to reserve your space in a thrilling free live science show! Discover more about STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) with exciting Inspirer-led demonstrations and fun audience participation. Show themes change regularly so grab yourself a ticket each time you visit!
The planetarium offers an unforgettable experience. The 360° cinema screen completely surrounds the audience, placing everyone right in the action. Relax back in your seat and get sucked into a black hole, fly through the Solar System or take a flight in a cardboard rocket.
There are two different show formats – fulldome films, which are high-quality, digital pre-recorded animations, and live shows during which a presenter takes you on a tour through space.
The Science Centre also offers three different show environments to ensure that everyone can enjoy the planetarium. Most are chatterbox shows which offer a relaxed, family-friendly environment where the audience are welcome to call out, ask questions and talk to others about what they see. Quiet shows are for those who would prefer a quiet environment to enjoy the planetarium experience. There are also relaxed shows, designed to be welcoming and inviting to those with sensory sensitives and their loved ones. Adjustments include lights left on low, sound turned down and freedom to move around.
Hub Cafe and Science Shop
You’ll find an excellent choice of hot and cold drinks, lunch options and snacks at the Hub Cafe. There is indoor and outdoor seating for those purchasing refreshments as well as a picnic area if you prefer to bring your own lunch. The Science Shop offers a variety of unusual STEM gifts, from pocket-money mementos to quality books and experiments to try at home.
Explore the South Downs National Park
Located in the picturesque South Downs National Park, Winchester Science Centre enjoys stunning views and surroundings. There is an outdoor play area for children to burn off some energy and picnic tables for guests with packed lunches and direct access to public footpaths to explore the adjoining nature reserve.
There's so much Christmas fun at Winchester Science Centre in Hampshire this year! Held from the 5th December to the 4th January, on selected dates.
Visited Winchester Science Museum recently, so much more fun than I had anticipated . It is educational in a fun way, which is fantastic. The Planetarium show was fantastic, we enjoyed just as much as the kids! Definitely will be coming back again.
11:42 AM October 31, 2017
Stay safe. Coronavirus advice is being updated regularly. As we look ahead to Christmas, we are looking forward to as many attractions and events opening up as possible. Please enjoy browsing the site for trips during the festive period. Remember to check directly with the venue before booking. Let’s Go with the Children is here to help and support families with ideas and information during this period.