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)
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.
Included in admission every weekend and school holiday are explosive live science shows together with hands-on activities and challenges focused around popular themes. These themes are fun and quirky, serving as a great introduction to the inspiring world of science for children and their families.
There are lots of interactive exhibits to explore, aiming to spark curiosity in all the family and bring the worlds of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) to life. The Science Centre is also home to Explorer: Space, an awe-inspiring, immersive space zone where your family can take an epic journey through the Solar System and learn about all things space, from meteorites to human space flight. Be sure to visit the Invention Studio, a place where you can create, construct and be challenged with the help of friendly Inspirers.
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.
You’ll find an excellent choice of hot and cold drinks, lunch options and snacks at the Hub Café. 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.
Winchester Science Centre passionately believes in science for everyone. The charity is currently working to make the Science Centre and Planetarium as accessible, inclusive and welcoming as possible. Developments include the installation of accessible exhibits, tactile interpretations, hearing loops, step-free access, a Changing Places toilet, sensory room and other accessibility modifications.
Earn your very own Curiosity Badge at Winchester Science Centre in Hampshire. Held on selected dates throughout the year.
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 daily. Many attractions are still closed, while others are starting to reopen with social distancing measures in place. Enjoy browsing the site for trips and please check directly with the venue before visiting. Let’s Go with the Children is still open and are here to help and support families with ideas and information to keep you safe and your kids entertained this summer.