Home Educators

Home Educators can visit as pre-booked groups, or on special Home Educator Days

Monthly Home Educator Days

Monthly home educator days are available for individual families and those bringing younger siblings. 

Please note the Science Centre is still open to the public these days, but from 2.30pm onwards (2pm from Dec) schools will have left and almost everyone in the venue is expected to be a Home Educator.  

Home Educator ID is not required for entry before 3pm

Children must be supervised at all times. 

Home Educator groups must include:

  • At least one child of school age (5-18 yrs, or 4 yrs if their next birthday is 31 Aug or earlier).
  • One supervising adult

Home Educated children who look younger than school age may need to provide proof of age.
Younger siblings within the home-educated child’s family are welcome at the same special rate.

Home Educator family General Entry to the Hands-on Exhibition:

Child (3-18 yrs): £4.98
Child (0-2 yrs): free
Supervising adult: free (one per group)
Additional adults: standard rate

Additional activities: Prices below

 Planetarium shows 

  • The planetarium runs live shows such as schools enjoy and educational fulldome films. Note that only the shows listed below are eligible for this special rate.
  • Guardians should sit within easy reach of their children inside the dome. Due to darkness, visitors must remain seated unless it is necessary for them to leave. 
  • Children under 5yr: other than for Neighbourhood Earth, there is no age restriction for these showings. However, please be aware that some younger children may find the planetarium rather overwhelming. By popular request, all these shows are Chatterbox Shows unless otherwise stated, meaning children do not need to stay quiet, making it easier for the little ones. Just be aware you may need to exit if they don't enjoy the experience, and if so that other children may not be left unsupervised. If you would prefer not to have Chatterbox shows in these slots, or have any other requests, please let us know. 

Advance booking is recommended





Schedule (click for details)



Doors Open

School groups will be present until 2.30pm (mustering downstairs from 2.15pm). The Science Centre is open to the public all day.

Arrival before 3pm: Home Educators can access the special rate at any time before 3pm (ie during school hours) simply by self-identifying as a Home Educator on arrival.

Arrival after 3pm: Home Educators will be asked to provide proof of status such as a letter from the LEA or a Home Educator card.

Children must be supervised at all times in the exhibition, planetarium and during activities. 


3 April: Be a 999 Hero

Join our special guest, Joanna Hennessy, through an interactive presentation designed for Home Educators all about Hampshire Air Ambulance and basic live-saving procedures. There will be plenty of audience interaction, role play and games and so suitable for all ages. This session will take place in the Moon Room on the lower floor and is free of charge.


Ask the Expert (FREE): Pop along to this drop-in session where members of our fantastic Education team will be available for Q&A. This session will take place in the Invention Studio on the lower floor.


3 April - Magical Mystery Tour (+£2.10 per person, live presenter-led planetarium show)


Two members of Education team will be available on the exhibition floor to talk through exhibits and demonstrate some busking activities (FREE).


3 April - Astronaut (+£2.10 per person, fulldome planetarium film, SEN friendly)

Autism friendly screening: There will be low lighting left on in the planetarium throughout the show, and sound levels will be set slightly lower than in normal public shows. Visitors are free to vocalise their enjoyment and as in all shows, staff will be close at hand to help anyone who needs to exit during the show.




Doors close

Future Home Educator Days

Save the date! TBC - activity schedule coming soon.

Booking & enquiries: contact Anita, tel 01962 891942 or email anitashearing@winchestersciencecentre.org

Your feedback on our home educator programme is always welcome. Please contact benlittlefield@winchestersciencecentre.org

Pre-booked Home Educator groups

Are you from a HE group? Groups can pre-book very much in the same way as schools, with planetarium shows and workshops booked on demand. Minimum 20 children, with one adult free for each three children. All children must be of school age. See schools webpage for information about additional activities.