Planning a visit
Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium provides a unique opportunity for students to learn about science and technology.
Booking & enquiries: contact Anita, tel 01962 891942 (8am - 4pm) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Whether visiting the site in Winchester or booking outreach activities at your school or college, the Science Centre can offer resources to support and enhance the curriculum.
Teachers can choose from a selection of activities, with visits lasting from one hour through to six hours, and with small groups to whole school parties. The Education Team welcome all key stages and are experienced at engaging with students with additional needs.
Activities available at the Science Centre:
- Educational exploration using the 100 hands-on science and technology related exhibits
- Live or pre-recorded planetarium shows on a selection of topics
- Curriculum related workshops
- Interactive educational science shows
- Annual special events such as National Science and Engineering Week in March, World Space Week in early October, and FIRST® LEGO® League in December
- A programme of specialist space lectures throughout the year.
Activities available at your school or venue:
- A careers talk or demonstration from a STEM Ambassador tailored to suit your needs
These subsided rates are supported by the independent Winchester Science Centre charity, which raises funds through public visitor income, corporate hire, sponsorship and other fundraising activities.
Education rates and activities are available weekdays during Hampshire schools' term-time, 10am to 4pm. Advance booking essential due to limited capacity per day.
Payment - An invoice to the visiting party will be sent after the visit. If it is more convenient to bring payment on the day, please do so. Should you require anything to be charged to the school, for instance items from the shop, costs can be added to your invoice.
Child Exhibition Entry (normally £8.40)
Accompanying adults free (normally £12)
£4.15 per pupil
£4.98 per pupil
Planetarium show when entering exhibition
£1.75 per person
£2.10 per person
Planetarium show without exhibition entry (excludes cafe & picnic areas)
£4 per person
£4.80 per person
Science show (accompanying adults free)
£1.75 per pupil
£2.10 per pupil
Workshops (individually priced, accompanying adults free)
From £3.58 per pupil
From £4.30 per pupil
Minimum charge per activity
Prices for Outreach Workshops
Full day (three sessions): first presenter from £220 (£264 inc VAT) plus travel.
Half day (two sessions): first presenter from £170 (£204 inc VAT) plus travel.
Selected workshops have an additional charge for consumables.
Prices for the Mobile Planetarium to visit your school (including presenter)
Full day (six shows): £500 (£600 inc VAT) plus travel.
Half day (three shows): £350 (£420 inc VAT) plus travel.
Cancellation and booking terms
The school will be invoiced after your visit for the numbers present on the day, but in the case of substantial changes to the number booked (>20 students), you will be invoiced for the full amount.
A sliding charge will be imposed for all cancellations or substantial changes to bookings:
- Less than 2 weeks from date of visit: 100% of original booking value.
- Less than 1 month and greater than 2 weeks from date of visit: 75% of original booking value.
- Less than 2 months and greater than 1 month from date of visit: 50% of original booking value.
- Over 2 months from date of visit: £50 (£60 inc VAT), refundable if visit is rebooked at the time of cancellation to take place within 6 months of the original visit.
- If cancellation or substantial changes have to be made because of situations outside your control, for example bad weather or illness, then, provided the booking is rescheduled for a date within 6 months, the cancellation charge will be waived.
By making a booking you are agreeing to the terms and conditions above.
Top tips for school visits
To get the most from visiting the Science Centre, the Education Team provide some suggestions:
- To have a clear purpose/focus, identifying teaching and learning objectives.
- Teachers and other adults involved in the visit attend a free teacher preview evening.
- A risk assessment and other helpful health and safety guidelines are available to assist with planning.
- Pupils must be supervised at all times, including during workshops and shows. The centre recommends a generous adult/pupil ratio of 1:6 for Reception and KS1-KS2, and 1:10 for KS3-KS4. These recommended ratios are in place to enable pupils to focus on the full opportunities they can gain from a visit.
- Group leaders are responsible for the behaviour and supervision of the party during the visit. Regular classroom management techniques will help ensure that pupils obtain the maximum benefit.
- It is recommended that packed lunches are brought in separate disposable bags.
Lunches - There is an allocated area for school picnics and personal belongings. Please bring your own packed lunches and drinks. Lunch times are allocated by the Science Centre 1 week ahead, please get in touch should you wish to check your lunch time in advance. The Science Centre has a water fountain and a small outdoor area available in fine weather.
Science Shop - A shop where the children can spend their pocket money (and practice their maths!), prices start at 60p. Purchases will be placed in named bags for each group and then collected by a teacher at the end of the visit. Schools can choose to pre-order a souvenir for the children, the cost of which can be added to the invoice. Email email@example.com for a price list.
Pre-visit resources - A floor plan and downloadable worksheets designed around specific areas of the curriculum are available here.
Access and Special Needs - If your group includes anyone with special needs, please make the team aware on booking and they can discuss particular requirements to make your visit as rewarding as possible. Further accessibility info here.
All Science Centre staff are DBS checked.
Winchester Science Centre is the Winchester Science Centre co-ordinates the South Central England STEM Ambassador Hub to help
inspire young people in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The Centre is the contract holder for Hampshire & Isle of Wight, Berskhire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire, coordinating STEM Ambassadors’ activities in schools and running outreach activities in schools across the region. There are in excess of 3,000 Ambassadors in this Hub area, who have each been trained in engaging with young people and are DBS checked. The free services they can provide, range from topic support or STEM Club assistance to careers talks and site visits. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
Winchester Science Centre is the CREST contract holder for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
Winchester Science Centre is a Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge holder. The Quality Badge assessor judged Winchester Science Centre "An excellent resource for learners of all ages. A well planned and thorough curriculum that meets the needs of all learners. A unique, creative, exciting and challenging organisation that strives to provide consistent quality experiences for all its visitors".
Arrival and departure
On arrival, coaches should stop at the schools entrance, where they will be met by a member of the Education Team. Please see additional notes in the site plan below regarding vehicle arrival and departure. Groups should remain on their coaches until met by the staff member, who will direct them to a base area inside the building. Groups will be given a short briefing about Winchester Science Centre and safety issues. Coaches can then park up in the main car park if staying for the day, there is free car and coach parking. Disabled parking is also available adjacent to the building.
On departure, groups should assemble at the schools area inside the building. Science Centre staff will inform groups when their coach is ready for boarding.