Planetarium for schools

Little Stars (live)

Little Stars (live)

NEW! Child-centred show for Early Years

Look Up! (live)

Look Up! (live)

NEW! Observing the sky for KS1

The Solar System and Beyond (live)

The Solar System and Beyond (live)

NEW! From the night sky to galaxies for KS2

Discovering the Universe (live)

Discovering the Universe (live)

NEW! The Universe considered through light and gravity, for KS3. Dates from May 2017.

Neighbourhood Earth (live, giant planetarium only)

Neighbourhood Earth (live, giant planetarium only)

Yr7 only, last showings May 2017.

Alien Worlds (live, giant planetarium only)

Alien Worlds (live, giant planetarium only)

General KS3 astronomy, using aliens as a hook

Bespoke Show (live, giant planetarium only)

Bespoke Show (live, giant planetarium only)

Tailored shows available for KS4+

Secret of the Cardboard Rocket (film, giant planetarium only)

Secret of the Cardboard Rocket (film, giant planetarium only)

Child-centred fulldome film about the planets

The Planet Show (live)

The Planet Show (live)

Visit every planet in our solar system

Flight Through the Universe (live, giant planetarium only)

Flight Through the Universe (live, giant planetarium only)

Awe-inspiring overview of the Universe

Simply Stars (live)

Simply Stars (live)

Find constellations and objects in tonight's sky.

Astronaut (film, giant planetarium only)

Astronaut (film, giant planetarium only)

Fun show about shuttle-era human spaceflight

We are Aliens (film)

We are Aliens (film)

The search for alien life

We are Astronomers (film)

We are Astronomers (film)

Modern astronomy and how it is carried out, featuring JWST and CERN for KS3+.

Cell! Cell! Cell! (Film, mobile planetarium only)

Cell! Cell! Cell! (Film, mobile planetarium only)

Dynamic show about cell biology. Mobile planetarium only.

The Life of Trees (Film, mobile planetarium only)

The Life of Trees (Film, mobile planetarium only)

Beautiful show about the natural environment.

We are Stars (film, giant planetarium only)

We are Stars (film, giant planetarium only)

A space-time adventure from the formation of hydrogen to evolution of life

Polaris, the space submarine (film, giant planetarium only)

Polaris, the space submarine (film, giant planetarium only)

Story exploring the seasons

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A truly memorable experience

A visit to a planetarium cinema can be invaluable in communicating ideas of scale and distance in space. Such things simply do not fit into books, or even classrooms! The 360 degree giant domed cinema screen gives a sense of immersion and the experience is awe-inspiring and memorable.

Practicalities: 

Please be lined up outside the planetarium cinema 10 minutes before your showtime. If you are in organised groups, each adult should be at the front of their group (this ensures each group is kept together), otherwise just spread the adults evenly along the line. Adults who need to sit next to one particular child are asked to keep this child next to them as they enter the planetarium and let the staff seating the group know.

Teachers and helpers sit among the students to aid discipline during the show - our staff organise this so that the adults are spread evenly and every child has an adult nearby. Adults are given red torches which can be used to aid exit if necessary. Discipline is rarely a problem as the students are usually very well engaged.

Shows are usually followed by Q&A (where time allows), but if booking a film show please check that there will be specialist staff available for this.

The planetarium cinema seats up to 176, so you may share your show with another group of similar age/ability. Larger groups (up to 200) can be squeezed in on request.

Members of the public may be allowed into school shows in strictly limited numbers (5 yrs+). However, the presenter's attention will remain fully on the school group(s).

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