After Dark

A chance for adults to enjoy a child-free exploration of the hands-on exhibition floors and both a film and live show in the planetarium. 

An evening where adults are able explore their own curiosity in science with full access to the hands-on exhibits and experimentation space, the Invention Studio, as well as enjoy an immersive journey through space in the UK's largest standalone planetarium. A film show and live, presenter-led show, are included in the ticket price. 

During the live planetarium show the presenter will take you on a tour of the visible night sky - the stars, planets, and objects in sight - and provide hints and tips to help you find them yourselves.

Live shows are presented once each evening. 

Event schedule:

Each evening will consist of a pre-recorded planetarium film followed by a live, presenter-led Flight Through the Universe in the Airbus planetarium. The exhibition floors and the Invention Studio will be open to explore and the Hub café bar will be open for drinks and light snacks. 

18:00 - Doors open, exhibition, Invention Studio and bar open.
19:00 - Pre-recorded planetarium show (approx 30 mins).
20:15 - Live presenter-led planetarium show: Flight through the Universe. 
21:00 - Event ends.


£14.50 per person

Strictly ages 18yr+. If you're lucky enough to look younger, please bring ID.

Teachers: free entry; send requests from your school/college email address to, stating which date/showing(s) you would like to attend. To be sure of getting a place, please email at least two working days before the date of the event you would like to attend.

Groups of 15 people or more from recognised organisations can save 20% off the ticket prices for this event (offer also applies to Planetarium Lates and the Space Lectures series). Please visit the groups page for further information.

Saturday 03 February
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Visual warning: as with all planetarium shows, these include large moving images which may affect people with photosensitive epilepsy, balance disorders and/or extreme motion sickness. Flight Through the Universe is not recommended for those with balance disorders.