Mighty Minibeasts

Starting the New Year with nature-based activities in the Science Centre.
Meet and handle mighty minibeasts and find out what makes these incredible creatures so special.


Over the weekend, visitors can drop in to these special activities at no extra cost:

  • Get up close and personal with our mighty minibeasts. This is a drop-in session in the Invention Studio available throughout the day. We recommend that under 12s have direct adult supervision and under 16s have parental consent. This activity is run by our in-house minibeast expert! 
  • Free face-painting for children to transform themselves into their favourite bug. Face-painting available between 10:30 - 12:30 and 13:30 - 15:30. 
  • Pick up a free spotters trail to explore Magdalen Hill Down, the adjacent Butterfly Conservation reserve and enjoy views across the South Downs National Park

Planetarium Shows

Enjoy a programme of live, presenter-led shows and 360° fulldome films throughout the weekend. 

10.40am - Polaris (fulldome film, chatterbox show) Saturday Only. 
11.30am - The Planet Show (live show, 4yr+ minimum)
12.20pm - Secrets of Gravity (fulldome film, chatterbox show)
1.10pm - Simply Stars (live show, 4yr+ minimum)
2.00pm - Polaris (fulldome film, chatterbox show)
2.50pm - The Planet Show (live show, 4yr+ minimum)
3.40pm - Secrets of Gravity (fulldome film, chatterbox show)
4.30pm - Back to the Moon: For Good (fulldome film)

 Planetarium shows are ticketed and are not included in General Admission. Savings are available for those who book General Admission and Planetarium tickets in the same transaction and for annual pass holders.

*Chatterbox shows allow talking during the presentation, ideal for younger children and for those for whom listening quietly isn't possible. For all other shows we ask that the audience remain silent so that the show experience is at its best for all. 

Movies in the Planetarium

Sunday 14 January, 09:00 - James and the Giant Peach (U). Tickets £5 per person. £2 when purchased with General Admission

The Hub Café

The onsite café stocks a range of hot and cold lunch and snacks including jacket potatoes, paninis, sandwiches, cakes, fruit and snacks and fresh coffee, speciality teas, cold drinks and ice creams. 

Picnic tables are available indoors and in the outside picnic and play area. Seating in the café is reserved for those purchasing food and drink onsite. 

How to book

Mighty Minibeast activities (excluding planetarium shows and films) are free of charge for Annual Pass holders and included in General Admission tickets. Buy tickets online in advance and save 10%. Further savings available when you book three tickets or more. 







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