Magnificent Minibeasts (... and where to find them) this Summer

Get up close and personal with lots of magnificent minibeasts from around the world at Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium from 21 July - 4 September.


Explore their habitat and learn more about their physical characteristics, behaviours and lifecycles. There are minibeast handling sessions throughout the day and other nature-based activities provided as free extras, included in general admission, taking place in the Centre and its surrounding outdoor spaces. Use microscopes to discover the secret beauty and complexity of minibeasts and take part in a coding challenge in the Invention Studio - can you program the combine harvester to collect all the grain? 

As well as exotic minibeasts, you can also explore the wildlife closer to home by picking up our 45-minute free spotters' activity trail to explore the neighbouring Magdalen Hill Down butterfly reserve and enjoy views across the South Downs.

"This Summer is all about investigating magnificent minibeasts and their ecology" said Dr Ben Littlefield, Head of Education at Winchester Science Centre. "We’ve been working closely with our partners from Beale Park, the University of Surrey and Sparsholt College to bring you a fantastic line-up of close encounters with giant invertebrates, which includes opportunities to learn pet first aid and investigate where our food comes from. There’s also the chance to go on self-led bio-blitzes of the amazing Magdalen Hill Down, right next to the Centre, to put your new-found knowledge to the test.

In addition to the Magnificent Minibeasts activities, visitors can enjoy full access to the Centre’s two floors of hands-on interactive science exhibits, the Invention Studio and the outdoor picnic and play area. There is also a full schedule of planetarium shows running throughout the summer holiday.