children holding a dinosaur fossil with friendly T Rex character behind them.

Dinosaurs may not be the first thing that springs to mind when you think of Christmas, but Winchester Science Centre is not deterred as it announces a brand-new Christmas partnership with the creators of The World of Dinosaur Roar! and a full-blown dinosaur-themed Christmas experience (starting 30 November).

Families looking for Father Christmas can breathe a sigh of relief as the Science Centre is offering a bookable Santa and the Elves Christmas Grotto, complete with science-themed activity, gift, and the chance to meet and have a family photograph with Santa.

“Spending quality time with family and friends is synonymous with Christmas and it’s much more memorable than the presents we give one another,” said Ben Ward, CEO of Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium. “We want to offer something brilliant and affordable for families to enjoy together and at the same time, spark their curiosity in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).

“Many children love dinosaurs almost as much as they love Christmas so we’re having fun combining the two! We have a brilliant team of Inspirers who are experts at communicating science to children and their grown-ups.

“We’re delighted that through our partnership with The World of Dinosaur Roar!, their beautiful illustrations of dinosaurs, stories, activities and props alongside an array of dinosaur-themed activities and a live science show developed by our own team – we’ll engage and excite the next generation in STEM,” added Ben.

The World of Dinosaur Roar! is a new collection of storybooks created by Peter Curtis. Inspired by the classic picture book, Dinosaur Roar! by Paul and Henrietta Stickland, The World of Dinosaur Roar! is produced in association with the Natural History Museum to teach young children about dinosaurs.

Nick Barrington, Managing Director of Nurture Rights, the company that owns The World of Dinosaur Roar! is delighted to be partnering with the Science Centre, he said: “We’re passionate about inspiring children in science and using our fun and friendly characters to demystify dinosaurs for children and excite them about our world.”

Dino Discovery is open for weekends from Saturday 30 November 2019 and daily from 16 December to Monday 6 January 2020. The Santa and the Elves Grotto is open at weekends from 7 December and daily from 19-24 December.

Dinosaur-themed activities are included with General Admission and free to Annual Pass Holders, they include: a live science show, mini fossil festival, dinosaur dig, meet the rangers, baby triceratops and raptor, and The World of Dinosaur Roar! hands-on activities, selfie-head and storytelling.

Tickets for the planetarium and Santa and the Elves Grotto carry an additional charge. Save up to 25% on General Admission when booking tickets online at least three days in advance. For full details, ticket sales and a timetable of activities click here.