General information

Welcome to the Planetarium in Winchester

 The planetarium presents an unforgettable experience. The 360° cinema screen completely surrounds the audience, placing everyone right in the action. Relax back in your seat and get sucked into a black hole, fly through the Solar System or take a flight in a cardboard rocket.

 We offer two show formats in our planetarium:

 Fulldome films: high-quality, digital pre-recorded animations. 

 Live, presenter-led shows: live shows in which you tour through space, led by a presenter but directed by the audience.

 We offer three show environments:

Quiet Shows

Our quiet shows are for those who would prefer a quiet environment throughout the show.

 All visitors are welcome in any of our shows. We also host chatterbox and relaxed shows, which may be better suited to young children or those with sensory sensitivities.

Chatterbox Shows

Unless labelled as a ‘quiet show’ all of our shows are chatterbox shows. We understand that the planetarium is an unusual and exciting experience so the audience are welcome to call out, ask questions or talk to their family about what they see.

All visitors are welcome in any of our planetarium shows. We also regularly host relaxed shows with adapted environments to suit those with sensory sensitivities.

 Relaxed Shows

 Our relaxed shows are designed to be welcoming and inviting to those with sensory sensitivities and their loved ones.

 Adjustments include:

  • Lights left on low
  • Sound turned down
  • Freedom to move around and sit where you like
  • Freedom to leave and re-enter the theatre

For further information about accessibility at Winchester Science Centre click here. You can find our social story here, which includes information about the planetarium.

If you have any further questions, wish to make us aware of any requirements in advance of your visit or have any feedback please email

Subtitled shows

We now have to ability to run subtitles along with many of our fulldome film shows. These subtitles will appear on the dome at the bottom of the screen, either on top of the show, or in a blacked out area for greater visability.

We will run at least one subtitle show on most days we are running planetarium film shows, the subtitled show will vary from day to day to give greater variety.

We currently offer subtitling on the following shows:

  • Astronaut
  • Capcom Go
  • Faster than Light
  • Ice Worlds
  • Polaris
  • Secret of the Cardboard Rocket
  • We are Stars

If you have any further questions, or have any feedback as we continue to develop these, please email

Prices and booking

Prices shown below are per seat (adult or child), per show, for daytime planetarium cinema showings.

 If you are an Annual Pass holder and wish to book a planetarium show saving 10%, please click here. A valid Annual Pass card must be produced at the time of collection and admission into the planetarium.


Planetarium show added to General Admission




Planetarium show without General Admission


£6.60 (does not allow entry to exhibition)


Child aged 0-2 yrs

Free of charge if sitting on lap, but please be aware the planetarium is not recommended for children under 5 yrs. You may wish to consider attending a Chatterbox show. Please note some shows have age restrictions.

Suitable Ages

All visitors are welcome in any of our planetarium shows. We ask that children under the age of 14 are accompanied by an adult at all times please.

Attendance for children under 4 is at the discretion of parents – they may prefer the autism-friendly session in which the lights are left on and the volume turned down.

Children under the age of 3 can enjoy a planetarium show for free if they sit on an adult’s lap.


Winchester Science Centre welcomes all visitors. Our accessibility information can be found here.

If you have any access requirements you would like us to know in advance, questions or feedback please email


Winchester Science Centre would like to thank SEEDA for funding the installation of this world-class facility and Airbus Defence and Space for generous sponsorship supporting its ongoing use.