Home educators

Sparking curiosity and learning through discovery.

Home Educators are always welcome at the Science Centre, with options for visiting in different ways to suit your preferences.

Monthly Home Educator Days are financially supported by the Science Centre charity, as are pre-booked Home Educator group visits. These give access to the same variety of planetarium shows and Invention Studio activity that school children enjoy. Alternatively, consider an Annual Pass, which offers exceptional value for regular visitors.

See below for further information.

Monthly Home Educator Days

Monthly Home Educator days are available for individual families, including those bringing younger siblings. 

Please note the Science Centre is still open to the public these days, but from 2pm the schools will have left and almost everyone in the venue is expected to be a Home Educator.  

Home Educator ID is not required for entry before 3pm.

Children must be supervised at all times. 

Home Educator groups must include:

  • At least one child of school age (5-18 yrs, or 4 yrs if their next birthday is 31 Aug or earlier).
  • One supervising adult

Home Educated children who look younger than school age may need to provide proof of age.
Younger siblings within the home-educated child’s family are welcome at the same special rate.

Home Educator family General Admission to the exhibition floors:

Children (3-18 yrs): £7.50 (25% off normal admission price)
Children (0-2 yrs): free
Supervising adult: free (one per group)
Additional adults: standard rate 

 Planetarium shows 

The planetarium runs live shows and educational fulldome films on Home Educator days. These can be added to General Admission for £3.50 per child with the (one) supervising adult going free. Additional adults pay standard rate.

Guardians should sit within easy reach of their children inside the dome. Due to the darkness of the planetarium during shows, visitors must remain seated unless it is necessary for them to leave.

There is no age restriction. However, please be aware that some younger siblings may find the planetarium rather overwhelming. By popular request, all these shows are Chatterbox Shows (unless otherwise stated) - meaning children do not need to stay quiet - making it easier for the little ones. Just be aware you may need to exit if they don't enjoy the experience, and if so that other children may not be left unsupervised. 

Advance booking is recommended





Schedule (click for details)



Doors Open

School groups will be present until 2pm (mustering downstairs from 1.45pm). The Science Centre is open to the public all day.

Arrival before 3pm: Home Educators can access the special rate at any time before 3pm (i.e. during school hours) simply by self-identifying as a Home Educator on arrival.

Arrival after 3pm: Home Educators will be asked to provide proof of status such as a letter from the LEA or a Home Educator card.

Children must be supervised at all times in the exhibition, planetarium and during activities. 


Invention Studio Open!

Join our Master Inventors in the Invention Studio to try your hand at a variety of challenges related to engineering, programming and Newtonian physics. This area will be staffed specially for Home Educators and visitors on Home Educator days between 14:30 and 16:00 – usually this space is booked for School Groups during term–time.


Live, presenter-led planetarium show:

(+£3.50 per person)


Fulldome Film in Planetarium (SEND friendly*):

(+ £3.50 per child; free for accompanying adult)

*here will be low lighting left on in the planetarium throughout the show, and sound levels will be set slightly lower than in normal public shows. Visitors are free to vocalise their enjoyment and as in all shows, staff will be close at hand to help anyone who needs to exit during the show.


Doors close

Home Educator Days 2018

The 2018/19 dates are as follows:

  • Wednesday 19 September
  • Friday 12 October
  • Wednesday 21 November
  • Friday 7 December

If you have an enquiry, please call 01962 863791 or email education@winchestersciencecentre.org

Your feedback on our home educator programme is always welcome. Please contact benlittlefield@winchestersciencecentre.org

Pre-booked Home Educator groups

Are you from a Home Educator group? If you are booking for a group with a minimum of 20 children, you would eligible to book the all-inclusive schools offer. Please see our School Visit page and follow the online booking process outlined.

Annual passes

Many of our Home Educator visitors buy Annual Passes to allow them to visit the exhibition whenever suits, and to take full advantage of all the free-with-entry special events that occur in holiday periods. Find out more here.