Mobile Planetarium

Our inflatable six-metre state-of-the-art digital mobile planetarium brings the immersive 360° space experience into your school, seating up to 40 children at one time. The planetarium comes with an experienced astronomy specialist who can present live planetarium shows, play 360° fulldome films, and answer children's questions. 

Booking & enquiries: please email education@winchestersciencecentre.org

Before you book: the mobile planetarium requires an indoor area of 8m x 8m with a 4m height clearance and access to power. It takes 1hr to set up and 45min to pack down. If using the lunch hall, there would not usually be enough time to pack down before setting up tables and so lunches are usually held elsewhere.

Maximum audience size 40x KS1-2 or 25x KS3 + 2 adults. Capacity is restricted by risk assessment to ensure the ability to rapidly evacuate using the dome-flip method.

Full information can be found in the following documents. Please be sure to read the Terms & Conditions before confirming your visit (which includes cancellation terms), and the Risk Assessment (which has some responsibilities for the school). Let us know if you have any additional questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Terms & conditions

Risk Assessment

 

Mobile Planetarium Shows

All shows and films use 360o projections and can be followed by astronomy Q&A (as schedule allows). The mobile planetarium seats up to 40x KS1-2 children or 25x KS3 at one time, with wheelchairs easily accommodated.

Early Years (max 40 children):

Live show: NEW! Little Stars (20min)
Film: The Life of Trees (33min)

Key Stage 1 (max 40 children):

Live show: NEW! Look Up! (30min)
Film: The Life of Trees (33min)

Key Stage 2 (max 40 children):

Live show: NEW! The Solar System and Beyond (35min)
Live show: Simply Stars (30min show focusing on constellations)

Film: The Life of Trees (33min, ages up to yr4)
Film: We Are Aliens (24min, the search for life in space)

Key Stage 3 (max 25 children):

Live show: NEW! The Solar System and Beyond (45min) - this is a more advanced version of the KS2 show, covering similar topics. 

Film: We Are Aliens (24min, the search for life in space)
Film: We Are Astronomers (24min, modern astronomy, highly recommended)
Film: Cell! Cell! Cell! (24min, cells, DNA, fertilisation, embryogenesis)   

 

Schools Prices and Booking

The dome takes up to 40 KS1-2 or 25 KS3+ children per show*.

FULL DAY £500 + travel (ex VAT)
Up to 6 shows = up to 240 KS1-2 children in total
> Works out approx. £2.08 per child (indicative price only)

HALF DAY £350 + travel (ex VAT)
Up to 3 shows = 120 KS1-2 children in total
> Works out approx. £2.92 per child (indicative price only)

*Accommodation of chairs/wheelchairs may reduce capacity, please ask for advice.

For corporate bookings and rates, see here.