It's a really exciting time for us at the moment as we enter the final phase of a major redevelopment programme to improve our visitor experience. The complete transformation of the entire top floor of our venue will include an amazing new sound and vibration exhibition, nature-based experimentation zone and recombobulation room (a quiet room for people who need time away from the hustle and bustle of the centre), as well as refreshed welcome area, café and shop.
We can't wait to reopen but we can only do so once the work is complete. We can confirm that our plan is to reopen to the public on Saturday 17 October and to school groups from January 2021.
We may still be closed but there's plenty of ways you can interact with us through Science@Home, fun activities for schools and families to enjoy. If you haven’t done any yet, don’t worry, they’re available to do at any time. Visit the Science@Home pages to take a look.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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):
Key Stage 1 (max 40 children):
Key Stage 2 (max 40 children):
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 £600 + travel
Up to 6 shows = up to 240 KS1-2 children in total
> Works out approx. £2.50 per child (indicative price only)
HALF DAY £420 + travel
Up to 3 shows = 120 KS1-2 children in total
> Works out approx. £3.50 per child (indicative price only)
Travel is charged at £1.80 per mile
All costs are VAT exempt
*Accommodation of chairs/wheelchairs may reduce capacity, please ask for advice.