Fireball experiment

Get out of the classroom this winter

Get set to turn up the heat this winter with a completely unique Christmas school trip. Whether you're looking for an educational visit or a reward trip we've got you covered. 

All you need to do is decide whether you want a live science show or an interactive workshop and we'll do the rest. 

Plan your visit with our sensory schools map

Choose this...

Live science show - Blast Off

Have you ever wondered about what goes on as a rocketship blasts off from its launchpad? How are the astronauts inside equipped to leave our planet? And what science is happening inside the shuttle that sends it shooting through the sky? Let’s find out together in Blast Off.

Join the Science Centre Inspirers as they use explosive experiments and exciting demos to delve into the secrets of space travel.Find out what kit astronauts use to survive in space. And get ready for some explosive combustion experiments that explore how shuttles launch into the stars. Are you ready to start your mission to space?

...or this!

Workshop - Winter Warmer

Come in from the cold and discover the secrets of how to keep warm. Temperatures are dropping so we’re going to discover different ways to keep warm! For many of our native animal species, it’s hibernation time. But how does huddling together help survive harsh weather of winter? Let’s find out!

We’ll explore the electromagnetic spectrum and find out how the sun keeps us warm on Earth. And let’s not forget about animals that live in colder climates. What can we learn from them about how to keep warm? Dive into the world of the penguins that make the south pole their home and find out more about how they have adapted to their wintry environment!

A photo taken from above of a class of school children sitting on the floor listening to the presenter at the front of the classroom
A child looks amazed by a science centre exhibit
Planetarium photo showing an audience looking at stars on the screen
Interactive science exhibition photo showing a child in a high vis jacket and hard hat, pushing a small wheelbarrow of foam bricks

Plus you'll get all this...

  • Spectacular Planetarium experience.
  • Lots of time to explore the two floors of interactive exhibits. Check out our Teacher Guides for tips on how to engage your students during your visit - KS1, KS2 and Year 7.
  • Expert science Inspirers.
  • Dedicated area to leave bags and picnic lunch area.
  • 10am to 2pm on selected dates in December.
  • Available for KS1 (Reception, Year 1 and Year 2), KS2 (Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6) and lower KS3 (Year 7).
  • Teacher previews and risk assessment advice available.


We're a charity so we work really hard to break down any barriers to engagement. We're pleased to offer subsidies to the following schools:

State-funded schools (including academies, multi-academy trusts, free schools and University Technology Colleges) - 12% subsidy 

Our selected priority schools and all schools who have 17% or more students who receive free school meals - 60% subsidy

Don't forget to check out the different ways to support your financial and travel expenses. The South Downs National Park have some great options available and we're part of the Great British School Trip bursary scheme. 

Find out if you are a priority school
  • Student
  • Student - 12% subsidy
  • Student - 60% subsidy
  • Accompanying adults
  • Save 10%
    Book an educational visit earlier in the year and save 10% on your Christmas special booking
Two girls are amazed by something off camera

Save 10% with our schools packages

Book an educational visit to Winchester Science Centre and save 10% on a second school activity.

Savings can be made on a summer celebration visit, an in-school workshop experience or a Mobile Planetarium visit to your school.

Offer is subject to availability and can be withdrawn at any time. See our full terms and conditions for more information.

Accessibility info

Accessibility information for educational visits

We can make changes to educational visit to suit the needs of your children. We can offer a relaxed Planetarium screening. We'll give you visual supports for SEND and EAL pupils. We'll also send you pre-teaching resources before you visit.

If there are any other ways we can help or if you want to talk about individual needs, just ask our accessibility team. We're all here to help.

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