STEM School Trip

The ultimate STEM school trip is here!

We are delighted to offer schools an incredible all-inclusive experience guaranteed to spark curiosity and ignite passion and enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). We have developed a bespoke package for KS1 - KS3 that includes a themed workshop and live planetarium show led by the Curiosity Team, and an interactive space challenge and time for students to explore the hands-on exhibition.

Planning your school visit just got easier

Our new all-inclusive approach to school visits means every school trip will include each of the following activities:  

  • Discover Workshop - choose from six curriculum-linked themes
  • Planetarium Show - a new presenter-led, live show featuring the stars and planets adapted to meet the needs of the age group
  • Space Challenge - a self led mission through Explorer:Space, a new interactive exhibition zone (opened summer 2018)
  • Explore the exhibits - students can use any additional time to enjoy the much-loved hands-on exhibition.

The workshop and planetarium show will be adapted to suit the age and ability of your group. All workshops are available for KS1 - KS3 but are best suited to the key stages listed below. Once you have decided on the Discover Workshop you'd like, please download and complete the booking form and email it to A member of the team will contact you to confirm your booking.

Choose your Discover Workshop


Destination Space


Children can discover the secrets hidden in starlight on this astronomical adventure! Taking inspiration from the eagerly anticipated launch of the Webb Telescope, the teams of young astro-engineers will carry out experiments to see how best to direct and deflect light in space.


KS2 - KS3

A mysterious bacteria is killing schools of fish! Teams of budding biologists will use scientific knowledge and problem solving skills to find a cure. The children will explore other causes of fish depreciation by playing a plastic pollution game, and discover how plastic is spreading across our oceans.


KS1 - KS3

Children will investigate the three main states of matter, and a mysterious "matter in the middle" that behaves rather peculiarly! This sticky sensory workshop will see each child create two versions of slime that they can stretch, twist, and even bounce!


KS2 - KS3

Who is smarter... a human or a robot? Students will find out as they program robots to follow their instructions. By the end of this workshop, the teams should have the confidence and coding skills to take part in a robot catwalk, complete with spins and a rainbow light display!



Teams of budding engineers will learn all about forces with our fast and fun rocket workshop. The children will build, test and improve their rockets, then watch them launch across the room, powered by fuel and fire!



This loud and interactive workshop explores how we hear and process sound. Using a variety of weird and wonderful gadgets, children will experiment with volume, pitch and frequency. With their new knowledge and a wave of inspiration, children can reinvent themselves with differently positioned ears!


Heart Heroes
(Available from September 2019)
KS1 and KS2 Exploring the amazing power of the heart and how we can keep ours healthy. Featuring augmented reality T-shirts, 3D anatomical models and an optional animal heart dissection.

All-inclusive tickets

Winchester Science Centre is run by an educational charity, with a mission to 'build science capital for all'. We want to make visiting the Science Centre available to everyone and to help with this we have a benefit-based pricing structure. All schools benefit from a 25% discount on equivalent general entry. We have one admission price for students and accompanying adults attend for free. Discounts are provided for state-funded schools, schools with above average number of students receiving free school meals and our priority schools. 

Standard school rates:

Price (VAT exempt) for Academic Year 2019/20


Price (VAT exempt) for Academic Year 2019/20:



Price (VAT exempt) for Academic Year 2019/20:


Discounted rates for students from eligible schools

Price (VAT exempt) for Academic Year 2019/20


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

Price (VAT exempt) for Academic Year 2019/20:



Winchester Science Centre priority schools and any school with 14% or more students receiving free school meals. 

Check your school's percentage of free school meals here


Check to see if your school is featured as a Priority School here

Price (VAT exempt) for Academic Year 2019/20:


How to book

Our school bookings team can recommend an itinerary that will work best for your group. So that we have all the information we need to hand, please download and complete this booking form then email it to

Please note that school visits take place between 10am and 2pm.


Cancellation and booking terms

1.1  We will invoice your school after your visit, for the number of students and teachers on the original booking confirmation letter.  

1.2  If you arrive with fewer students than originally booked, for each student unable to attend and up to a maximum of 10% of your total group booking, you will receive general admission vouchers for students to use with their families within one month of the booking date. Any additional adults or students who arrive on the day will be added to your invoice.

1.3  If you need to cancel or amend your booking once you have confirmed your attendance, the following charges apply:

Time Frame
Time Frame:

Less than 2 weeks from date of visit


100% of original booking value


50% of original booking value, plus new booking value

Time Frame:

Less than 1 month and greater than 2 weeks from date of visit


75% of original booking value


35% of original booking, plus new booking value

Time Frame:

Less than 2 months and greater than 1 month from date of visit


50% of original booking value


25% of original booking, plus new booking value

Time Frame:

Over 2 months from date of visit


£50 administration charge 


£50 administration charge

1.4  If a cancellation or substantial changes have to be made because of situations outside your control, for example bad weather, then provided the booking is rescheduled for a date within 6 months of the original booking, the cancellation charge will be waived.

2.1  Visitors are reminded that for technical, operational, weather or other reasons, any part of your day may be closed, altered or amended at any time without prior notice.

2.2  Please arrive at your workshop, planetarium show or Explorer:Space session at your allocated time to ensure your day schedule can run according to plan. Late arrival may result in either cancellation of or an amendment to your schedule for the day.

3.1  The responsibility for the children at all times rests with the responsible adults accompanying the children.

3.2  We are pleased to be able to offer our educational groups use of our car park at no additional charge.  However, Winchester Science Centre cannot accept any responsibility for damage or theft to any vehicles whilst in these premises.

All vehicles are parked at the owner’s risk.

3.3  Winchester Science Centre cannot accept responsibility for items lost inside the Centre or car parks.

If you need to report an item of lost property please phone us on 01962 863 791

4.1  Our payments terms are strictly 30 days from the date of invoice.

4.2  The minimum school visit charge is based on 15 students*, if you wish to bring a group that is smaller than 15, the minimum charge will apply.

By making a booking you are agreeing to the terms and conditions above.

*SEND schools wishing to bring group sizes smaller than 15 please enquire through