Science Lates: Horror Movies

Dates: Friday 6th October 2023
Location: Science Centre
Duration: 7pm to 9:30pm
Tickets: Student £10, Adult £15, 18s and over only

Adults, this one’s just for you! Join us this frightful season as we unearth the science behind horror movies. Are you brave enough to enter the Science Centre at night?

Experience live blood-curdling talks, watch special effects science demos and be wowed by ghoulish make-up tutorials. Experience the psychology of fear with a spooky soundscape in the Planetarium. Compete against your friends in the Haunted Hovercrafts Lates Challenge. Join in with the silent disco and board game café. Or just sit back and relax in the chill out zone with a horror movie themed cocktail. Located just a short 10-minute bus ride from the centre of Winchester, Science Lates is the perfect event for a completely unique night out.

Your Science Lates: Horror Movies ticket includes:

  • Live fake blood, squib and splatter science talks
  • Live gunshot wound, zombie bite and strangulation make-up demos
  • Live horror movie special effects demos
  • Spooky soundscapes experience in the Planetarium (not a show)
  • Lates Challenge – Haunted Hovercrafts
  • Hands-on horror make-up science fun
  • Time to explore two floors of interactive hands-on science exhibits
  • Silent disco
  • Board game café
  • Chill out zones
  • Fully stocked bar with snacks and horror movie themed cocktail specials 

This Halloween season the Science Lates theme is horror movies. Watch as we reveal the science behind iconic horror movies such as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Exorcist. Live demos will bring blood squibs and blood splatter to life right in front of your eyes. And live make-up tutorials will reveal the tricks used to create realistic looking wounds such as gunshots and zombie bites. Then be wowed by live special effects demos, such as the dry ice cannon and puking pumpkins, that will show how our favourite creepy moments in the movies have a background in science. 

Over in the Planetarium you’ll be able to experience the psychology of fear. Pick a seat in the darkness beneath a blanket of stars and listen to the spooky soundscape echo around the dome. Where will your imagination take you? Please note, this experience is not a show, you will be able to wonder in and out freely throughout the evening. If all that’s a bit too much on the frightful side, head to the Science Theatre for the Lates Challenge. This month it’s a Haunted Hovercrafts challenge. Work alone or in teams to build your very own hovercraft and see how far it will go? Who’s got what it takes to top the leaderboard and end the night victorious? And don’t miss out on the Silent Disco on the upper floor, Board Game Café on the lower floor and horror movie themed cocktails at the bar! 

About Science Lates

Did you think Winchester Science Centre was just for kids? Think again! Kick off your weekend in style at Science Lates. 

This is our only exclusive event for adults so we’re pulling out all the stops! Join us for a completely unique night out, each one different to the next. One visit you might be immersed into the science of horror and the next we might be taking you to a chocolate heaven or into the weird and wonderful world of cocktails. Live science talks and demos will bring it all to life with hands-on experiences available throughout the night as well. And don’t miss the recurring activities from experiences in the Planetarium and a Lates Challenge hands-on competition in the Science Theatre, to the silent disco, board game café and fully stocked bar with snacks and themed cocktails. 

Accessibility information for Science Lates

The Planetarium is accessible so everyone can have a special experience here. It's not super dark and you can move around, go out and come back in if you like. If you have a wheelchair, we have spaces for you to sit with seats for your family and friends. The stairs have lights to make them easy to see.

The Science Centre is completely open plan. There are doors inside the public areas to access the toilets, the Planetarium, classrooms and Science Theatre. Every floor has a level surface and all the exhibits have lots of space for wheelchairs. There are seats everywhere and a roll-on-roll-off lift that's big enough for a wheelchair and carer/personal assistant.


This event is a fundraising event for Wonderseekers.