Things to Do
Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium is the leading science and discovery centre in the South of England and the perfect place to enjoy a family day out. As an independent educational charity, we are dedicated to sparking curiosity in children and helping families to experience the wonderful world of science and technology. We deliver the perfect balance between having fun and building knowledge through the highly interactive experience we offer.
Below are further details of all the awesome things to do on a day out at the Science Centre. For information about special events, school holiday activities and themed weekends, please visit our What's On page.
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Sound, Hearing and Vibration Interactive Exhibition
Have you heard that our new exhibition sounds amazing! Come on an exciting adventure of discovery through the art, physics and biology of sound, hearing and vibration, where inspirational and fun interactive exhibits are waiting to bring it all to life.
Put yourself in the action by venturing into our enormous 10m long guitar to feel the vibrations as your friends and family pluck the strings, experience the wonder of acoustics inside the sonic rocket and climb inside our giant ear to explore its inner workings. Laugh and learn together by making sounds in the huge echo tubes, discover more about decibels, rhythm and frequency and try your hand at British Sign Language. You can even join the rescue crew to save Humphrey the Humpback Whale and meet the experts in our bringing Research to Life zone, plus so much more!
For the very first time we want you to join us outside to let nature inspire you. Our brand new inside/outside nature-based experimentation zone will encourage children, families and friends to get creative and have a go at challenges themed around our stunning location in the South Downs National Park. Get involved with activities designed around birds, bugs and bees as well as plants and the ecology of the area.
Please note that we will be going outside whatever the weather so make sure you dress for all eventualities!
Get set for some explosive live science demos as our team bring the action to the exhibition floor for the first time! There’ll be fire, ice, explosions and much more, all on a massive scale and taking place at regular intervals throughout the day so you won’t miss a thing.
Experience the out-of-this-world interactive exhibits of Explorer:Space, an epic journey through the Solar System. Located on the lower floor, Explorer:Space encompasses 20 fantastic modular exhibits, covering everything from meteorites to stardust, robots to coding, and atmospheric pressure to human space flight!
Sit back and relax with a truly unforgettable experience in the UK’s largest standalone planetarium at Winchester Science Centre. The 360° screen will put you right into the action as you fly through the Solar System and discover more about the stars, constellations and planets above us. From full-dome films and presenter-led shows to quiet shows, chatterbox sessions where visitors can vocalise their excitement and relaxed sessions ideal for those with sensory sensitivities, there’s something for everyone.
Please note that all Planetarium shows need to be booked in advance and you will not be able to attend a show that starts before your entry time slot.
Visit the What’s On page for the full programme of screenings.
Science Theatre - FREE Live Science Show
Where will your curiosity take you during our thrilling live science shows? Discover more about STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) with exciting Inspirer-led demonstrations and fun audience participation. Show themes change regularly so make sure you join us each time you visit!
Visit the What’s On page for our current show. The Science Theatre is an intimate environment and you may be seated next to visitors not within your group. If you would prefer not to do this, please let a member of staff know. We will try to find other seats if there is space or alternatively move your group to a quieter show.
Explore the South Downs National Park
The Science Centre is situated in the South Downs National Park and enjoys great views across the rolling countryside. An outdoor area, with trim trail and water play, surrounded by picnic tables provides a great space for children to play. For the more adventurous, we encourage you to explore the neighbouring Butterfly Conservation Reserve, Magdalen Hill Down. A free spotters trail is available from the Science Centre outlining short walks and points of interest. Visiting on a sunny day is a great way to enjoy the best of indoors and out.
Hub Café & Science Shop
Find a choice of hot and cold drinks, lunch menu and snacks, including sandwiches, toasted paninis, jacket potatoes, nachos, cakes, fruit, biscuits and more at the refreshed Hub Café. Indoor and outdoor seating is available for those purchasing refreshments. The, also newly refreshed, Science Shop offers a wide variety of unusual and quirky STEM gifts, from pocket-money mementos to quality books and interesting experiments to try at home. Gift cards are also available. By purchasing items from the Hub Café and Science Shop you are directly supporting our charity.