Sound can be epic. The explosive eruption of Krakatoa in 1883 could be heard over 3,000 miles away. The Saturn V Rocket was recorded to produce sounds as loud as 204 decibels. And even your vacuum cleaner can reach up to 90 decibels. But can we control sound?
Sound is set to get awesome this autumn with the new live science show, Acoustic Explorers. The final show in our 2021 Year of Sound is one not to be missed.
From Saturday 25 September to Sunday 21 November put your investigation skills to the test and become an Acoustic Explorer. Take an adventure through some epic sounds and find out what an acoustic engineer does. Discover what reverberation is and how we can use it to control sound. And watch as this all comes to life with some scientific smoke and mirrors.
And, of course, if the sound is epic, you can be sure the science demos will be too. There’ll be awesome live demos and fun audience participation. And we’ll be finishing off our Year of Sound with the mind-blowing, light-bending laser harp.
A sound sensory (SS) suitable show is available for those with sensitivities to loud noises.
Show times are:
10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm (SS) and 3:30pm
***On Sunday 26 September, a British Sign Language interpreter will be signing during the 11.30am and 2.30pm shows. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a seat near the front during these shows.***
And don't miss these other exciting things to do during your visit...
Awesome Autumn Planetarium Shows
Blast off into space for an unpredictable family journey in Solar System Adventure, a live Planetarium show. With hundreds of moons, eight planets, five dwarf planets and one Sun to explore, where will the adventure take you?
And join Celeste and Moon as they zoom off on an out-of-this-world mission in a subtitled film show. Explore with them in Beyond the Sun and discover more about exoplanets, rogue planets, oceanic worlds and super-Earths.
All of our Planetarium shows are suitable for the whole family. Both live shows and film shows offer a relaxed environment and are chatterbox shows. We understand that the Planetarium is an unusual and exciting experience so feel free to call out, ask questions or talk to your group about what you see.
Show times are:
Solar System Adventure (live show) - 10:15am, 11:45am, 12:30pm, 1:15pm, 3:00pm and 4:00pm
Beyond the Sun (subtitled film show) - 11:00am and 2:15pm
***On Sunday 26 September, a British Sign Language interpreter will be signing during the 10.15am and 4:00pm shows. Please contact email@example.com to reserve a seat near the front during these shows.***
Take part in some exciting activities, both inside and outside, themed around the autumn season and the science centre’s stunning South Downs National Park location. Kids will also love the outdoor adventure playground and trim trail and there’s lots of space to enjoy a picnic surrounded by nature.
Make sure you bring a coat so that you can enjoy our activities outside even if it's raining!
BIO:SPACE can be found behind our Gravity Run exhibit, next to the café, and is open all day.
A World of Discovery
Open up a world of discovery as you adventure through the science centre’s immersive exhibits including the out-of-this-world Explorer:Space zone and the exciting interactive sound, hearing and vibration exhibition.
Venture inside a huge 10m long playable guitar, experience the wonder of acoustics inside the sonic rocket and journey inside a giant ear to explore its inner workings. There's so much inspirational and interactive fun to be had. Find out more on our Things To Do page.
How to Book
We are currently operating a reduced capacity and all general admission, planetarium and live science show tickets, including Annual Pass visits, must be booked in advance online with an arrival time slot.
Make the most of your visit. See our Things To Do page to discover all there is to enjoy at Winchester Science Centre!