Dino Discovery with the World of Dinosaur Roar!


Immerse your family in dinosaur exploration this Christmas at Winchester Science Centre and meet Father Christmas! Featuring imaginative storytelling and activities brought to you by the owners of popular children’s book series The World of Dinosaur Roar!

Thursday 12 December: Due to the General Election and some schools being used for polling we will be providing additional Dino Discovery activities throughout the day - the Fossil Festival, Dino Dig and Dinosaur Roar trail and activities will be available to enjoy. 


An exciting partnership with the owners of popular children’s book series The World of Dinosaur Roar! sees their beautifully illustrated dinosaur characters brought to life through a dinosaur trail, animated short story and hands-on activity zone, designed especially for younger children. In addition, and for all ages, the Science Centre team is inviting children to take on the role of a palaeontologist at Dino Dig and Fossil Forensics, meet a dinosaur ranger and their baby triceratops and handle real and replica fossils at the mini Fossil Festival. All activities, including a dinosaur-themed live science show, are included in General Admission. 

  • Dino-themed Live Science Show –a fun and demo-led show delving into the world of palaeontology and geology. Show times: 10:15, 11:00, 12:30, 13:15, 14:45 and 15:30.
  • Dinosaur Roar! Trail and Activity Sheet – pick up a copy at the entrance desk on arrival and enjoy finding our Dinosaur Roar! friends Flap, Munch, Whizz, Whack, Stomp, Squeak, Bash, Honk, Chew, Boo and Roar dotted about the Science Centre. See if you can match the characters to the fun facts. Other activities can be completed during your visit or at home.

  • Dinosaur Roar! Animated Story – enjoy a short animated story featuring one of the Dinosaur Roar! characters, screened at regular intervals in the Tinytarium, located on the lower exhibition floor.

  • Dinosaur Roar! Activity Zone – see yourself jump, flap and walk like a dinosaur in the wobbly mirrors, find out how much you really know about dinosaurs at the giant lift-the-flap wall and explore two craft-based science activity tables for fun games that help to explore different dinosaur characteristics.

  • Dino Dig! - take part in a real (okay, not real) palaeontology dig to find the bones of a T-Rex. Work as a team with your fellow palaeontology pals to build its skeleton!

  • Fossil Forensics! – using the resources available and your own scientific enquiry skills, examine the fossils on display and see if you can identify what they are and where they came from. Head to the Fossil Festival to see if you’re right!

  • Fossil Festival! – get up close and personal with an array of fossils, many of which were discovered on the Isle of Wight, and find out all about them from our team of knowledgeable rangers.

  • Dino busking - have a go at 'Whose Poo!' and look out for Trixie our baby triceratops and her rangle as they wander around the exhibition floor. She's very tame and happy to have her photo taken. 
  • Planetarium Show – In keeping with the Dinosaur theme, our mind-blowing Flight Through The Universe show, presented by an enthusiastic science expert, will feature a tour of at meteors and craters on the moon. Planetarium tickets are £3.50 with admission.

  • Gift Shop – our Science Gift Shop will be stocking a great range of Dinosaur Roar! plush toys, books, stickers and games as well as plenty of other dinosaur, science and space gifts so a perfect place to pick up a brilliant range of stocking fillers and Christmas presents.

Make the most of your visit. See our Things To Do page to discover all there is to enjoy at Winchester Science Centre!

Santa's Science Grotto

For those of you in search of Santa, you won’t be disappointed. We're very excited to have Santa and the elves paying us another visit this year! Our science-themed grotto will provide children and their families with a 45-minute relaxed workshop with Santa and his magnificent master elf. Children will get to make their very own Christmas cracker (complete with science-gift!), meet Santa and take home a present. 

  • Santa's Science Grotto will be available on selected dates: 7/8, 14/5 and 19-24 December.

We will also be running Quiet Grotto sessions, designed for children with sensory sensitivities and their families. 

Tickets - £8 per person. Annual pass holders save 10%. Children must be supervised by at least one adult who will also require a ticket.

Please note that Santa's Science Grotto tickets must be booked alongside General Admission to the Science Centre. 

Find out more about Santa's Science Grotto and our Quiet Grotto here.


Planetarium Shows

A trip to the Science Centre wouldn’t be complete without a whirlwind tour of the Universe in the Planetarium. And this live show includes a dinosaur twist! Savings are available for those who book General Admission and planetarium tickets in the same transaction. Click here for the full programme of live, presenter-led shows and 360° fulldome films!

How to Book

Book General Admission using the relevant online booking link below. Purchase tickets at least 3 days in advance and save 25% on admission! You will also have the option to reserve your free live science show, which we recommend doing to guarantee your place.










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