May Half Term Activities: Building Blocks of the Universe
This May Half Term we will be investigating the very stuff of the universe - Matter. Join us for free, flame-filled live science shows exploring the different substances, test unusual materials in the Invention Studio and see exciting matter-related demonstrations. Sparking curiosity and imagination this school holiday at Winchester Science Centre!
Live Science Show and Demonstrations
Live shows, complete with coloured fire, will explore the very stuff that makes up everything around us - atoms! Our expert Curiosity Officers and Inspirers will be investigating the properties of different materials live on stage. Shows will take place daily at 11am, 12 noon, 1pm and 2pm; these are free for annual pass holders and with General Admission. We recommend booking in advance to guarantee a particular show time.
Head to the Invention Studio for the chance to make and test materials to destruction! There will also be the opportunity to investigate the structure of crystals and minerals. Busking activities will include spectroscopy - looking at what clues light can tell us about the world around us!
A special, extended programme of planetarium shows including live, presenter-led shows and 360o fulldome films are offered daily at the following times:
10:30 - Polaris (a pre-recorded film, perfect for younger children)
11:20 - *Planet Show (a live, presenter-led show, suitable for children age 4yrs +)
12:10 - Life of Trees (a pre-recorded film, perfect for the whole family)
13:00 - *Polaris (a pre-recorded film, perfect for younger children)
13:50 - Planet Show (a live, presenter-led show, suitable for children age 4yrs +)
14:40 - *We Are Stars (a pre-recorded film, open to all ages but best for 8yrs +)
15:30 - Planet Show (a live, presenter-led show, suitable for children age 4yrs +)
16:20 - Life of Trees - **SEN screening (a pre-recorded film, perfect for the whole family)
Planetarium shows are ticketed and are not included in General Admission. Savings are available for those who book General Admission and Planetarium tickets in the same transaction.
* not showing on Friday 25 May and Monday 4 June.
**SEN screening: low lighting remains on throughout the show and the audio is set to a lower level. The audience is welcome to vocalise their experience in this relaxed environment.
Outdoor Picnic and Play
The Science Centre is situated in the South Downs National Park and enjoys great views across the rolling countryside. We have a large outdoor picnic and play area, with trim trail and water play, and direct access to the neighbouring Butterfly Conservation reserve, Magdalen Hill Down. We think that visiting on a sunny day is a great way to enjoy the best of indoors and out.
The Hub Café
The Hub Café offers a choice of hot and cold drinks, lunch menu and snacks, including sandwiches, toasted paninis, jacket potatoes, cakes, fruit, biscuits and more. Indoor and outdoor seating is available for those purchasing food and drinks from The Hub.
Onsite parking is available.
Accessibility: Disabled bays are available at the top of the main car park (level access to main entrance) and also closer to the Centre if you follow the road around to the left (access via a short flight of steps or sloping path).
How to book
Our lower exhibition floor is currently undergoing an exciting transformation as we prepare to launch our incredible new immersive zone Explorer:Space (opening 20 July). As a result, we have reduced capacity to maintain a safe environment for our visitors. With this in mind, we strongly recommend buying your tickets online in advance to guarantee entry this half term.
Booking online at least one day in advance will save you 10% on entry and further savings are also available when you book three tickets or more in the same transaction. Annual Pass holders are also advised to reserve their free General Admission in advance to guarantee entry.
Entry to the live shows is free with General Admission and for Annual Pass holders, but tickets for these can be reserved online when booking in advance to guarantee entry to a particular show.