Sound Detectives

Do you have what it takes to join a fun and daring mission to uncover the truth about sound?

2021 is our Year of Sound and we're launching with a mystery that only an exceptional bunch of Sound Detectives will be able to solve! 

From Saturday 22 May to Sunday 11 July, including May half term, become a super sleuth in training. Dig into the facts about how sound is created in nature in a brand new free live science show called Sound Detectives.

Become a Sound Detective and deduce which sounds are natural and which have been manmade through the art of Foley. Investigate how different sound variables can change the way we hear some of nature’s most epic noises. And, because this is live science, be wowed by awe-inspiring experiments and demos, including the ‘super cool’ dry ice cannon.

Please be aware that a loud low frequency sound will be played for a few seconds as part of the show. A sound sensory (SS) suitable show is available for those with sensitivities to loud noises.

Show times are:

10:40, 11:20, 12:00 (SS), 12:40, 13:20, 14:00, 14:40 and 15:20


And don't miss these other exciting things to do during your visit...






TWO Mesmerising Planetarium Shows

Relax in the UK’s largest standalone Planetarium and experience the wonder of our two film shows.

Ideal for visitors with children 8 years and under is Polaris, the space submarine and the mystery of the polar nightVladimir the polar bear and James the penguin are off exploring. Journey with them beyond the Earth to study the planet as a whole and to compare it to others in our solar system. 

And in CAPCOM GO, which is suitable for all audiences, come on an immersive, historical journey that celebrates the achievements of the Apollo program and what it took to put the first human on the Moon.

All of our shows offer a relaxed environment and are chatterbox shows. We understand that the planetarium is an unusual and exciting experience so the audience are welcome to call out, ask questions or talk to their family about what they see.

Show times are:

Polaris (suitable for younger visitors) - 11:00, 14:00 and 15:30

CAPCOM GO (suitable for all audiences) - 10:15, 13:15 and 14:45 





As summer begins to make an appearance, come and find out how nature woke up from its winter hibernation. There'll be lots of activities and challenges for the whole family to get involved in. Find out what natural, and unnatural, sounds you may hear as part of our planet's alarm clock, go on a sound scavenger hunt and create your own insect orchestra. 

Make sure you bring a coat so that you can enjoy our activities outside even if its raining! 

BIO:SPACE can be found behind our Gravity Run exhibit, next to the café, and is open all day.




Brand New Interactive Sound and Hearing Exhibition

Embark on an exhilarating adventure through our brand new interactive exhibition themed around sound, vibration and hearing. 

Venture inside the huge 10m long playable guitar, experience the wonder of acoustics inside the sonic rocket and journey inside our giant ear to explore its inner workings. There's so much inspirational and interactive fun to be had, find out more on our New For 2020 page.



How to Book

We are currently operating a reduced capacity so all general admission, planetarium and live science show tickets, including Annual Pass visits, must be booked in advance online and will include 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!







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