Sound Detectives

2021 is the Year of Sound here at Winchester Science Centre and we're launching with a mystery that only an exceptional bunch of Sound Detectives will be able to solve. Do you have what it takes to join a fun and daring mission to uncover the truth about sound?

From Saturday 9 January to Sunday 28 February, including February half term, super sleuths in training and their families can dig into the facts about how sound is created in nature in a brand new free live science show called Sound Detectives. There will also be the chance to experience the magic of the UK’s largest standalone Planetarium, get involved in nature activities in the indoor/outdoor experimentation zone, Bio:Space and adventure through the brand new interactive sound and hearing exhibition.  





FREE Live Science Show

Only the best Sound Detectives will be able to deduce which sounds are natural and which have been manmade through the art of Foley in our brand new free live science show. Listen to the clues and sound out the truth before using your newly-found Sound Detective skills to investigate how different sound variables can change the way we hear some of nature’s most epic noises. And as this is live science there’ll be a whole host of awe-inspiring experiments and demos along the way, including the ‘super cool’ dry ice cannon.

Show times are:

10:40, 11:20, 12:00, 12:40, 14:00 and 14:40.






TWO Mesmerising Live Planetarium Shows

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

Ideal for younger audiences is Simply Space. Head off on a journey through the night sky to spot stars, planets and even the Milky Way as our enthusiastic presenter tells captivating stories about the constellations appearing on the incredible 360 degree dome.

And in The Planet Show, you'll begin your adventure on Earth where you will be able to marvel at the constellations above you. You'll then be whisked into orbit to experience the impressive scale of the Solar System. 

Unless labelled as a ‘quiet show’ 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:

Simply Space (suitable for younger visitors) - 11:00, 14:00

The Planet Show (suitable for all audiences) - 10:15, 13:15, 14:45 (Quiet Show)





It's snowflakes, seeds and scavenger hunts in our nature experimentation zone. Taking inspiration from the weather there will be lots of winter-themed nature activities to spark everyone's curiosity. Find out how climate change has affected the amount of snow days over the decades with our snowflake chart, venture outside on a scavenger hunt or design a bird wing that can be tested on our flight path. 

Make sure you bring a coat so that you can enjoy our activities outside! 

BIO:SPACE can be found behind our Gravity Run exhibit, next to the cafe 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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