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Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium

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Address: Winchester Science Centre & Planetarium, Telegraph Way, off Alresford Road, Winchester, SO21 1HZ
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Find out how far your curiosity will take you as you embark on an exhilarating adventure through exhibits, activities, shows and live science demos at Winchester Science Centre. Feel your senses come alive as you explore the sights and sounds of an exciting new interactive sound, hearing and vibration exhibition, be wowed by huge explosive Science LIVE demos and head outside to get up close to nature with hands-on challenges in the Bio:Space experimentation zone. And don’t forget the amazing free live science shows, spectacular 360 degree Planetarium experience and out-of-this-world Explorer:Space zone!

Come on an exciting adventure of discovery through the art, physics and biology of sound, hearing and vibration, where inspirational and fun interactive exhibits are waiting to bring it all to life.

Venture into an enormous 10m long guitar to feel the vibrations, experience the wonder of acoustics inside the sonic rocket and climb inside a giant ear to explore its inner workings. Laugh and learn together by making sounds in the huge echo tubes, discover more about decibels, rhythm and frequency and try your hand at British Sign Language. You can even join the rescue crew to save Humphrey the Humpback Whale and meet the experts in our bringing Research to Life zone, plus so much more!

Get set for explosive Science LIVE demos taking place right on the exhibition floor! There’s fire, ice, explosions and much more, all on a massive scale and taking place regularly throughout the day so you won’t miss a thing. For something a little more tranquil, the whole family can get creative and have a go at challenges themed around nature in the inside/outside experimentation zone BIO:SPACE – bring a coat so you can go outside whatever the weather! And if it all gets a bit too much, take a break in the Recombobulation Room – a quiet place designed for people who need time away from the hustle and bustle.

While you’re visiting, don’t miss out on all the other exciting things on offer, including space-themed interactive exhibits in Explorer:Space and spectacular shows in the UK’s largest standalone Planetarium. And with a free live science show where the team of Inspirers will be delving into a whole host of science topics through fun demos and exciting audience participation, there’s something the whole family can get involved with.

And if all that has left you needing a break, take a seat and relax with a hot drink or mouth-wateringly tasty treat from the refreshed café before continuing your STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) journey at home with a souvenir from the remodelled shop.

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From North – M3 Jct 9 follow A272 onto A31. Follow tourism signs.

From South – M3 Jct 10 follow A31 for 2 miles. Follow signs.

From East – A31 or A272. Percy Hobbs roundabout. Follow tourism signs.

Public transport

Stagecoach Bus 64 Stops outside the Winchester Science Centre (may also be known as the Percy Hobbs stop).

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The planetarium offers an unforgettable experience. The 360° cinema screen completely surrounds the audience, placing everyone right in the action. Relax back in your seat and get sucked into a black hole, fly through the solar system or take a flight in a cardboard rocket.

There are two different show formats – fulldome films, which are high-quality, digital pre-recorded animations, and live shows during which a presenter takes you on a tour through space.

The Science Centre also offers three different show environments to ensure that everyone can enjoy the planetarium. Most are chatterbox shows which offer a relaxed, family-friendly environment where the audience are welcome to call out, ask questions and talk to others about what they see. Quiet shows are for those who would prefer a quiet environment to enjoy the planetarium experience. There are also relaxed shows, designed to be welcoming and inviting to those with sensory sensitives and their loved ones. Adjustments include lights left on low, sound turned down and freedom to move around.

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General Admission with Gift Aid – £13.20

General Admission without Gift Aid – £12

Planetarium show tickets are £3.50 when added to General Admission or £6.60 for planetarium-only.

The Science Centre is an independent educational charity that relies on Gift Aid and visitor donations to continue delivering inspiring to science to all.

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Hampshire Term Time

Monday to Friday: Closed

Saturdays and Sundays: 9.20am – 5pm (last entry at 3pm)

Hampshire School Holidays

Monday to Sunday: 9am – 5pm (last entry 3pm)

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  • Disabled access
  • Disabled parking
  • Disabled toilets
  • Registered Changing Places toilet
  • Wheelchair access
  • Cafe on site
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“We’re Good To Go” is the official UK mark to signal that a tourism and hospitality business has worked hard to follow Government and industry COVID-19 guidelines and has a process in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing.

This business is self-certificated as “We’re Good To Go.”

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