Region: South West

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: School Workshops

Address: PO Box 3262, Bristol, BS8 9HR

Contact: 0800 9551 360



Immersive Theatres is a digital mobile planetarium service that brings the thrill of space and the wonder of the night sky to schools, using engaging presenters and modern 360° projection technology. Students and teachers are left with vivid and lasting memories to motivate classroom learning. Additionally, as the digital domes are effectively 360° cinemas, we can immerse students in curriculum-related biology, history, maths, geology, dinosaurs, evolution, environmental science, art and music.

Please summarize why you are great to support learning.
The increased sense of immersion that students feel inside our digital domes has been found to improve levels of attention and information retention. Research has also discovered that students visualise and understand astronomy concepts much better inside a digital planetarium. The digital dome experience can be likened to a virtual reality one – only without the restricting glasses and shared as a group, not in solitude.

What does a typical school workshop visit include?
The most popular experience across all age groups is our 2-in-1 Performance, consisting of short presenter-led components followed by an immersive film:

• Night Sky & Solar System component - a presenter-led introduction to the current night sky and movements of the Earth, Sun and Moon; ability-appropriate, with interaction and questions (approx. 5-10min)
• a 3D visit to the International Space Station, discussing gravity and weightlessness (approx. 5-10min) or
• a quick tour of the Solar System where students get to choose which planets we fly to (approx. 5-10min)
• we then watch an immersive 360˚ film from our large catalogue. This can be anything you wish, depending on the subject you'd like the students to see (all films can be previewed in full on our website) eg:
• for Nursery, Reception, Year 1 & 2 children studying shapes / Space / seasonal changes, one of the following would be appropriate:
• Space Shapes (9min, style: didactic) - round like a ball vs. round like a pancake. Highly recommended plus it's a short film allowing more time for interaction
• Moles Part 1 (17min, style: non-didactic) - light, dark, stars, Earth, Moon
• Moles Part 2 (17min, style: non-didactic) - Moon phases, craters, constellations
• The Little Star That Could (25min) - star types and Solar System

• for Year 3 & 4 students studying Light / Solar System, one of the following:
• The Little Star That Could (25min) - star types and Solar System
• Earth's Wild Ride (20min) - solar eclipses, Moon, dinosaurs, ice ages
• Great Planet Adventures primary version (11min or 17min) - Solar System, future exploration - or we have non-Space films like:
• Dinosaurs at Dusk (30min) - dinosaurs, birds and the evolution of flight

• for Year 5 & 6 students studying Earth & Space / Light, one of the following:
• We Are Aliens (23min) - Solar System, search for life, exoplanets
• Great Planet Adventures standard version (11min or 22min) - Solar System, future exploration, gravity on different worlds - or we have non-Space films like:
• Natural Selection (29min) - evolution and biodiversity

• for Year 7 to Year 13 we have a large selection of astronomy & Space content as well as various curriculum-relevant enrichment topics available:
• Cell! Cell! Cell! (25min) - cells & tissues of the human body
• World 2 War (29 or 42min) - 360° WWII documentary
• Dynamic Earth (24min) - geography, climate and biosphere
• The Trench (24min) - World War I through the eyes of a British officer and private
• Wake Up & Smell the Coffee (24min) - biochemistry of the human body
• Shining Light on the Stars (16min) - the Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram
• Nanocam (27min) - biodiversity through the electron microscope
• Fractal Explorations (35min) - the science and art of fractals
• Cosmic Origins Spectrograph (28min) - spectroscopy and the science of light
• Natural Selection (29min) - evolution and biodiversity
• Dawn of the Space Age (30min) - history of space exploration
• Chaos & Order (40min) - mathematics as art

• all full-length (45min) performances end with a short discussion and handling of the oldest object the students will ever touch ie. part of the meteorite that created the famous Barringer Crater (approx. 5min)

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What group sizes do you cater for?
Our various size domes can accommodate between 25 to 70 primary students or 10 to 45 secondary school students / adults at a time.

Do you provide projects, teacher’s packs, work sheets or any other useful information?
Some of our more popular 360° films are British-made and have activity booklets associated with them.

Are you happy for children to take photos, video or audio if appropriate?
Yes, as long as they have permission from their teachers.

Are your team CRB checked for attending schools/colleges etc?
Yes, all presenters carry clean enhanced DBS (CRB) certificates

Does your company have an education officer?
Booking requests are processed more efficiently by emailing

What is the cost?
Our fully accessible inflatable domes come in various sizes (4m to 7m) and are available with three booking options ranging between £200-£700:
• Half day: unlimited shows delivered either before or after lunch
• Split day: unlimited shows straddling lunch, finishing at approximately 2pm
• Full day: unlimited shows throughout the school day
We also offer a 7m geodesic dome that can be erected outdoors.

Is specific clothing required for when you visit?
No - although shoes need to be removed before entering the dome.

Where geographically will you visit?
We cover the Southwest but will consider travelling further if our large 7m dome is booked for a full day.

Do you have an LOTC Quality Badge?
Currently we are the UK’s only mobile planetarium service to receive the Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge and we are also members of Autism Alliance UK. Additionally, schools appreciate our online child protection policy, risk assessment, public liability insurance certificate and method statement.

Do you have any testimonials from previous schools we can include?
We publish extensive monthly feedback on our website ( and currently have over 30 five-star reviews on Google Business.

“Immersive Theatres staff are patient individuals who will do all they can to support teachers and their varying class needs, ensuring every child is fully engaged in this brilliant experience” - primary school teacher

Is there anything else that you feel is important and want to include in your information?
We also offer ‘edutainment’ and entertainment content for businesses (staff parties, conferences, product launch promotions, etc), private hire (children’s parties, birthdays, anniversaries, weddings) and unique creative content for art exhibitions and music festivals.

Age of Children / Pupils: Pre-school 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Type of Visit: Cinemas / Film Planetarium Science & Technology SEN

Curriculum Topics Covered: Art and Design History Music Science

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December

Who Visits Who?: We visit you

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