Region: South East

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Winchester Science Centre Telegraph Way Winchester Hampshire, , S021 1HZ

Contact: 01962 891900



The Science Centre houses 100 hands-on science exhibits and the UK's largest capacity digital planetarium.

What does a typical school trip or educational visit include?

Educational visits can include a variety of different activities. 

For a truly memorable experience, incorporate a planetarium show in to your visit. A visit to a planetarium can be invaluable in communicating ideas of scale and distance in space. Such things simply do not fit into books, or even classrooms! The giant domed screen gives a sense of immersion and the experience is awe-inspiring and memorable. Shows are usually followed by Q&A with our astronomy experts. The planetarium seats up to 176.

Choose from over 30 different workshops, each have been designed with the curriculum in mind and include hands on practical activities often using equipment not available in many schools.

Fun and interactive science shows on a range of topics can also be requested as part of a school visit to the Science Centre- discover Fantastic Flight, Evolution, Weather, or magical H20 in the Wet Wet Wet show.

Workshops and science shows are usually delivered to class sized groups but some challenges can cater for up to 100 learners.

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This venue has the following accreditation:

Winchester Science Centre is a Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge holder.

What size groups do they cater for?

The centre can accommodate pre-booked school parties of up to 250 pupils plus accompanying adults.

What can they provide you with to support your school trip or educational visit?

School and visitor resource materials available to download include trails and worksheets, designed around specific areas of the curriculum for students to use during their visit to Winchester Science Centre. Worksheets include guidance notes for parents and adult helpers to assist. Floor plans are available online to locate exhibits.

Can you take photos, video or audio? Are there any copyright restrictions?

Children are welcome to photograph or film their visit.

How do you arrange a risk assessment?

All teachers and other adults involved in the visit are encouraged to attend a teacher preview evening, allowing time to plan your visit, with a taster planetarium show and staff on hand to assist and explain the exhibits and how they work. A risk assessment is available through the website along with other health and safety guidelines to assist planning.

What are the contact details for their education officer?

Contact Laura Hobin, tel 01962 891900 or email

What does it cost?

Admission to the exhibition - £4.15 per pupil (£4.98 including VAT) and free for accompanying adults.

Admission to the Airbus Defence and Space Planetarium, when visiting the exhibition - £1.75 per person (£2.10 including VAT)

Schools can also visit the planetarium without entering the exhibition, the cost is £4 per person (£4.80 including VAT).

Please note, this does not allow entry in to the exhibition, cafe or picnic area. Science shows - £1.75 per pupil (£2.10 including VAT). Workshops are individually price, starting from £3.58 (£4.30 including VAT). Minimum charge of £51.66 (£62 including VAT) per group, per activity. Special events are held regularly (priced separately) including annual events for World Space Week in early October. A programme of specialist space lectures run throughout the year.

The Science Centre's outreach team can also deliver workshops in schools, these are priced separately. The huge state-of-the-art six-metre digital mobile planetarium can also be booked, bringing the 360° experience into your school.

Is specific clothing required?


Do you have first aid on site?

Qualified first-aiders are always on site and a dedicated first aid room is provided within the centre.

What facilities do they have for school trips and educational visits?

• A science shop is available where you will find quirky scientific souvenirs to take home to remember your day.

• On site café

• Dedicated first aid room

• Indoor picnic area

• Shelves and coat racks

• Coach drop-off area

• Coach parking

Are there disabled facilities?

Disabled bays for minibuses, accessible lavatories on each floor, roll-on roll-off lift between the two floors of the exhibition, level flooring, quiet spaces, planetarium is fully accessible with six spaces for wheelchair users at the back of the dome with excellent views of the screen.

What are your opening days and hours?

10am – 4pm

Do you have any testimonials from previous customers who have visited you on an educational visit?

 "We took our school here and they all thoroughly enjoyed it. The staff were great and explained what each key stage needed to look at. Excellent lunch facilities and use of storage for bags etc. All in all an excellent day from point of learning including workshops and facilities." Helen

"A brilliant hands on learning experience, coupled with an electric atmosphere of ‘fun’ and ‘finding out’ proved just the ticket for our pupils who were all sad to leave and eager to return. The cherry on the cake for us all was not to be found in the café but in the Planetarium – one of the largest in Europe. This was truly an out of this world experience." St. Edward's School

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

Type of Visit: Museums Picnic Areas Planetarium Science & Technology SEN Themed Attractions

Curriculum Topics Covered: Art and Design Design and Technology Engineering ICT Leisure & Tourism Mathematics PE PSHE

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

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