Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium Hampshire
Winchester Science Centre Telegraph Way, Winchester, Hampshire, S021 1HZ
MONTHS OPENJanuary, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
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What we offer on a school trip
The Science Centre houses 100 hands-on science exhibits and the UK's largest capacity digital planetarium.
Winchester Science Centre is a purpose built visitor attraction housed in a giant pyramid and dome on the South Downs, easily accessed from the M3 and other major routes. A dedicated team coordinate visits from nearly 40,000 schools visitors each year, offering a variety of activities to suit different ages and abilities.
The Science Centre is run by an independent charity who use public visitor income and other income sources to subsidise school trips, and so is able to offer excellent value.
The main part of the building contains two floors of hands-on science exhibition, allowing self-led exploration of 100 interactive science exhibits. Current exhibits range from a giant crane, walk-through colon and the chance to create a smoke tornado or water whirlpool, to distorted illusion room, sports zone and the opportunity to step inside an EVA spacesuit.
Schools usually also add at least one booked activity to their trip. All activities are presented by professional science communicators from the Learning and Participation team:
Planetarium: the UK's largest standalone planetarium; a truly inspirational experience and often reported as the most popular part of a trip. The giant domed screen gives a sense of immersion, creating an awe-inspiring and memorable experience which can be invaluable in communicating ideas of scale and distance in space. A variety of shows are available for all ages and abilities, usually followed by Q and A.
Workshops and activities: a new, updated offer with reduced prices from September 2017. Workshops are designed with the curriculum in mind and include hands on practical activities, providing meaningful and exciting experiences not always possible in school. Use of the Invention Studio (engineering zone) and science shows are also available.
We are attracting more schools every year, and so for the best choice of dates we recommend booking at least three to four months in advance of your visit, especially for larger groups.
However, we will always try to fit you in and so do let us know if you have a shorter time frame.