Explorer Dome brings science to life with engaging workshops that cover aspects of physics, chemistry, biology and environmental science. These workshops are specifically designed to enhance scientific learning and increase interest in these subjects!
- South East
- East Midlands
- West Midlands
- South West
- 5 to 7 years
- 8 to 10 years
- 11 to 13 years
- 14 to 16 years
Accessible / Disabled Facilities
+44 (0) 117 9141526
What is typically included on our school trips?
Every show is different!
Age, ability, background and interests, whether you are starting a topic or ending it with a 'wow'. We like to pitch the show for your group and bring presenters with ideal skills and knowledge, so when you get in touch, do let us know more about your group.
Our shows in the Dome (25-40 people per show) include:
Space – Light – Sound(KS2 only) – Forces – Environment/Earth – Body/Cells – Water – Winter(Nov/Dec only)
Our Chemistry shows (which don’t use the Dome and can accommodate up to 70 children per show) are: Bubbles – States of Matter – Science Tricks
We also offer Rocket science shows and workshops (run by Steve Shapland, the ‘Rocket Man’): one interactive show accommodates up to 60 children, and each hands-on workshop accommodates up to 30 children. We recommend combining a show with a couple of workshops for the same children for a fab rocket filled day!
Group Sizes Catered For
25-40 people per Dome show, 60-70 people per Chemistry show or Rocket show, up to 30 people per Rocket Workshop.
Materials, Resources & Information Provided
Some – please ask for more information as this is an area we are currently working on.
Photography, Filming & Audio Restrictions
Photography/filming etc welcome, provided that credit/mention is given to Explorer Dome please.
The Cost of a Visit from Explorer Dome
Our prices depend on where you are, what sort of shows you would like and how many shows you need. Shows in the Dome, Chemistry shows and Rocket shows/workshops are all priced separately. See below for details but if in doubt, or if you would like a combination of shows then please just get in touch.
The costs below are guide prices for schools in the South West of England, South Wales and the Midlands. If you are further afield, please ask and we can advise you on the cost of a visit. We frequently travel nationally and internationally. For events with big numbers of participants, we can bring our larger Domes, bring two or more Domes, or stay for more than one day.
Booking our Dome Shows
Our Standard Dome accommodates up to 30 (KS1/2) or 25 (KS3/4) students per show and requires a smooth clean floor area of 6m x 7m, a clear ceiling height of 3.5m and access to mains power:
- £360 + VAT = A morning of up to 3 shows
- Additional shows cost £90 + VAT per show (for example, 4 shows = £450 + VAT)
- A full day of shows can usually accommodate 6 or 7 shows (£630 + VAT)
- Reduced rates of £270 + VAT may be available for afternoon visits if we are already in your area
Our Large Dome accommodates up to 40 (KS1/2) or 30 (KS3/4) students per show and requires a smooth clean floor area of 8m x 9m, a clear ceiling height of 3.5m and access to mains power:
- £450 + VAT = a morning of up to 3 shows
- Additional shows cost £100 + VAT per show
- A full day of shows can usually accommodate 6 shows (£750 + VAT)
Great news for schools in Bristol, Bath or Birmingham. BS or BA postcode qualify for our reduced rate for all Dome bookings. Schools local to our base in the Midlands (within the M5/M6/M42) are entitled to a reduced rate for Space, Light and Forces shows. Please contact us for details!
Booking our Chemistry Shows
The Bubble Show, States of Matter and Science Tricks shows don’t use the Dome and are suitable for up to 70 (KS1/2) or 60 (KS3/4) students per show. Cost depends on the number of shows you would like to have:
- £360 + VAT = A morning of 1 or 2 shows
- Additional shows cost £100 + VAT per show (e.g. 3 shows = £460 + VAT)
- A full day of shows can usually accommodate up to 4 shows (£560 + VAT)
Great news! Schools in Bristol, Bath and some parts of Somerset, Gloucestershire, Swindon and Wiltshire have support from the Bristol & District branch of the Royal Society of Chemistry. The RSC may fund up to 40% of the cost of your chemistry show visit. However, the allocation of these funds is annual and distributed on a first come first served basis so please get in touch for more information.
Booking Rocket Shows or Workshops
Steve Shapland 'The Rocket Man' is based in Dorset and so these prices are for schools in Bath, Bristol, Hampshire, Devon, Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire. Rocket Shows are suitable for up to 60 students and the workshops accommodate a maximum of 30 students:
- £340 + VAT = A half day visit with 1 show and 2 workshops
- £600 + VAT = A full day visit with 2 shows and 4 workshops
You may wish to have a different combination of shows and/or workshops for your visit so please contact us for more information and a custom quote.
For shows in the Dome, audience members are requested to remove their shoes and crawl through a tunnel in order to gain access into the Dome. Adults/staff may appreciate advance warning!
First Aid Information
We always work in schools/venues which have a first aider on site.
Testimonials can be found at the bottom of every page on our website: www.explorerdome.co.uk.
All you need to know to plan a visit
Where do we travel?
We regularly travel throughout the Midlands and the South West of the UK, from Northamptonshire and Leicestershire down to the tip of Cornwall and from Oxfordshire across all of South Wales.
If you are out of our normal area, we can still come! We will charge a minimum fee of our full day rate which of course includes a full day of shows. We also travel internationally.
Why not have a look at a map of our recent travels to give you an idea of where we have been!
How big is the Dome?
Our Standard Dome takes up a floor area of 6 metres x 7 metres. The height is 3.5 metres - and it is worth checking for suprise hanging projectors and lights! As a rule of thumb, we can fit about 30 people inside the Dome per show, but if you have older students or adults, you will need our larger Dome (which still requires 3.5 metres height, but takes up a larger 8 metres x 9 metres floor area). If you have classes of infants or juniors, you can get up to 40 inside this larger Dome!
Chemistry and Rocket Science shows do not use the Dome and so can accommodate up to 70 per show.
What does a venue need to provide?
Dome visits need an indoor space large enough with a smooth, clean floor and access to mains power. The Dome can only be outside if housed in a floored marquee... otherwise it will blow away!
Chemistry and Rocket shows require a space large enough to accommodate your audience and access to 2 tables and mains power. Chemistry shows also need hot water, but it does not need to be in the same room. If some of your audience would benefit from being on benches or chair, it would be really helpful to have these nearby or set up at the start of the day.
How does a timetable work?
Shows last between 40 and 55 mins, depending on your audience and timetable requirements. We can usually fit 2 or 3 shows into a morning and 6 or 7 shows into a full day visit, but capacity of shows and timetables vary depending on the type of show you choose.
If you visit the page for a particular show topic from the menu above, each show summary has detailed information of the capacity of each show, length and national curriculum links.
We can certainly bring an array of different show topics in the same visit, but this may reduce the number of shows possible to fit in a single day.
What else should you know?
We will need reasonable vehicle access to the hall – let us know if access is likely to be poor (e.g. many steps or long distances) as this will affect the schedule and the preparations we need to make for the day.
At least one member of staff must accompany the children during the shows but we promise they will enjoy it! For family shows, all children under 7 should be accompanied by an adult.
If you prefer, do feel free to get in touch and we can help with your plan.
Schools for Children with Special Needs
We love the work we do with SEN schools as the Dome is a wonderfully immersive and relaxing environment and a perfect place to learn for children with special educational needs. Merging the very best bits from different shows, we aim to make the shows as multisensory as possible. We recommend themes of 'Space and Rockets' (inside the Dome) or 'Bubbles' (outside the Dome) for all abilities, but can adapt most of our other themes for children at NC level 1 or above.
People who can't crawl or are in wheelchairs can be accommodated, but this does reduce the capacity for our Dome shows so please notify us in advance.
We recommend a maximum capacity of 25 inside the Dome including teaching staff and carers and for EBD students we would suggest smaller class sizes than this.
Some presentations include flashing lights and loud noises so presenters should be notified of children who are adversely effected by this (e.g. behavioural difficulties, autism or epilepsy) and we can adapt the shows accordingly. We can give you a full break down of the show in advance and our presenters can use some Makaton signing in the shows to help with understanding.
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What are our school workshops like?
We bring science alive to over 50 000 children and adults every year – and love every minute!
Different science topics
We have a variety of shows that cover aspects of physics, chemistry, biology and environmental sciences. Our shows are truly cross-curricular, designed to support and enhance science learning at all key stages.
Shows for your audience
All our shows are led by enthusiastic, talented and fun science presenters who work with toddlers, schools groups, families and specialist adult audiences. We have the experience to tailor the sessions for the distinct age, interests and abilities of your group.
Travelling throughout the UK
Based in Bristol and Birmingham, we regularly visit schools from the Midlands down to the very tip of Cornwall, from Pembrokeshire across to the Home Counties and London, and we also ferry and fly our equipment to the islands and across to Europe and beyond!
Established in 1998!
Our signature, effective approach is hands-on and interactive.
We have been around for a while and continue to grow to cope with demand. Over the yearswe have met over a million children and have enjoyed every moment!
All days/times – including term time, holidays, daytimes, evenings, weekends, depending on availability.
Regions: South-West, West Midlands, East Midlands, Wales, London, South-East