Curious Combustion!

September 27, 2016

Ignite their curiosity at Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium this October Half Term with an explosive extravaganza all about the science of combustion.

Running daily from 21 – 31 October (10am to 5pm), the Science Centre will have a bumper programme of live shows, demonstrations, busking activities and lots of hands-on fun to keep even the most inquisitive of minds ablaze.

A live presenter-led science show will deconstruct the fundamentals of explosions, all the way down to their energetic concepts. A huge bang will capture everyone’s attention, followed by a series of exciting demonstrations that will explain the various energy conversions involved, as well as lots of opportunities for audience participation. Running twice daily throughout the Half Term holidays, the show is ideal for visitors aged 7+ years.

Another family-friendly show will transport visitors into outer space. All about the first British ESA astronaut, Tim Peake, and his mission to the International Space Station. The Destination Space Show will feature video footage of Tim’s mission, demonstrations featuring hydrogen balloon explosions and a hovercraft, and opportunities for the audience to get involved.winchestersciencecentre

Visitors will also find science buskers roaming around the Science Centre with even more hands-on explosive experiences to delight and amaze.

Visitors can also pay a visit to the UK’s largest standalone planetarium, where they will be able to watch a variety of 360° fulldome films and live, presenter-led shows. And if that isn’t enough, they can get hands-on with over 100 interactive exhibits, including the Science Centre’s Little Big Room and the Science of Sport Zone.

Ben Ward, Director at Winchester Science Centre, said: “October Half Term is going to be an explosive week of discovery and fun at Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium with our Curious Combustion activity programme. From live shows and demonstrations, to science busking and space exploration, there will be something to keep all the family curiously entertained.

“Our brand new café, The Hub, will also be open for visitors to refuel during their visit. It would be great to see visitors leaving their packed lunches at home and making the most of our new and improved café during October half term.”

The Hub will serve up a variety of hot and cold food options, including sandwiches, Paninis, cakes and snacks. A variety of hot and cold drinks will keep thirsty visitors refreshed, and they will also be able to treat themselves to a new thick milkshake offering, available in up to eight delicious flavours. Supporting local businesses, a number of food items served in The Hub will be sourced from local suppliers and producers.

All activities (excluding planetarium shows) are free with General Entry to the Science Centre.

Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium is Southern England’s leading hands-on, interactive, science and technology centre with the largest standalone planetarium in the UK. The Science Centre is a self-funded, independent educational charity and relies on Gift Aid and visitor donations to stay open seven days a week.

Online booking discount available on general entry. To book, visit or call 01962 863791.

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