Is Winchester Science Centre Open?
Covid-19 Update: Closed until further notice. Keep an eye on their website and social media channels for more information. For the most up-to-date information visit their official website via the link above or view our list of Hampshire attractions.
About This Attraction
Winchester Science Centre is more than a day out. It’s a chance to spark your children’s curiosity in science which could lead them on an exciting journey for life! Situated in the stunning South Downs National Park, this exciting family destination is the South of England’s leading hands-on, interactive science and discovery centre with the largest standalone planetarium in the UK.
Find out how far your curiosity will take you as you embark on an exhilarating adventure through exhibits, activities, shows and live science demos at Winchester Science Centre. Feel your senses come alive as you explore the sights and sounds of an exciting new interactive sound, hearing and vibration exhibition, be wowed by huge explosive Science LIVE demos and head outside to get up close to nature with hands-on challenges in the Bio:Space experimentation zone. And don’t forget the amazing free live science shows, spectacular 360 degree Planetarium experience and out-of-this-world Explorer:Space zone!
Come on an exciting adventure of discovery through the art, physics and biology of sound, hearing and vibration, where inspirational and fun interactive exhibits are waiting to bring it all to life.
Venture into an enormous 10m long guitar to feel the vibrations, experience the wonder of acoustics inside the sonic rocket and climb inside a giant ear to explore its inner workings. Laugh and learn together by making sounds in the huge echo tubes, discover more about decibels, rhythm and frequency and try your hand at British Sign Language. You can even join the rescue crew to save Humphrey the Humpback Whale and meet the experts in our bringing Research to Life zone, plus so much more!
Get set for explosive Science LIVE demos taking place right on the exhibition floor! There’s fire, ice, explosions and much more, all on a massive scale and taking place regularly throughout the day so you won’t miss a thing. For something a little more tranquil, the whole family can get creative and have a go at challenges themed around nature in the inside/outside experimentation zone BIO:SPACE – bring a coat so you can go outside whatever the weather! And if it all gets a bit too much, take a break in the Recombobulation Room – a quiet place designed for people who need time away from the hustle and bustle.
While you’re visiting, don’t miss out on all the other exciting things on offer, including space themed interactive exhibits in Explorer:Space and spectacular shows in the UK’s largest standalone Planetarium. And with a free live science show where the team of Inspirers will be delving into a whole host of science topics through fun demos and exciting audience participation, there’s something the whole family can get involved with!
And if all that’s left you needing a break, take a seat and relax with a hot drink or mouth-wateringly tasty treat from the refreshed café before continuing your STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) journey at home with a souvenir from the remodelled shop.
Experience the out-of-this-world interactive exhibits of Explorer:Space, an epic journey through the Solar System. Located on the lower floor, Explorer:Space encompasses 20 fantastic modular exhibits, covering everything from meteorites to stardust, robots to coding, and atmospheric pressure to human space flight!
FREE Live Science Show
Make sure to reserve your space in a thrilling free live science show! Discover more about STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) with exciting Inspirer-led demonstrations and fun audience participation. Show themes change regularly so grab yourself a ticket each time you visit!
The planetarium offers an unforgettable experience. The 360° cinema screen completely surrounds the audience, placing everyone right in the action. Relax back in your seat and get sucked into a black hole, fly through the Solar System or take a flight in a cardboard rocket.
There are two different show formats – fulldome films, which are high-quality, digital pre-recorded animations, and live shows during which a presenter takes you on a tour through space.
The Science Centre also offers three different show environments to ensure that everyone can enjoy the planetarium. Most are chatterbox shows which offer a relaxed, family-friendly environment where the audience are welcome to call out, ask questions and talk to others about what they see. Quiet shows are for those who would prefer a quiet environment to enjoy the planetarium experience. There are also relaxed shows, designed to be welcoming and inviting to those with sensory sensitives and their loved ones. Adjustments include lights left on low, sound turned down and freedom to move around.
Hub Café & Science Shop
You’ll find an excellent choice of hot and cold drinks, lunch options and snacks at the Hub Café. There is indoor and outdoor seating for those purchasing refreshments as well as a picnic area if you prefer to bring your own lunch. The Science Shop offers a variety of unusual STEM gifts, from pocket-money mementos to quality books and experiments to try at home.
Explore the South Downs National Park
Located in the picturesque South Downs National Park, Winchester Science Centre enjoys stunning views and surroundings. There is an outdoor play area for children to burn off some energy and picnic tables for guests with packed lunches and direct access to public footpaths to explore the adjoining nature reserve.
Hampshire Term Time (Saturday 17 October to Sunday 29 November) –
Monday to Friday: Closed
Saturdays and Sundays: 9.20am – 5pm (last entry at 3pm)
October Half Term 2020: Friday 23 October – Monday 2 November –
Monday to Sunday: 9.20am – 5pm (last entry 3pm)
£13.20 per person (with Gift Aid)
Under 3s go free
Save 25% when you book online by 30 September.
Foster families go free when presenting a foster carer card.
Every disabled guest is entitled to be accompanied by a carer who will receive free entry on showing proof of disability.
Planetarium shows are £3.50 when added to General Admission or £6.60 for a planetarium-only ticket.