Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium

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Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium

Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium
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Science Museums • Observatories & Planetariums • Educational sites
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Experience an action-packed family day out that's perfect whatever the weather. Come on an exciting adventure through the world of STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths). Explore fun and interactive exhibits including an enormous 10m long playable guitar and the out-of-this-world Explorer:Space zone. Become part of the action with breath-taking live science shows and huge demos. Immerse yourself in the stunning nature of the South Downs National Park in Bio:Space. And fly through the Solar System in the UK’s largest standalone Planetarium.
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JoandJen
Mold, UK18 contributions
Totally focused on the education of Primary School Children
Aug 2021
Educating primary school children appears to be the focus of this centre. Most of the displays and exhibits are pitched at this level. We went along in August and spent our time dodging screaming kids, who ran around smashing, poking, and pulling at the exhibitions (as kids do) We also opted for a planetarium show. But again, the show was aimed at educating young children.... Shame really as some of the graphics it displayed were amazing!

If you don't have young children in your party, then I wouldn't bother, and this includes the Planetarium shows too.

I feel this centre could be so much more, There are actually some adults and teenagers interested in Science, and Astronomy.
Written 9 September 2021
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Thank you for visiting Winchester Science Centre and for your feedback. The experience is designed for children age 5-12 and their families. We do run an events programme that offers experiences for teenagers and adults although, at present, as we recover from the impact of the pandemic, our focus is on this core audience.
Written 10 September 2021
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razwan33
London, UK169 contributions
Fun day out with the kids
Sep 2021 • Family
Great informative day out with the kids. There is the inside attractions but also an outside picnic area with playground. Oh abs a butterfly trail. Book in advance as there are live shows and a video/movie to watch.
Written 5 September 2021
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Thank you for visiting Winchester Science Centre and for taking the time to leave a review, we really appreciate your feedback. We're pleased you had an enjoyable day and we hope to see you again soon!
Written 6 September 2021
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sidsidney
Birmingham UK15 contributions
Really interesting and interactive museum
Aug 2021
Visited with our 8 year old to break up the journey on our way back from a holiday in Poole. We bought tickets to the planetarium show which was really good (strangely relaxing!) and really made you think about the size of the universe and what might be out there! Lots and lots of interactive displays which really caught our childs interest. We also watched a short science show about sound and how it travels underwater. There is a little soft play area with a small food/drink stall and then a larger cafe upstairs. There were also craft activities ongoing when we visited which our child enjoyed, and a small outside play area and butterfly trail to walk. We would usually go to a farm or zoo type activity on our way back from holiday but the science museum made for a really interesting alternative and was fun for the adults also! We ended up being late for our booked slot due to traffic issues but a quick call whilst we were on the way and the museum easily changed the booked slot for us. We arrived about 12 noon and the one negative was that there were no parking spaces left at the museum when we got there - luckily we were staying at the nearby hotel so were able to park there instead (though non-hotel residents are not allowed to use that car park).
Written 1 September 2021
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Thank you for visiting Winchester Science Centre and for taking the time to leave a review, we really appreciate your feedback and we're so pleased that you all enjoyed your visit! Regarding parking, in the past we have run a park and ride shuttle bus service during the school holidays to support us on busier days. However, since reducing our capacity we have been able to manage parking onsite, with the support of our neighbour Holiday Inn, who kindly offer overflow parking when needed. We hope to welcome you again in the future if you're in the area!
Written 2 September 2021
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EggBready
7 contributions
Great place, rubbish food, extra cost of parking
Aug 2021 • Family
Excellent planetarium and interactive science exhibits for junior kids.
Only negatives 1) you have to pay for parking on top of the entry fee, seems a bit daft as they could just charge for that up front when booking tickets.
2) food could be improved. Rubbish ingredients in sandwiches. Yuck.
Written 21 August 2021
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Thank you for taking the time to leave a review, we are pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit. With regards to our parking fee, it may be helpful to know that we use this money to help our charity offset the cost of caring for and protecting the natural landscape of the South Downs National Park that we are situated in. Thank you for your feedback about the café, I have passed this on to the relevant team.
Written 23 August 2021
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Harriet D
1 contribution
Where have all the things gone!?
Aug 2021 • Family
We have been coming to the centre for years, and unfortunately we must be outnumbered as we preferred it before the revamp! All our favourite things are no longer there; it seems like there is much less to do now and it was PACKED. This meant we hardly were able to do the things freely without being pushed out the way etc by other families. The planetarium show was awful too. Sorry, I doubt we will be returning again. I give three stars because the staff were great when I needed to breastfeed my youngest in the cafe and also from past experiences.
Written 19 August 2021
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Thank you for the taking the time to write a review. We appreciate all feedback. We're sorry to hear that you were disappointed with the new exhibits on our upper floor. As you have mentioned, the new sound exhibition has been hugely popular since opening in October 2020 and we promise there is not less to do. As part of the new visitor experience we have added lots of new interactive exhibits from huge ones such as the 10m long playable guitar to smaller table top exhibits. We have also introduced a brand new nature area, Bio:Space, where families can enjoy activities both inside and outside, and the Science Live demo area where live experiments take place at regular intervals throughout the day. Unfortunately, the summer holidays are naturally a busier time for us, especially if the weather is overcast or raining, however we do ask that families are considerate of each other when it comes to taking turns on the exhibits. We hope that you will reconsider and come again at some point in the future.
Written 19 August 2021
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dorsetmums
Poole, UK44 contributions
Excellent family friendly day out
Aug 2021
We visited the Winchester Science Centre recently for my sons birthday and can't recommend it enough. It's worth booking in advance (at least 7 days to get a discount) so you can get an early time slot and I booked the free live science show and planetarium too. Our children aged 5 and 9 had such a good day trying all the interactive exhibits and the outdoor play area, crafts and soft play were a winner too. We took a picnic but there's a cafe serving light lunches like jacket potatoes and sandwiches ect. We didn't leave till closing and even then I know if we had had the energy and were allowed we would of stayed longer.
Written 18 August 2021
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Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review, we really appreciate your feedback. We are so pleased that you all enjoyed your visit and we look forward to welcoming you back again soon!
Written 19 August 2021
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Mike C
Blackfield, UK74 contributions
Much improved over previous. Feels completely refreshed.
Aug 2021 • Family
Spent an unbelievable 6 hours here today with my 7 year old girl. We have always loved the odd trip here but the refresh has made it 10 times better. Everything worked as designed, the shows were short and frequent which helped with engagement. Overall we really enjoyed our day here. The staff seemed really happy and eager to chat and help out.
Written 17 August 2021
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Thank you for visiting Winchester Science Centre and for taking the time to leave us a review, we really appreciate your feedback. We are pleased to hear that you and your daughter enjoyed your visit and we look forward to welcoming you back soon!
Written 18 August 2021
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businessman86
Chatham, UK42 contributions
Great fun, better for age 6 upwards
Aug 2021 • Family
This would have got a 5 star review had we had older children. With a toddler there was plenty to keep us entertained for half a day, lots to interact with and play on/with, but as the more sciency stuff and educational stuff was rushed past by a toddler, we didnt get to take it all in, so for half a day it felt quite expensive. We'd definitely go back with older children though as with a longer attention span and interest in education, it was brilliant.
Written 15 August 2021
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Thank you very much for taking the time to leave us a review, we're pleased that you enjoyed your visit. The exhibition is mainly aimed at children aged between 5 and 12 years, however younger children still enjoy playing in a less structured way. We hope to welcome you back again in the future!
Written 17 August 2021
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FijiJames
Liphook73 contributions
Make sure you do the planetarium and science live
Aug 2021 • Family
First time visitors and all very well laid out. The science live shows were short but nicely done, and watched Celeste chasing the sun at planetarium which was superb as was science live with a brilliant staff member I think called Layla.
Written 13 August 2021
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Thank you for visiting Winchester Science Centre and for taking the time to leave us a review, we really appreciate your feedback. Thank you for your kind comments about our staff - they really do bring the whole experience to life! We look forward to welcoming you back soon.
Written 13 August 2021
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Kajal S
2 contributions
Excellent day out for younger kids.
Aug 2021 • Family
Excellent place for young children (ours are all 7 or under). Short live science displays frequently which are great fun, science talks which are interactive and free (but need to be pre-booked), and planetarium shows (pre-book and a little extra cost) which are excellent.

Lots for the children to touch, press, build etc. Clean and bright and displays seem to be completely different to a few years ago when we last visited. Much better than London's science museum for this age group and definitely 'inspired curiosity' as is one of their straplines.

Staff are very friendly and obviously love their work. Really good value and an excellent day out. Thank you so much!
Written 12 August 2021
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Thank you for visiting Winchester Science Centre and for taking the time to leave us a review, we really appreciate your feedback. Thank you for your kind comments about our staff - they really do bring the whole experience to life! We are pleased to hear that you and your family enjoyed your visit and we look forward to welcoming you back soon.
Written 12 August 2021
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