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“Great place once you find your way around”

Magna Science Adventure Centre
Ranked #10 of 42 things to do in Rotherham
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Owner description: Open your mind and prepare yourself for a mind-blowing voyage of discovery...A hands-on, feet-in, full-on day out at Magna. Opportunities for adventure are endless. Built within the Former Templeborough Steelworks, inside you can explore the four pavilions themed around the elements Earth, Air, Fire and Water which are linked by suspended walkways, stairs and tunnels. Outside there is the outdoor adventure playground, Sci-Tek which will allow you to defy gravity and explore the limits of science or splash into Aqua-Tek, the outdoor water play areas where you can be sprayed, squirted, misted and drenched. Join us throughout the year for fantastic family science workshops, zip wire and a range of special events. PLEASE NOTE: Magna is a coats on experience due to the nature of the building and it dark in areas to encourage explorations and experience the feeling of the past during the days of Steel Production. See website for event schedule.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access
Reviewed 11 August 2014

Magna is set in an imposing building with vast defunct machinery. Wonderful to learn about the history of steel and also enjoy exhibits on elements, earth, air, fire and water. Kids loved it with lots to keep them busy but does lack an interactive element as on entry you can wander aimlessly, no real direction. We asked in the café and were given an insight but this would have been useful at the ticket desk!

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Reviewed 11 August 2014

Went on a Sunday with wife and 3 kids (3mths, 2, 3 years old) and have wanted to go for a while. The building has no natural light and as a consequence most of it is in pitch darkness. The various furnaces etc cannot really be seen due to the darkness. They do provide a few moveable spotlights, which firstly don't let you see the entire item. Secondly the heavy metal handles project into the walk way and are at perfect head height for a 2-3 year old walking along in the darkness. What lighting is there is mainly all pointing at you rather than what you are trying to look at. Which helpfully stop to your eyes adjusting to the gloom. There are a handful of TV screens scattered about with interesting anecdotes and experiences from former steel workers. But as you cant see what they are talking about they its hard to see how these 'fit in'. The individual exhibitions are reasonably well done, but will only occupy a child for 10-15mins. Finally the main cafe area is lit by a large wall of red light. They obviously don't realise that coloured light makes food look different, and children are fussy eaters at the best of times.

It seems to me that this venue was set out first and foremost as a corporate venue. The science exhibitions were and add-on. The fact that it is in a former steel mill is irrelevant.

1  Thank SimonRobinson56
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Reviewed 9 August 2014

We love the outdoor water park but get there early on a hot day as it gets really busy, indoor manga is interesting but my younger daughter found the steel works too noisy.

Thank Faye R
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Reviewed 7 August 2014

I have known about this attraction for many years and although it is only 15 minutes from my home I have never visited. What a mistake! I am old enough to remember when Rotherham was a roaring glowing powerful steel industry and just a faint echo remains in this cavernous building. It contains four exhibitions where the science of Air, Fire, Earth and Water are demonstrated in hands-on and often spectacular exhibits. If you have little ones take them to play, my grandson 16 was able to explain work that he had done in GCSE but never seen except in a textbook. I 71 just enjoyed seeing everyone so interested and did find it a bit of a walk. Pity it took my grandson to come up from Bedfordshire to get me to go!

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Reviewed 6 August 2014

we love to go to magna especially the aquatek outside we went yesterday and the children had a great time,theres plenty to do,climbing,swings slides,sand pits waterpark brilliant day out.

1  Thank joanne a
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