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Explode into 2023, What's On including Zero degrees at Winchester Science Centre

Explode into 2023, What’s On at Winchester Science Centre

Six brand-new action-packed daytime seasons and four out-of-this-world evening events

Get set for a whole year of explosive fun at Winchester Science Centre in 2023. Daytimes will be action-packed with six brand-new seasonal events, one for every school holiday. Experience all the thrills of the Science Centre’s awesome hands-on exhibits, live shows and demos plus extra activities – including free entry to the Planetarium this February half term. And when the doors close, the fun doesn’t stop with four brand-new family and adult-only evening events. Tickets are on sale now for the first daytime event, Zero Degrees, with events and other seasons set to go on sale very soon.

Daytime seasons

There’s so much going on in 2023 at Winchester Science Centre:

  • Melt away the winter chills with Zero Degrees at February half term (28th January to 20th February).
  • Spring into science fun with Boom & Bloom at Easter (18th March to 17th April).
  • Enter a world of weird science, curiosity and investigation with Mysteries and Mayhem at May half term (13th May to 5th June).
  • Get summer started with a bang at Fiesta (8th July to 3rd September).
  • Get set for some trick or treats at Science Spoooktacular (7th to 30th October).
  • Experience the sights and sounds of Christmas past with the return of the hugely popular Science Dino-mite (2nd December to 7th January).

Zero Degrees – 28th January to 20th February including February half term

The temperature may be dropping but things are heating up with the Science Centre’s first school holiday event, Zero Degrees. As well as all the usual Science Centre fun, there’ll be even more on offer to excite all ages, all included with admission.

Step inside a wintry wonderland and experience the breath-taking colours of the Northern Lights…without even leaving Hampshire. For a limited time each day, the Planetarium will be opening up for free for the first time so that everyone can experience the mesmerising greens, blues and purples of the Northern Lights and get a sneak peek of the spectacular Planetarium.

In Extreme Weather, an exciting free science show, live experiments and fascinating facts will shed light on the unexpected, and often severe, weather we see around the world. This action-packed 20-minute show will take an in-depth look into some of our most crazy weather systems. Thankfully the weather in Hampshire isn’t usually that extreme, but the Science Centre needs the help of visitors to monitor it. In the Bio:Space weather station visitors can grab weather measuring tools and record how the weather is changing throughout the day. There’s even an opportunity to create their own weather in Science Live. Join the Inspirers and get hands-on with live science by create a cloud in a bottle.

And don’t forget all the other hands-on fun on offer! Visitors can discover more about sound, hearing and vibration on the upper floor. Climb inside a giant guitar. Explore the acoustic rocket. And even learn some British Sign Language. On the lower floor families can blast off on a journey through Explorer:Space and discover more about what it’s like to live and work in space in the interactive space zone.

Evening events

Evening events are returning to Winchester Science Centre in 2023.

Night Sky Live

Families are invited to come on an astro adventure at the Science Centre where they will head outside and discover the stars and planets of the night sky, live. The adventure begins in the Planetarium where young and old will learn the skills needed to identify what’s above us. After spending some time exploring the Science Centre’s two floors of exhibits, visitors will follow the stargazing host outside into the South Downs National Park, an International Dark Sky Reserve, for some epic stargazing.

Starlight Cinema

For a completely unique cinema experience, visitors can sit back and relax as some of Hollywood’s most-loved classic movies play out under the stars of the Planetarium. Families can treat the kids to some classic movie history, while at the adults-only screening visitors can relive their childhood memories.

Science Lates

Why should kids have all the fun? It’s time for the grown-ups to press the buttons at the explosive, adults only, Science Lates. Explode into the weekend with live science and live music. Explore the Science Centre with a drink in hand. Play with the exhibits. Be wowed by awesome science demos. And settle in for an out-of-this-world Planetarium experience.

Science Explained

Welcome to a science event like no other. Special guest speakers will delve into topics in a light-hearted look at some of science’s most intriguing questions. Do aliens really exist? Is time travel possible? What makes a serial killer? Science will come to life through Inspirer-led demos and a spectacular live Planetarium show. There’ll also be time to explore the two floors of interactive exhibits.

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