skip to Main Content
The go-to guide for you and your child
Join the family Fiesta at Winchester Science Centre this summer

Join the family Fiesta at Winchester Science Centre this summer

Olympics themed family Fiesta at Winchester Science Centre this summer

Free indoor and outdoor mini children’s festival of curiosity

  • Where: Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium, Telegraph Way, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 1HZ
  • When: Weekends and summer school holidays from Saturday 13th July to Monday 4th September, including every day during the summer school holidays
  • Times: 9.30am to 5pm (last entry 2pm)
  • Admission: All visits must be booked in advance via the website

Fiesta, an exciting mini children’s festival of curiosity, is back at Winchester Science Centre this summer between Saturday, 13th July and Monday, 2nd September. Perfect for children aged three to 12 and their families, it’s free with general admission and this year it’s all about the Olympics and Paralympics! Families are invited to adventure outside to enjoy interactive activities like the fun and friendly Bug Olympics. Set in the stunning South Downs National Park, competitors of all ages can take part and see if they’re as fast as a dragonfly or as strong as an ant. Children can also perform their very own opening ceremony inspired by nature’s sounds on the mini stage. And, back inside, mini scientists can discover the science of us in an interactive zone and during brand new live science show, What Happens: Our Body and Exercise.

Bug Olympics

Families and friends are invited to join forces and beat the bugs of the South Downs and beyond in the Bug Olympics! Dragonflies have a maximum speed of 34mph. And ants can lift up to 100 times their own weight. But how about humans? Mini entomologists (bug enthusiasts) and their families will be able to take on the bugs in activities inspired by the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Run, jump and throw as a team to see who will come out victorious, humans or bugs.

Music Makers Mini Opening Ceremony

It wouldn’t be the Olympics without an epic opening ceremony. And at the Bug Olympics nature sounds amazing! Using musical instruments, their own bodies and natural objects, children can recreate the sounds of nature on The Star mini stage. Set in the shadows of the Planetarium, the stage is the perfect spot to play to an audience of family and friends.

The Science of Us Zone

What does it take to be a superstar athlete at the Olympics and Paralympics? Athletes listen to their bodies to help improve their performance and in the Science of Us area families can find out how to listen to their own bodies and see firsthand how exercise changes the way it works. They can get hands-on with finding their heartrate, have a go at the pedometer challenge and explore the way that medical technology has evolved to enable even more people to take part in sport.

What Happens: Our Body and Exercise – Science Theatre live show

Olympic and Paralympic fever has taken over the Science Theatre this summer with a brand-new science show – What Happens: Our Body and Exercise. Join the science Inspirers as they limber up and discover the science behind how our body works during sport and exercise. Exciting experiments and inspiring demos will bring this energetic topic to life in an exciting 20-minute live show. Families will discover how and why our heart rate increases in order to push blood around our body. An exciting audience participation demo showing how strong our bones are will get the crowds cheering. And there’ll be an explosive fiery food finale as the Inspirers explore the nature of the foods we need to fuel and energise our bodies for exercise.

Plus all the usual Science Centre fun

As well as all the Fiesta activities, there’ll be all the usual Science Centre fun to excite all ages. The ultimate family summer space journey, Solar System Adventure, a live presenter-led show, is back in the Planetarium. And the colourful visuals of We Are Aliens, a subtitled film show, will take families on an adventure to discover if there is life beyond Earth.* Families can get hands-on with 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 mini astronauts can blast off on a journey through Explorer:Space to discover more about what it’s like to live and work in space.

*Please note, the Planetarium is an additional £4 cost

For more information and to book tickets visit

Event website

Date And Time

13 Jul 2024 @ 09:30 to
4 Sep 2024 @ 17:00


Winchester Science Centre & Planetarium, Telegraph Way, Winchester
Download Events ical

Related Events

Back to Events
Back To Top