Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre

Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre
Macclesfield
Cheshire
SK11 9DL
England

Website

E-mail

jodrell.visitor.centre@manchester.ac.uk

Telephone

01477 571 766

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The Lovell Telescope at Jodrell Bank

The University of Manchester’s Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre aims to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers by directly engaging them with science at a major UK research facility.
A visit to the Centre includes the opportunity to see the world-famous Lovell Telescope at close quarters and explore exhibitions on astronomy and the science carried out at Jodrell Bank Observatory. The Discovery Centre also has a vibrant events programme in which visitors can meet scientists, hear about the latest discoveries and enjoy science shows.

Venue Type:

Science centre

Opening hours

Every day 10.00am to 5.00pm

Admission charges

Peak
Adult £7.00
Child £5.00
Concession £5.00
Family 2+2 £22.00
Family 2+3 £26.50

Off peak
Adult £6.50
Child £4.50
Concession £4.50
Family 2+2 £20.00
Family 2+3 £24.00

*Child age 4-16 inclusive, under 4s free.
** Including 60+ and students

Getting there

Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre can be found just off the A535 between Holmes Chapel and Alderley Edge, clearly signposted along the nearby roads with brown signs. We are approximately 6 miles from Junction 18 of the M6.

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Prof. Albert Zijilstra

Lovell Lecture Prof. Albert Zijilstra

  • 18 September 2014 7:30-9pm

The Sun will not live forever. Several billion years from now, it will expand into a red giant, engulfing Mercury and Venus, before ejecting much of its own material in a catastrophic wind. The ejecta will create a planetary nebula: a beautiful shell of gas. Several thousand planetary nebulae are known in the Galaxy.

They show a wide range of structures: some are round, but the majority are elliptical, butterfly, bipolar or even quadrupolar, or just irregular. How these structures form is not well understood. This talk will explore the diversity of planetary nebulae and investigate what they can tell us about how the Sun will die.

Tickets – Adult £8.00, Concession £6.00, Please call 01477 571 767 or visit the website to book online

Our award winning cafe will also be serving pre-lecture dinners, please see our website for menus and more information.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+
  • 14-15

Admission

Adult £8.00, Concession £6.00

Website

http://www.jodrellbank.net/events/event/?id=even:o8v-hxr8xr6s-79iyky

garden week

Garden Week: Wildlife Walk

  • 22 — 24 July 2014 *on now

We will be exploring the science behind the garden design, looking at how our universe was born, how it evolved and discovering more about night sky objects such as planets and stars. There will be fun demonstrations and chances for audience participation.

Find out what animals and insects live in the Galaxy Garden!

Suitable for 5 years upwards.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 16-17

Admission

Free event but normal admission applies: Adult £7.00, Child/Concession £5.00, Family 2+2 £22.00, Family 2+3 £26.50.

garden week

Garden Week: Science Shows

  • 22 — 25 July 2014 *on now

Our interactive science show will take place in our beautiful Galaxy Garden.

We will be exploring the science behind the garden design, looking at how our universe was born, how it evolved and discovering more about night sky objects such as planets and stars. There will be fun demonstrations and chances for audience participation.

Shows start at 12:00 and 15:30.

Suitable for 5 years upwards.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 18+

Admission

Free event but normal admission applies: Adult £7.00, Child/Concession £5.00, Family 2+2 £22.00, Family 2+3 £26.50.

garden week

Garden Week: Galaxy Garden Tours

  • 22 — 25 July 2014 *on now

Our interactive science show will take place in our beautiful Galaxy Garden.

We will be exploring the science behind the garden design, looking at how our universe was born, how it evolved and discovering more about night sky objects such as planets and stars. There will be fun demonstrations and chances for audience participation.

Come along for a guided Galaxy Garden tour at 11.00 or 14:30.

Suitable for 5 years upwards.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 16-17
  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 7-10

Admission

Free event but normal admission applies: Adult £7.00, Child/Concession £5.00, Family 2+2 £22.00, Family 2+3 £26.50.

Website

http://www.jodrellbank.net/events/event/?id=even:m1bn-hwahtwv9-nym31x

photogrpah of jodrell bank

An Evening with Chris Beardshaw

  • 23 July 2014 7:30-9pm

There will be an opportunity to ask questions afterwards and discover what inspired him to design the Galaxy Garden here at Jodrell Bank.

Talk starts at 19:30, there will be 30 minute guided walks around the Galaxy Garden with our Head Gardener at 17:45 and 18:30 if you would like to explore the links made between plants and the stars.

Our award winning cafe will also be serving dinners, please contact us for more information.

For more information about Chris visit http://www.chrisbeardshaw.com/

Please call: 01477 571 766 or visit our website to book tickets.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 16-17

Languages

  • english

Admission

Tickets £12.00 per person. If you would like to book tickets please call: 01477 571 766 or visit our website to book online.

Website

http://www.jodrellbank.net/events/event/?id=even:t163-hv3l9t8c-y0e96x

photograph of the lovell telescope at jodrell bank

Summer Holidays - Big Telescopes Week

  • 28 July — 1 August 2014

Radio telescopes, like the Lovell Telescope are powerful devices that scan the sky collecting radio wave data from objects such as galaxies and stars.

Our hands on activities will explore why telescopes are so big, what objects they can see and why there are so many different types around the world.

Suitable for 5 years upwards.

Cost: Free event but normal admission applies

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • Any age

Admission

Free event but normal admission applies: Adult £7.00, Child/Concession £5.00, Family 2+2 £22.00, Family 2+3 £26.50.

Website

http://www.jodrellbank.net/events/event/?id=even:t163-hv3l9t8c-y0e96x

the rocket show

Summer Holidays - Rocket Show

  • 4 — 7 August 2014
  • 8 August 2014 10am-5:15pm

Join us for our explainer-led interactive show exploring how rockets get into space, what would happen if we didn't wear a space suit and watch as we launch some rockets of our own. There will be lots of fun interactive demonstrations along the way.

Show times are 11:30, 12:30, 14:30, 15:30 (first come first served basis).

Suitable for 5 years upwards.

Cost: free event but normal admission applies

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • 14-15
  • 18+

Admission

Free event but normal admission applies: Adult £7.00, Child/Concession £5.00, Family 2+2 £22.00, Family 2+3 £26.50.

Website

http://www.jodrellbank.net/events/event/?id=even:v4-hwc4094f-gfacr6

Mars rover

Summer Holidays - Mission to Mars

  • 11 — 15 August 2014
  • 18 — 22 August 2014

Do you have what it takes to complete our Mission to Mars challenge?

You will send your Mars rover on a journey through the rough terrain. Along the way you will have to tackle some tricky tasks, collect samples and carry out scientific experiments to find out exactly what life it’s like on this red planet.

This activity is suitable for children of 7 years upwards. No booking required, drop in session.

Mission to Mars runs for two weeks from 11 to 15 Aug & 18 to 22 Aug.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • 7-10

Admission

Free event but normal admission applies: Adult £7.00, Child/Concession £5.00, Family 2+2 £22.00, Family 2+3 £26.50.

Website

http://www.jodrellbank.net/events/event/?id=even:s5-hwc4mnvl-lr6eq1

Getting there

Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre can be found just off the A535 between Holmes Chapel and Alderley Edge, clearly signposted along the nearby roads with brown signs. We are approximately 6 miles from Junction 18 of the M6.

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