Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre

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 (without voluntary donation)
Adult £6.80
Child £5.00
Concession £5.00
Family 2+2 £21.80
Family 2+3 £26.00

Off peak
Adult £6.30
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.
The Moon

Space Hack!

  • 6 February 2016 11am-1pm, 2-4pm
  • 7 February 2016 11am-1pm, 2-4pm

On 4th February 1966, Jodrell Bank produced the first ever pictures of the surface of the moon, intercepting a signal from the Soviet Luna 9 spacecraft and printing the image on a borrowed fax machine.

Join us to celebrate the 50th anniversary of this momentous development, walk on the moon, find out how best to capture your own photos of the moon, make a lunar landing craft and mark the site of historic moon landings.

11.00 – 1.00 and 2.00 – 4.00

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Included in the admission price

Website

http://www.jodrellbank.net/events/come-to-jodrell-bank-and-walk-on-the-moon/

Tim Peake in his space suit

Destination Space – the astronaut science show

  • 15 February 2016 11-11:30am, 12-12:30pm, 1:30-2pm, 2:30-3pm
  • 16 February 2016 11-11:30am, 12-12:30pm, 1:30-2pm, 2:30-3pm
  • 17 February 2016 11-11:30am, 12-12:30pm, 1:30-2pm, 2:30-3pm
  • 18 February 2016 11-11:30am, 12-12:30pm, 1:30-2pm, 2:30-3pm
  • 19 February 2016 11-11:30am, 12-12:30pm, 1:30-2pm, 2:30-3pm

In December 2015, British European Space Agency astronaut Tim Peake started his mission to the International Space Station.

To celebrate this mission, our science show will show you the dangers, realities and daily routine of life in space.

Watch a mini-rocket launch, discover how astronauts go about their everyday tasks in microgravity, find out why tiny meteorites are threatening and why returning to Earth is so very dangerous.

All of this is in our fun-filled science show which is sure to contain a bang (or two!)

Shows run at 11.00, 12.00, 14.00 and 15.00 Monday to Friday only. The show lasts 30 mins.

Due to the popularity of our science shows we advise booking in advance. Please call 01477 571766 to secure your place a day in advance as we cannot take bookings on the day.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • 0-4
  • 7-10
  • 18+
  • 14-15
  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 16-17

Admission

Included in admission price

Website

http://www.jodrellbank.net/events/destination-space-astronaut-science-show/

meet the expert

Meet the Expert

  • 15 — 19 February 2016

Kids have an endless fascination with science and have all kinds of questions they want answering. This session gives them the chance to speak to a real expert!

A chance to meet one of our resident scientific and engineering experts, find out about their work and quiz them about what they do and their knowledge of Jodrell Bank.

If you have an astronomy themed question you’d like to know the answer to – this is the session for you.

Sessions run daily from Monday 15th to Friday 19th February and are included in the price of admission.

Suitable for

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

Admission

Included in admission price

Website

http://www.jodrellbank.net/events/meet-expert/

Find out more about what telescopes to use to search the skies

Telescope Demonstration Night

  • 24 February 2016 7:30-9:30pm

Come along for a chance to learn about the different types of telescopes available for taking part in the rewarding hobby of observing the heavens.

The evening will start with the simplest telescopes that would make a good present for a youngster. The talk will then move upwards to the two main telescopes types ‒ refractors and Newtonians ‒ describing their advantages, disadvantages and also giving recommendations of the best that are currently available.

Professor Ian Morison will also give demonstrations setting up the two common telescope mounts, ALT/AZ and Equatorial to overcome a common stumbling block for beginners.

Please note that this is a lecture with no practical observation session planned. You will however be able to put your questions to Professor Ian Morison at the end of the lecture.

Professor Ian Morison is a founder member and now patron of the Macclesfield Astronomical Society and ‘Telescope and Instrument adviser’ to the Society of Popular Astronomy of which he is a past president. Cambridge University Press has recently published his book: ‘An Amateurs Guide to Observing and Imaging the Heavens’.

Pre-lecture dining is available in the Jodrell Bank Café.

Our award winning cafe will be serving delicious pre-lecture dinners. Why not indulge in an evening treat?

Shin of beef, celeriac and horseradish, beef dripping potatoes. £14.95
Grilled Mackerel, warm broccoli and fennel salad, hazelnuts. £13.95
Pappadella, sprouting broccoli and artichoke, pinenut pesto. £9.50

Please email karen.weighell@manchester.ac.uk to make a booking enquiry. The cafe will be reserved for those who have booked pre-lecture dinner.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+
  • 14-15
  • Not suitable for children

Admission

Adult £9.00, Concession £7.00
10% discount for annual pass holders

Website

http://www.jodrellbank.net/events/telescope-demonstration-night/

Portrait of Professor Derek Ward-Thompson

Lovell lecture: The formation of stars and planets – new insight from the Herschel Space Observatory

  • 3 March 2016 7:30-9pm

The Herschel Space Observatory was an ESA space telescope which flew from 2009 until 2013 and collected a huge archive of imaging and spectroscopy at several far-infra-red wavelengths. It studied, amongst other things, many regions of star formation. Detailed analysis of these investigations has allowed astronomers to revise their thinking on how stars and planets form. A new paradigm has emerged, in which magnetic fields, filamentary structures and gravitational attraction combine to produce the mass function of stars that we observe today. The next generation of instruments will now be targeted to test the predictions of this new theory.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£8 adults / £6 concession
10% discount for annual pass holders

Website

http://www.jodrellbank.net/events/lovell-lecture-formation-stars-planets-new-insight-herschel-space-observatory/

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.

Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre
Macclesfield
Cheshire
SK11 9DL
England

Website

E-mail

jodrell.visitor.centre@manchester.ac.uk

Telephone

01477 571 766

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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