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 (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.
Girls Night Out at Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre

Girls Night Out

  • 22 November 2014 7-10pm *on now

The evening is an opportunity for women and girls of all ages to come and have fun with astronomy and learn more about the night sky.

Evening activities may include:

A short talk by Philippa Hartley - 'Seeing the invisible' .
Learn how to use a telescope and discover more about the night sky.
Enjoy tea and cookie decorating.
Explore the night sky in our pop-up planetarium

So go on treat yourself, your mates, your sisters and your daughters to a girl’s night out with a difference.

NB please wrap up warm for the event
To book call 01477 571 766 or online www.jodrellbank.net

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Tickets £12, suitable for 12 years+.
10% discount to annual pass holders

Website

http://www.jodrellbank.net

Lovell Christmas Lecture  Dr Jimi Green

Christmas Lovell Lecture Dr Jimi Green SKA

  • 9 December 2014 7:30-9pm

Masers and the Square Kilometre Array
Attend our prestigious lecture series; pre event dining available

Astrophysical masers are the radio equivalent of lasers, highly beamed radiation naturally occurring in space, and found towards a multitude of objects from newly forming stars to stars at the ends of their lives, in the tails of comets, and towards black holes at the centre of galaxies. I will talk about current research in masers and what radio observations of them can be used for, both today and in the era of the world’s largest radio telescope, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA). The SKA is an international effort, with headquarters at Jodrell Bank, and supported by 11 member countries, with a design effort involving more than 500 experts from around 100 organisations across 20 countries. The SKA telescope will use hundreds of thousands of interconnected radio telescopes spread across Africa and Australia to revolutionise our understanding of the Universe.

Pre-event dining

Our award winning cafe will be serving delicious pre-lecture dinners.
Why not indulge in an evening treat?
Sittings are at 6.00pm, 6.15pm 6.30pm & 6.45pm.
Space is limited to 50 people.

Menu – book either one course or two

Chicken Ballotine, cranberry & chestnut stuffing, Fondant potato £14.50
Honey glazed carrot, mushroom & hazelnut tart, truffled goats curd. £10.50
Pan-fried Gurnard, chicory, roast salsify. £14.50
Plum pudding parfait, salted butter caramel crumble, rum crème anglaise £6.95
Chocolate orange panna cotta, praline ice cream, £6.95
Pecan tart, confit Clementine's, vanilla bean ice cream, £6.95

Please email planetpavilioncafe@gmail.com to make a dinner booking enquiry

The cafe will be open for light refreshments to non diners.

Admission

Adult £8.00
Concession £6.00.

Lovell Christmas Lecure - Dr Anna Scaife

Christmas Lovell Lecture Dr Anna Scaife Galaxy Clusters

  • 11 December 2014 7:30-9pm

The largest gravitationally bound objects in the Universe, Clusters of Galaxies are the Behemoths of astrophysics. Individually, Galaxy Clusters can contain up to thousands of galaxies and as a population they trace the large-scale structure, or Cosmic Web, that permeates our Universe. However, the individual galaxies within Galaxy Clusters make up only a tiny fraction of the overall material - more than 95 per cent of a Galaxy Cluster is dark matter and hot gas. This gas exists under conditions that are completely different from those we can create on Earth and so astronomers are able to use Galaxy Clusters as giant plasma laboratories, probing exotic environments. To do this we combine a wide range of techniques, from using X-ray telescopes at high frequencies to measure the gas temperatures in "relaxed" Galaxy Clusters, to using radio telescopes at long wavelengths to watch the violent processes that occur when these giant structures collide.
This talk will guide you through the anatomy of a Galaxy Cluster and illustrate how these objects relate to the wider structure of the Universe and the smaller structure of our own Galaxy. It will show you how astronomers measure the physical characteristics of these huge systems and how they are able to examine the detritus left in the wake of their interactions.


Pre-event dining
Our award winning cafe will be serving delicious pre-lecture dinners.
Why not indulge in an evening treat? Sittings are at 6.00pm, 6.15pm 6.30pm & 6.45pm.

Space is limited to 50 people.

Menu – book either one course or two

Shin of beef, horseradish mashed potato, roast winter vegetables. £15.50
Confit salmon, pickled ginger, haricot beans £14.50
Wild mushroom & tarragon Wellington, pickled walnut dressing & blue cheese. £10.50
Plum pudding parfait, salted butter caramel crumble, rum crème anglaise £6.95
Chocolate orange panna cotta, praline ice cream, £6.95
Pecan tart, confit Clementine's, vanilla bean ice cream, £6.95
Please email planetpavilioncafe@gmail.com to make a dinner booking enquiry.
The cafe will be open for light refreshments to non diners.

Admission

Adult £8.00
Concession £6.00

Please call 01477 571 766 to book tickets.

Website

http://www.jodrellbank.net

Festive wreath making at Jodrell

Festive wreath making with a planetary theme!

  • 13 December 2014 1-3pm

Feeling creative? Or feel like you haven't got a creative bone in your body? Either way bring your cutting tools and join our Head Gardener to create a natural festive wreath with a planetary ring theme - Jodrell Bank style for your front door with foliage, berries and crab apples collected from the gardens. Ticket price includes all day entry to the Discovery Centre and Arboretum where you'll be able to see the source of your creation, as well as tea, coffee or warm spiced apple juice and a Xmas cake traybake!

Admission

£20.00 Adult
£18.00 Concession
10% discount for annual pass holders

Includes admission to the Discovery Centre and gardens

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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