National Space Centre

National Space Centre
Exploration Drive
Leicester
Leicestershire
LE4 5NS
England

Website

www.spacecentre.co.uk

E-mail

info@spacecentre.co.uk

Telephone

Information & Tickets

0845 605 2001

Groups and Schools

0116 258 2111

Fax

0116 258 2100

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The award winning National Space Centre is the UK's largest attraction dedicated to space. From the minute you catch sight of the Space Centre's futuristic Rocket Tower, you'll be treated to hours of breathtaking discovery and interactive fun.

Think you'll never see the whole universe close-up? Then take a seat in our high-tech full domed Space Theatre and prepare to be amazed.

The National Space Centre hosts many exciting weekend events - see our website for full details.

Venue Type:

Museum, Science centre

Opening hours

School Term Time - Tue-Sun 10am to 4pm
School Holidays - Mon-Sun 10am to 5pm (last entry 3.30pm)

Closed: Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day

Admission charges

Adult £12,
Child (5-16) £11
Concession (over 60,NUS,Disability) £11
Family 4 £41
Family 5 £51

All tickets valid for one year (restrictions apply)

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.
Earth

Junkcraft

  • 26 September 2014 2-3pm

Have fun building a satellite to take home.

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Admission

Admissions cost: Adult £13.00. Child (5-16) £11.00.Concessions £11.00. Under 5 free.

Website

http://www.spacecentre.co.uk/special-events/small-space

STS-49 Launch

Build a Rocket

  • 26 September 2014 12-1:30pm

Build a rocket and test fire it with our Mission Commanders.

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Admission

Admission costs: Adult £13.00. Child (5-16) £11.00. Concessions £11.00. Under 5 free.

Website

http://www.spacecentre.co.uk/special-events/small-space

Image showing a green lizard standing on a little pile of wood

Reptiles

  • 26 September 2014 12:30-3:30pm

Meet small reptiles from White Post Farm. This activity will take place at 12:30 and 14:30.

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Admission

Admission costs: Adult £13.00. Child (5-16) £11.00. Concessions £11.00. Under 5 free.

Website

http://www.spacecentre.co.uk/special-events/small-space

Rabbit

Furry Animal Time

  • 26 September 2014 11:30am-3:30pm

Meet small furry animals from White Post Farm. This activity will take place at 11:30 and 13:30.

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Admission

Admission costs: Adult £13.00. Child (5-16) £11.00. Concessions £11.00. Under 5 free.

Website

http://www.spacecentre.co.uk/special-events/small-space

STS-49 Launch

Astronaut George Story Time

  • 26 September 2014 10:30am-3:15pm

Come and join astronaut George in the quiet space of the Challenger Learning Centre, for a special story time session.

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Admission

Admission costs: Adult 13.00. Child (5-16) 11.00. Concessions 11.00. Under 5 free.

Website

http://www.spacecentre.co.uk/special-events/small-space

The moon

BoogieBods: Small Space Toddler Day

  • 26 September 2014 12-4pm

Head to our Space Now gallery for lots of extra activities for our under 5s thanks to our friends from BoogieBods - Bounce, clap, sing and dance to traditional action songs and nursery rhymes. Wave scarves, roll hoops, catch bubbles and most of all, have fun! Improve your little one's social interaction skills and help them to develop the core skills that they need to meet their emotional, physical, communicative and language milestones.

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Admission

Admission costs: Adult £13.00. Child (5-16) £11.00. Concessions £11.00. Under 5 free.

Website

http://www.spacecentre.co.uk/special-events/small-space

Sun and moon

Planetarium Show – Night and Day

  • 26 September 2014 10:15am-2pm

What are the stars? What is the Sun? Why do they look so different? Why does the Sun appear to move across the sky during the day and where does it go at night? Find out the answers to these questions and more in an animated, presenter-led, interactive show.
A 23 minute show in the UKs largest Planetarium created just for our littlest visitors. It will show at 10:20, 11:40, 13:00 and 13:40.

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Admission

Adult £13.00. Child (5-16) £11.00. Concessions £11.00. Under 5 free.

Website

http://www.spacecentre.co.uk/special-events/small-space

Moon

World Space Day

  • 4 October 2014 10am-8pm

We are cramming a whole week of celebration into one fantastic day. Workshops, talks, special guests and an evening of star gazing that all the family can enjoy. The start and end dates of World Space Week are also important: October the 4th marks the anniversary of the launch of the first human-made Earth satellite, Sputnik 1 in 1957, while October the 10th marks the signing of the Outer Space Treaty in 1967.

The theme for the week this year is "Space: Guiding Your Way" and it will be a celebration of everything about satellite navigation.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Admission costs: Adult £13.00. Child (5-16) £11.00. Concessions £11.00. Under 5 free.

Website

http://www.spacecentre.co.uk/special-events/world-space-day

Mars

Spooky Science 2014

  • 18 October — 2 November 2014

Halloween half term holidays have taken over at the National Space Centre and a team of mad scientists have decided to have so much fun they want you to come along and enjoy it too. See mad science, make slime and discover the frightening side of space.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Admissions costs: Adult £13.00. Child (5-16) £11.00. Concessions £11.00. Under 5 free.

Website

http://www.spacecentre.co.uk/special-events/spooky-science-2014

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Challenger Learning Centre

Participants run their mission in a highly themed environment where they take on roles within a Mission Control and Space Station, becoming medical officers, Martian geologists, spacecraft navigators, satellite engineers etc. Working towards the mission objectives creates an exciting team environment, which exposes participants to the demands of co-operation, problem-solving, communication and decision-making. Learning is rarely such fun!
The missions last approximately 2½ hours. Morning missions start at 10.00am, afternoon missions start at 1.00pm. We recommend that you arrive half an hour before your mission starts. We can also run missions in the evenings and at weekends. Suitable for 1

How to obtain

For further details Tel: 0116 258 2111
E-mail: bookings@spacecentre.co.uk

e-Mission

An e-Mission is an exciting simulated mission delivered through live video conferencing and dedicated web pages. Students in a classroom anywhere in the world and the Flight Directors at the National Space Centre’s e-Mission Control can link up using the latest video conferencing and Internet technology. e-Missions provide the excitement of the mission scenario to inspire students and encourage the use of new technology in education.
The areas of the National Curriculum it covers are…
Science - Physical science, scientific process, ideas and evidence and Maths.
Maths - Graphical analysis, plotting data, map coordinates.
Citizenship - Working responsibly and cooperatively, humanitarian n

How to obtain

For further details Tel: 0116 258 2111
E-mail: bookings@spacecentre.co.uk

Stardome

AstraZeneca Stardome is a portable, inflatable planetarium, which fits into most school halls or gyms. 25 adults or 30 children are able to take part in a session within the dome at any one time.
AstraZeneca Stardome recreates a perfectly dark night sky with hundreds of brilliant points of light splashed across the inside of the dome. The stars and planets are projected into their positions for any time of the year. Enhance this further with beautiful, full colour images, state of the art animations, the latest images from space missions, projectors that join the “dots” and draw the constellation pictures, and you have a show that will entrance your students. The presenters use a range of

How to obtain

For bookings and further enquiries please contact us:
Tel: 0116 258 2111
E-mail: bookings@spacecentre.co.uk

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