National Space Centre
Created in 2001 the centre is based around several exhibitions and live shows that really bring to life all that space has to offer!
The centre has six main galleries of exhibits and visitor activities covering space flight, astronomy and cosmology. The venue also includes a Digistar 3 dome cinema and planetarium, a gift shop and a restaurant. The restaurant is situated beneath the two nozzles of the Blue Streak and PGM-17 Thor rockets! The Centre also has one of the only known Soyuz spacecraft in Western Europe! There are two others in France at the Cité de l’espace and, in the United States, another Soyuz spacecraft is at the Smithsonian Institution as part of their Apollo-Soyuz Test Project display.
Every first visit to the National Space Centre includes a visit to the Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium. The largest planetarium dome in the UK will take you on a 360° journey through our Solar System and beyond. Multi-award winning shows play throughout the day, with additional presenter led tours of the night sky added at peak periods to inspire you further.
There are many live show displays which are shown throughout the year, like the one planned for November called Steampunks in Space. The National Space Centre even hosted a weekend for the UK Steampunk community and the “steam curious”. They had the best makers, creators, artists, authors and traders. Events planned for the day included a cake and jam competition, tea duelling, a huge market and many other things included!
Small Space Days are the new Toddler events at the National Space Centre for our littlest Astronauts to enjoy. Bring your littlest ones for a fun-filled day for the under-fives! Combining stories, astronaut presentation, songs and trails, this is a fun and interactive way for young children to continue their early educational development. There is also the chance to see a special show featuring the planets and even meet our own Astronaut George. There are sing along sessions and a wonderful interactive play put on by Astronaut George. Come discover what we are made of, where we come from and connect life on Earth to the evolution of the Universe.