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With six interactive galleries, the UK’s largest planetarium, unique 3D Simulator Experience and the iconic 42m high Rocket Tower, the award-winning National Space Centre is an out of this world experience.


Open Today 10:00 - 17:00

October Half Term

October Half Term is traditionally a busy time for the National Space Centre. Make sure you plan in advance and use our handy When to Visit page to get the most out of your visit.

Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium

Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium
Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium

Included in your ticket (or £3 per person if returning on an Annual Pass) is a fulldome show in the Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium.

Monday to Friday in Leicestershire school term time the show is the award winning We Are Stars, but at weekends you can choose to either see We Are Stars, or a presenter led Tour of the Night Sky.

If there is capacity, you can also buy a second show, so allowing you to have both experiences.

We Are Stars – narrated by Andy Serkis

We Are Stars allows you to explore the secrets of our cosmic chemistry, and our explosive origins.

This show is an immersive 360 degree fulldome experience suitable for all the family. It includes educational content that will help children aged 7-14, as well as those with an interest in science and space.

Tour of the Night Sky

Take a tour of what you can see in the sky above our city in the past, present and future. Go beyond to see other galaxies, stars, nebula and the wonders all around us. Learn about constellations and the stories behind them from cultures around the world.

This show is a traditional presenter led planetarium show and is suitable for those with an interest in science and astronomy. The show is suitable for children aged 5+.

Sci-Fi Shorts a short story competition for all ages

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Spooky Space

14 - 29 October 2017

This Halloween Half Term Holidays the Spooky Science team have taken over and we have all gone slightly batty!

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Film Club – Close Encounters of the Third Kind

28 October 2017

Close Encounter of the First Kind – Sighting of a UFO. Close Encounter of the Second Kind – Physical Evidence.…

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Laika 60

04 November 2017

Join the National Space Centre for a true story of the life and space mission of Laika the dog.

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Saturn V @ 50

09 November 2017

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first launch of this iconic spacecraft.

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A Taste of Science

11 November 2017

A National Space Centre and Great Food Club Show with a twist.

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Sci-Fi Shorts – Short Story Competition

18 November 2017

A sci-fi short story competition hosted by the National Space Centre in collaboration with Literary Leicester Festival.

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Steampunks in Space Launch Night

24 November 2017

Join us as we launch our Steampunk weekend with not one, but three Splendid chaps!

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Steampunks in Space Saturday Night

25 November 2017

A full evening of entertainment to suit all has been created for your delectation and delight.

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Steampunks in Space

25 - 26 November 2017

One of the largest Steampunk events in the UK returns for a fifth dip into steam powered science fiction.

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Small Space Santa Special 2017

22 December 2017

Come along and enjoy a special Christmas Small Space Day, with songs, stories, games and the whole Centre for the…

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See more events happening at the Space Centre!

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Recent Blog Post:

What’s In The Dark

18/10/2017Written by Tori Tasker

Help us celebrate Dark Matter Day with a Jelly Bean Universe!

Credit: National Space Centre