Destination Space

16 - 24 February 2019

Take part in Destination Space… Deep Space Telescopes, Martian Missions, UK Spaceports and more.

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The Latest in Space Exploration

Destination Space is an exciting new programme for families looking at the very latest adventures in space exploration and celebrating the space science, engineering and people that make it happen.

– Find out about the new European Mars mission and how it will put a rover onto the surface of Mars to search for evidence of life.

– Discover which parts of the UK might have the first spaceports to launch satellites into space and see how they are used in your daily life.

– See how scientists and engineers are creating a new telescope that will be based in space and send images of deep space back to us here on earth.


Buy Tickets in advance to guarantee entry

only advanced tickets will give entry to the centre 10:00 – 14:00 (any remaining tickets can be purchased on the door after 14:00 – Planetarium show cannot be guaranteed for on day tickets)


Aurora over the Pacific Northwest. Credit: ESA/NASA

Science Zone

Did you know that only 5% of our universe is visible? Join us to see the 95% that you are missing out on! Witness cosmic rays in our DIY cloud, see how magnetic fields create the Northern Lights with the Awesome Aurora and find hidden patterns revealed in pools of colour! You can also take your own constellation telescope to make at home.

11:00 – 16:00 LIVE Space
Simulated black hole. Credit: Alain R

Seeing the Invisible

Our live science show “Seeing the Invisible” will reveal some of the hidden mysteries of the Universe, by allowing us to see beyond the visible and into other parts of the electromagnetic spectrum. Stars of the show include the James Webb Space Telescope, black holes and gravitational waves!

12:00, 13:30 and 15:00 LIVE Space

Extra Information

Planetarium Show

When you buy a ticket to the National Space Centre you will also be able to see one of our award-winning planetarium shows at no extra cost.

Each show combines the latest edge-blended video technologies, sound and computer animation to immerse you in a full 360º fulldome cinema experience.

Now Showing: 'We Are Stars!', narrated by Andy Serkis

Café and Picnics

Boosters café will be serving a selection of freshly made seasonal sandwiches, as well as soups, hot dogs, nachos, snacks, cakes, fruit, crisps and Leicester roasted real bean coffees and teas.

If you want to bring your own food, there will be a picnic space available in the John Eggleston Suite, which you can find next to the Rocket Tower.

Pop-Up Café

Monday to Friday we will be running an additional café in our Shuttle Suites (conference rooms). Serving a selection of hot and cold snacks, sandwiches and drinks, please look out for the signs if you need a break during the day.

Park and Ride

The National Space Centre, Abbey Pumping Station and Dock all now have their very own Park and Ride bus stop. Just head to the Birstall Park and Ride site and hop on a bus to us. The stop is on Abbey Lane, opposite ASDA supermarket and just a short walk to the Centre (just look for the Rocket Tower). The Park and Ride option is a great option for special events, wet school holiday days and when the 400 spaces in our car park are full


This programme is directed and managed by the UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres and funded by the UK Space Agency.

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