25 April 2020

An immersive sensory dining experience


Book Online for this fantastic event!

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By the end of the evening you will see things differently

Working with the RNIB the National Space Centre is hosting a journey through the senses, except one!

Enjoy a five-course tasting menu, a guided walk of the National Space Centre and an audio described Tour of the Night Sky in the Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium, all without the use of sight.

Our visually impaired partners often have no understanding of what they are served in a restaurant, imagine approaching a buffet table and not being able to use sight to decide on what you will eat.

Our evening will engage, stimulate, entertain, nourish and put you in another person’s shoes, if only for one night.

100% of all profits from this event will go to charity.

What to Expect

  • Lights will be dimmed, and diners can choose to experience their meal either blindfolded or through simulation spectacles (simulate one visual impairment)
  • Visually impaired RNIB members will host each table, spark conversation and answer any questions that diners may have.
  • A locally sourced and seasonally themed menu will be served in the heart of our galleries.
  • You will experience an audio described Tour of the Night Sky in the UK’s largest planetarium.
  • There will be free time during dinner to explore our ground floor exhibition.


19:00 – Arrival drinks under the rockets
19:30 – Call through for dinner
22:00 – Guided walk into the planetarium
22:30 – Audio described Tour of the Night Sky in the Planetarium
23:00 – Event ends

Our Menu

Inspired by the foods of the Apollo 13 mission, we have created a 5-course tasting menu that will challenge your senses.

Please note that our in-house Chef and his team can cater to dietary requirements, just let us know at the time of booking.

Steamed Brioche Hot Dog Bites, with American Mustard
Middle Eastern Spiced Falafel Bites, with Harissa Salsa (V)

Roast Grape, Goats Cheese and Bacon Tartlets, served with Dressed Seasonal Leaves
Roast Grape and Tyne Chease Tartlets, served with Dressed Seasonal Leaves (Ve)

Roast Pave of Lightly Cured Salmon, Wild Mushroom and Vermouth Sauce, Fondant Potato and Tender Stem Broccoli
Gnocchi with Sweet Potato, Wild Mushroom and Rosemary Ragu (V)

Sticky date pudding with butterscotch sauce and vanilla ice cream (V)

Tea and Coffee to finish.

Wine Flight


Our friends at Majestic Wines have worked with our chef to pair the perfect wine accompaniments to your meal

Chardonnay Gran Reserva, Terra Vega
Accompanying the Starter

This is rich and mouthfilling with ripe banana, vanilla and apple flavours brought together by toasted undertones.

Domaine Pardon Julienas
Accompanying the Salmon

Made with the Gamay grape – this wine is juicy, refreshing and fragrant, and filled with red cherries, strawberry and raspberry.

Bouvet Ladubay Saumur, France
Accompanying the Gnocchi

Fruity aromas and florals on the nose. Fine and persistent bubbles. Honeysuckle, acacia and bruised apples on the palate. Very elegant.
Trivia – Jean Monmousseau, the winery owner smuggled resistance fighter across enemy lines in wine barrels during WW2.

Pedro Ximenez Triana, Hidalgo
Accompanying the Dessert

Aromas of raisins, molasses, figs, toffee, caramel, nuts, the palate is incredibly thick, dense, with an oily texture, massive concentration and unsurpassed sweetness and prolonged length.

Add the wine flight to your package for £20 (50% of which will go to charity)



Will I be eating in pitch black?

Our light levels will be a lot dimmer than usual, but not pitch black. You are welcome to use a blindfold (which will be provided) to completely block the light or a pair of ‘Sim Specs’ which replicate a range of eye conditions.

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?


Can you cater for dietary requirements?

Yes, please let us know during the booking process. Our in-house team will cater for any and all requirements if we know in advance.

Is there a dress code for the night?

We suggest cocktail or lounge suit (no jeans please).

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

There are 400 free car parking spaces available on site. We are happy to call taxis for people and there is a bus stop to the 54 route within a few minutes walk of the Centre.

What can/can’t I bring to the event?

Food and drink will not be allowed to be brought onto the premises.

Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?

The National Space Centre – 0116 261 0261 (this phone line is staffed Monday to Friday 09:00 – 17:00).

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

No, tickets are non-transferable or refundable.

Can I update my registration information?

No, once a ticket is purchased no changes can be made.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Either a printed ticket, or a ticket on your phone or tablet (we like the non-printing option, it is better for the planet).

What is the refund policy?

All tickets are non-refundable.