Go 7! Apollo Half Term

13 October 2018 - 04 November 2018

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first mission in the Apollo space programme to carry a crew into space.

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Race to Space!

Over the half term holiday our Mission Commanders will be taking you on a journey that will eventually land humans on the Moon.

This race to space will begin with a powerful rocket, the Saturn IB – precursor to the iconic Saturn V, the tallest, heaviest, and most powerful rocket ever brought to operational status, and end with how humans lived in space.

Discover what they ate, how they trained, who they were and the all important one (our most asked question from visitors) how they went to the toilet in space.

The Apollo space programme remains one of the most inspirational points in our history, when we reached out beyond our blue dot and moved technology and humankind forward. As many countries and commercial organisations look at going back to the Moon, and beyond, learn about how we did it 50 years ago.

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Events & Activities

Apollo 7: Race to the Moon

From big bangs to faecal bags, this presentation will use rocket science and our artefact collection to highlight how humankind landed on the Moon.

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

Soyuz ‘v’ Saturn

Build, launch and land your very own Soyuz or Saturn V, in this ultimate Space Race challenge.

Space Craft Zone – 11:00-13:00

Design a Mission Patch

Mission patches were a big part of the Apollo programme. Design and make your very own mission badge to take home.

Space Craft Zone – 14:00-16:00

Mission Apollo

Collect an Apollo trail upon arrival and take your own mini tour of our galleries to discover the story of the Apollo space programme at your own pace.

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.

Showings throughout the day

Tour of the Night Sky

This is a presenter led tour of what you can see in the sky above our city in the past, present and future. Take a tour that you can help create, through our Solar System, to discover planets and moons. Go beyond to see other galaxies, stars, nebula and the wonders all around us.

Learn about the constellations and the stories behind them from cultures around the world.

To see both shows an additional charge of £3 will be required.

Monday – Friday: 14:30 Saturday – Sunday: 11:50 and 14:30

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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.

In addition, cold drinks can be purchased in the Shop.

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.

Park and Ride

The National Space Centre, Abbey Pumping Station and Dock all now have their very own Park and Ride bus stop. (Available Monday to Saturday)

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.

*terms and conditions apply. See Annual Pass for full details.

Half Term Handy Hints

This holiday period is traditionally busy at the Centre. It is cold and wet outside, so lots of people head to the delights of a warm and dry indoor attraction.


Buy tickets in advance
I know it sounds obvious and a little bit biased coming from us, but in reality, it will save you queuing and you can upgrade to a FREE Annual Pass when you buy them.


We have over 400 car parking spaces available each day
On busy days these do fill up very fast. If our car park is full, 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 journey to the Centre is just 8-9 minutes and the service operates every 15 minutes. Parking and your return fare are just £3.50 (no service on a Sunday). Please do not park on the residential streets around the Centre.


Arrive early or late
We open at 10:00 and close at 17:00. If you get here at 09:45 you will beat the queues and be able to spend the whole day in the Centre, making sure you do everything. If you arrive after 14:00, we tend to be a lot quieter, as many visitors leave at this time. If you do arrive later don’t worry, you can still upgrade to a FREE Annual Pass and come back another time to see anything you missed, which might include a Planetarium show, as we cannot guarantee any show tickets will be left at 14:00.

When you collect your tickets make sure you pick up a map to help you find your way around the Centre. You will also have a fulldome show in the Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium included in your first visit. This will be allocated when you buy your tickets, so check to see what time this is and ensure you are at the Planetarium 10 minutes prior to your show time. You will not want to miss this!


Pop Up Café
As well as Boosters Café, we will be running a Pop Up Coffee Cafe in the Shuttle Suites, serving sandwiches, hot dogs, soup, tea, coffee, soft drinks and snacks. Boosters Café does get busy around the lunchtime period. Consider taking lunch early or late to beat the queues.


The 3D SIM is very popular
If you arrive early, head straight for it (it is in Tranquillity Base). For your safety you must be 120cm to ride the SIM. As with the SIM, the Rocket Tower is always quietest in the morning.


Extra talks and activities happen over all holiday periods

At the entrance to the Centre you will find display boards with the times and locations of all the talks and activities. With the exception of our additional Planetarium show, they are all free, so make sure you take part.


We have a small indoor picnic space

It is situated in the John Egglestone Suite, which is the building next to the café and ticket hall.

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