Martian May

28 May 2022 - 05 June 2022

Join our Mission Commanders on the Red Planet this half term

Take a walk on the Martian side, as we head to a planet with two moons and lots of robots. Discover the geography and geology of one of our closest neighbours, find out how rovers explore the surface and get hands-on with science.

Book your day tickets online now and your visit will include an opportunity to drive our Martian rover, immerse yourself in a full-scale version of the Mars surface, head to the lab to test our space soils and take a look at an actual piece of Mars in our Solar System gallery.


Booking in Advance is Essential
Including Annual Pass holders
Book online and get an automatic, FREE Annual Pass upgrade

The Red Planet

Head to our LIVE Space stage to find out more about the red planet in this interactive talk. Discover our Martian exploration to date, and find out more about future missions planned to one of our closest neighbours.

12:00, & 13:00 on the LIVE Space stage

Science Busking

Martian Surface

Have a look at our scaled down model of the surface of Mars. Can you spot the different landing sites of previous rovers. Where would you like to put your rover on the surface?

10:30-12:30 (drop in)

Ingenious Ingenuity

Understand more about the ingenuity helicopter as part of the perseverance rover mission. See how it works, with our live demo and make your own simple model, to take home.

10:30-12:30 (drop in)

Marvellous Mars

Science Zone activities
– Test our Martian soils to find out where is the best place to find life
– Take a look at some analogue and some real Mars rocks under the microscope
– Drive our Martian rovers on our Mars surface to complete our challenges

14:30-16:00 in the LIVE Space gallery

Planetarium Show

Now Showing: Astronaut

Take a seat in the UKs largest Planetarium to see our award-winning immersive fulldome show.

The exploration of space is the greatest endeavour that humankind has ever undertaken. What does it take to be part of this incredible journey? What does it take to become an astronaut?

Experience a rocket launch from inside the body of an astronaut. Explore the amazing worlds of inner and outer space, from floating around the International Space Station to manoeuvring through microscopic regions of the human body.

Discover the perils that lurk in space as we subject ‘Chad’, our test astronaut, to everything that space has to throw at him.

Suitable for 5+ (children under this age may enjoy the spectacle of the show)

If you are visiting with an Annual Pass, you can buy a show for £3 per person upon arrival at the Centre (subject to availability). Terms and conditions apply. See Annual Pass for full details.