29 May 2021 - 06 June 2021

Start your half term mission at the National Space Centre.

The safety of our visitors and staff is our top priority.
Booking in advance is ESSENTIAL (including Annual Pass and voucher holders).
Please read all our pre-visit information in advance to ensure a safe and enjoyable day out.

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This half term holiday join the National Space Centre’s Mission Commanders on a journey to become astronauts.

Discover the history of human spaceflight, as we celebrate the 60th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s record-breaking flight.

Learn about the next generation of astronauts, and see how you could follow in their footsteps, as, for the first time in 11 years, ESA is looking for new astronauts. These recruits will work alongside ESA’s existing astronauts as Europe enters a new era of space exploration.

NASA’s Artemis programme will see international collaboration to land the first woman and next man on the Moon, using innovative technologies to explore more of the lunar surface than ever before.

There has never been a more exciting time in space exploration, some come and be part of it at the National Space Centre.

Project Astronaut

Take a socially distanced seat in our LIVE Space gallery to discover the history of human spaceflight and how we travel safely into space. This is a talk that guarantees to go with a bang (safely of course!)  

11:30, 12:30, 14:00 and 15:00

Astronaut Autopsy

The Discovery Team will be dissecting a high-altitude spacesuit to highlight what it takes to protect human life in space.


The Great Rocket Challenge

Time to design. Build and launch your very own air powered rocket. Can you make it to the Moon? 

(Please note, to ensure visitor safety, up to five bubbles of six people will be able to participate at any one time).  


Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium. Credit: Hufton Crow

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.

If you are visiting with an Annual Pass, you can buy a show for £3 per person (subject to availability) when booking in advance (essential for all Annual Pass visits).

This season’s show is WE ARE STARS.

We Are Stars

We Are Stars is narrated by Andy Serkis, who is known as the voice of Gollum in The Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit films. In We Are Stars, he provides the voice of the Time Master – a Victorian gent with his very own time tent that will whisk audiences back in time 13.8 billion years. 

We Are Stars enables families, adults and children the opportunity to explore the secrets of our cosmic chemistry, and our explosive origins.