Spooky Space

14 - 29 October 2017

This Halloween Half Term Holidays the Spooky Science team have taken over and we have all gone slightly batty!

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Spooky Space

This Halloween Half Term Holidays the Spooky Science team have taken over and we have all gone slightly batty!

Join us every day to discover The School of Science Magic, make your very own slime to take home and drop in for a session that will have you spinning.

Buy in advance to upgrade to a free annual pass and to guarantee entry!

The School of Science Magic

Come and join our department heads for lessons in potions, astronomy, and even divination.

12:15, 13:15 and 15:15

Get Slimed

Learn how to become a spooky scientist and create your own ghoulish slime.

11:00 – 13:00

Gothic Rockets

Take a seat and create your very own stained glass rocket to take home.

14:00 – 16:00

One from the Vaults

Join our Science Interpreters to get your hands on some of the exciting space artefacts in our collection that are not on display.

Throughout the day

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

Life in Space Sticker Trail

Complete a treasure hunt around the galleries to discover how an astronaut’s body reacts to life in space. Collect a free unique space sticker as your reward.

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 Cargo Bay 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.

Pop-Up Café

From Sat 21st – Sun 29th October 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.

*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.

1. 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 (look for the little GIFTAID tick box when putting in payment details).

2. We have over 400 car parking spaces available each day, but on busy days these do fill up very fast.
Because of this, we have been working with Leicester City Council to add a stop close to the Centre for the Birstall Park and Ride. 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).

3. 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.

4. 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!

5. In addition to Boosters cafe, we will be running a Pop Up Coffee Cafe.
It will be open Sat 21st – Sun 29th October in the Shuttle Suites, serving sandwiches, hot dogs, soup, tea, coffee, soft drinks and snacks. Boosters Cafe does get busy around the lunchtime period. Consider taking lunch early or late to beat the queues.

6. The 3D SIM is very popular.
If you arrive early, head straight for it (it is in Tranquillity Base). If you see a queue when you arrive, wait to the end of the day, when the queue is normally much shorter or non-existent. For your safety you must be 120cm to ride the SIM.

7. As with the SIM, the Rocket Tower is always quietest in the morning, so head left and up the stairs after the ticket desk to visit all three decks before other people arrive.
Lifts for the Rocket Tower can be found in the Into Space gallery and if you have a large mobility scooter please ask a member of Space Crew for assistance to use the main lift in the Rocket Tower from the ground floor.

8. 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.

9. We have an indoor picnic space.
It is situated in the John Egglestone Suite, which is the large building at the bottom of the ramp as you arrive, to the side of the Rocket Tower.