World Space Week Family Sleepover

06 October 2018

A night of exploration and sleeping under the stars (with a no-rain guarantee!)


To celebrate World Space Week the National Space Centre is hosting an exciting Space Lates, with an additional sleepover package.

How would you like to spend the night in the galleries, have exclusive access to the Centre after hours and take part in special lunar mission workshops?

With lots of activities, workshops, talks, breakfast and, of course, a most unusual place to sleep, we hope you will join us for this special evening beneath the stars, with no chance of rain.

Adults £40

Children £30 (children must be 6+)

Ticket includes:

  • Participation in all evening activities
  • Exclusive Sleepover mission patch
  • Astronaut Breakfast

17:15 – 18:00 Check in and storage of all sleeping bags etc.

18:00 Space Lates activities begin

20:45 Briefing in Planetarium

21:00 Exclusive access to galleries

21:00 Mission Patch Workshop

21:30 NXT Moon Mission Challenge

22:00 First lights out – Shuttle Suites

22:30 Storytime – Darkest Dark

23:00 Second Lights Out – Galleries

07:00 – 08:00 Breakfast served in Boosters

08:00 Tour of the Night Sky

08:30 – 09:00 Depart venue – Cargo Bay open


The National Space Centre will be selling a selection of meals and snacks, including meaty, veggie and gluten free options, in our Boosters Café until 22:00.

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Terms and Conditions

Is this event suitable for just adults?
No, this is a family sleepover event. It is for families with children to attend. We are looking at future events for adults, so please watch our website for more details.

What are the maximum group sizes?

Due to the nature of the event, we ask that no single group is over 6 people. Obviously friends and family may book the event as well, but to ensure we can accommodate people together, one party of 6 is the maximum per booking.

The number of adults required for each group of children are as follows:

For up to two children, one adult is required.
For three to four children, two adults are required.

 Can I add people to my group?

No, once you have made a booking it cannot be changed or altered. This is to allow us to plan the event in advance and ensure the infrastructure is in place to cater for all parties.

What ages of children are allowed?
Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times. Child tickets can only be purchased with an adult and a child ticket is available for those aged 6-16.

Why is there a minimum age?
The event’s activities are designed for children over 6. Children below this age might not enjoy the event as intended. We also must ensure that everyone enjoys the event equally, so it is for everyone’s benefit we ask visitors to keep to this age range. Please do not purchase tickets for children outside of this age range as we may be unable to allow entry to the event.

How many adults do we need?
Please see the section above on the minimum number of adults required for each group. Adults will sleep in the same gallery as the children in their group. Accompanying adults must be at least 18 years old. One adult in each group will also be asked for their mobile phone number so we can contact them on the night if required.

When and where do we need to arrive?
Check in is from 17:15 and will run until 18:00. We ask that you do not arrive outside of these times, as we will need to complete this process for all participants at this time. Please come to the main entrance for check in, you will need to bring your confirmation (either printed out, or on a mobile device).

What do we have to bring?
Please bring a sleeping bag, sleeping mat, a pillow and some clothes to sleep in. Please keep luggage to a minimum.

Overnight clothes must be suitable and warm enough for standing outside in the unlikely event of an evacuation.

Shoes must be worn at all times in the Centre for health and safety reasons, apart from when you are sleeping.

Lighting will be at a low level throughout the night, but a torch may be a good addition to your overnight kit.

For health and safety reasons we cannot allow any inflatable mats, mattresses, cots or camping beds.

We strongly recommend that you do not bring things with you that are of financial or sentimental value. The Centre takes no responsibility for loss of or damage to any items belonging to visitors.

Is there a cloakroom I can use?
There is no cloakroom available during the event however, we will allow you to drop off your sleepover items upon arrival. These will be kept in a room which will be locked between 18:00 and 22:00, therefore there will be no access to your belongings between those times. You will be able to collect your items to get ready for bed from 22:00. Any belongings that will be needed throughout the evening should be kept with you at all times.

Can I choose where I sleep?
When you book to participate in this sleepover event, you will choose your sleeping area. These are offered on a first come first served basis, so once sold out, we can no longer offer space in this area. Please be aware that no sleeping bags or structures will be provided, please remember to bring along sleeping bags and sleeping mats as required.

Do we need to bring food?
A grab-bag breakfast is included in the ticket price and there will be a café on the night to purchase food. If you have special dietary requirements, please tell us on booking and we will send you alternative menu options.

Can I drink alcohol at the event?
No, as this is a family event, we shall not be selling alcohol. We also ask that you do not bring your own alcohol into the Centre and anybody considered to be acting irresponsibly may be asked to leave the event.

Can I smoke at the event?
There will be a smoking area just outside the entrance doors. After 23:00 the doors to the Centre will be locked for your safety, so smoking will not be permitted after this time.

Can I bring candles to this event?
No candles are allowed.

What if one of my group falls ill?
We have first aiders available on site.

What if I need to cancel?
We do not offer refunds for cancelled bookings.

Can I leave my bags at the Centre in the morning after the sleepover?
No, we do not have a cloakroom facility. We suggest all bedding and luggage is stored in your vehicle after the event..

Where do we change into our sleeping clothes?
The main toilet areas will be available for use. We will also add water stations for cleaning of teeth.

Where are the sleeping areas?
We have allocated two areas for sleeping and will be staggering the lights out in those areas to allow families to go to sleep at earlier times. These will be in the Shuttle Suites (four large corporate rooms), that will be allocated as 22:00 lights out areas. In addition, you may choose to sleep in the main galleries, where the lights will be dimmed (not completely turned off) at 23:00. We do remind guests that people will be sleeping around them, so they should respect these quiet areas and the specified times.

What are the sleeping arrangements for boys and girls?
Sleeping will be mixed; visitors of both genders within each group will sleep in the same area.
Event staff are on hand throughout the night to ensure everyone’s safety and comfort. CCTV is in operation throughout the Centre.

Can I bring a child who has special needs?
Yes. Please be aware that it is your responsibility to ensure that any person with special needs is capable of getting the most from the events and is able to cope in an environment with a large number of other people. We will do all we can to ensure their needs are met wherever possible. If anyone in your group has special needs, accessibility or health issues please let us know on booking.

What if I have to leave early in the morning?
The Centre exits are closed between 23:00 and 08:00 and it is not possible to leave within these times except in an emergency. We do not advise leaving early (as you will miss some of the fun), but if you wish to leave between 07:00 and 09:00 in the morning please let us know when booking and we will do our best to accommodate this.

Can I take photos?
You are welcome to take photographs but please be considerate of the other guests.

Do you have shower facilities?
Sadly, we do not have shower facilities. All guests can use the toilets for their ablutions.

Who can I contact if I have more questions?
If you have more questions about the event, contact the marketing team:

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