To celebrate World Space Week the National Space Centre is hosting an exciting sleepover package, including entry to the Space Lates event.
How would you like to spend the night in the galleries, have exclusive access to the Centre after hours, meet an Apollo astronaut and sit back for a family movie in the UKs largest planetarium?
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.
17:15 – 18:00 Check in and storage of all sleeping bags etc.
18:00 Space Lates activities begin
18:30 – 19:30 Q&A with Apollo Astronaut, Al Worden (sleepover guests only)
19:30 – 21:00 Space Lates talks, workshops and star gazing
21:00 – 22:30 Film screening in Planetarium (voted for by Sleepover guests)
22:00 First lights out – Shuttle Suites (OPTION NOW SOLD OUT)
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
Al Worden Visit
Al Worden was command module pilot for Apollo 15 and a nine-year NASA veteran. Apollo 15 was the fourth manned lunar-landing mission and the first to use a lunar roving vehicle. During the flight lasting from July 26 until August 7, 1971, Al Worden logged a 38-minute spacewalk outside the Endeavour command model to retrieve film from panoramic and mapping cameras.
A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Worden was commissioned in the U.S. Air Force beginning his career as a pilot. Upon selection by NASA in April 1966, he served as a member of the astronaut support crew for Apollo 9 and backup command module pilot for Apollo 12. Worden is a member of the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame.
Al Worden is the author of three books, “Hello Earth! Greetings from Endeavour,” a book of poetry inspired from his flight; “I Want to Know about a Flight to the Moon,” a children’s book; and his autobiography, “Falling to Earth.” Worden also filmed a special with Fred Rogers in 1971 for Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, answering children’s questions about going to space. For Al, it is important to inspire youth to grow up with a passion for space
Is this family sleepover open for just adult groups?
No, this event is for families with children. In the future we may host adult only events, but on this occasion bookings must include children.
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 or four children two adults are required
Can I bring a tent?
No, due to the numbers of people attending and the issues relating to fire and evacuation, tents, or similar structures, are not permitted.
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. Children below 6 will not be allowed entry to the event. Please do not book below this age.
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 on 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 food court and 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.
THE SHUTTLE SUITES HAVE NOW SOLD OUT.
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 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.
Can I have a photo or get an autograph with Al Worden?
No, the Q&A does not include any time for photographs or autographs.
Who can I contact if I have more questions?
If you have more questions about the event, contact the marketing team – email@example.com