When you visit the Space Centre, there are many things to:

The Space Centre is a Visitor Centre for all ages, groups, and Visitors.

This means that there is lots to see and do, but most importantly, to have fun!

Many people like to come and visit the Space Centre, and sometimes there might be a long queue to get in.

You do not have to stay inside all the time at the Space Centre; you can go outside and come back in again when you are ready. Just make sure you have your ticket.

Things to help you at The Space Centre

The staff who work at the Space Centre are called Space Crew, they are here to keep you safe and make sure you have fun! If you need help, or have a question Just ask. 

The Space Crew wear a uniform like this:

Space Crew

When you get to the Space Centre

Outside you might see

  • Cars or Coaches coming into the Car Park 
  • People walking
  • Birds fluttering around Trees, 
  • Bushes blowing in the wind 
  • Picnic Tables
  • Lots of Statues to look at 
  • The Space Centre Rocket tower and Main sliding doors

Outside you might hear

  • Car horns, Children shouting/Laughing/Crying, Sirens
  • Our Rocket launching
  • Space Centre team members doing announcements
  • Birds tweeting in the trees

Outside you might smell

  • Grass and Flowers
  • Food smells from the Café
  • Factory Fumes, car Fumes
  • The river (at the back of the space centre)

Outside you might feel

  • Grass, Leaves, Plants
  • Stones/Gravel
  • Metal
  • Concrete
  • Rocks

When you go inside the Space Centre

Inside you might hear:

  • Many people talking, shouting, laughing, shrieking.
  • The drone of our background noise
  • The groans and whirs, clanks of machines.
  • The launch rocket that goes off in our seating area every half hour.
  • The whistles and beeps of the computers.
  • A man or Lady's voice speaking over the loud speaker.
  • The music from our exhibits.

Inside you Might see:

  • Many people moving and rushing about.
  • Models of different parts of an astronaut suit.
  • Lots of shapes and patterns on the floors and walls.
  • Lots of different colours, textures, and computer screens.
  • Many different buttons to press.
  • Many bright and coloured lights flashing and moving on the floors and walls.
  • You might see lots of things happening and going on all at once, and all happening at the same time. Inside the Space Centre, there are many things to touch and press!

Inside you might feel:

  • People pushing past you to get by and the rush of air as they hurry past.
  • The music, machines vibrating through the floor & Walls.
  • Different textures on the floor through your shoes.
  • Different textures as you press the different buttons.
  • In some of the galleries, you will be able to put your hands into different holes, where you might feel different shapes, textures. Some are smooth, rough; some can be hot or cold.
  • Feeling things for the first time that you cannot see can be surprising, but fun too!

Inside you might smell:

  • Food and drink from the café
  • Other people
  • Smoke from our launching rocket
  • Chlorine from our water rockets

The Planetarium

Whilst walking around the space centre, you may get the chance to go and see a show in our Planetarium. This is a big cinema with lots of seats and a big screen that goes all the way around you. It can be quite loud, with some fast-moving scenes, but do not worry you can cover your eyes and ears until it passes. If you want to leave halfway through, you can.


Eating at the Space Centre

There is a café at the space centre where you can buy food.

  • You can choose on the day what you might like to eat when you get here, or;
  • You can bring your own packed lunch if you want to
  • There are many places to eat your own lunch, these are:
  • In our seating area (If it’s a quiet day)
  • In our designated picnic area
  • In our Main Galleries (please tidy up before you go)
  • If it is a nice day, you can eat outside on our picnic tables or the grass bank.

Health and Safety

Our building by law must have a fire alarm, the fire alarm at the space centre starts with a woman’s voice saying, "Astronauts, mission status is green".

This is nothing to worry about; it is just telling the space crew that there is a problem. 

If we must leave the building, a woman’s voice will be heard over the loudspeaker and will say "There's an emergency in the building, please leave by the nearest exit". The person who is with you will tell you what to do, along with the members of Space Crew.

Finally, the most important thing about the Space Centre is to… Enjoy your day!