From Sat 17 – Sun 25 Feb, Jodrell Bank blasts off with a family-friendly half-term programme packed with interstellar wonder, from mesmerising live shows to fascinating exhibitions and much, much more.

dark side of the moon at jodrell bank

Returning for a second year following an immensely popular first season in 2023, the mesmerising Pink Floyd planetarium show promises to delight both avid fans and extraterrestrial enthusiasts with a dazzling voyage through space set to songs from Dark Side of the Moon, with matinee screenings every Saturday and Sunday until Sun 31 Mar, promising the perfect weekend day out to stave off the miserable winter weather. When you book an annual ticket, you can enjoy this show for just £12. All you need to do is select a date and add it to your ticket here.

curious kids at jodrell bank

Throughout the holiday, bright sparks and budding astronomers are invited on an immersive odyssey through our solar system with the brand new live science show, Curious Kids. Led by Jodrell Bank’s resident expert Explainers, visitors can take part in a variety of mind-blowing experiments and explore the mysterious forces of space which hold our orbital home together, before jumping in the captain’s seat and facing off against the grown-ups in a helmet-scratching Kids vs. Adults quiz.

Curious Kids is FREE with the price of admission, and takes place at 11.45am and 2pm daily except on Wed 21 Feb – but the Explainers will still be on hand to answer all your quantum queries.

astro kids jodrell bank

Other free half–term activities include the spellbinding Visions of the Night Sky exhibition, a series of stunning stellar portraits by celebrated astronomer, astrophotographer and Jodrell Bank Observatory’s own Head of Computing, Dr Anthony Holloway. Shown against the backdrop of the iconic Lovell Telescope, the wondrously inspiring showcase is open and available to visit until Sun 14 Apr, so click here to book your tickets before it closes.

Running at 11am during the holiday week, the We Are Stars Space Dome show transports visitors on a spectacular journey back in time, exploring the foundational questions of our reality with a spellbinding animated trip to the very beginning of our universe. At 1pm daily, cosmic kids and adult astronauts alike can relive the 1969 Apollo 11 mission like never before, with the jaw-dropping 360-degree audiovisual short film CAP COM GO!, also screening in Jodrell Bank’s breathtaking Space Dome.

Book your half-term tickets to Jodrell Bank here.

Wolf McFarlane
Published on:
Mon 12 Feb 2024