As much as we love a nice relaxing day out, we like to enjoy a trip to somewhere a little more educational every now and again; something that gets those cogs turning whilst still enjoying all that holiday fun! So, to celebrate the start of British Science Week, we’re turning our focus to some of the best science museums that the UK has to offer. So if you want something that makes you think whilst you’re on your next holiday, read on for some of our suggestions of places to go that have a little more of a bang.
Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium
The wonderful Winchester Science Centre is not only educational but also a whole lot of fun! Children can discover the world of trees with Delores the ladybird and Mike the glow-worm or explore the solar system in a cardboard rocket at the planetarium. Away from the planetarium, the museum also boasts over one-hundred hands on science exhibitions that were created with children in mind although don’t worry as the museum also hosts a number of events and lectures just for adults, so there really is something for everyone!
MAGNA Science Adventure Centre
Set within a former steelworks in Rotherham is the Magna Science Centre which aims to entertain and educate visitors with over 100 hands-on exhibitions focused around the four elements; air, fire, water and earth. Whether you want to create patterns with air cannons in the Air Pavilion, get wet in the Water Pavilion, control JCB’s in the Earth Pavilion or be mesmerized by the burning atmosphere in the Fire Pavilion, you will be spoilt for choice at the centre.
Museum of Science and Industry
The Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) is a North West favourite and allows visitors to immerse themselves in the future and historic industry of Manchester. Adults and children of all ages will love a visit to the 4D theatre to watch The Lost World 4D; those with an interest in steam power and it’s usage within Manchester’s industrial development will enjoy wandering through the Power Hall; whilst a visit to the Underground Manchester Gallery gives visitors the chance to walk through a Victorian sewer and see what it used to be like in the underground of the city.
Located in Widnes, Cheshire, the Catalyst museum puts its focus on chemistry and how chemistry products are used in everyday life. The museum is a popular choice for school trips during term time, where many workshops are based around the curriculum, but in the holidays the museum’s huge range of activities and exhibits make it the ideal family day out! Visitors can learn about the history of chemistry and it’s industry, can take part in hands-on exhibits and activities or head to the observatory on the top floor to find out about recycling and enjoy the views.