COVID-19

science centre

Enabling the public to

experience,

investigate

and enjoy

hands-on science

#COVID19

We will be open Monday to Friday
from 26th July to 3rd September 2021 during the school holidays.

You need to pre-book sessions:

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(Tickets will be available from Monday 19th July)

Please share our summer holiday flier
with anyone you think might be interested!

Opening times

Booking tickets

Refunds

Annual family passes

Masks

Cleaning

Social distancing

How to find us

Workshops and clubs

Gift shop

Library

 

OPENING TIMES

 

We will be open Monday to Friday from 26th July to 3rd September 2021 during the school holidays. You need to pre-book your tickets. There are 3 options each day: a weekly theme or our ever popular ozobots and Lego WeDo.

weekly theme

10:00 - 11:30

ozobots

12:30 - 2:00

LegoWeDo

2:30-4:00

The morning session will change each week:

catapults

26/7 - 30/7

dinosaurs

17/8 - 20/8

maths magic

2/8 - 6/8

aeroplanes

23/8 - 27/8

polymers

9/8 - 12/8

bridges

30/8 - 3/9

 

BOOKING TICKETS

You need to book your ticket in advance as we will not be accepting cash at the science centre. We also need to take contact details for track and trace.

 

Each session can have 3 groups. The ideal size is 5 people but if you want more people in your group, book your ticket and email us as we will be more than happy to help.

A group ticket costs £7.50 + 50p booking fee. Alternatively, to avoid having to pay the booking fee, email us to purchase an annual family pass for £20. This entitles you to unlimited entry for up to five people for 12 months.

 

If your plans change, please let us know so that someone else can use the slot.

We are not restricting the number of sessions you can book as we know that you will show consideration to other families.

Due to the fees associated with taking online payments, it is not currently possible to buy a single ticket (£2 per person aged over 4). We hope to reintroduce these rates in the future.

 

REFUNDS

If you are required to self-isolate and are unable to attend, email us and we can rebook your slot for a later date or arrange a refund for any tickets purchased. We are unable to refund an annual family pass.

If Dave is required to self-isolate, you will be informed by email as soon as possible and you will be given the opportunity to rebook or receive a refund.

 

ANNUAL FAMILY PASS

Annual family pass holders will be sent the link to book sessions 48 hours before they are released to the public. You will also not need to pay the 50p booking fee.
If you would like to purchase an annual family pass in order to benefit from priority booking, email us.

Having looked at our records, most families have or will have the opportunity to use their annual family pass at least three times despite the enforced closure of the science centre during lockdown. We are therefore kindly asking you to renew any passes that have expired so that we can continue to open the science centre.

MASKS

Although it is no longer compulsory to wear a mask, you may choose to do so.

 
 

CLEANING

On arrival, you can choose to use your own hand sanitiser or wash your hands for at least 20 seconds.

We are continuing to have 30 minute breaks between sessions so that surfaces can be wiped down.

 

SOCIAL DISTANCING

Each session will have a maximum of 3 groups. We are unable to introduce a one-way system but ask that you are responsible for ensuring all members of your party follow social distancing guidelines. Where possible try to keep to one group per exhibit.

 
 
 

HOW TO FIND US

68 Edinburgh Place,
Cheltenham,
GL51 7SE

 

We are right next to Coronation Square car park which costs 30p per hour

Bus A and Bus F both run a regular service from Cheltenham town centre
to Coronation Square throughout the day.

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WORKSHOPS AND CLUBS

We will not initially be doing any of our messier experiments. You will be able to explore most of our interactive exhibits. In addition, your group will be assigned a table on which you can play with either a LEGO WeDo kit, our ozobots or the weekly themed activity depending on the session you select. We hope to be able to restart our popular drop-in STEM club in the future.

GIFT SHOP

Many visitors choose to support us by purchasing items from our gift shop. We are unable to take cash payments at present so these items are not on display. As an alternative, you can support us by purchasing tickets for the Cheltenham Lottery.

 

LIBRARY

Ordinarily, annual family pass holders can borrow books from our collection of science books. We will not be restarting this service yet. If you have any books at home, please return them when you next visit.