Visits with workshops

We welcome education bookings from Key Stage 1 to Post-16 groups (Early Years groups – see our FAQs below!).

As part of your visit, your group will see the world famous Lovell telescope, explore our interactive galleries, speak to our expert staff, plus experience up to two inspiring and curriculum-linked interactive workshops.

Package Price per learner
Admission + 2 workshops £8
Admission + 1 workshop £7

If you don’t want to experience any workshops as part of your visit, please see our exhibition-only visit page.

 How to make a booking

1.  Browse our selection of interactive workshops and choose which you would like to book for your visit
2. Make a provisional booking by calling our school bookings line on 0161 306 9520
Provisional bookings must be made over the phone. We are usually fully booked around 3 months in advance. If your preferred date is not available, you can sign up to our waiting list.
3.  Organise your travel to us
4. Confirm your booking by filling in our online form (must be completed at least 6 weeks before your visit, except for last minute bookings)
For visits up to and including July 2018 – confirm your booking here. For visits from September 2018 onward – confirm here.
5.  Pay for your visit (must be in advance, at least 4 weeks before your visit)
6. Prepare for your trip by reading our pre-visit information. We will send you an itinerary for your visit 2 weeks before your trip.

Frequently asked questions

How can I contact you?

You can contact our school bookings team on 0161 306 9520, or email us on (please note enquiries for provisional bookings must be made over the phone).

Can we bring any adults free of charge?

Please note that all pupils must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times whilst on site.

We do provide a certain number of free adult places for school bookings. This number will depend on the age of learners you are bringing:

  • Early Years: 1 adult free for every 5 children
  • Key Stage 1: 1 adult free for every 6 pupils
  • Key Stage 2: 1 adult free for every 7 pupils
  • Key Stage 3 and above: 1 adult free for every 10 students

Adults required for 1:1 support or similar are also admitted free of charge.

Any additional adults over this ratio are charged at £5.50 each.

Do you have risk assessments I can download?

Yes. Please see our risk assessment page.

Teachers can also come for a free planning visit to assess the risks at the Discovery Centre before your trip. Simply show proof of employment (such as your staff card, or a school letterhead) at reception upon arrival.

What about Early Years Groups?

Our education programme is geared for learners aged 5+, but Early Years groups can come too!

If you want to book a term-time visit with a workshop, we recommend the one workshop package, with our Inflatable Planetarium.

Instead of a second workshop, we can deliver our 20 minute ‘Journey Through the Solar System‘ session to your group! Taking place underneath our clockwork solar system, this session has been written with Early Years children in mind, and may be more suitable than our KS1 workshops. There is no additional charge for this session (but we are only able to offer it as part of the one workshop package).

The ‘Journey Through the Solar System’ session was developed in response to feedback from EY teachers. By choosing this shorter session (instead of a second full-length workshop) we can timetable your group additional time for lunch, and for moving around the site; making your day more manageable. Please ask about this session when you call up!

What are the minimum and maximum numbers?

There is no minimum size of group; however there is a minimum charge of 15 pupils. That is, you are welcome to bring fewer than 15 pupils, but please be aware you will be charged for 15. We are able to waive this rule for a limited number of SEN and PRU schools each year.

The maximum number of pupils we can typically accept per day is 210 (6 groups of up to 35 pupils). However, sometimes this number is lower due to special events at the Discovery Centre.

How long is a visit at Jodrell Bank?

In order for you to get the most out of your trip, we strongly recommend you spend at least 4.5 hours on-site for a visit with two workshops, or 3.5 hours for a visit with one workshop.

This will give your pupils at least 25 minutes in each of our exhibition spaces, a 30 minute lunch break, your 50 minutes workshop(s), plus sufficient turnaround time at arrival and departure.

We recommend the following arrival and departure times, if possible:

  • 10:00am to 2:30pm for two workshops
  • 11:00am to 2.30pm for one workshop

Can I check out the place before my trip?

Yes. In order to familiarise yourself with the Discovery Centre and/or complete a risk assessment, you are welcome to come for a free teacher’s planning visit. Simply bring proof of employment (such as your staff card, or a school letterhead) and show it at reception upon arrival.

Is Jodrell Bank accessible for special needs?

The Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre has been designed to be accessible to all. We try our best to meet all requirements, but if you have a query, please contact us.

For those with limited mobility and wheelchair users:

  • All our buildings are fully accessible
  • There are accessible toilet facilities available in all buildings
  • Our exhibitions and interactive displays cater for wheelchair users
  • Our schools workshops (including the Inflatable Planetarium) are fully accessible

For those who are deaf and hard of hearing:

  • Induction loops are fitted in exhibition and education spaces
  • All our video exhibits are subtitled

Will someone show us around on the day?

We do not offer tour guides as part of your day. Apart from your workshop sessions, your time around the Discovery Centre will be self-guided. However, our expert staff will be on hand in our exhibitions to provide assistance and answer any questions.

We have also created a set of worksheets to help guide your group around our exhibitions. Please see our worksheets page. If you wish to use these, please print them out and bring them with you on the day.

Will there be an indoor space for lunch?

Yes. As part of your day we will schedule you a 30 minute lunch slot in one of our indoor picnic areas. Alternatively, you are welcome to use one of our outdoor picnic areas, if preferred.

Can we climb the Lovell telescope, or go into the Control Room?

Sorry, no. Visitors are not allowed into the observatory building or up the Lovell telescope. The observatory is a working environment and the Lovell telescope is in use 24 hours a day, 365 days a year!

What happens if some of my pupils are sick and can't come on the day?

Unfortunately, we are unable to provide refunds for learners who do not show up on the day.

Processing refund payments for schools is a time-consuming process. In order to provide an efficient service, and to keep costs for schools as low as possible, we are unable to issue refunds.

Please see our full terms and conditions.

Can I cancel, or make changes to my booking?

Changes to your booking, or cancellations, must be made more than 28 days before your visit. After that time, we reserve the right to charge the full cost of your visit.

This is to cover staffing costs and resources which will already have been booked and purchased.

Please see our full terms and conditions.