Uniformed Group Saturdays

Find out more about our exciting offer for Uniformed Groups!

Description of the day

During your visit, your group will experience:

  • A 60 minute session with one of our expert presenters inside our Inflatable Planetarium
  • Time to explore the Centre’s interactive exhibitions
  • A chance to get up close to giant Lovell telescope, and learn about its science and history on our Telescope Path
  • An opportunity to explore our 35 acre gardens, including the Galaxy Garden and outdoor play area
  • Plus we’ll give you a 30 minute slot in our indoor picnic area, where you can eat your packed lunches (not provided, please pack your lunches!)

We will provide a timetable for you to follow on the day. If you are booking for more than 30 children, on the day you will need to split into smaller groups of up to 30 children per group. Each group will follow a different timetable.

Upcoming dates

  • Saturday 13th October 2018 [FULL]
  • Saturday 17th November 2018
  • Saturday 26th January 2019
  • Saturday 9th February 2019
  • Saturday 2nd March 2019
  • Saturday 30th March 2019
  • Saturday 4th May 2019
  • Saturday 8th June 2019

To book one of these dates, see ‘How to book’.

If your preferred date is not available, you can sign up to our waiting list below:


  • Children: £7.00 each
  • Adults: One free with every 7 children. £5.50 for any additional adults after this
  • Minimum booking charge: 15 children (you are welcome to bring fewer than this, but please note you will be charged for 15)
  • Maximum number of children per day: 120 (four groups of up to 30 children)

A non-refundable deposit of £105 per group is required in order to secure your booking. This amount will be deducted from your final payment.

How to book

  1. Call our (schools) bookings team to check availability and make a provisional booking on 0161 306 9520 (lines are open Monday to Friday, 11am to 4.30pm – if calling outside these times, please leave a message)
  2. To secure your booking, we require a deposit of £105 per group (up to 30 children per group). This deposit is non-refundable and will be deducted from your final payment. Deposits must be received within 3 weeks of making your provisional booking. If not received by this time, your booking will be offered to other groups
  3. When you have your final numbers, please confirm your visit with our online confirmation form (must be completed at least 4 weeks before your visit)
  4. Any remaining payment must be made in advance (at least 3 weeks before your visit)
  5. Two weeks before your visit, you will receive a detailed itinerary from us, including timings and places for your planetarium session, visit of the exhibitions and lunch

Preparing for your visit

You can find the full details of what to expect on the day, and how to prepare, on our Prepare Your Visit page.

This includes where to find our exhibition worksheets and risk assessments.

You are also welcome to familiarise yourself with the Discovery Centre before your visit, by coming on a free planning visit. Please arrange this with our bookings officer when you make your provisional booking. When you arrive for your planning visit, please bring proof of group membership (e.g. a letterhead) to show at reception.

The Inflatable Planetarium

As part of your day, your group will experience a 60 minute session inside our Inflatable Planetarium, led by one of our education presenters.

Your group will have the chance to see the different constellations, the phases of the Moon and explore some of the planets (depending on what’s visible around the time of your visit). They’ll also have the opportunity to put their space questions to our expert presenter!

This session is designed to cover key parts of your group’s badge.

Please note our Inflatable Planetarium is a dark and quiet environment and this session involves sitting on the floor for the duration of the show.

Please arrive promptly for your Inflatable Planetarium session. If for any reason your group is late arriving, or needs to leave earlier than planned on your itinerary, your Inflatable Planetarium session may need to be shortened, or cancelled. We will try our best on the day to accommodate any unforeseen circumstances.


As part of the day, we will schedule you a 30 minute lunch slot in our indoor picnic area. Please bring your own packed lunches with you on the day. We recommend children bring their lunches in separated named bags.

Please arrive promptly for your lunch slot. This is because other groups will also be scheduled to use the picnic area before and/or after you.