Uniformed Group Saturdays

On our dedicated Uniformed Group Saturdays, we can offer your group:

  • A 60 minute session with one of our presenters inside our Inflatable Planetarium
  • Time to explore our 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!)

Price: £7 per child (there may be additional charges for adults)

 How to make a booking:

1. Check out our ‘upcoming dates’ list below
2 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)
3. To secure your booking, we require a deposit of £105 per group (maximum of 35 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
4. When you have your final numbers, please complete our online confirmation form (must be completed at least 4 weeks before your visit)
5. Any remaining payment must be made in advance (at least 3 weeks before your visit)
6. Two weeks before your visit, you will receive a detailed itinerary of your day, including timings and places for your planetarium session, visit of the exhibitions and lunch


For more information, please see below:

Upcoming dates


  • Saturday 19th May
  • Saturday 9th June
  • Saturday 7th July [FULL]

Dates for September 2018 to July 2019 will be announced soon!

To make a provisional booking, call our (schools) bookings  on 0161 306 9520 (lines are open Monday to Friday, 11am to 4.30pm – if calling outside these times, please leave a message).

If your preferred date is not available, you can sign up to our waiting list (see below).


Waiting list

Our Uniformed Group days are very popular and get booked up quickly. If your preferred date is full, please fill in the form below to be added to our waiting list. We will contact you if that date becomes available again.

Admission Prices

  • Child: £7.00
  • Adult: 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
  • Larger groups will need to split into smaller groups of 30
  • 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.

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.

What to expect on the day

  • Please note that your time exploring our exhibition spaces will be self-guided: we do not offer tour guides. However, our expert staff will be on hand in the exhibitions to assist you and answer any questions. We have also created a set of exhibition worksheets that you can bring with you (see below).
  • You can download the relevant risk assessments for your trip from our risk assessment page.
  • If you wish to familiarise yourself with the Discovery Centre before your visit, you are welcome to come for a free planning visit. Simply bring proof of your group membership (e.g. a letterhead) and show it at reception.
  • Part of your visit will involve exploring the outside areas of the Discovery Centre, including the gardens. Please bring appropriate clothes in case the weather is inclement. If the weather is severe and you wish to do a different activity, please speak to a member of staff on the day. Please note if the wind is very strong, the gardens may be closed for safety reasons.
  • All children must be actively supervised by a responsible adult at all times during their visit. There must be a suitable ratio of adults to children, taking into account children’ age and maturity (we recommend a ratio of 1:6 for age 5 and under and a ratio of 1:7 for ages 6-10).

Exhibition Worksheets

To help guide your group around the exhibitions, you can use the worksheets below. If you wish to use them, please print them out and bring them with you on the day.

We also have a self-run activity called Be The Solar System. This is an outdoor activity pack, which you can run for your group. The pack contains instructions and resources that enable your group to create a model of the Solar System. The activity pack can be borrowed from reception, for a returnable deposit of £10.