Home Educator Day, Friday 12th June

Please note, that due to the coronavirus outbreak, this event has now been cancelled.

A chance for home educated children to spend the day at the Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre!

  • • On this day, we are taking bookings for some of our education workshops.
  • • There are six itineraries, each including two of our interactive science workshops.
  • • Please book onto the itineraries that are most appropriate for the ages of your children.
  • • Participants will also have full access to the Discovery Centre exhibitions during the day!
  • • If you have any issues or questions, please give us a call on 0161 306 9520 or email us.


Children Adults Under 4s
£9 £4.50 £0.50

Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre Annual Pass holders get 10% off! (see below for more details)

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Do I have to book a workshop to get into the Discovery Centre?

  • • No. Please use the options below to book places for children and adults taking part in the workshops.
  • • If other people want to come on the day, but they don’t want to attend any workshops, they can book admission only tickets here, or pay on arrival.
  • • People with admission only tickets will not be permitted into the workshops – this is because there is limited capacity in our education spaces.

Make a Booking

Itinerary Recommended Ages First Workshop Second Workshop Booking
Group A 4 to 7 11:00 Journey to the Moon 14:00 Mars Rover Challenge (groups A & B together) BOOK HERE
Group B 7 to 11 11:00 Inflatable Planetarium BOOK HERE
Group C 4 to 7 11:00 Mars Rover Challenge (groups C & D together) 14:00 Inflatable Planetarium BOOK HERE
Group D 7 to 11 14:00 Solar System Science BOOK HERE
Group E 4 to 7 12:15 Journey to the Moon 15:15 Inflatable Planetarium BOOK HERE 
Group F  7 to 11 12:15 Inflatable Planetarium 15:15 Solar System Science BOOK HERE

Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre Annual Pass holders: Use the code ANNUALPASS at the checkout, and bring your annual pass along with you to the event to get your 10% discount!

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Terms & conditions

  • Pre-booking online is essential if you want to participate in the day’s workshops.
  • Tickets are non-refundable.
  • Each itinerary has limited capacity – you will only be able to attend the workshops you have booked on to.
  • Children aged 11 and under must be accompanied by a responsible adult during their workshops.
  • Please note our car park charges will apply. You can pay for these online, or on the day. Parking is free for blue badge holders, annual pass holders, and local pass holders.

More information

  • Workshops last 50 minutes to an hour.
  • It is important that you arrive on time for your workshops if you wish to participate. We are anticipating being fully booked on the day, which means we will not be able to accommodate individuals who miss their booked workshop times.
  • For the remainder of the day you are free to explore our interactive galleries. Please note this time will be self-guided; we do not provide tour guides. Our expert staff will be on hand in the galleries to answer your questions.
  • To help guide you around our exhibitions, you can download and print off worksheets that can be filled in as you go around.
  • The Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre is open from 10am until 5pm.
  • Whilst on site, all children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
  • Indoor picnic areas will be available for you to eat any packed lunches brought on the day.
  • The Planet Café will be open to purchase food and drink from 10am until 4:30pm.
  • If any attending children in your party have any special educational needs that we need to be aware of, please let us know by emailing us here.
  • There will be a quiet space available on the day should any participants require it.
  • Please read our visit preparation information, for more details of what to expect on the day.

Workshop descriptions

Inflatable Planetarium (groups B, C, E and F)

Let our presenter guide you around the night sky in our Inflatable Planetarium! You’ll discover what can be seen in the night sky at the moment, including some of the seasonal constellations and planets. The content of the session will depend on the age of the group, with group F also looking at deep sky objects, such as nebulae and distant galaxies. Please note this workshop is a dark and quiet environment and involves sitting on the floor for the duration.

Journey to the Moon (groups A & E)

In this workshop your learners will discover more about the incredible journey of Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins on the Apollo 11 mission to the Moon, in 1969. Interactive elements in this workshop include learners deciding what items to pack for space, plus making their own paper rockets to take home!

Solar System Science (Groups D & F)

In this hands-on and engaging workshop, learners complete a series of experiments which explore a variety of science concepts, each linked to the Solar System. Experiments include: exploring the strength of gravity on different planets, investigating the brightness of sunlight throughout the Solar System, testing the pH of sand like a Mars rover, and performing a series of tests to identify a real meteorite!

Mars Rover Challenge (groups A, B, C and D)

In this hands-on, team-building workshop, you’ll learn about the exploration of Mars by the current Curiosity rover, along with the engineering challenges in landing crafts on another planet. In teams you must then construct a device out of limited resources, to safely land your own fragile cargo! (Please note this workshop makes use of balloons and eggs).

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