Visits with workshops

We welcome education bookings from Early Years to Post-16 groups. 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 two inspiring and curriculum-linked interactive workshops. Questions? See our frequently asked questions page!

Package Age Price Workshops Arrival Departure Typical availability
Planet package Early Years & early KS1 £8 per learner Inflatable Planetarium + Mission to Mars (more info) 10:00am 2:00pm 2 groups per day
Space package KS1 to post-16 £9 per learner Choose two workshops from our selection (more info) 10:00am 2:30pm 4 groups per day
Star package KS1 to post-16 £8 per learner Two preset workshops, depending on Key Stage; taught to two groups at once (more info) 10:15am 2:15pm 2 groups per day
  • If you don’t want to experience any workshops as part of your visit, please see our exhibition-only visit page
  • A Planet package group can hold a maximum of 30 learners
  • A Space or Star package group can hold a maximum of 35 primary school learners, or 30 for KS3 and above
  • If you wish to book for more than 4 groups on a day – please speak to us!

How to make a booking

1.  Choose which package you wish to book (Planet, Space, or Star)
2. Make a provisional booking by calling our school bookings line on 0161 306 9520

  • – All enquiries about availability and new bookings must be made by phone. This is because our programme is in very high demand and our availability is constantly changing.
  • – Our phone lines are open 11am to 5pm Monday to Thursday, and 11am to 1pm on Fridays.
  • – We experience a high call volume, so it’s not always possible to call you back. Please keep trying!
3. Organise your travel to us
4. Confirm your booking by filling in our online confirmation form (must be completed at least 8 weeks before your visit, unless otherwise agreed)
5. You will receive a Payment Request Form from us. Payment must be made in advance, at least 4 weeks before your visit (unless otherwise agreed). See our How to Pay Guide for more information about paying for your trip
6. Prepare for your trip by reading our pre-visit information
7. Before your trip we will send you an itinerary for the day