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The health and safety of our visitors and staff is our number one priority. Following recent Government Statements about minimising the spread of coronavirus, we are closing all facilities including the planetarium and the sensory rooms with the dinosaur basement. We have made the difficult decision to fully close the Science Zone UK Centre from Monday 23rd March until further notice. Our team will be making contact with any groups or individuals who are affected by this closure and we will continue to update our website and social media with further announcements if the situation changes. If you have any queries, please email
Or Facebook message on our Facebook site for a chat.



Science Zone Closed due to coronavirus



Please note we are closed



Fossils and Gem Shop is now online. ''Click and Collect'' service is available from the Science Zone UK at 21 Royal Arcade, Boscombe, Bournemouth BH1 4DT (available from 15th June). Gift shop now Open from 15th June 2020 (subject to final confirmation).  









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Saturday activities do change please check.





Please check the calendar link shown bellow for open/closed activity info.

Saturday activities do change please check.



Saturdays at the zone: Activities like dig your own fossil,

dino basement and sensory rooms open as usual. 


Planetarium shows, science experiments

or other activities can also be arranged on the day. Phone us for more info. 


Pre-booking workshops on Sundays 

(Science zone will only open for organised workshops during Sundays).



Home Education on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 11am (see our events page for more info).


Also 12plus workshops on Wednesdays or Thursdays (see our events page for more info).


Pre-School at the zone on Fridays and Tuesdays -10:30am.

See current events using our link to workshops.


You can also send us an email if interested in our Pre-School Service and tell us your availability.

Examples of our workshops: " Little Scientists", "Good Vibrations", "Baby Dinosaurs", "Stars and Stories",  

"Smelly Sience", "5 Senses", "Luminous Science", etc. 

Email us (to pencil you in) to (don't forget to include your availability please).

Free access to our Sensory rooms and Dino Den when booking a workshop. 





We also offer planetarium FOR ADULTS! Solar System, Mars, Tim Peake, Apollo XI Space Exploration...and much more. Call us on 01202729206, email us or drop us a message on Facebook to find out more and book.

Tickets at £3.60 per adult.


As you can see something for everyone any time of the week. Contact us for any enquire, we are happy to help. 




Link to our workshops



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The Science Zone

Something For Everyone

The Science Zone is an exciting Science Discovery Centre for families and children, sponsored by Science Dome UK planetarium company, based in the centre of the historic Royal Arcade in Boscombe, Bournemouth.


We are the only permanent open planetarium in Dorset for the public to visit. This advanced 4K digital planetarium shows real terrain of the Earth and the planets, even simulating the landing on Mars and the Moon. Great for Adults Shows and families to learn about space and the stars, and many of our shows are different to view including our popular 'Dinosaur Show' in the dome. 


The centre offers visitors access to science 'zones', where each zone has a variety of activities and features that will both stimulate and inspire children to learn more about the world around them.  From life-size dinosaurs, planetarium shows, musical bubble columns to digging for fossils and explosive experiments, every visitor, both large and small, will be entertained as well as educated. Also as the only registered telescope distributor in Bournemouth, there are state-of-the art Visionary telescopes and binoculars on offer for star and planet gazing as well as marine observing. It's perfect if you're looking for something that's educational as well as fun for your child. There's something here for everyone!


We are open from Monday to Satuday from 10am-4pm.


Additional educational links:

The Science Zone

Explore, Discover, Learn

Dinosaur Zone

Journey back in time, some 250 million years ago and meet the well-known prehistoric reptiles, the dinosaurs in our very own Dinosaur Den. From the life-size skeleton of a Deinonychus to dinosaur eggs and emerging hatchlings. Your children will enjoy the  experience of meeting their favourite animals face to face.

Sensory Zone

Stimulate your senses by venturing into our multi-sensory rooms furnished with the  latest state-of-the art technologically advanced equipment for all ages and abilities. Your children will experience musical bubbles, interactive floor projections and  sound-activated light panels. Entry to this zone is £2.

Planetarium Zone

Journey to the planets and beyond in a full digital planetarium that displays the night sky as well as other stimulating science topics such as Stars, Under The Sea, Super Volcanoes, Dinosaurs at Dusk. There's even a new show featuring the first official British astronaut, Tim Peak and his mission to the ISS. Each session lasts approx 30 minutes and costs £3 (excluding VAT).  The films are only £2.

Well worth a visit!

Experiment Zone

In lab coats and goggles, your child will feel like a 'real scientist', as they carry out exciting and stimulating experiments that will both educate and inspire them to learn more about materials and how they react together. From fluorescent slime to exploding volcanoes, each week in the experiment zone there will be new and exciting experiments for your child to get immersed in and learn from.  Each child gets to take home their inventions. The cost for entry will be £5 + VAT. 

Science Zone Birthday Parties

The Science Zone is also happy to provide Birthday Parties here at the Zone 


We do three main types of parties; Dinosaur Parties, Space Parties and Science Parties.


All parties last two hours and include one and a half hours of entertainment, access to our Dinosaur den and Sensory Rooms and as well as help setting out the food and cake and decorating the venue. 

For more information please call us on 01202 729206 or follow the link below


Contact us if interested. Weekly at the zone. 




From Home Education till After School, Pre-School and School Holidays there's something for everyone. We are regularly open for public events and science workshops at our Science Zone Centre in The Royal Arcade, Boscombe, in Bournemouth.  All our events are advertised on our Facebook page 'Science Zone UK' and our website where you can buy the tickets online. Payment is made by PAYPAL via this website. If you do not have a PAYPAL account - still should allow you to go through but if you have any problem please don't hesitate to call us 01202 729206 for card payments. We do require a parent or guardian to stay with attending children for all of our sessions. 

We look forward to seeing you soon. 



Boscombe in Bournemouth offers a good range of accommodation options. There are a number of Travelodges in Bournemouth and the closest to Science Zone is Travelodge Bournemouth, Christchurch. (0.7 miles). For further information on this hotel, visit this page:


Travelodge is also offering customers of Science Zone, a 5% discount on your next stay at any Travelodge in the area. Click the bottom below to receive your discount. 

                   Meet our sister "Science Dome"                      for schools and outdoor events.  


If you know a school that would like to hire us. Please do give them our contact details.


Science Dome is designed to explore science, geology and geography in an interactive way. The Science Dome visits schools and clubs, providing an additional science resource and presenting a different learning experience to children.


We provide a fully digital mobile planetarium and natural history shows (rocks/ fossils and dinosaurs) to schools, colleges, youth clubs, scouts groups and playgroups. The service is provided in a blacked-out purpose built mobile domes which can be sited indoors using a school hall. Our domes are the most advanced digital domes in the country capable of showing 360 degree pictures and feature films.


Example current programmes:


1. Solar System Tour and Beyond - KS2/3
2. Space Exploration (Apollo Moon Landings) - KS1/2
3. Dinosaur Show - KS1/2/3
4. Rocks, Soils and Fossils - KS2/3/4
5. Earth and Beyond - KS1/2
6. Light/Dark and Space - KS1
7. Light and Sound - KS1/2
8. Ancient Egypt (or Greece) and the Stars - KS1/2
9. Under the Sea - KS1/2 or .. Weather - KS1/2
10. Pirates and the Sea - KS1
11. Fractal Dome (Maths and Natural Symmetry) - KS2/3/4
12. Down to Earth (Volcanoes and Earth's History) - KS1/2/3/4  
13. Nano Cam Show (Biodiversity at Micro-level) - KS2/3/4   


See this webiste for full details

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