Science Zone UK
Science Zone UK

About us

After 10 years experience of educating children around the country about the world around us, Neil Carrington, the founder and director of the Science Dome UK, had a vision to raise the awareness of science in our local community. The Science Zone's vision is to inspire local children to learn more about the past and the present through exposure to scientific material such as planetarium shows, fossils, dinosaur models, experiments, sensory activities and much, much more. And for the convenience of parents, it's right on their doorstep! It also helps parents get their children involved in activities outside school that will further educate and stimulate their minds. And to top it all, it's affordable! Only £2 entry fee per person, or a family ticket for £6 (two adults and two children)

Our Team

Neil Antony Carrington

Founder and Director

Neil graduated from Kings College London in 1986 with a degree in Geology and Geography. He is the founder of Science Dome and Science Zone has a great passion for sharing the wonder of science to children. He brings a wealth of experience to the Science Zone and is an experienced rock and fossils collector. Following 6 years of holidays to the Isle of Wight and also being local to the Jurassic Coast, Neil had a vision to show the wonder of dinosaurs and rocks to schools with a Science Dome. Neil purchased his first Mobile Dome in 2007 to bring to schools to show computerized film and pictures and combined this with his private collection of fossils. Neil has been amazed at the interest and take-up of the Science Dome service and launched the Science Zone in Feb 2016 to the local community. This is a STEM based outreach (Science, Tech, Maths and Coding) and bring science to the general public and children. 

Coding Zone Team 

James Webb (Centre Manager) 

Lorna Child

Sophie Ring

Matthew Astill

James Cocker

Aleks Rogers

Nathaniel Wharmby

Samuel Carrington

Edward Carrington (Tech Support)


Maria Gallardo

Administrator and Customer Services

Maria has an extensive background experience in administration and customer service, having worked with all ages. Her knowledge and versatility has allowed her to get involved with a wide range of scenarios throughout her career which she thinks has considerably enhanced her competence. Having a degree in Sports Science she has worked as an instructor, teacher and personal trainer in the fields of physical activity, sports and health as well as in management. Maria has enjoyed working in schools, sports centres, gyms, outdoors and summer camps to name but a few. She loves seeing the expressions on happy faces of children when doing fun activities with them. “Now at this chapter of my life I am feeling great being part of a company that provides high quality learning as fun to the new generation”, she says. With a special positive energy and touch this problem solving and charismatic lady is making sure all our services run smoothly.

Science Dome Planetarium Team  

Nigel Martin

Jimi Murphy

Andy Lawes

Giuseppe Nicolosi

Steve Warbis

Ady Collier

Sue Spoats

Angela Harrison

James Hankins









Linda Wharmby- Admin

Sarah Carrington - Admin




Connor "Professor Who" Skerman

Workshop Presenter and Customer Services

Connor has been studying childcare since his school days and has worked in preschools for the past 5 years. He, like Professor Solo, has an NVQ in Child & Young Peoples Workforce as well as a GCSE in Child Development. Connor is passionate about physics and believes that physics is the language of the universe. Having Connor at the Zone is great for us and he has great potential for carrying the business forward. Alongside Professor Solo he will be completing an astronomy diploma and looks forward to travelling alongside his colleagues to teach the next generation. Connor loves to use his spare time furthering his knowledge of all things science. It’s not all work though as Connor is an avid video game and movie enthusiast. One day Connor hopes to follow in the footsteps of his hero, the Doctor, and master time travel!

Mark the T-Rex

Resident Dinosaur

While he spends most of his time at the Science Zone sleeping he always looks forward to his walks through the arcade, getting to say hello to all the people around, and having lots of pictures taken. If you see him out and about, feel free so come over and say Hi!

We are located at:

21/22 The Royal Arcade




Opening times: 

Open in Feb 2022 during Half Term - every day 10am to 4pm during half term week


Open in 2022 by appointment




School service at school site.

Science Experiment Parties at a Church Hall available or a Planetarium at a community hall.   




Contact us today!

If you have any queries or would like to book for a workshop, please contact us:


01202 729206










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