Techniquest

School trips to Techniquest

At Techniquest in Cardiff Bay, there are more than 100 hands-on exhibits, which are ideal for child-centred learning and investigation.

There are so many options now to explore different aspects of the world around us through the new exhibits — and through some old favourites too, of course.

Pupils who visit Techniquest can also attend an interactive show in the Science Theatre, visit the 360° digital Planetarium, where they will be inspired by a view of the night sky, or get practical hands-on experience with a workshop in our newly-refurbished KLA Lab.

School visits are so well organised that teachers can simply focus on the learning experience; upon arrival, Techniquest staff explain the logistics of the visit to make sure the day runs smoothly.


When can we visit?

School visits are available on Wednesdays, Thursdays and most Fridays during term-time.

You can choose from one of the following time slots, subject to availability:

  • 10:00am–12:45pm
  • 10:30am–1:15pm
  • 11:00am–1:45pm
  • 11:15am–2:15pm

Optional shows & workshops

Science Theatre

Why not add an amazing science show to enhance your pupils’ experience?


Autumn Term 2022

The Forces Show
30 November 2022
1, 7–9 December 2022

Progression Step 3 Key Stage 2

Elf and Safety
14–16, 21 December 2022

Progression Step 2 Foundation Phase
Progression Step 3 Key Stage 2


Spring Term 2023

Animals and Habitats
18–20, 25–27 January 2023

Progression Step 2 Foundation Phase

Out of this World
1–2, 8–10 February 2023

Progression Step 3 Key Stage 2

Wales, STEM and the World
15–17 February 2023
1–2 March 2023

Progression Step 3 Key Stage 2

The Human Body Show
8–10, 15–17 March 2023

Progression Step 3 Key Stage 2

Castles, Knights and Kings
22–24, 29–30 March 2023

Progression Step 3 Key Stage 2


Summer Term 2023

At the Circus
19–20, 26–28 April 2023

Progression Step 2 Foundation Phase

The Adventures of Dr Isoceles
3–5, 10–11 May 2023

Progression Step 3 Key Stage 2

Extreme Earth
17–19, 24–26 May 2023

Progression Step 3 Key Stage 2

Fairytales
7–8, 14–16 June 2023

Progression Step 2 Foundation Phase

Mathamagic
21–23, 28–30 June 2023

Progression Step 4 Key Stage 3

Elementary
5–7, 12–14 July 2023

Progression Step 4 Key Stage 3

Splendiferous Science
19–21 July 2023

Progression Step 3 Key Stage 2

Science shows are an additional £2 per pupil.

Planetarium

  New 4K projector

Enter Techniquest’s digital Planetarium and take a journey through the Universe — discovering stars, planets and distant galaxies!

Pupils learn to identify stars, planets and constellations that can be seen from Earth, then venture beyond the Milky Way, towards the great wonders of the Universe. Presenters can zoom into stars and planets, pan out to detailed craters of distant moons, and display stunning phenomena such as spiralling galaxies, in order to consolidate and contextualise pupils’ learning appropriately and fuel a passion for cosmology and astronomy.

Progression Step 3 Key Stage 2


Planetarium shows are an additional £2 per pupil.

The Lab

New for 2022 — our new-look KLA Lab, funded by the Garfield Weston Foundation.

Bring your pupils to experience being a real scientist! Each workshop is 45 minutes long. Choose from one of the three available workshops.

These workshops are delivered by the fabulous team at SparkLab Cymru.

Please note: We are only able to run one of the three following themes per school day. The first school to book a Lab workshop on a given day will get to choose which theme is running that day.


Sci-Spy Squad

Come and help us solve the mystery of the missing diamond.

Students will be using a variety of forensic experiments to help us find out “whodunnit”!

Progression Step 3 Key Stage 2


The Magic of Science

Is it magic or science?

Students will step into the shoes of a wizard in this workshop, as they observe and carry out a range of ‘magic or science’ experiments!

Can they change something’s colour, or temperature, or even make something fly?

Progression Step 3 Key Stage 2


Colour Chaos

Explore the colourful world of science!

Discover the amazing spectrum of colours in science through a range of demonstrations and hands-on experiments!

Progression Step 3 Key Stage 2


Lab workshops are an additional £2 per pupil.

How much does it cost?

Entrance to the exhibition, which now consists of over 100 different hands-on exhibits, is £5 per child.

Additional activities are charged as follows:

  • Science Theatre: £2 per pupil
  • Planetarium: £2 per pupil
  • The Lab: £2 per pupil

Teachers accompanying students will be free, as always!

How do I book?

Simply fill in our enquiry form, and a member of our team will get back to you as quickly as they can.

School trip enquiry form

 

Find us

  • Techniquest, Stuart Street, Cardiff, CF10 5BW

Contact us

  • info@techniquest.org
  • 029 2047 5475
    Mon–Fri: 9am–5pm Sat–Sun: 10am–5pm
    While we always endeavour to answer calls, when the centre is busy it may not always be possible.
    If you leave us a message we will respond to you as quickly as we can.

Opening hours

  • Techniquest’s opening hours vary — visit the Opening Times page to find out the current hours.

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FAQs

  •   What is Techniquest?

    Techniquest is an educational charity, with a science centre in Cardiff Bay. Our mission is to embed science in Welsh culture through interactive engagement. We provide a range of services to schools and teachers to complement formal education provision in Wales and work extensively with public audiences.

  •   Where can I park?

    We are pleased to be able to offer all of our visitors discounted parking with Q-Park, our preferred parking partner.

    The Q-Park operates the Cardiff Bay car park in Pierhead Street which is around 8 minutes walk from Techniquest.

    We have agreed a special discount rate for our customers of 15% off all pre-bookings.
    Pre-book and guarantee your space here using the code TECHNI15.

    There are also nearby pay-and-display car parks on Stuart Street and Havannah Street. Please do not park on Havannah Street itself.

    We regret that there is no parking on-site at Techniquest.

  •   Who is it for?

    Techniquest is suitable for all ages! We do have special events for certain groups, however — see Toddler Days and Home Educator days.

  • I have a different question.

    Please see our dedicated FAQ page.

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