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Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium invests in a new café, bar and retail area

Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium is investing in a brand new café facility, bringing its catering offer in-house.

winchester-science-centre-and-planetarium-3Renovations for the new café, bar and retail area, called The Hub, will commence on 5 September, when the Science Centre will temporarily close to allow the necessary building works to take place. The Science Centre will reopen as usual on Tuesday 13 September, with The Hub opening to visitors in early October.

The Hub will serve up a variety of hot and cold food options, including sandwiches, Paninis, cakes and snacks. A variety of hot and cold drinks will keep thirsty visitors refreshed, and they will also be able to treat themselves to a new thick milkshake offering, available in up to eight delicious flavours. Supporting local businesses, a number of food items served in The Hub will be sourced from local suppliers and producers.

In an entire remodel of the current café and gift shop areas, The Hub will incorporate a brand new bar for evening events, to form a combined catering and retail space for visitors to enjoy. The open plan space will feature additional pay-points, enabling quicker service times so visitors can get back to exploring the Science Centre’s 100 hands-on exhibits.

The current café will be closed from Monday 29 August.  While building works for the new café take place, a temporary catering offer will be available on the lower ground floor of the Science Centre. This pop-up café will serve a variety of cold food options, including sandwiches, salads, cakes and snacks, as well as hot and cold drinks.

winchester-science-centre-and-planetarium-4Ben Ward, Director at Winchester Science Centre, said: “We are really excited to reveal plans for our new café. With the new integrated floor layout for the café, bar and gift shop, The Hub will allow easier customer movement and faster service at busy times.

“It’s going to be a busy few weeks for us at the Science Centre while the building works get underway, and to minimise disruption for our visitors, it is necessary for us to close for a short period. We will have a pop-up café located on the lower ground floor while the finishing touches are made to The Hub, before it opens for business in early October. It would be great to see visitors leaving their packed lunches at home and making the most of our new and improved café.”

Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium will also be closed for staff training on 16 September.  

Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium is the south of England’s leading hands-on, interactive, science and technology centre with the largest standalone planetarium in the UK. The Science Centre is a self-funded, independent educational charity and relies on Gift Aid and visitor donations to stay open seven days a week.

Online booking discount available on general entry. To book, visit  or call 01962 863791.