Earth Day

Event Details

Earth seems pretty rock hard, but more of our planet is liquid than solid!

Help our communicators dig, swim and drill their way through the Earth’s layers and delve deep into the Earth’s crust to discover the rocks beneath our feet.

Then use your new expertise to build your own miniature Earth, before journeying back in time to find out how fossils are formed.

Your session starts with our “It’s a Hard Rock Life” show, then you make your own layered model planet to take home.

Make a fossil rubbing and take a look at some of the species that once inhabited Earth.


We are running three sessions throughout the day, so just choose the time which suits you best.


Family Sessions:

These sessions are aimed at families with children aged 7 plus. The information and activities are suitable for an adult audience and encourage team working within your groups.

Each session includes the interactive shows (with hands-on activities/experiments – as detailed above) and includes the time to explore a COVID-19 friendly selection of hands-on exhibits.

Your pre-booked session is 1 hour 45 minutes long, starting at the advertised time (9:30 am, 11:45 am, or 2:30 pm). Exact timings within the session are dependent on the session attended and are at the discretion of the Science Communicators running the session.

COVID-19 Precautions:

All guests must wear masks throughout the session unless exempt. Hand sanitizer is placed at key contact points and hand washing facilities are available. For your safety, the session will primarily be seated. You will be seated at socially distanced tables. You are able to leave your table to go to the toilet or take a break. You will also get an opportunity to walk around the exhibits. We request you use the hand sanitizer mounted to the exhibit both before and after using the exhibit. The Gallery is cleaned between sessions.


There is an accessible-toilet on-site, and drinking water is available on request (Please note: you must supply the cup or bottle). There is a vending machine for snacks, but please do not eat during the session.

Track and Trace:

We have an NHS Track and Trace App QR code that must be scanned upon entry. If you do not have the NHS App, please let a member of staff know so they can take your details manually.


Our shop is open with a range of toys and science kits (perfect for Christmas!). Feel free to browse the shop during your session, but please ask a member of staff if you wish to purchase or examine an item.