Christmas Construction

Event Details

Can you experiment with spaghetti to build the tallest Christmas tree, or design and build the strongest tree? You’ll need plenty of imagination and a steady hand for our exciting building activities.

Santa’s giving the reindeer a rest this year and has asked us to build some wind powered sleighs to race in the Centre! Harness the wind (well a huge fan at least!) to power your sleigh to victory in our Sleigh Science races. Find out about the forces in action and see if you can create a way to capture the most energy from the wind.

You can even take your sleigh home to test, modify and re-test like a true engineer.


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.