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 Set aside: 10 - 30 mins (depending on the show)
 Who is it perfect for:  Everyone
Daily show times are available on arrival.

In our planetarium, the skies are darker, the stars are brighter, the planets are so clearly defined, it looks like you could reach out and touch them.

Thanks to the most sophisticated digital technology available, you can:

  • Experience the most immersive, absorbing journeys through space and the solar system.
  • See stunning space films and visuals that you won’t see anywhere else in the region.
  • Experience real-time Live Skies shows where you can find out what’s happening in space right now.
  • Zoom through space and land on planets throughout our solar system.
  • Journey through the stars and see surfaces of planets and moons in spectacular high definition detail.
  • All from the comfiest seats in the North East!

We offer a mix of traditional planetarium shows and creative animated films, including films especially for under 7s. We also have a range of special curriculum-linked planetarium workshops for schools and other groups.

Our presenters take you on a tour of tonight's sky in Live Skies.

Explore a sky full of stars and discover planets that can be viewed from Earth without the need for any fancy equipment. Then, take a journey around our solar system to visit each planet up close.

Live Skies helps all ages enjoy space by learning a little more about what you can see when you look up.


Live Skies shows are held every Saturday and Sunday during term-time at 4.00pm, and on Bank Holidays and every day during school holidays at 5.00pm. 

Please note that during term time before 2.00pm the planetarium can be busy with school visits. To avoid disappointment, please call us on the day of your visit.


The planetarium is equipped with an analogue induction loop and has spaces for wheelchairs.
During busy times, we request that you visit the planetarium and Science Theatre once - this is to allow other visitors to enjoy the experience too. Thanks for your consideration.​​​​​​​
Did you know you can get married in our planetarium? Find out more about our out of this world weddings.
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