A guide to the cost of a visit
Our prices depend on where you are, what sort of shows you would like and how many shows you need. Shows in the Dome, Chemistry shows and Rocket shows/workshops are all priced separately. See below for guide prices but if in doubt, or if you would like a combination of shows, then please just get in touch.
Booking our Standard Sized Dome
Our Standard Dome accommodates up to 30 (KS1/2) or 25 (KS3/4) students per show and requires a smooth clean floor area of 6m x 7m, a clear ceiling height of 3.5m and access to mains power:
Booking our Large Sized Dome
Our Large Dome accommodates up to 40 (KS1/2) or 30 (KS3/4) students per show and requires a smooth clean floor area of 8m x 9m, a clear ceiling height of 3.5m and access to mains power:
Booking our Chemistry Shows
The Bubble Show, States of Matter and Science Tricks shows don’t use the Dome and are suitable for up to 70 (KS1/2) or 60 (KS3/4) students per show. High ceilings and capability to isolate heat/smoke detectors are a big plus as these shows involve freezing fog, fire, flashes and bangs! The cost again depends on the number of shows you would like to have:
Booking Rocket Shows and Workshops
Rocket shows are suitable for up to 60 students and the workshops accommodate a maximum of 30 students. Steve Shapland 'The Rocket Man' is based in Dorset and so these prices are for schools within 80 miles of his base and local discounts may be available to schools in the DT postcode.
You may wish to have a different combination of shows and/or workshops for your visit so please contact us for more information and a quote to suit your visit.
Additional travel costs or local discounts
Explorer Dome’s main base is in Bristol and our team here delivers the full range of Dome and Chemistry shows. We also have teams based in Birmingham and London offering a selection of Dome and Chemistry shows and the Rocket shows/workshops are based in Dorset. If you’re local to the team delivering your show then you’ll be offered a local discount and if you’re further afield then we may have to charge extra to cover the travel costs.
Bristol and Bath
All schools in Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset will be offered a local discount for any Dome or Chemistry shows. In addition, schools booking Chemistry shows in Bristol, Bath and some parts of Somerset, Gloucestershire, Swindon and Wiltshire may receive support from the Bristol & District branch of the Royal Society of Chemistry. The RSC may fund up to 40% of the cost of your chemistry show visit, however, the allocation of these funds is annual and distributed on a first come first served basis so please get in touch for more information
South West England & South Wales
A small extra charge may be made for schools further from Bristol (Dorset, Hampshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Swansea, Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire, Devon and Cornwall), but if you are more local then there is no additional charge for travel (Somerset, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Monmouthshire, Newport, Torfaen, Blaenau Gwent, Cardiff, Caerphilly, Merthyr Tydfil, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Vale of Glamorgan, Bridgend & Neath Port Talbot).
Explorer Dome Midlands is based in Birmingham and schools local to our base (including Birmingham, Dudley, Solihull, Walsall, West Bromwich and Wolverhampton) are entitled to a reduced rate for Space, Light, Environment and Body (Dome shows) & The Bubble Show and States of Matter (Chemistry shows). Please bear in mind that other shows will be presented by the Bristol team and that there will be an extra charge for travel.
Greater London and South East England
New in 2019! We now have a base in London with Explorer Dome South East offering the Space show with no further travel costs for schools in the boroughs of Greater London. Please bear in mind that other shows will be presented by the Bristol team and that there will be an extra charge for travel.
We enjoy travelling far and wide from the Highlands of Scotland to the Channel Islands and regularly tour internationally. We’d be delighted to hear from you wherever you are and we can give you a quote for your visit.
Reduced rates may be available for afternoon visits if we are already in your area for a morning visit. Please ask for details.
For events with large numbers of participants we can bring our larger Domes, bring two or more Domes, or stay for more than one day. Please ask for details.
The show was excellent value, particularly as some parents have several children in school. Thank you so much.Tywardreath Primary, Cornwall
This is the 2nd show I have seen and it is fantastic. The children love it. It really makes science come to life and is excellent value for money per child.St. Martin’s Junior School, North Somerset
We have had excellent feedback. I'm sure we will be asking you to come back again next year!Latymer Upper School, London