Children in Need comes to Magna

13 November 2012

Magna Science Adventure Centre is playing host to BBC Children in Need on Friday (16th) – and the public can join in.

The South Yorkshire tourist attraction will be featured on BBC1 as part of the appeal night which raises millions of pounds for disadvantaged children and young people across the UK.

BBC Radio Sheffield presenter Toby Foster and Nicola Rees of BBC Look North will be the hosts at Magna for Yorkshire regional section of the fundraising programme.

They will be joined by 120 singers, who have been recruited from schools across Doncaster, Sheffield and Leeds. The choir will perform in front of the Face of Steel.

And members of the public will be able to join the fun for free from 5pm as Magna is staying open to the public until 9pm.

The TV show will be anchored at Television Centre by Sir Terry Wogan, Fearne Cotton, Tess Daly and Nick Grimshaw, who will be joined by a host of celebrities including Susan Boyle, Little Mix, Ann Widdecombe and Olympic Gold medallist Nicola Adams.

Presenter and former chorister Aled Jones will lead a choir at Television Centre in a performance of “Bridge Over Troubled Water”. They will be joined by hundreds of young singers live on TV from 12 different venues across the UK, including Magna.

Joanna Dunn, marketing manager, at Magna, said:  “We are really excited about taking part in such a fantastic event. Every year Children in Need raises tens of millions for needy children and, as a family attraction, it is very apt that we should do our bit.

“It shows that Magna is a great venue for all sorts of events. In the last few months we have hosted everything from major business conferences and the Olympic torch relay to wedding receptions and a BBC Philharmonic concert.”

Viewers of BBC1 in Yorkshire will join Toby Foster and Nicola Rees for regular updates throughout the evening on Friday.

David Ramsden, BBC Children in Need chief executive, added: “This year's campaign is bigger and better than ever and people right across the country are once again coming together to raise thousands that will help change the lives of disadvantaged children right here in the UK.”

Visitors are reminded that Magna is a coats-on experience due to its vast size.



Media contact at Magna: Joanna Dunn on 01709 723146 or at

Additional media contact: Kate Betts on 01226 766900 or 07927 64891 or at

The Templeborough steelworks were built during World War One and shut in 1993. They remained derelict until being transformed into an award-winning visitor attraction in 2001. 

Magna has four pavilions on a theme of air, earth, fire and water, which house over 100 interactive exhibits, and it also boasts outdoor and water play areas. The centrepiece Big Melt uses stunning pyrotechnic and audio techniques to recreate steel making using a huge original electric arc furnace. Magna is open daily, from 10am to 5pm with last entry at 4pm. 

Full day tickets to Magna include entry to the indoor attraction as well as the Sci-Tek outdoor play area, or families can pay to just visit the outdoor play area. All full tickets include a further 12 months’ free entry.



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