Magna prepares for Christmas

13 June 2013

It may be time to prepare for summer holidays but at Magna Science Adventure Centre they are already planning for Christmas.

The visitor attraction and corporate venue is putting together its plans for Christmas parties, which this year will have a vintage funfair theme.

Over the last eight years the former steel works has played host to more than 44,000 people at its festive events, which have featured dodgems as the main attraction.

Organiser Amelia Miles said: “The dodgems have proved so popular over the years, that we want to keep them, but as we have such an amazing big venue we thought we could add to the funfair theme by adding some more fairground stalls.”

Among the stalls will be a hoopla stall and tin-can alley.

Head chef Paul Childs said there was a lot of work to do to cater for 800 people at each of the seven parties.

“We serve something like 2,000 turkey portions and peel about 600 kg of potatoes for the parties each year. But the atmosphere is amazing and although it is exhausting, it is great fun for the staff too.”

The Christmas parties, which include a three-course dinner and inclusive drinks, will run on seven evenings from December 6th through to the 21st.

Magna, which is housed in the former Templeborough steel works, has space that can be hired to cater for between 30 and 3,000 people.

The steelworks were built during World War One and shut in 1993. They remained derelict until being transformed in 2001.

As well as being a corporate venue, Magna is also an award-winning visitor attraction with more than 100 hands-on exhibits designed to explore the four elements of air, water, earth and fire, and it hosts regular school trips.

Anyone wanting to book tables at Magna Christmas party, which take place on December 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th, 20th and 21st, should email or contact 01709 723118. The cost is £54.95.



Photograph shows head chef Paul Childs getting into the festive spirit in Magna’s professional kitchen.

For more information go to or contact Lisa Woolhouse on 01709 723145 or at  or Amelia Miles on 01709 723112 or at

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Housed in a former steelworks in Sheffield Road, Templeborough, near the M1, Magna is a family visitor attraction as well as an events venue - with more than 100 hands-on exhibits designed to explore the four elements of air, water, earth and fire. Magna also boasts an outdoor and water play area and is open daily, from 10am to 5pm with last entry at 4pm. 

Magna is a registered charity committed to promoting science and preserving South Yorkshire’s steel industry heritage.

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


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