See life inside a bubble at Magna

30 May 2012

Children are being invited to see what it’s like inside a giant soapy bubble as part of holiday fun at Magna Science Adventure Centre. 

The visitor attraction is running workshops aimed at four to 10-year-olds, when youngsters can learn how to make bubbles using special wands and even stand inside one!

Marketing manager Karen Staniforth said: “The bubble-making workshops show children how to create amazing bubbles while also giving a bit of the science behind the process. 

“Similar workshops we’ve run in the past have been voted by families as among our most popular events so we now have sessions planned for every day over the Spring Bank holiday.

“And we’ll even pass on our secret bubble recipe so children can have a go at making their own bubbles at home.”  

Magna, based in massive former steelworks at Templeborough, Rotherham, aims to inspire interest in science as well as preserve the history of the area’s steel industry.

Its four pavilions are on a theme of earth, air, fire and water, and visitors can see the works’ original arc furnace roar to life through dramatic special effects.

Outside, Magna has adventure play area Sci-Tek, one of the biggest in Europe, and a water play area, Aqua-Tek, which is proving popular during warm weather.

The bubble-making workshops run every day from June 4 to 8, at 10.30am, 11.30am, 1.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm, and cost £1 per child.  Bookings can be made on entry to Magna.

Magna is also currently hosting ‘Giants of the Infinitesimal’, a unique exhibition of sculptures which bring the tiny world of nanotechnology to life.

Full day tickets include entry to the indoor attraction and both the Sci-Tek and Aqua-Tek outdoor play areas, or families can pay to just visit the outdoor play areas. All full tickets include a further 12 months’ free entry.

For more information about exhibition or other events at Magna, visit or call 01709 720002.


Photographers and reporters are invited to visit the workshops.

Magna is housed in the former Templeborough steelworks which were once the biggest in the world and employed 10,000 people.  The works 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. 

Magna also plays host to all kinds of events and exhibitions and offers a range of corporate and party facilities.

For more media information contact marketing manager Karen Staniforth on 01709 723146 or email  Alternatively, contact marketing assistant Anna Holdsworth on 01709 723139 or email
Additional media contacts: Deborah Wain on 07903 466228 or at or Kate Betts on 01226 766900 or 07792 764891 or at



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