Summer goes with a bang at Magna!

17 July 2014

Magna will start the summer off with a bang with a range of fun and fascinating activities for children during the school holidays.

Youngsters can discover fun facts about a range of topics from molecules and planets to snakes and spiders in a series of workshops over the summer, which are designed to be both fun and educational for children of all ages.

One workshop, Stars and Planets, takes youngsters on a tour of the night sky and around the solar system, before making a big bang with some rocket fuel.

Scientists from Sheffield University will run another workshop on molecules and local artist Kate Sully will also host a class where children can create their very own science-inspired piece of artwork which they can then take away.

Stuart Ballard, education director at Magna, said: “We want youngsters to have a great time and get hands on with a range of activities but to also inspire their interest in science and how the world works.

“The variety of different events taking place over the summer at Magna shows what a diverse venue we have on our hands.”

Magna will also host Bubble Workshops, – how to make big bubbles and exploding bubbles; Animals In-Tuition - handle unusual creatures including snakes and tarantulas, and Rockets & Balloons – all about homemade rockets and hot air balloons, plus many more.

There will also be an opportunity to take a guided tour around Magna, and discover the history and heritage of the old Templeborough steelworks with former steel workers.

Entry to the workshops is for a small fee and they are open to visitors who have general admission tickets. Tickets can be bought on arrival. Magna summer workshops and events will take place between Saturday 19 July and Sunday 31 August. All full tickets include a further 12 months’ free entry. For more information and full event-listings, go to

Housed in a former steelworks in Sheffield Road, Templeborough, Magna offers families a variety of games, activities and displays.

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.

Magna’s Aqua-Tek play area - one of UK’s largest outdoor water play areas – will also be open to members of the public. The water attraction is alongside the main Sci-Tek adventure play area which features trampoline nets, spinning bowls, tilted roundabouts, twisted slides as well as rockets and castles.

Notes to editor

Attached photograph shows Magna outside play area.

For more information see or contact Lisa Woolhouse at Magna on 01709 723145 or at

Magna is housed in the giant former Templeborough steel works, which opened in 1916 and at its height employed 10,000 people. It shut in 1993 and was mothballed until its conversion to Magna in 2001. At one time the steelworks, which were a mile long, were said to be Europe’s largest. There were 14 open-hearth furnaces and 14 chimneys, which were replaced in the 1960s with electric arc furnaces. One of the arc furnaces is now a giant pyrotechnic display in the visitor centre called the Big Melt. The steelworks, which became known as Steelos, after the owners Steel, Peech and Tozer, produced up to 18 million tonnes of steel a year. Regular steel tours telling the story of Magna are led by former steel workers.

Additional media contact: Kate Betts on 01226 766900 or 07792 764891 or at

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