Sunny start to summer holidays boosts Magna visitor numbers

25 July 2012

 Magna Science Adventure Centre’s outdoor water play park Aqua-Tek has made a big splash during the warm start to the school holidays. 

Almost 2,000 visitors went through the gates of the Templeborough attraction in the first five days of the long break.

And many children took the opportunity to cool off in the attraction’s Aqua-Tek outdoor water play area, one of the largest of its kind in the UK.

Visitor services manager Richard Smith said:  “As a former vast steelworks, Magna offers plenty of interesting things for visitors to do inside, but we also cater really well for visitors who want to be outside on nice days. It’s brilliant that the weather has improved at the start of the summer break after such a long dreary spell.

“Children are encouraged to bring their swimwear and towels to have a splashing time in our water adventure area, which combined with our Sci-Tek outdoor play area rivals anything in Europe.”

The venue is also hoping a new touring exhibition about the world inside people’s mouths will also appeal to families.

‘Keeping Britain Smiling’, which runs from July 28th to September 2nd, features a range of interactive exhibits which explore everything from the anatomy of the mouth and how it works to the surprising history of dental hygiene and dentistry, and how to care for teeth and gums.

Magna is the only venue in the north of England to host the exhibition during a tour which began at London’s O2 Bubble and has already attracted tens of thousands of visitors.

Magna, which is run as a charity, 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.

Full day tickets include entry to the indoor attraction as well as 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, visit or call 01709 720002.


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

Additional media contacts for Magna: Deborah Wain on 07903 466228 or at or Kate Betts on 01226 766900 or 07792 764891 or at

‘Keeping Britain Smiling’ is a touring exhibition travelling to science centres and shopping malls throughout Britain. The exhibition was commissioned by Colgate Palmolive and designed and manufactured by KCA London, a consultancy working across the leisure, heritage and education sectors to develop and deliver visitor experiences. The exhibition is part of a wider ‘Keeping Britain Smiling’ campaign by Colgate. Media contact: Jinny Sheffield at



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