Thrills and spills with Easter activities at Magna

4 April 2014

Thrills and spills are on offer at Magna Science Adventure Centre during the Easter holidays.

Families are invited to come along and enjoy a wide range of activities which may involve them whizzing along a zip wire, helping science experiments go with a bang or holding a snake.

The ‘UK Zip Wire’ offers visitors the chance to fly across the colossal steelworks at 75 feet above ground level, daily at 11am or 4pm, priced £5 a go.

The popular ‘Kitchen Sink Show’ provides plenty of scientific entertainment with the performance of hair-raising, hands-on experiments. The show is fun for all the family – and especially for seven to 12-years-olds studying science at primary school. Book your tickets at £1 per person, for shows which are held Monday to Friday both weeks of the holiday, at 11.30am and 2.30pm.

Animal lovers who’d like to get up close with tarantulas, snakes and a host of unusual creatures can come along to the ‘Animals Intuition’ workshops to be held on Monday April 14th and Thursday April 24th. Times to be confirmed. Tickets cost £2 from reception on the day.

There will also be free ‘Forge Demonstrations’ where metal will be heated and shaped by the experts in front of a fiery furnace, every day at 11.15am and 1.15pm

And don’t forget, Magna runs ‘Steel Tours’ where you can find out all about the history of the former steelworks, the steel making process and what life was life for steel workers. Priced £1 per person, the tours run daily at 10.30am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm. Please book on the day at reception.

Magna also has more than 100 hands-on exhibits designed to explore the four elements of air, water, earth and fire. Its Sci-Tek outdoor play area features trampoline nets, spinning bowls, tilted roundabouts, twisted slides as well as rockets and castles. And, its Aqua-Tek play area - open when weather allows - is one of the largest wet play areas in the country.

Magna is open every day, 10am to 5pm during the Easter holidays. Admission charges apply. Then, all activities and workshops are open to visitors - please visit our website for details or call 01709 720002 for details.

Magna is housed in a former steelworks in Sheffield Road, Templeborough, Rotherham, near the M1.


Magna is visitor attraction, education resource and corporate/events venue which can cater for up to 3,000 people.

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

Historically, 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.

Magna Science Adventure Centre has more than 100 hands-on exhibits designed to explore the four elements of air, water, earth and fire. Outside, it boasts the Sci-Tek adventure play area and the Aqua-Tek water play area, which is open during the warmer months. The visitor attraction is open every day, 10am to 5pm. Visit 

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