Visitor numbers up at Magna

30 July 2014

The number of visitors to Magna Science Adventure Centre in the first week of the school holidays was up by 40 per cent on last year.

More than 5,000 people visited the tourist attraction in Rotherham in the first seven days of the summer break this year, with many taking advantage of the outside play areas Sci-Tek and Aqu-Tek.

Stuart Ballard, education director at Magna, said: “The great thing about Magna is that there is something to do whatever the weather. Inside is absolutely fascinating. The sheer size of the place is really breath-taking and there are more than 100 hands-on exhibits on the themes of earth, fire, air and water.

“And outside the two play areas are pretty impressive too. Aqua-Tek is one of the UK’s largest outdoor water play areas and Sci-Tek features trampoline nets, spinning bowls, tilted roundabouts, twisted slides, as well as rockets and castles. Everything to keep the kids amused for hours.”

Starting from the first Monday of the holidays this year 5,036 people visited Magna over the next week. In 2013 the figure was 3,616.

During this summer Magna will also be hosting a series of fun science workshops, covering topics including molecules, bubbles, planets, and snakes and spiders.

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 a former steel worker. The steel tours run several times each day.

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Attached photograph shows children at Aqua-Tek at Magna.

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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.

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