Space Explorers! Family Festival Weekend

Space Explorers! Family Festival Weekend

The Space Explorers! festival features a Mini Astronaut Programme in local venues, half-term cosmic adventure workshops and three space-themed theatre performances at The Spring.

Reach for the stars!

This year is the 50th anniversary of the moon landings and to celebrate The Spring is inspiring children to reach for the stars.

Anyone who wants to follow in the footsteps of Neil Armstrong, the man who first walked on the moon in 1969, can earn a “Spring Trained Astronaut” award in a fun and entertaining environment.


Budding space explorers will also learn about the solar system, the universe, the future of space exploration and what it’s like to be an astronaut.


Blast off is during the first two weekends of February. The Mini Astronaut Programme will be held in four community venues with fun activities and training tasks for families and children aged 10 and under.

There are also 1,000 free craft packs for children to make their own rockets. These can be collected from The Spring, local community centres and libraries.

Anyone who collects one of the craft packs or attends the Mini Astronaut Programme gets 50% off admission to the Cosmic Adventure Workshops, held during the half-term holidays in The Spring theatre.

This is followed on February 23 and 24 by a weekend of space-related theatre and performances.

Ready Steady Lift Off! is an interactive theatre show for three to eight year olds and their families; with music, storytelling and painting.

The Star Seekers appeals to children’s wide-eyed wonder and hunger for exploration. The show relays the limitless majesty of the universe to the next generation of space enthusiasts.

Little Star, in The Spring’s theatre on Sunday, uses puppetry, music and captivating visuals to delight babies aged six to 18 months old.

Sophie Fullerlove, director of The Spring said: “This is a real celebration of space exploration in a way that everyone can enjoy, take part in and learn about the wonders of the universe at the same time.”



In the community…


The Mini Astronaut Programme

Visit a local community centre and undertake astronaut training tasks - fun for children aged 10 and under and their families. All sessions are free and tickets are not required.


Events at The Spring…


Cosmic Adventure Workshops

Half-term workshops for children under 10. Travel to a new planet and help us make it home.


Ready Steady Lift Off

An interactive theatre show with painting, colouring and music.  Enjoy in conjunction with The Star Seekers or while younger siblings enjoy Little Star.


The Star Seekers

A journey through the stars where you take the steering wheel.  Marvel at the wonders of the universe.


Little Star

A star-lit show for babies aged six to 18 months.  The perfect first theatre experience.



The Mini Astronaut Programme

Drop in anytime between 10am and noon and 2pm and 4pm for astronaut training tasks which are fun for children aged 10 and under and their families.

Try out a space communication system and see if you meet the challenges of outer space. All sessions are free and tickets are not required.

The venues

Saturday, 2 February: Acorn Centre, Eagle Ave, Wecock Farm, PO8 9UX

Sunday, 3 February: Leigh Park Community Centre, Dunsbury Way, PO9 5BG

Saturday 9 February: Rowans Hospice, Purbrook Heath Road, PO7 5RU

Sunday 10 February: Bedhampton Community Centre, Bedhampton Road, PO9 3ES