10 Things You Might Not Know About Techniquest

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techniquestFor over 30 years, Techniquest has provided a memorable day out for families, schools and future scientists. More recently, the much-loved centre has diversified to facilitate and partner with corporate supporters.

As a client of Thomas Carroll and one of our favourite leisure and learning spots, we wanted to fill you in on 10 things you might not know about Techniquest…

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Despite going for 30 years, many people don’t realise that Techniquest is a charity, relying heavily on corporate supporters and visitor admission charges to meet its operating costs.

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Since 1986, the science discovery centre has had more than five million visitors, including at least 1.5 million school pupils on organised trips.

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It is home to 120-hands on exhibits, a science theatre and a planetarium. Not only does Techniquest create its own exhibitions, it designs, manufactures and installs interactive experiences for science centres around the world including The Science Museum in London

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Techniquest also hosts a monthly Toddlers Day for pre-schoolers. On June 9 the theme is Animaltastic and on July 7, it’s A Day at the Seaside.

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In October 2016, British European Space Agency astronaut Tim Peake touched down in Techniquest to give school children from across Wales a first-hand account of life in space.

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Techniquest is diversifying! In line with its aim to be the UK’s leading science discovery centre, it is focusing on expanding its revenue streams including branching into corporate events.

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The centre isn’t just for kids. Following a recent refurb, Techniquest now has event and conferencing facilities for business meetings, events, awards dinners, Christmas parties, product launches and conferences – catering from 10-150 people.

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A meeting venue with a view, Techniquest has water front meeting rooms thanks to its idyllic spot in Cardiff Bay. Techniquest has already hosted the Cardiff Blues team for a team building day and facilitated over 100 guests at its own 30th anniversary celebration last year, where Virgin Galactic’s commercial director Stephen Attenborough was guest speaker.

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The centre regularly hosts an adult-only event called After Hours with guest speakers and a fully licensed bar!

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Lesley Kirkpatrick, CEO at Techniquest

Techniquest has a great and memorable motto introduced by CEO Lesley Kirkpatrick;

See it. Own it. Do it.

(Or SOD it as it’s more popularly known!)

Visit: www.techniquest.org

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