10 Things You Might Not Know About Techniquest
For 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…
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.
Since 1986, the science discovery centre has had more than five million visitors, including at least 1.5 million school pupils on organised trips.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The centre regularly hosts an adult-only event called After Hours with guest speakers and a fully licensed bar!
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!)