Wednesday, April 18, 2012

News: Magna enjoys busy Easter


Magna Science and Adventure Centre in Rotherham recently welcomed the highest number of visitors through its doors on an Easter Monday for eight years.

Magna is the UK's first science adventure centre and is set in the former Templeborough steelworks.

The 1,556 people who visited in the bad weather was the highest number on an Easter Monday since 2004 and was the highest daily total for more than three years. Visitor numbers for the whole Easter break were also up on last year.

Hundreds even braved the cold at Magna's outdoor play areas Sci-Tek, which features trampoline nets, spinning bowls, tilted roundabouts, twisted slides as well as rockets and castles, and Aqua-Tek - one of UK's largest outdoor water play areas.

Magna's indoor four pavilions are on a theme of earth, air, fire and water, and visitors can also see the works' original arc furnace brought back to life through dramatic special effects.

There are daily guided steel tours to explain the steel making process and show what life was life for steel workers.

Easter also saw Rotherham-based F1 Showcars give visitors the chance to experience what it is like to be a Formula One driver in their full size simulator.

Karen Staniforth, marketing manager at Magna, said: "Magna offers something for all the family in all weathers. We have the four pavilions inside, which give a fascinating insight into the steel-making process for children and adults.

"And if the weather is good then the Sci-Tek and Aqua-Tek outdoor play areas are great for kids to let off steam."

Rotherham Council's cabinet recently approved a further one year loan facility to the Magna Trust. This would replace the existing loan facility, which would be repaid before the new loan was taken out. The operators of the venue, the Magna Trust is not allowed to go overdrawn under the terms their constitution.

Magna website



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