Xplore Science Discovery Centre, Wrexham is open every weekend, taking the stress away from those wondering how on earth to occupy their families in their free time.
With entrances on Henblas Street and Chester Street in Wrexham town centre, Xplore! is an educational charity with a visitor centre full of exhibits where children and grown-ups can try, test and experiment to their heart’s content.
Entry always includes access to our live-science show, which is about our amazing “Home Grown Scientists” for this month.
This show shines a light on the wonderful Welsh scientists that have helped to shape our world.
Unique Free Events
We’re proud that our centre, activities, workshops and shows all aim to make science accessible to everyone. Their not-for-profit organisation reinvests all income from its activities and is lucky to have received grants for some unique free events and activities to help people be curious about the world around them.
Xplore! is the trading name of North Wales Science, a company limited by guarantee and registered in England and Wales as a charity (Charity Number 1102959). Wrexham Glyndŵr University wholly owns the charity.
Xplore! is the premier Science Discovery Centre in North Wales attracting both the general public and school visits at the primary and secondary level. The centre offers over 65 interactive science exhibits and live science shows delivered to the public at weekends and during local (Wrexham) school holidays, enriching the lives of over 80,000 visitors every year.
For schools, Xplore! offers a comprehensive programme of curriculum-related science workshops and shows for groups in Foundation/Key Stage 1 right up to Key Stage 5. They can deliver either at the centre or by outreach visits across the whole of North Wales and into North West England, including Cheshire East and West, Warrington, Wirral, Liverpool and Shropshire.
To be “A home for Inspiring Science in the heart of the Community“, driving curiosity, raising aspirations by engaging imagination, a place of immersive and inter-generational learning, welcoming to all and contributing to our civic culture.
To communicate science in exciting and innovative ways to all people, regardless of age, ability or background.
Key dates are:
1985, when Techniquest was formed in Cardiff.
2002, when requests for STEM engagements in North Wales exceeded capacity.
2003, when founders formed The North Wales Science charity and created the science discovery centre Techniquest@NEWI; a partnership between Techniquest in Cardiff and NEWI (North East Wales Institute)
2008, when NEWI gained University status and the science centre changed its trading name to Techniquest Glyndŵr.
2018, when Techniquest Glyndŵr applied for funding from Wellcome to enable a transformation in its offer.
2019, when they received ISF funding, building work on the new town centre building began. A shift towards a community-focussed offer helps the centre to reach more under-served communities than ever.
2020, when they revealed a new brand ‘Xplore!’ and the operation shifted to being the heart of the community.
The company’s annual reports and accounts are available via the Charity Commission website or from the Company Secretary. North Wales Science is governed by a Board of Directors. The Board Members are the Charity Trustees and the Directors of the company. The company always welcomes interest in Trusteeship from individuals who support its objectives.
Please send any enquiries to the Company Secretary, Mr David Elcock, using firstname.lastname@example.org. The postal address is North Wales Science, 17 Henblas Street, Wrexham LL13 8AE.
Xplore Science Discovery Wrexham