Days Out: Magna, Rotherham

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Explore Yorkshire’s rich history in the steel industry with a visit to the Magna science centre in Rotherham.

At one time, Steel, Peech and Tozer employed 10,000 people and produced two million tonnes of steel every year.

After it closed in 1993, the former Templeborough steelworks was turned into a huge attraction where families can now learn about the region’s strong industrial heritage.

The centre covers a huge area measuring a third of a mile long and 150ft high – but there’s more than enough to fill the vast space as Magna has over 100 hands-on exhibits.

All the exhibits are themed on the four pavilions: Air, Earth, Fire and Water, the ‘elements’ needed for making steel.

Visitors can learn how the steel industry in South Yorkshire had its roots in Roman times - iron was made from rocks extracted from the earth locally, fire was used to smelt the iron ore, air was used to aid combustion and water from the local rivers cooled and powered machinery.

And this summer, Magna will launch Yorkshire’s largest indoor inflatable adventure zone.

Magna Mayhem is a new purpose-built indoor world of adventure where children can enjoy a range of specially-created inflatables including a Jump ‘n’ Slide, helter skelter, mountain climb, candy twist disco dome and bootcamp challenge.

Magna Mayhem will be open Monday to Friday from August 14-25, and around the year the attraction hosts various events including Aqua-Tek and the annual Oktoberfest.


Magna, Rotherham

Opening times: Weekdays 10am –5pm (during summer holidays)

Admission: Prices vary, see website for details


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