Setting up Chemistry Shows


Click on the questions below:
How far do we travel?
How many children per show?
How many shows can be done in one day?
What does the venue need to provide?
What shows topics are presented as Chemistry shows?
When are Chemistry shows available?
How much does it all cost?
Information for Special Educational Needs.


How far does Explorer Dome travel?

  • We regularly travel throughout:
    Bath and North East Somerset - Berkshire - Bristol - Dorset - Gloucestershire - Hampshire - Herefordshire - North Somerset - Oxfordshire - Somerset - South Gloucestershire - South Wales - Swindon - Wiltshire - Worcestershire

  • If you are out of our normal area, it's worth knowing that we do travel further a-field and have regular schools and science festivals we visit in London, Derbyshire, North Wales and Staffordshire. These are usually 2 or 3 day bookings and we charge our full day rate of £580 + VAT. This does include a full day of shows.

  • We also travel even further afield and have taken chemistry shows abroad many times.

HOw many children PER SHOW?

  • We recommend up to 70 (primary aged) or 60 (secondary aged) students per show.
    We can set up in a lab or classroom, but a hall is best if you are keen to do shows for larger groups.

How many shows can be done in one day?

  • We can usually fit 4 shows into a single day. Occassionally we can do a 5th show, but it does depend on your timetable as breaks are required to reset/wash equipment between shows.
  • We can bring 2 different shows on the same day. If you wish to have different show topics on the same day, this may reduce the number of shows we can do as resetting takes some time.
  • To work out the best timetable, do contact us directly and we can make a plan.

What does the venue need to provide?

  • The chemistry shows require access to power supply, hot water and 2 tables. The hot water does not need to be in the same room.
  • Children should be seated at least 2 metres from the demo area.  We recommended that students at the front of the group are seated on benches/floor and those at the back of the group are seated on chairs to help them see clearly.  A semi-circle arrangement of chairs can also help - it would be very helpful if there is someone who can help the presenter set these out at the start of the day for the presentation.
  • We will need reasonable vehicle access to the hall – let us know if access is likely to be poor (e.g. many steps / long distances) as this will affect the schedule or even our ability to come to your venue.
  • At least one member of staff must accompany the students. For family shows, all children under 7 should be accompanied by a adult.
  • Noise in the same hall will affect the presentations.

What shows topics are presented AS CHEMISTRY SHOWS?

  • For a full list of topics presented inside the Dome, please visit:
    Chemistry Shows


How much does it all cost?

  • For a guide to the cost for the Dome and Chemistry shows, please visit:
  • The Royal Society of Chemistry support the work we do in schools. Therefore for schools in Bristol - North Somerset - South Gloucestershire - Bath & NE Somerset - Somerset - Gloucestershire - Swindon and parts of Wiltshire, the RSC may fund half of the cost of your visit. However, the allocation of these funds in annual and distributed on a first come first served basis so please contact us for more information.

    Alternatively, if it's easier, please don't hesitate to get in touch directly - either through our contact form, or scroll down to find our direct email address and phone number.

Special Educational Needs

  • For children with learning and behavioural difficulties we have a maximum capacity of 60 INCLUDING teaching staff and carers. For EBD children we would recommend smaller class sizes than this.
  • The shows contain bangs and suprises. It is worth letting us know of any worries individual students may have with this (e.g. behavioural difficulties, autism or epilepsy) so we can then adapt our shows accordingly. 
  • The most hands-on of our chemistry show is the Bubble Show. This is the show we recommend for SEN groups. We can give you a full break down of the show in advance and presenters will use some Makaton signing in the shows.
  • Please have a look at our SEN shows page for suggestions of other shows that might work well for your group.

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