Eureka! Science + Discovery in Wirral celebrates its first birthday by welcoming its 100,000th visitor, solidifying its place as one of the borough’s top tourist attractions.
To mark the one-year anniversary, the children and young people who worked with their schools, The Hive youth zone, Seacombe Children’s Centre, and other local service providers will be invited back to see what they helped to create.
On the eve of Wirral’s year as Borough of Culture in 2024, the landmark demonstrates how the centre is attracting visitors from the wider city region and beyond. Over the last year, the centre has welcomed visitors from all over the UK and abroad, with 11% coming from outside the region.
The centre and museum opened in November 2022 and are intended for children and young people up to the age of 14 to learn about the impact of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) on their lives. The centre is open six days a week and features interactive displays and exhibits such as a 12ft cat with a swishing tail and a climbing tree.
It includes hands-on learning experiences and special zones that help children learn about various topics such as Bodies, Homes, Nature, and Make Create. A programme of events, including workshops, shows, and talks, complements this by allowing children to learn creatively.
Eureka! Science + Discovery, Wirral’s newest tourist attraction, has worked in partnership with local community organisations to welcome families in for free or to offer subsidised tickets. These include the popular Universal Credit ticket, which allowed entire families to enter for just £1 per person during the Christmas season in 2022, resulting in approximately 2000 families visiting Eureka! Science + Exploration.
The annual pass, which allows visitors to have unlimited access to our centres for a full year for the price of a couple of movie tickets, has paid a visit to Eureka! affordable for those who may not be able to spend much money on family outings.
Leigh-Anne Stradeski, Chief Executive of Eureka! said:
“It has been inspiring to see the whole of Liverpool city region take Eureka! Science + Discovery into their hearts. This is the first expansion of the brand anywhere else in the UK and is testament to the ambition of Wirral and Liverpool City Region that together we were able to make it happen here at Seacombe Terminal. Eureka! plays a key role in helping children explore their own potential through the creative power of learning and discovery. It has been so rewarding to see the impact and appeal of Eureka! Science + Discovery on children of all ages, as well as the grown ups who visit with them.”
Leader of Wirral Council, Cllr Paul Stuart said:
“We’re proud that a world-class attraction like Eureka can be part of our ambitious regeneration programme to transform the Left Bank of the Mersey. Not only has it created many jobs and helped boost our local economy, but it’s a wonderful place for children from Wirral and beyond to learn about science, technology, education, arts and maths in an engaging, exciting way”.
Liverpool City Region Portfolio Holder for Economic Development and Business Cllr Mike Wharton said:
“We are delighted to see so many families drawn to Eureka! Science + Discovery, which is not only boosting the economy by attracting visitors to the city region but is also offering children a fun and exciting way to learn more about science, technology, engineering, arts and maths.
“This ties in perfectly with our aims to develop the next generation of scientists, innovators and creators and to ensure that young people have the skills to succeed in tomorrow’s workplace.”