Watch the Skies! FAQs

Watch the Skies! is coming, are you prepared for an unforgetable sci-fi spectacle under the iconic Lovell Telescope? We’ve put together some FAQs to make your evening launch as smoothly as possible.

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What to Expect

When can I arrive?
Doors open at 17:30, last entry at 20:00.

Will there be seating?
Seating will not be provided. Please bring your own folding camping chair, blanket or enthusiasm for sitting on the grass for comfort.

Are there covered areas? 
No, and the event will go-ahead whatever the weather (rain or shine). We recommend you dress warmly, wear layers and bring a waterproof coat.

Will the films be projected onto the Lovell Telescope?
We are building a bespoke cinema beneath the telescope which will be used for screenings to ensure film quality. A specially commissioned short will be projected onto the Lovell Telescope prior to the feature screening.

How busy will the site be?
Attendees of Live at Jodrell Bank’s events might be expecting crowds of thousands of people. This will not be the case. Tickets are limited to ensure a quality and comfortable cinematic experience.

What times will the films start?
All main feature film screenings will start at 20:00. However, the site will be open from 17:30 each evening with events, activities and food & drink available prior to the main screening.

When does the Science Fair start?
The Science Fair will run from 17:30 – 19:30 each night. Entry is free.

Please print your tickets prior to the event. You are responsible for producing your ticket in order to gain entry to the site. Due to Jodrell Bank’s rural location, there is limited (if any) 3G internet access, and there will be no wi-fi available. So do not rely on accessing your ticket via email, or through a mobile passbook service, upon arrival.


Jodrell Bank is 20 miles south of Manchester on the A535 between Junctions 18 and 19 of the M6 motorway.

Travelling by car/motorbike
Visitors driving from Manchester should follow the A34 through Wilmslow, turning right on to the A535 just before Alderley Edge Railway station. The A535 is signposted Chelford and Holmes Chapel. Jodrell Bank is just of the A535 and signposted. Visitors arriving along the M6 should leave the motorway at Junction 18, take the A54 into Holmes Chapel, and then the A535 (Signposted Chelford). Alternatively, if arriving from the South, follow the A50 from Newcastle-under-Lyme, turning right on to the A535 at Holmes Chapel. Jodrell Bank is jut off the A535 and signposted. Sat Nav: Use postcode SK11 9DW this will bring you to the Discovery Centre.

Car Parking
There will be on site parking available and you will be able to buy car parking tickets on the day for £5.

Travelling by Bike
If you arrive by bike, please lock it to one of the Jodrell Bank cycle racks. You can leave your bike during the event and collect on exit. Bike locks are not provided so please remember to bring your own. Racks are located in the Discovery Centre car park. 

Travelling by Coach
Big Green Coach are operating a day return coach service on both Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th October to Jodrell Bank.

Coaches run from Manchester at 17:30 (5.30pm) and from Stockport  at 18:00 (6.00pm) each day. All coaches depart from the event at 23:30 (11.30pm). The coach will take around an hour to reach Jodrell Bank.

Return fares are only £15 and must be purchased online in advance here.

Travelling to/from Manchester
Manchester is easy to travel to from other major UK cities. Direct services between Manchester and London run every 20 minutes with Virgin Trains, and the journey takes around 2 hours.

There are four key train stations in Manchester city centre – Deansgate, Piccadilly, Oxford Road and Victoria. For all train times and fares, visit

Manchester can also be reached by coach from other major UK cities, there is a National Express coach station located in the city centre. For all coach times and fares, visit 

Travel Recommendations
We recommend that guests travelling from outside of the Greater Manchester area (eg. from Liverpool, Birmingham, London, Sheffield), without access to a car, make their way to Manchester city centre via either train or coach, and book a return bus ticket to Jodrell Bank here.

Please keep in mind that the coach to and from Jodrell Bank takes over an hour, and will not return to Manchester city centre until after midnight.

Food & Drink

Can I bring alcohol
No, and any alcohol brought onto the site will be confiscated by our stewards.

Can I bring a BBQ?
BBQs are not permitted on site.

Can I bring a picnic?
Picnics, snacks and soft drinks are permitted.

Can I buy food?
Food & drink will be available to purchase from outlets on both nights. There will be a fully stocked bar, fish & chips stall, coffee van (also serving sweets, popcorn, crisps etc) and the Jodrell Cafe itself will be open. Vegetarian options will be available.

Can I buy alcohol?
Alcoholic drinks will be on sale for guests over the age of 18 as we operate a ‘challenge 25 policy’.

Is There Anything I Shouldn’t Bring?

Dangerous items

You are not permitted to bring any glass drinking vessels, dangerous or sharp knives, BBQs, flaming torches or flares.

To avoid obstruction
You are not allowed to bring gazebos, tents or shelters of any kind. Please do not bring golf umbrellas as they will obstruct the view for other guests.

Access Facilities

Access around site
The screenings at Jodrell Bank will be held outdoors beside the Lovell Telescope. There may be some grass areas that are uneven. The disabled car park is located at the front of the Discovery Centre car park. The ground leading from the disabled car park to the entrance is hard standing. There are no hard standing pathways in the Screening Area itself, but it is a flat park area with some accessible pathways around the perimeter. There is a walk of approximately 20m from the disabled car park to the screening area.

Accessible parking
An accessible car park is located close to the main entrance (about 30m). The ground is level and hard standing.

Accessible toilets
There are accessible toilets on site.

Assistance dogs
We welcome assistance dogs, there will be an area provided for drinking and toileting.

Hearing Loop
There will be a hearing loop available onsite for both screenings.


Are children allowed?
Babies under 12months will be admitted free of charge on both nights. Children under 10yrs are free for 2001: A Space Odyssey on Fri 03 Oct. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

Alien on Sat 04 Oct is an over 18s only event, children and babies over the age of 12months will not be admitted.

Is there a discount for children?
For Children between the age of 10yrs-16yrs concessionary tickets are available at the price of £12.50.

Will there be baby changing facilities?
Yes, a number of the toilets have these facilities.

General Questions

What is the entrance policy?
We have a number of restrictions for entrance onto the event site:

  • Management reserve the right to refuse admission
  • Picnics and hampers permitted
  • Chairs permitted
  • No glass drinking vessels
  • No dogs (except for guide dogs)
  • No gazebos
  • No illegal substances
  • No dangerous knives
  • No flaming torches or flares
  • No BBQ’s

Can I bring a chair?
Yes, seating will not be provided so please bring a folding camping chair.

Can I bring a camera?
Professional cameras and video/audio equipment are strictly prohibited. 

Are dogs allowed at the event?
No dogs or other pets are allowed at the event. Assistance dogs will be permitted.

Will there be a cash machine?
No there will not be a cash machine, make sure to bring enough cash with you.

Will there be toilets?
There are toilets onsite including accessible toilets.

Will there be stewards at the event?
There will be security stewards at the event and they will be clearly visible, please ask if you need any assistance.

Will I be able to smoke at the event?
Yes, the law permits you to smoke at outdoor events.

Can I camp at the event?
There is strictly no on site camping. You must make full arrangements to leave the site following the show. There are local campsites and accommodation options should you wish to stay nearby overnight.

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