Making a new discovery at W5

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Following hot on the heels of the iconic new Climbit exhibit in July, and record visitor numbers of over 45,000 in August, W5 will unveil its next step in a rolling programme of development this weekend.

After a period of refurbishment in September, START, W5’s hugely popular exhibition area for eights and under, re-opens on 4th October as Discovery. Old favourites return, refreshed and renewed, along with new exhibits and a new town themed environment.

Discovery is a hands-on, interactive exhibition area where children can learn about themselves and the world around them. It is a specially themed environment that encourages children to imagine, explore and experiment, but most importantly to play and have fun.

Discovery, is supported by the Outlet Village, Banbridge, and contains 16 themed areas which house over 50 interactive exhibits. Children can paint on a digital canvas in the Art Studio, play animal sounds in the Farmyard, paddle in a virtual rock pool on the Beach and flick through digital storybooks in the Castle. They can play shop in the Spar Store and visit the new Donnelly Group Garage, where they will discover exciting new interactives like the build a soft play Formula One Car. But the centre-piece of the garage has to be the brand new Fiat 500!

This project has been part-funded by Odyssey Trust Company and the European Regional Development Fund under the European Sustainable Competitiveness Programme for Northern Ireland and administered by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board.

To arrange an interview, photo opportunity or to find out more please contact: Pamela Johnson t. 028 9046 7772 e. pamelajohnson@w5online.co.uk