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Talk:Robin Ince – The Importance of Being Interested at National Space Centre

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Talk, Fri 5 Nov 2021, £12.50-£25

National Space Centre

National Space Centre


Exploration Drive,


Take a seat in the Sir Patrick Moore planetarium for an evening with comedian, writer, broadcaster and human, Robin Ince, as he takes you on an adventure for the scientific curious (18+).

Discover how Robin abandoned science at school, bored by a fog of dull lessons and intimidated by the barrage of equations. But, twenty years later, he fell in love and he now presents one of the world’s most popular science podcasts.

Every year he meets hundreds of the world’s greatest thinkers, and will be sharing their stories, anecdotes and scientific endeavours on this one-off evening to support the launch of his brand new book.

• Times •

19:00 Doors and bar/cafe opens (no entry to the Rocket Tower or galleries)
19:15 Doors to planetarium open – take your seats
19:30 Show begins
20:15 Interval
20:30 Second half
21:15 Book signing (café/bar remain open)
22:00 Building closed

• About Robin •

Robin is probably best known as the co-host of the Sony Gold Award winning BBC Radio 4 series The Infinite Monkey Cage with Professor Brian Cox. He also co-hosts the podcast Book Shambles with Josie Long, An Uncanny Hour and Science Shambles with Dr Helen Czerski, all three of which are a part of The Cosmic Shambles Network, which he also co-created.

He has created, curated, pioneered and hosted numerous nights mixing science, music and comedy at some of the most celebrated venues around the world from the Hammersmith Apollo and the Royal Albert Hall in London to the Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto and The Opera House in Wellington. His brainchild Nine Lessons and Carols for Curious People continues to sell out theatres every year, over a decade after its first appearance, and in 2022 he embarks on a world tour of arenas with Professor Brian Cox.

• FAQs •

What age is the show suitable for?
This show is 18+

How do I get a refund?
All tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable (if the government guidelines change and we have to cancel the show, refunds will be offered automatically).

Is there a dress code?
There is no formal dress code.

Can I park overnight at the Centre?
Yes, although all vehicles are left at your own risk.

Do you serve food and drink?
Yes, the cafe and bar will be open offering hot and cold drinks, as well as sandwiches and snacks.

Can I bring my own book to be signed?
No, due to the timings of the evening we are not able to offer this facility.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (with charge)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberWelcome HostWheelchairs availableAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Event details

Dates Times
Fri 5 Nov 2021 19:00 to 22:00 19:00 to 22:00


Ticket Only £12.50
Ticket and Signed Book (signed in person on the night) £25


See location of National Space Centre on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: SK 587065  Lat: 52.65306 Long: -1.13370

By Road: The National Space Centre is located just off the A6, two miles north of Leicester City Centre, midway between Leicester's inner and outer ring roads. Brown road signs with a distinctive rocket logo will direct you from the arterial routes around Leicester.

By Train: Eat Midlands Trains and Cross Country Trains serve Leicester Station. From here you can either take a bus or taxi to the National Space Centre. First Bus 54 runs every 10 minutes Monday to Saturday and every 20 minutes on Sunday from Charles Street, a short walk from the station.

By Bus: First Bus 54 runs every 10 mins throughout the day Monday to Saturday and every 20 mins on Sunday running from 9.30am. The bus stop is only 2 minutes’ walk away from the National Space Centre.

By Park & Ride: The National Space Centre, Abbey Pumping Station and Dock all now have their very own Park and Ride bus stop. Just head to the Birstall Park and Ride site and hop on a bus to us. The stop is on Abbey Lane, opposite ASDA supermarket and just a short walk to the Centre (just look for the Rocket Tower). The Park and Ride option is a great option for special events, wet school holiday days and when the 400 spaces in our car park are full. Birstall Park & Ride Site, Loughborough Rd, Leicester LE4 4NP

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 4.8 km from Leicester station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Credit cards accepted (with charge)Credit cards accepted (with charge)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality