The Belfast Telegraph has teamed up with science museum W5 to launch a competition celebrating the venue’s 10th birthday.
W5, voted one of the top 10 museums in the UK last year, is giving away tickets guaranteeing a year’s free entry to the centre for 10 local community groups.
The lucky winners will each receive a ‘Golden Ticket’, allowing 12 members of the group or charity free admission to the venue any day throughout the year.
With the support of the Belfast Telegraph, the competition is designed to benefit youngsters who would not normally have access to the museum.
From popcorn-making to lie detectors and sound waves to UFO-spotting, organisers hope the Golden Tickets will give children across Northern Ireland the opportunity to enjoy science.
Dr Sally Montgomery, chief executive of W5, said: “Since March 2001 we have enjoyed 10 amazing years of scientific fun and discovery and over the past decade we have had fantastic support from the public, schools, businesses and local communities.
“The Golden Tickets will help us to reach out to those who would really benefit from a year-long pass but may find it hard to meet the financial commitment to ensure they too can enjoy W5.”
Belfast Telegraph editor Mike Gilson said: “This is a great opportunity for children across Northern Ireland to learn about science in a unique and exciting way.
“Far too few young people are given the opportunity to advance their education by visiting museums like W5, and we hope to change that by giving local groups free access for a year.
“As a paper that is at the heart of the community, the Belfast Telegraph is delighted to sponsor this competition.”
W5 — which stands for Whowhatwhenwherewhy — has more than 160 interactive exhibits on permanent display, covering subjects as diverse as motor racing, lasers and bridge-building.
Located in Belfast’s Odyssey leisure complex, the venue was developed as part of the landmark millennium project and has attracted more than two million visitors from around the world. The Golden Ticket competition is open to all charities, community groups and local organisations across the province. Entrants must show that their members would not normally have access to W5 and must be able to demonstrate the difference regular visits would make to its children.
The tickets are valid every day of the year W5 is open and will give up to 12 people all-day access to the museum.
How to enter
The Golden Ticket competition is open to all charities, community groups and local organisations in Northern Ireland.
Tickets are valid on any day of the year W5 is open and will give up to 12 people from the organisation free, all-day access to the museum.
Winners will also receive a 10% discount in the museum cafe and gift shop and 15% off all conference and banqueting venue hire. Visits to W5 must be pre-booked and all children must be accompanied by an adult.
To download an entry form, visit www.w5online.co.uk, phone 02890 467 700 or ask at the ticket desk in W5. Applications must be returned by post to: W5/Belfast Telegraph Golden Ticket, W5 at Odyssey, 2 Queen’s Quay, Belfast, BT3 9QQ. Closing date is February 25.