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Jodrell Bank and the stars of National Lottery Open Week

The weather is finally warming up, restrictions are easing and most of us are looking forward to some extremely well-deserved days out.

Well, here’s the good news: your National Lottery ticket or Scratchcard can help you dial up the fun at hundreds of venues across the UK. National Lottery Open Week, which runs from Saturday 5th June to Sunday 13th June 2021, is your chance to grab free entry or an array of special offers at all sorts of fascinating places including the Eden Project, Wembley Stadium, Stonehenge, St Fagans National Museum of History, Catalyst Arts, Falkland Palace and many, many more.

The 9-day event is a big thank-you to you – National Lottery players – who raise £30Million for good causes every week.

To find out which venues are taking part in your area visit And remember: to join the fun make sure you take your National Lottery ticket or Scratchcard (bought online or in a shop) with you on the day.

One of the amazing places that’s taking part is The Jodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire. National Lottery players who present a ticket or Scratchcard during National Lottery Open Week can enjoy a free hot drink in the Observatory’s Planet Cafe. And you may need a jolt of caffeine after checking out everything this incredible venue has to offer.

History and cutting-edge research go hand in hand at Jodrell Bank, a place where visitors learn as much about the power of human ingenuity as they do about pulsars, quasars and other astronomical phenomena.

The Observatory’s Lovell Telescope – a giant 76.2-metre dish – has been probing the depths of space since 1957. The structure has become a familiar landmark on the Cheshire Plain and the Observatory was made a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2019.

But did you know the gears that allow the telescope to turn came from World War 1 battleships or that its receiver is cooled to about 10 degrees above absolute zero to create the purest signal possible?’

Professor Teresa Anderson, Director of the Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, said the telescope’s brilliant design has kept it at the forefront of research. She said, “The shape of the dish is a paraboloid and its simplicity has made it very, very useful. It’s a kind of phoenix structure that is constantly being updated and reborn with improvements in electronics.”

Visitors to the Observatory’s Discovery Centre learn the facility was built on Cheshire Plain instead of Manchester because interference from the city’s electric trams was disrupting the work of Sir Bernard Lovell, the scientist after whom the telescope is named. You’ll also discover that the site of this technological marvel was created by teams of men using little more than buckets and spades.

The Observatory is looking forward to telling its story in even more detail when the First Light Pavilion – a stunning building set to open in late 2021 or early 2022 – is completed. The Pavilion, which will house an exhibition gallery, education areas, a projection space and a new café, has been supported by £12.1Million made possible by National Lottery players.

Professor Anderson said the ambitious First Light project would “absolutely not” have happened without National Lottery support. She said, “We’re so grateful and so aware of the great honour of it. It’s going to completely change how we welcome people to the site.”

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28th May 2021

Full T&Cs apply; these will vary from offer to offer, so ensure that you read the listing carefully as you may need to book your place in advance to gain entry. Players must be 18+.

Your National Lottery ticket unlocks more fun on 19-20th June when a pair of free cinema tickets are available to players during National Lottery Cinema Weekend.

The National Lottery has been changing the lives of winners and supporting good causes across the UK since 1994. In that time, there have been more than 6,100 new millionaires created and by playing The National Lottery you raise £36Million for good causes every week.

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