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Doc.Yard’s Secret Lab

11 Feb 2017 - 1 May 2017

Secret Lab is back this February

Avaliable in the school holidays and weekends - and for school trips!

Groups of up to 30 young (and not so young) scientists experience a 45 minute hands-on, electrifying visit to the eccentric Doc. Yard’s Secret Lab in the company of equally eccentric assistant Bunsen.

This hair-raising activity is taking place onsite inside No.1 Smithery – all included as part of your annual ticket.

Running February Half Term, Easter Holidays and weekends from Saturday 11th Feb – Monday 1st May 

*For school trips (available Monday – Friday), please contact our learning department for more information and for booking: / 01634 823859.


*Please note- Spaces within the Secret Lab are allocated on a “first come, first served basis” so please make sure you arrive early to secure your time slot & to avoid disappointment! 

  • Purchase your ticket – online or at the door.  Tickets are valid for 12 months so come back again later in the year for Pirates and more Doc.Yard fun!
  • Go to the Plan your Visit point to book your time slot with Doc!
  • Times are below:
10:30 am 12:30 pm 2:30pm
10:50 am 12:50 pm 2:50pm
11:10 am 1:10 pm 3:10pm
11:30 am 1:30 pm
11:50 am 1:50 pm
  • Enjoy your Secret Lab Experience and explore the rest of the Dockyard!
  • Still unsure? Read what our bloggers have had to say! HerneHillMum PigeonPaidAndMe 

Don’t forget – by purchasing your annual ticket for The Historic Dockyard Chatham, you will get a whole 12 months of family-fun activities throughout the year for everyone to enjoy.

*Please be aware this experiment includes latex balloons and electrical and magnetic fields. 


There are many zones within the ‘lab’ where children will be able to experience different activities throughout the 45 minute session:

Prep Room

Scientists don lab coats and stylish safety specs ready to enter the Lab. Can the children pass the ‘are you a bright enough spark’ test to enter Doc’s atomic research facility? Adults have to be able to pass the ‘can you conduct yourself properly’ test.

Doc's Study!

The brain of the Secret Lab. Here the visiting scientists find out about the tiny world of the atom and the electron. It’s all Greek to Bunsen. Warning – don’t burst the balloon!

Static Zone!

Can you pat your head and rub your tummy at the same time?  If you can, then find out what happens when you swap electrons between different substances! The effects could be hair-raising!

Magnetic Zone!

What is a magnet? Find out how to make your own magnet and see some of the weird things magnets can do. What is the biggest magnet on earth?

Hair Raising Zone!

Find out what Robert J got up to in his laboratory. See what happens to someone exposed to 100, 000 volts of electricity. See strange effects and members of the audience light up. Attract your own lightning bolt and survive!

Motor Zone - Schools only!!

Where does most of the electricity on the planet come from? How do we use electricity? Learn some science secrets that most adults don’t understand!

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