AFTER years in the making, Jodrell Bank’s newest attraction is ready to ‘transport’ visitors to the stars.

The First Light Pavilion opens its doors on Saturday, June 4, and tickets are on sale now.

It’s part of a £21.5m development supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund and the stunning building takes the form of a grass-topped dome that cleverly mirrors the shape and scale of the dish of the famous Lovell Telescope at the Cheshire site.

The connection to the iconic landmark doesn’t end there because, inside, a new permanent exhibition will bring visitors into direct contact with huge sections of the authentic metal dish that has ‘listened’ to the skies since 1957.

The exhibition will tell the inspirational story of Jodrell Bank’s pioneering scientists and engineers.

Through a range of digital displays and projections, visitors will be able to see archive materials brought together for the first time, including audio, film, plans, photos and more.

Every visitor will also have an immersive audio-visual experience in the pavilion’s space dome, a state-of-the-art auditorium allowing people to ‘tour’ the stars and planets.

Lorna Harper, deputy director of Jodrell Bank Centre for engagement, said: “We’re delighted to have finally reached this moment.

“It’s yet another major milestone for this project and we’re looking forward to the next one, when we can finally welcome visitors into this beautiful new space.

“The First Light Pavilion compliments Jodrell Bank’s existing offer and massively enhances the overall visitor experience.

“From June 4, visitors will be able to engage not just with the mind-blowing science of the site, but also its internationally significant heritage.”