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The Observatory Science Centre
Herstmonceux
Hailsham
East Sussex
BN27 1RN
Tel: 01323 832731
Fax: 01323 832741

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Welcome

Spectacular hands-on science and discovery among the domes and telescopes of a world famous astronomical observatory.
We look forward to welcoming you through 2018......

Thank you for supporting us!
Telephone: 01323 832731
Fax: 01323 832741

FEBRUARY MID-TERM HOLIDAY PROGRAMME

The Centre is open every day from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm (last admission 3.00 pm). PLEASE NOTE ALTERNATIVE PARKING ARRANGEMENTS

During the local school half term:
Monday 11th – Monday 19th February                                      There are daily telescope tours and science shows alongside our hands-on exhibits. Once you have paid your admission price, there is NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE for these tours or shows!

• 3 Telescope Tours per day usually at 12pm, 2pm & 4pm
• 3 Science Shows per day usually at 11am, 1pm & 3pm

This half term we will be launching a NEW show “OPERATION EARTH”.
We are very excited to be involved with the NERC funded Operation Earth project; an inspirational programme exploring the importance of environmental science in helping us understand our changing world and the natural environment. We will have plenty of additional activities throughout the year so watch the website for further details.

IMPORTANT PARKING INFORMATION FEBRUARY 2018

PLEASE HELP US TO HELP YOU
We have recently experienced exceptional weather but we are fortunate to have contingency parking arrangements....

DO NOT PARK YOUR VEHICLE ON ANY GRASS WITHIN THE ESTATE. IT IS VERY BOGGY AND WE HAVE NO MEANS TO ASSIST VEHICLES THAT IGNORE THIS ADVICE.

DO NOT DRIVE IN TO THE ESTATE: THE CAR PARK IS ON WARTLING ROAD TO THE LEFT (SOUTH SIDE) OF THE ESTATE ENTRANCE... PLEASE PARK VEHICLES CLOSE TOGETHER.

CARS: Park on the FREE tarmac car park on Wartling Road. This is on the south side of the entrance barrier driveway and just a short walk along a private roadway within the Herstmonceux Estate. The car park is unlit, so if you are visiting for the open evening please bring a torch.

BLUE BADGE HOLDERS:
Follow signs to park at the back of The Centre with ramped access.

Do ring ahead if you are unsure of any arrangements.
Do wear appropriate footwear and warm clothing.

THANK YOU TO ALL OUR VISITORS FOR BEING UNDERSTANDING... ALSO PLEASE NOTE: THE OUTDOOR EXHIBIT AREAS MAY NOT BE OPEN IF GROUND CONDITIONS REMAIN MUDDY.

Exhibit Availability in the Winter Months

Please check the exhibits section for further details

Exclusive Book NOW AVAILABLE

The Isaac Newton Telescope - at Herstmonceux and on La Palma
2017 EDITION NOW AVAILABLE

We have produced a limited edition of just 200 gold-foiled copies to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the inauguration of the Isaac Newton Telescope (INT).

These are available with the exclusive INT pin badge designed for us by Brighton based artist Mark Charlton.

Paperback, 104 colour and black/white illustrations.
By Anthony Wilson.
Science Projects Publishing 2017. ISBN 978 0 9512394 2 1

Exclusively available from The Observatory Science Centre shop or via mail order.
Cost £23 (including p & p)
Please call us to make card payments.

Cheques payable to 'Science Projects Ltd' and send to:
The Observatory Science Centre
Herstmonceux
East Sussex
BN27 1RN

Mark Charlton limited edition

We are delighted to have 25 of Mark's INT50 prints (A2) available from a limited print run of 50.

Just £25 Once they’re gone, they’re gone!!

We are unable to post, so payment / collection must be in person.
Please call us to discuss 01323 832731
2018 Information Leaflet
2018 Events and Activities Brochure
Spectacular Science for Schools
OPEN EVENING 3rd MARCH
We will be re-opening at 6.30pm on the 3rd March. With clear skies we will be looking through the telescopes (some of the largest in the country) at some fascinating night sky objects including the magnificent MOON. Alongside the historic telescopes there will be the smaller telescopes of amateur astronomers. Viewing is always weather permitting and if you are travelling some distance please phone The Centre before you make the journey to check our forecast. On cloudy nights we usually offer a planetarium style show if there are enough people in The Centre. Regular admission price applies but if you are visiting during the day and would like to return for the evening, then take advantage of our special offer of just £5 per person with a valid receipt.
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TELESCOPE CLINIC 25th February
Do you have a love of astronomy? Are you getting a telescope or have you just got a telescope for Christmas? Have you got a telescope that is sitting in a box because you don't know how to use it? Well now is the time to get it out of the box and learn how to use it! Come and join East Sussex Astronomical Society for a late afternoon, early evening course. They will guide you through the workings and get you on the road to viewing. For more information and how to book go to the Courses page in the Astronomy section. BOOKING ESSENTIAL
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