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

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Spectacular hands-on science and discovery among the domes and telescopes of a world famous astronomical observatory.
We look forward to welcoming you through 2016......

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

Summer Programme: open daily from 10 am

During the local school summer holiday: Thursday 21st July – Wednesday 31st August
We have daily telescope tours and science shows alongside our hands-on exhibits. Once you have paid your admission fee, 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 summer we will be presenting ‘DESTINATION SPACE’
A show celebrating Tim Peake’s mission as the European Space Agency’s first British Astronaut on the International Space Station
PLUS: fantastic pre-bookable children's workshops:

26th July ‘Light Fantastic’ half day workshop
Age 6 – 9 10.30 am– 1 pm  

27th July ‘Noisy Nature’ half day workshop
Age 6 – 9 2 pm - 4.30 pm SPACES AVAILABLE
(10.30 am– 1 pm FULLY BOOKED) 

28th July ‘Wonderful Weather ’ half day workshop
Age 6 – 9 10.30 am– 1 pm or 2 pm – 4.30 pm

2nd or 3rd August ‘Cool Chemistry’ full day workshop
Age 6 – 9 10.30 am – 4 pm BOTH FULLY BOOKED

4th August ‘Captivating Chemistry’ full day workshop
Age 10 – 13 10.30am -4 pm FULLY BOOKED

9th August ‘Rocketry’ half day workshop
Age 6 – 9  2 pm - 4.30 pm  SPACES AVAILABLE
(10.30 am – 1 pm FULLY BOOKED) 

10th August ‘Wonder of Colour’ half day workshop
Age 6 – 9 10.30 am – 1 pm or 2 pm - 4.30 pm

11th August ‘Family of the Sun’ half day workshop
Age 6 – 9 10.30 am – 1 pm or 2 pm – 4.30 pm

16th August ‘ Be an Astronaut’ half day workshop
Age 6 – 9 10.30 am – 1 pm or 2 pm - 4.30 pm

17th August ‘Electrifying Electrons’ NEW half day workshop
Age 10 - 13 10.30am - 1pm or 2pm - 4.30pm

18th August ‘K’Nex Construction’ half day workshop
Age 6 – 9 10.30 am– 1pm or 2pm - 4.30pm

Pre-booking ESSENTIAL for all workshops.
Please call 01323 832731 to secure your booking.

Workshops may be cancelled if there are less than 6 children booked.
Please note: the cost of the workshop does NOT include entry into the science centre.

Summer 'pop-ups'

Through the school holiday there will be 'pop-up' activities including our Eco Zone activity area and Inflatable Planetarium.

These will 'pop-up' on different days check twitter, the homepage of our website for the latest information and dates.

Astronomy Festival 2016

Our annual Astronomy Festival will be taking place from 2nd to 4th September this year. There is a packed programme already including 'Meet the NASA Scientist'. Yes a real life NASA scientist is coming all the way from California to be with us. Come along and have a chat to him or listen to his talks which includes a family friendly talk 'How many planets are there? Is Pluto a Planet?'. For more information go to the Astronomy Festival page.

Destination Space

Join the crew as we continue our Destination Space Project to celebrate the European Space Agencies first British Astronaut on the International Space Station during 2016. We have been following Tim Peake's mission on the ISS, keeping up to date with what he has been doing and his progress after his safe landing back on Earth.

We have been enjoying some wonderful events and we will continue to do so throughout the summer holidays with our fabulous Destination Space family science show which explores life on the ISS, how to get there and how to safely return.

See here for further details about the project 


2016 Information Leaflet
2016 Events and Activities Brochure
Spectacular Science for Schools
Cuckmere Bus
Every Wednesday from 17th February 2016 you can leave the car at home and still visit The Centre. PLUS you receive reduced entry of just £5 pp when presented alongside a valid Cuckmere bus ticket.
Find Out More
Saturday 13th August 8pm-12.30am Come and enjoy some cheese and wine followed by a guest speaker before looking out for some fast moving meteors (shooting stars) associated with the Perseids meteor shower. You will also get the opportunity to look through the historic telescopes (some of the largest in the country) at some fascinating celestial objects including Mars and Saturn (weather permitting). BOOKING ESSENTIAL and numbers are limited.
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