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Exciting summer programme of Events & Activities .. Check our calendar for details!
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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 aim to 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.

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 so check Twitter or this homepage 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
Annual Astronomy Festival
September 2 (6.30pm - 11pm), 3 (10am - 6pm then 6.30pm - 11pm), 4 (10am -6pm). Join us for a fantastic weekend. There is so much to do for everyone and you do not have to be an astronomer to enjoy the fabulous atmosphere. Come for an evening, come for a day or come for the whole weekend and camp under the backdrop of the amazing domes! There are lectures, trade stands, children's activities, viewing the night sky through some of the country's largest telescopes (weather permitting) and so much more. For more information about prices and details of the programme of activities and lectures for the weekend visit the Astronomy Festival page in the What's On section.
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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.
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