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

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Evening

The Centre offers many possibilities as an unusual venue for your private evening group visit.

All ages and abilities will find something to both entertain and educate from a wide range of interactive hands-on indoor exhibits, to the restored and working historic telescopes and the exhibition ‘Domes of Discovery - the story of The Royal Observatory'.

If weather conditions are favourable, your group will view through the historic telescopes. 
If viewing is not possible, you will still have a comprehensive tour of the telescope domes. 
Every booking helps to develop this unique site.  Our friendly, dedicated staff and volunteers will advise and assist you at all times and ensure that your evening is a success, no matter what the weather.

What is Included?


  • Private use of The Centre by your group.
  • Access to the indoors hands-on exhibits.
  • A telescope tour which can include the domes that are not normally open to the public.
  • Viewing through the historic telescopes (weather permitting).
  • If time permits, a visit to the exhibition 'Domes of Discovery- the story of The Royal Observatory' which brings to life the 300 year history of one of the most famous scientific institutions in the world.
Catering
We have a choice of spaces available for seated catering; the café seats up to 36 and the main geodesic dome seats up to 80. The hands-on corridor of exhibits is an ideal space to explore with a finger buffet, served from our café. Menu suggestions are available to download and our Café Manager will discuss options with you.

Cost and How to Book

Cost (excluding catering)

£225 (+ VAT) for groups up to 20, then £11.25 per additional person.
Group organisers are welcome to a complimentary visit to check the facilities and discuss arrangements etc- please call us in advance and we will try to ensure a member of staff is available to answer your questions.
Telephone: 01323 832731
Fax: 01323 832741

Important Information and Facilities

  • All visitors to The Centre after dark should pay particular attention to where they are walking and ensure children are constantly supervised.
  • We recommend that warm clothing is worn and visitors may like to bring a torch (red light if possible).
  • There is ample FREE parking for coaches, minibuses & cars.
  • The Gift shop is packed with souvenirs, science books and astronomy related items as well as a fantastic range of pocket money science toys.  The shop can be available during your visit if required.
  • You will be assisted by a dedicated team of staff and volunteers, all of whom are checked through the Criminal Records Bureau and many of whom are registered STEM Sussex Science & Engineering Ambassadors.
  • The Centre is a NON-SMOKING site.
  • CCTV is operating throughout the site.
Please ensure your coach driver knows how to find The Centre.
Satellite Navigations may direct you to the closed entrance of the Herstmonceux Estate if you use the postcode so set the device to Wartling Road, Wartling.
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