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

Calendar of Events

January 2014

Open weekends only 11th & 12th; 18th & 19th; 25th & 26th

10 am - 5 pm.  Last admission 3 pm.

Friday 10th AND Saturday 11th - Open Evenings for BBC Stargazing LIVE  

Time: 6.30pm - 11pm
Cost: Normal admission price

For more information see Open Evenings
'Eat your Heart Out' workshop February 2014

Open daily 10 am - 5 pm from Saturday 1st  
Last admission 3 pm.

Wednesdays 5th/12th/19th/26th, March 5th/12th - 6 week evening course "Further Astronomy" 

This six-week course builds on the foundation provided by introductory courses and aims to provide a good overview of modern astronomy by describing how scientific methods are used to discover the kinds of astronomical objects that exist and how and why they evolve throughout their lives. For further information see Evening Courses.

Time: 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Cost: £75 for 6 evenings BOOKING ESSENTIAL AS LIMITED SPACES AVAILABLE

Saturday 15th February - Sunday 23rd February (local half term school holidays)

In addition to the interactive hands-on exhibits there will be daily telescope tours and spectacular science shows. These are included in your admission price.

               - Telescope Tours usually at 12pm, 2pm & 4pm
               - Spectacular science shows usually at 11am, 1pm &  3pm
 


Saturday 15th - Open Evening 

Time: 6.30pm - 11pm
Cost: Normal admission price

For more information see Open Evenings

Tuesday 18th -'A Hearty Work Out!' half day workshops
 
You will be learning all about the heart and how it keeps you alive! You will also get your heart pumping, check out your pulse and make your own stethoscope.  Just some of the fun activities before you relax and make your own heart-warming chocolates for a belated Valentine's treat.

Time: 10.30am-1pm; 2pm-4.30pm
Cost: £9.95 per child - this is for the workshop ONLY - BOOKING ESSENTIAL
Age: 6-9 years 

Wednesday 19th - 'Curious about Chemistry' half day workshops

Come and have a go at some exciting chemistry experiments.

Time: 10.30am - 1pm for age 6-9 years and 2pm - 4.30pm for age 10-13 years 
Cost: £9.95 per child - this is for the workshop ONLY- BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Notes for Parents/Guardians: Before booking your child/children on to a workshop please read the 'Notes for Parents/Guardians.' This will give you more information about how to book.
 
Please note whilst we endeavour to include all activities mentioned in the description, some activities may vary on the day.
 
Thursday 20th - 'Rocket to Jupiter' Twilight special. 

The rocket is the only engine that will work in space. To-day you will make and launch a water-powered rocket which you will float back to Earth by parachute. You will also make and race simple rocket powered cars. All this before you have a look through the historic telescopes at the Moon itself! (weather permitting).

Time: 1pm - 7pm 
Cost: £20.95 per child - this is for the workshop ONLY - BOOKING ESSENTIAL
Age: 10-13 years 

Notes for Parents/Guardians: before booking your child/children on to a workshop please consult the 'Notes for Parents/Guardians.' This will give you more information about how to book.
 
Please note whilst we endeavour to include all activities mentioned in the description, some activities may vary on the day.

Saturday 22nd - Secial Offer Open Evening

Time: 6.30pm - 11pm
Cost: SPECIAL OFFER 1 child admitted FREE with every full paying adult

For more information see Open Evenings


March 2014

Open daily 10 am - 5 pm. 
Last admission 3 pm.

National Astronomy Week (NAW2014) - 1st - 8th March

UK National Astronomy Week ("NAW") is held every few years or so to promote public awareness of astronomy by celebrating remarkable astronomical events. The focus of NAW this year will be "Target Jupiter". Along with Jupiter you will be able to see Mars and an array of other fascinating celestial objects in the night sky. Throughout the week, astronomical organisations and societies all over the UK will be holding a host of special observing events open to the public. To enable as many people as possible to join in, NAW runs from Saturday to Saturday so actually lasts for 8 days. Come and help us celebrate, we are holding a variety of events to suit everyone. Follow this link for more information about all our events taking place during NAW2014 including Key Stage specific schools events. 

Saturday 1st - Open Evening 

Time:
6.30pm - 11pm
Cost: Normal admission price

For more information see Open Evenings

Tuesday 4th - "Star Count" with Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Rainbows, Brownies & Guides

This is a pre-booked evening through your pack leaders. Come and be part of a nationwide project organised by the Campaign to Protect Rural England. The project "Star Count" is collecting data on the number of stars people can see in the constellation of Orion. Are we a dark site? We think so? You may even get to look through a huge telescope and take part in a mass stargazing activity which could form part of badge work.

Thursday 6th - "Adults Only!"

A fun filled evening without any children hogging the exhibits! Come and have a great time exploring the Centre with its 100+ interactive exhibits. Its time to let your hair down and get in touch with your inner child. The cafe will be open and there will be a bar, plus a chance to see what happens inside our mobile planetarium. All this plus a fantastic opportunity to look through the historic telescopes (weather permitting).

Time: 6.30pm - 11pm
Cost: Normal admission price NO BOOKING REQUIRED

PLEASE NOTE THAT WITHOUT EXCEPTION THERE ARE NO CHILDREN ALLOWED ON THIS EVENING

Friday 7th - Open Evening 

Time:
6.30pm - 11pm
Cost: Normal admission price

For more information see Open Evenings

Saturday 8th - "A Curry with Jupiter"

To celebrate the end of National Astronomy Week come and join us for a heart warming curry and a complimentary glass of wine or juice before listening to a fascinating talk by a guest speaker. Following all this you will be taken on a trip to the stars as you are given the opportunity to look through some of the largest telescopes in the country.

Time: 7pm - 11.30pm
Cost: £23.95 BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Tuesdays 11th/18th/25th March & 1st April -  4 week evening course 'Spring Star Search'

This course is designed to help you recognise the constellations so you will be able to navigate your way around the night sky. It incorporates lectures in one of the telescope domes with looking at the whole sky using the naked eye (weather permitting).

Time: 7.30pm -9.30pm
Cost: £55 for 4 evenings. BOOKING ESSENTIAL

For more information see Astronomy Courses

Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd - 'Activity Weekend'
 
Come and join us for a Family Fun Activity Weekend to celebrate National Science and Engineering week.

More details to follow

Time: 10am - 5pm
Cost: Normal admission price

Saturday 22nd - Family Open Evening for National Science and Engineering Week

Time: 6.30pm - 11pm
Cost: 1 child admitted FREE with every full paying adult

For more information see Open Evenings
Preparing to launch a water rocket April 2014

Open daily 10 am - 6 pm.
Last admission 4 pm.

Saturday 5th April - Monday 21st April (local school holidays)

In addition to our hands-on exhibits there will be
daily telescope tours and science shows. These are included in your admission price.

               - Telescope Tours usually at 12pm, 2pm & 4pm
               - Science Show usually at 11am, 1pm & 3pm 

Saturday 5th - Open Evening 

Time: 8pm - 12.30am
Cost: Normal admission price
For more information see
Open Evenings

Tuesday 8th - 'Man in the Moon' half day workshops 

Learn all about the features of the Moon through fun interactive activities. Make some fantastic craters and hear about the mysteries about the "Man in the Moon".

Time:
10.30am - 1pm or 2pm - 4.30pm 
Cost: £9.95 per child - this is for the workshop ONLY - BOOKING ESSENTIAL
Age: 6-9 years 

Notes for Parents/Guardians: Before booking your child/children on to a workshop please read the 'Notes for Parents/Guardians.' This will give you more information about how to book.

Please note whilst we endeavour to include all activities mentioned in the descriptions, some may vary on the day. 

Wednesday 9th - 'The Mysterious Moon' Twilight Special workshop 

Why is the Moon so important to us? How was it made? Why did we land there? Learn all about our satellite including its many features. Make fantastic craters and hopefully examine some real Moon rock. You will also get to look through the giant telescopes (weather permitting) not necessarily at the Moon though because you will find out out exactly why the Moon is so mysterious and why sometimes you cannot see it at all in the nightl!

Time: 2pm - 8pm
Cost: £20.95 per child - this is for the workshop ONLY - BOOKING ESSENTIAL
Age: 10-13 years

Notes for Parents/Guardians: Before booking your child/children on to a workshop please read the 'Notes for Parents/Guardians.' This will give you more information about how to book.

Please note whilst we endeavour to include all activities mentioned in the descriptions, some may vary on the day.

Tuesday 15th - 'Rocketry' half day workshops

Learn all about the mighty rockets that launch robot explorers to the planets and fly men and women into space.  Make and launch your own balloon and water powered rockets.

Time: 10.30am - 1pm or 2pm - 4.30pm 
Cost: £9.95 per child - this is for the workshop ONLY - BOOKING ESSENTIAL
Age:
6-9 years 

Notes for Parents/Guardians: Before booking your child/children on to a workshop please read the 'Notes for Parents/Guardians.' This will give you more information about how to book.

Please note whilst we endeavour to include all activities mentioned in the descriptions, some may vary on the day. 

Wednesday 16th - "Who Dunnit?" half day workshops

Fun and frantic Forensics adventure!

Time: 10.30am - 1pm for ages 6-9 years; 2pm - 4.30pm for ages 10-13 years 
Cost: £9.95 per child - this is for the workshop ONLY - BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Good Friday to Easter Monday 18th/19th/20th/21st - Easter Science Trail

Our alternative to an Easter Egg Hunt! Follow the sheet of science questions that will lead you around the centre and then claim your mini Easter Egg if the answers are correct. 

Normal admission price applies - NO EXTRA CHARGE for the trail.

May 2014

Open daily 10 am - 6 pm.
Last admission 4 pm.

Friday 16th - Open Evening for the Culture 24 'Museums at Night' weekend

Time: 8pm - 12.30am
Cost: Normal admission price 

For more information see Open Evenings

Saturday 17th - Special Cheese and Wine evening for the Culture 24 'Museums at Night' weekend

Join us for a cheese and wine supper to help celebrate the Culture 24 'Museums at Night' initiative. This evening aims to be both informal and informative and includes something a little special (details to follow). The evening also gives you an opportunity to look though The Centre's historic telescopes (weather permitting). If the weather is unsuitable, the evening will go ahead regardless.

For more information see Themed Evenings

Numbers are limited, so book early to secure your place.

Time: 7.30pm - 12midnight
Cost: £18.95 per person.

Saturday 24th - *SPECIAL* Meteor Storm Themed Evening

Join us for a cheese and wine supper and an informal talk about the potential meteor storm expected to occur on this evening. If the weather is unsuitable, the evening will go ahead regardless.

For more information see Themed Evenings

Numbers are limited, so book early to secure your place.

Time: 9pm - 2am
Cost: £18.95 per person.

Saturday 26th - Sunday 1st June (local half term school holidays) 

In addition to our hands-on exhibits there will be daily telescope tours and a Fantastic Science Show. These are included in your admission price.

               - Telescope Tours usually at 12pm, 2pm & 4pm
               - Science Show usually at 11am, 1pm & 3pm 

Wednesday 28th - 'Car Power' half day workshops 

Design and build your own model car and then see what can power it along - gravity, balloon, propeller or solar panels. 
 
Time: 10.30am - 1pm for 6-9 years and 2pm - 4.30pm for 9+ years 
Cost: £9.95 per child - this is for the workshop ONLY - BOOKING ESSENTIAL
Age: 6-9 years MORNING ONLY; 10-13 years AFTERNOON ONLY

Notes for Parents/Guardians: before booking your child/children on to a workshop please consult the 'Notes for Parents/Guardians.' This will give you more information about how to book.
 
Please note whilst we endeavour to include all activities mentioned in the description, some activities may vary on the day.

Thursday 29th - 'Meteorology Matters!' half day workshops 

Have you ever wondered why our weather is so changeable, how snow is made, or where the wind comes from? Well now you can discover the answers in our fun, engaging and interactive workshop.  
 
Time: 10.30am - 1pm and 2pm - 4.30pm  
Cost: £9.95 per child - this is for the workshop ONLY - BOOKING ESSENTIAL
Age: 6-9 years 

Notes for Parents/Guardians: before booking your child/children on to a workshop please consult the 'Notes for Parents/Guardians.' This will give you more information about how to book.
 
Please note whilst we endeavour to include all activities mentioned in the description, some activities may vary on the day.

June 2014

Open daily 10 am - 6 pm.
Last admission 4 pm.
 

Saturday 21st June 2014
One day only The Centre is CLOSED for a major BROWNIE event. This event is FULLY BOOKED.
July 2014

Open daily 10 am - 6 pm.
Last admission 4 pm.

Saturday 5th - 'An Evening with the Herschel Quartet' 

We are proud to present another evening of classical music and astronomy! Come and enjoy the fabulous atmosphere as The Herschel Quartet play inspirational music in one of the historic telescope domes. A buffet will be served during the interval and weather permitting, viewing will take place through the historic telescopes following the concert. 

This will be a tremendous mix of science and the arts which in Herschel's day was not uncommon. William Herschel was a German born British astronomer and composer. He composed 24 symphonies and among other things discovered Uranus.

For more information and the programme for the evening see Themed Evenings

Numbers are limited, so book early to secure your place.

Time: 7.15pm - midnight
Cost: £30 per person 

Thursday 24th July - Wednesday 3rd September (local school summer holidays) 

In addition to our hands-on exhibits there will be daily telescope tours and a Fantastic Science Show. These are included in your admission price.

               - Telescope Tours usually at 12pm, 2pm & 4pm
               - Science Show usually at 11am, 1pm & 3pm 

*NEW* Wednesday 30th - 'Astronaut's Mission' - half day workshops

Become an astronaut for the day! You will be sent on a mission into space. On this mission you will prepare for your journey into space and discover what life is like far way from Earth. You will learn how to keep alive and what it is like to live in space. Before you leave, you will prepare your own space meal.

Time: 10.30am - 1pm for 6-9 years, 2pm - 4.30pm for 10 -13 years
Cost: £9.95 per child - this is for the workshop ONLY - BOOKING ESSENTIAL
Age:
6-9 years (AM ONLY); 10-13 years (PM ONLY)

Notes for Parents/Guardians: before booking your child/children on to a workshop please consult the 'Notes for Parents/Guardians.' This will give you more information about how to book.
 
Please note whilst we endeavour to include all activities mentioned in the description, some activities may vary on the day.

Thursday 31st - 'Create the Solar System' - half day workshops

Are you a science boffin or an arty star? It does not matter for this workshop! Join us to create a giant masterpiece of the solar system. Get crafty with paint, pasta, wool, glitter and imagination! The materials you will be using include water-based paint and glue so please wear suitable clothing.

Time: 10.30am - 1pm or 2pm - 4.30pm
Cost: £9.95 per child - this is for the workshop ONLY - BOOKING ESSENTIAL
Age:
6-9 years

Notes for Parents/Guardians: before booking your child/children on to a workshop please consult the 'Notes for Parents/Guardians.' This will give you more information about how to book.
 
Please note whilst we endeavour to include all activities mentioned in the description, some activities may vary on the day.

August 2014

Open daily 10 am - 6 pm.
Last admission 4 pm. 

Thursday 24th July - Wednesday 3rd September (local school summer holidays) 

In addition to our hands-on exhibits there will be daily telescope tours and science shows. These are included in your admission price.

               - Telescope Tours usually at 12pm, 2pm & 4pm
               - Science Show usually at 11am, 1pm & 3pm 

Please note that the number and times of telescope tours and science shows may vary.

Wednesday 6th - 'Rocketry' half day workshops

Learn all about the mighty rockets that launch robot explorers to the planets and fly men and women into space.  Make and launch your own balloon and water powered rockets.

Time: 10.30am - 1pm or 2pm - 4.30pm 
Cost: £9.95 per child - this is for the workshop ONLY - BOOKING ESSENTIAL
Age: 6-9 years 

Notes for Parents/Guardians: Before booking your child/children on to a workshop please read the 'Notes for Parents/Guardians.' This will give you more information about how to book.

Please note whilst we endeavour to include all activities mentioned in the descriptions, some may vary on the day. 

Thursday 7th 
- 'Paper Making' half day workshops

Recycle rubbish into some fabulous hand-made paper. Used paper is pulped, then pressed back into sheets making fantastically unique and colourful hand-made paper.

Time: 10.30am - 1pm or 2pm - 4.30pm.
Cost: £9.95 per child - this is for the workshop ONLY - BOOKING ESSENTIAL
Age:  6-9 years

Notes for Parents/Guardians:
Before booking your child/children on to a workshop please read the 'Notes for Parents/Guardians.' This will give you more information about how to book.

Please note whilst we endeavour to include all activities mentioned on the descriptions, some may vary on the day.

Friday 8th - 'Perseids Open Evening'

The Perseids meteor shower occurs as Earth passes through the outskirts of a cloud of debris from the comet Swift-Tuttle. The dust and bits of rock left behind burn up if they enter the earth's atmosphere, leaving a bright stream. These burning streams are also known as shooting stars. The maximum number of shooting stars occurs around the 12th/13th August. Come along and try spotting a few meteors as well as looking through the historic telescopes (weather permitting). See Open Evenings for further details.
 
Time:
8pm - 12.30am
Cost: Normal admission price

For more information see Open Evenings

Saturday 9th  - Perseids Shooting Star Evening
 

Do you want an extra special treat? Join us for a cheese and wine evening before trying to spot some of those meteors. This evening offers more than just the Open Evening of the previous night.

As mentioned before, the Perseids meteor shower occurs as Earth passes through the outskirts of a cloud of debris from the comet Swift-Tuttle. The dust and bits of rock left behind burn up if they enter the earth's atmosphere, leaving a bright stream. These burning streams are also known as shooting stars.  

This evening aims to be both informal and informative. It includes a guest speaker and an opportunity to look though The Centre's historic telescopes (weather permitting). If the weather is unsuitable on themed evenings, the talk will go ahead regardless and a comprehensive tour of the telescopes will replace viewing. Alongside the staff are members of a local astronomical society who are also there to help answer any questions you may have. 

For more information see Themed Evenings

Time: 8pm - 12.30am
Cost: £18.95 per person

Tuesday 12th - 'The Family of the Sun' half day workshops

In this workshop you will learn about the planets and bits and pieces that travel around our Sun. You will design and make a Martian Lander to land an egg safely on its surface and you will test your design by dropping it from a great height.

Time: 10.30am - 1pm or 2pm - 4.30pm.
Cost: £9.95 per child - this is for the workshop ONLY - BOOKING ESSENTIAL
Age:
  6-9 years

Notes for Parents/Guardians: Before booking your child/children on to a workshop please read the 'Notes for Parents/Guardians.' This will give you more information about how to book.

Please note whilst we endeavour to include all activities mentioned in the descriptions, some may vary on the day.

*NEW* Wednesday 13th - 'Colour Kaleidoscope' half day workshop 

A scintillating workshop focussing on what is light and colour. We look at colour, pigment, light, paint, shade, hue and tone. How does colour affect us and the environment. What do colours mean? How do we see colour? How colourful is our language? We will do some simple colour experiments, look at colourful facts and have some fun with colour and light by using optical illusions. Come and join us and get really colourful!

Time: 10.30am - 1pm and 2pm - 4.30pm 
Cost: £9.95 per child - this is for the workshop ONLY - BOOKING ESSENTIAL
Age:
 6-9 years 

Notes for Parents/Guardians: Before booking your child/children on to a workshop please read the 'Notes for Parents/Guardians.' This will give you more information about how to book.

Please note whilst we endeavour to include all activities mentioned in the descriptions, some may vary on the day.

Thursday 14th  - 'Bug Hunt' half day workshops
 
Bugs are everywhere, especially in our wood! But what do they look like under a microscope? Come and find out. Good footwear is essential.

Time: 10.30am - 1pm or 2pm - 4.30pm.
Cost: £9.95 per child - this is for the workshop ONLY - BOOKING ESSENTIAL
Age:
  6-9 years

Please note whilst we endeavour to include all activities mentioned on the descriptions, some may vary on the day.

Tuesday 19th - 'Cool Chemistry' full day workshop
 
Find out what makes things fizz, bang and pop in some crazy chemistry experiments.

Time: 10.30pm - 4pm
Cost: £20.95 per child - this is for the workshop ONLY - BOOKING ESSENTIAL
Age: 6-9 years.

Notes for Parents/Guardians: Before booking your child/children on to a workshop please read the 'Notes for Parents/Guardians.' This will give you more information about how to book.

Please note whilst we endeavour to include all activities mentioned in the descriptions, some may vary on the day.

Wednesday 20th - 'Captivating Chemistry' full day workshop

Chemistry is definitely fun, especially when trying to find out what does with a bang! Come and try some crazy chemistry experiments.

Time: 10.30pm - 4pm
Cost: £20.95 per child - this is for the workshop ONLY - BOOKING ESSENTIAL
Age:
 10-13 years.

Notes for Parents/Guardians: Before booking your child/children on to a workshop please read the 'Notes for Parents/Guardians.' This will give you more information about how to book.

Please note whilst we endeavour to include all activities mentioned in the descriptions, some may vary on the day.

Thursday 21st - 'K'NEX Construction' half-day workshops
 
Design and build a model using a K'nex construction kit. We are sorry but on this occassion you will not be able to take your model with you.

Time: 10.30pm - 1pm or 2pm - 4.30pm
Cost: £9.95 per child - this is for the workshop ONLY - BOOKING ESSENTIAL
Age
: 6-9 years.

Notes for Parents/Guardians: Before booking your child/children on to a workshop please read the 'Notes for Parents/Guardians.' This will give you more information about how to book.

Please note whilst we endeavour to include all activities mentioned in the descriptions, some may vary on the day.
September 2014

Open daily 10 am - 6 pm.
Last admission 4 pm.
 
Friday, Saturday & Sunday 5th/6th/7th - Astronomy Festival weekend

For full details see Astronomy Festival page 

Tuesdays 16th/23rd/30th & October 7th/14th - 5 week evening course 'Astrophotography for beginners'

By popular demand this course has been extended from 4 week course to a five week course. Presented by an external astro-imager, this course will introduce you to the world of Astrophotography. This is a classroom based course where you will learn how to capture and process images of the Moon, planets, nebulae and distant galaxies using webcams and digital SLRs. You are given comprehensive notes so you can easily practice in your own time. Please note that due to the numbers of people attending the course this is not a practical course. However, Richie is a very competent astro-imager and will be able to give you hints and tips throughout the course if you have your own specific queries. 

Time: 8pm - 10pm
Cost: £85 (for five lectures)
LIMITED SPACES AVAILABLE MAXIMUM 24 PEOPLE ONLY

For more information see Astronomy Courses

Wednesdays 17th September - 3rd December - 12 week evening course for beginners
'Astronomy and Space'

This course is suitable for those with little or no knowledge of the subject and introduces astronomy at a basic level. On this course you may get the opportunity to look through The Centre's historic telescopes (weather and time permitting).

Time: 7.30pm-9.30pm
Cost: £130 for 12 evenings (with the option of a 13th week on 10th December at no extra cost)

LIMITED SPACES AVAILABLE MAXIMUM 24 PEOPLE ONLY

For more information see Astronomy Courses

Saturday 20th - Open Evening

Time: 6.30pm - 11pm
Cost: Normal admission charge

For more information see Open Evenings
October 2014

Open daily 10 am - 5 pm.
Last admission 3 pm. 

Saturday 4th - Open Evening

Time: 6.30pm - 11pm
Cost: Normal entrance fee

For more information see Open Evenings

Thursdays 16th/23rd/30th & November 6th - 4 week evening course 'Autumn Star Search'

This course is designed to help you recognise the constellations so you will be able to navigate your way around the night sky. It incorporates lectures in one of the telescope domes with looking at the whole sky using the naked eye (weather permitting).

Time: 7.30pm-9.30pm
Cost: £55 for 4 evenings. BOOKING ESSENTIAL

For more information see Astronomy Courses

Saturday 25th October to Sunday 2nd November Local half term school holidays

In addition to our hands-on exhibits there will be Telescope Tours and Science Shows included in your admission price.

               - Telescope Tours usually at 12pm, 2pm & 4pm
               - Fantastic Science Show usually at 11am, 1pm & 3pm

Saturday 25th - Open Evening

Time: 6.30pm - 11pm
Cost: Normal entrance fee

For more information see Open Evenings 
 

Wednesday 29th - 'Eyes on the Universe' half day workshops

Find out how we study the heavens around us.  Make and use your own telescope and sundial as well as learning how to use the large telescopes on site.

Time: 10.30am - 1pm or 2pm - 4.30pm
Cost: £9.95 per child - this is for the workshop ONLY - BOOKING ESSENTIAL
Age: 6-9 years.

Notes for Parents/Guardians: Before booking your child/children on to a workshop please read the 'Notes for Parents/Guardians.' This will give you more information about how to book.

Please note whilst we endeavour to include all activities mentioned in the descriptions, some may vary on the day

Thursday 30th - Twilight Special 'Earth and Beyond' full day workshop
 
Spend an afternoon carrying out some fascinating experiments learning about volcanoes, earthquakes, ice caps and more before looking through The Centre's giant telescopes (weather permitting). 

Time:
 2pm - 8pm
Cost: £20.95 per child - this is for the workshop ONLY - BOOKING ESSENTIAL
Age:
 10-13 years.

Notes for Parents/Guardians: Before booking your child/children on to a workshop please read the 'Notes for Parents/Guardians.' This will give you more information about how to book.

Please note whilst we endeavour to include all activities mentioned in the descriptions, some may vary on the day. Please bring food and drink for an early supper and wear warm clothing.

November 2014

Open daily 10 am - 5 pm.
Last admission 3 pm
Last day of opening 7 days per week 30th November.


Saturday 1st - Family Open Evening with optional Halloween drop-in activities

Among the activities you can make your own flying bats and screaming balloons as well as decorating goody bags with spooktacular pictures.
 
Time: 6.30pm - 11pm
Cost: SPECIAL OFFER 1 child admitted FREE with every full paying adult. There will be a charge of £2 per child for the Halloween activities which will include a FREE glow stick (subject to availability).

Please note that children 2 years and up will be charged for the activities 

Friday 14th - Open Evening

Time: 6.30pm - 11pm
Cost: Normal entrance fee

For more information see Open Evenings

Saturday 15th November -'Comets and Curry' 


Come and enjoy a warming curry and a glass of wine before trying to spot an impressive shooting star or two.  Vegetarian options available.

Look for shooting stars with long bright trails which are associated with the Taurids meteor shower. This annual event marks the time when the Earth passes through the dust trail of comet Encke. The debris left behind by comet Enke is the largest in the inner solar system and it takes several weeks for the Earth to pass through it giving an extended period of activity.

The evening aims to be both informal and informative. It includes a guest speaker and an opportunity to look though The Centre's historic telescopes (weather permitting). If the weather is unsuitable on themed evenings,  the talk will go ahead regardless and a comprehensive tour of the telescopes will replace viewing. Alongside the staff are members of a local astronomical society who are also there to help answer any questions you may have. 

For more information see Themed Evenings

Time: 7pm - 11.30pm
Cost: £23.95

Numbers are limited to 80 people, so book early to secure your place. 

Saturday 29th - Open Evening

Time: 6.30pm - 11pm
Cost: Normal entrance fee

For more information see Open Evenings
December 2014

Centre closed on weekdays from 1st. Open weekend of 6th/7th and 13th/14th.
10 am - 5 pm.  Last admission 3 pm.


The Centre is open on the weekend of the 30th November and 1st December then the 7th/8th December weekend is your final opportunity to visit The Centre this season during the daytime.  This is a perfect opportunity to shop for stocking fillers and Christmas gifts in our fantastic shop. If you want to, you can come along to the shop only without paying an admission fee into The Centre.

Saturday 13th - Open Evening for the Geminids Meteor Shower
 

Time: 6.30pm - 11pm
Cost: Normal entrance fee

For more information see Open Evenings