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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 2017......

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

Gift Shop Open

Christmas Shopping and Gift Ticket Packages

Did you know?
Our Spectacular gift shop is located within the entrance reception so you are welcome to browse the shop without having to pay to enter The Centre.

The shop will be open daily until 3rd December.
PLUS weekend of 9th /10th December and also during open evenings and evening events.

Great choice of stocking fillers from 15 pence!
Fantastic range of science based toys, gifts, souvenirs, astronomy related items and books.

Pop along and see for yourself - we believe we even have ideas for the ones that are impossible to buy for!

This is your opportunity to browse at your leisure without struggling through crowded shops.
PLUS - Parking is FREE and every purchase helps to support The Centre.
You can also purchase Gift Tickets in person or by calling The Centre during regular office hours.


NEW for 2017!

We are proud to present our beautiful new large scale Orrery! This fantastic addition to the Spectacular Science exhibits is located in the Domes of Discovery exhibition in Dome F. The Orrery shows the movements of the planets and our Moon around the Sun giving you a fantastic insight into why we can see planets at different times as the years progress.

In addition we now have a Lithophone. This fantastic musical instrument is an octave made of stone. Come and try it for yourself and see what tunes you can play.
2017 Information Leaflet
2017 Events and Activities Brochure
Spectacular Science for Schools
INT 50th Anniversary
Friday 1st December 2017 will be the 50th anniversary of the inauguration of the Isaac Newton Telescope (INT) by the Queen. Come and join us and some of the people who worked and still work with the telescope to celebrate this momentous occasion. The Centre will open at 7.30pm, and following an introduction by Professor Paul Murdin, there will be a small number of short talks from former RGO astronomers and the Director of the current Isaac Newton Group on La Palma. The evening will end, weather permitting, with viewing through the historic telescopes of the Equatorial Group. The Centre opens at 7.30pm and tickets cost just £10 per person. Booking essential please call the Centre on 01323 832731.
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CHRISTMAS SONGS BY STARLIGHT
On Saturday the 2nd December the Centre will be hosting the wonderful 'Christmas Songs by Starlight' with the Zoe Pennington Dance Studio Musical Theatre choir. This will be a fabulous evening of festive singing and Christmas cheer. The evening will start at 5.30pm and finish at 9pm and will include a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie (alternatives available for the children) plus viewing through the historic telescopes (weather permitting). Booking is essential.
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