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

Open Evenings


Are you interested in the night sky?  Have you ever wondered what it would be like to look at the stars, planets and the moon through some of the country's largest telescopes?  Well here is your opportunity!  Come and join us on our open evenings and take a glimpse of what it would have been like to use these amazing instruments.  This year our Open evenings will be held on selected Saturdays during winter, spring and autumn (unless otherwise stated). Click on the date in the table below for further details of the evening and what you are likely to see through the telescopes.

Viewing is subject to weather conditions. Please check the local weather before embarking on a long journey

Please note that some of the telescopes used on open evenings are not available to the public during the day and are only accessible by narrow steep stairs - please contact the centre for further details if required.

We recommend warm clothing and sensible footwear for all evening events and please bring a torch. We strongly encourage people not to use white light torches especially in the domes as this destroys night vision, therefore we would ask you to use red light torches if you have one (red light torches can be purchased in our shop).

PLEASE NOTE: DO NOT bring laser pointers into The Centre. Our staff and volunteers do use laser pointers as teaching aids but they adhere to strict rules and regulations about their use within The Centre and therefore they are controlled. Laser pointers can be dangerous especially if misused.
Normal Admission price applies unless otherwise stated.

Please note that Open Evenings are run as separate events to a daytime visit and therefore your daytime receipt is NOT valid for the evening and you are unable to stay in The Centre. However, if you have visited during the day when there is an Open Evening and you would like to return for the evening session then we are offering a special discounted rate of just £5 per person (only valid on production of a receipt purchased on the same day).

6.30pm - 11pm (unless otherwise stated)

 10 & 11 January     Friday and Saturday Open Evenings for BBC Stargazing LIVE
 15 February     Saturday: Open Evening 
 22 February     Saturday: Family Special Offer for Half Term 
    1 child admitted FREE with each paying adult 
 1st March    Saturday: Open Evening START OF NATIONAL ASTRONOMY WEEK (NAW)
 6th March

   Thursday: ADULTS ONLY Open Evening for NAW
 7th March

   Friday: Open Evening for National Astronomy Week
 22 March     Saturday: Family Special Offer for National Science Week
    1 child admitted FREE with each paying adult
 5 April     Saturday: Open Evening (8pm - 12.30am)
 16th May

    Friday: Open Evening Culture 24 'Museums at Night' weekend
    (8pm - 12.30am)
 8th August

    Friday: Open Evening for Perseids Meteor Shower 
    (8pm - 12.30am)
 5 September      Friday: Astronomy Festival Open Evening 
 6 September      Saturday: Astronomy Festival Open Evening 
 20 September      Saturday: Open Evening 
 4 October      Saturday: Open Evening  
 25 October      Saturday: Open Evening
  1 November

   Saturday: Family Special Offer with Halloween Activities
    1 child admitted FREE with each paying adult
    Optional Halloween Activities £1 per child (2 years and up)
  14 November 

   Friday: Open evening for the Leonids Meteor Shower
 29 November    Saturday: Open Evening 
 13 December    Saturday: Open Evening for the Geminids Meteor Shower    

Because viewing is subject to weather conditions please phone the centre in advance to check the forecast if necessary. If the weather does not permit viewing and there are no visitors in the centre before 8pm, open evenings will be cancelled.

You may also be interested in our themed evenings which includes a speaker and supper before viewing through the telescopes. You need to pre-book for these events and they will go ahead despite the weather. However, a comprehensive telescope tour will take place if it is not suitable for viewing.

 8th March

   'A Curry with Jupiter' for National Astronomy Week
 17 May

    Cheese and Wine evening for Culture  24 'Museums at Night'
 24 May

    SPECIAL Cheese and Wine evening for the potential Meteor Storm
 5 July

    An evening with the Herschel Quartet
 9 August      Perseids Meteor Shower Cheese & Wine Supper 
 15 November          Comets and Curry
Red Light Torches
Our gift shop sells two types of red light torch, both of which are suitable for astronomy. The Microlight LED Keyring which retails at £7.50 and the Flashlight LED Torch which retails at £11.