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

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Scouting and Guiding

The Centre provides a great venue for all uniformed groups whether you are local or planning to camp in the area. (Nearest camp site is Eastbourne District, Bushy Wood on the A22 at Hailsham). Your group will have a fantastic visit; be it just a few hours, all day or even for an evening!

As well as exploring the hands-on exhibits, your group can be taken through some of the requirements for Activity Badges (small additional charge). Or for something really different, why not arrange a Twilight Visit?

The Centre can accommodate groups of up to 240 children (plus adults) anytime from the beginning of February to mid December and is a suitable venue for a daytime District or Area event.

What is Included?

  • Hands-on Exhibits indoors
  • Discovery Park and Water Exhibit areas outdoors (weather permitting)
  • Staff led activity / workshop contributing towards Activity Badges (optional)
  • Telescope Tour (optional)
  • Science Show (optional)

Cost and How to Book

Cost £4.95 per child, plus £1 for badgework (optional).

Accompanying adults are responsible for the safe conduct of their group at all times.
Uniformed leaders are admitted free of charge to the following ratios:
Beavers & Brownies 1-4
Cub Scouts & Scouts 1 -6
Explorer Scouts & Guides 1 -8
Essential carers for children with disabilities within the group are also admitted free of charge.

Group organisers are welcome to a complimentary visit to The Centre to check the facilities and discuss arrangements etc- please call in advance and we will try to ensure a member of staff is available to answer your questions.  This is also the opportunity to discuss options of Bridge Building or even Science Shows & Telescope Tours (small extra charge of 80 pence per child) dependent on when your group are planning to visit and how many there will be.

Large groups are welcome, with additional adults and non- scouting children accompanying the group admitted at the reduced rate of just £4.95 pp.
Telephone: 01323 832731

Important Information and Facilities

  • There is ample FREE parking for coaches, minibuses & cars
  • A geodesic dome / marquee is usually available as a base to leave coats, bags, eat lunch etc.
  • There is plenty of picnic space around the site. 
  • Café serving refreshments, sandwiches & light meals etc (lunch boxes can be pre-ordered).
  • Gift shop packed with a fantastic range of pocket money science toys (starting at 15 pence!) & souvenirs as well as science books, resources & astronomy related items. (Goody Bags can be pre-ordered from £2.50)
  • Dedicated team of staff & volunteerts. All with an Enhanced Certificate (DBS) and many are registered STEM Sussex Science & Engineering Ambassadors.
  • All staff & volunteers wear uniform and / or name badge.
  • Risk Assessments for the site in general, exhibits, activities etc are all available as downloads.
  • The Centre is a NON-SMOKING site.
  • CCTV is operating throughout the site.
Communicator Badges are run by accredited instructors from the QRZ Amateur Radio Group of Sussex in association with the Radio Society of Great Britain. 
This amateur radio station is located just outside the entrance to The Centre but still within the Herstmonceux Castle Estate.
2017 Information Poster
Map of the Site
Photographs
Please speak to us if you wish to invest or make presentations during your visit: our telescope domes provide a stunning photo opportunity. Thank you to all scouting and guiding groups who have given us permission to reproduce photographs of their visit.
Twilight Visits
If you are working towards astronomy badges you can visit The Centre beyond normal hours for an atmospheric Twilight Visit. This gives the opportunity to tour the domes as the astronomers would have done and, with favourable weather conditions, to actually view through the historic telescopes.