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

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Special Events

We have many extra events and activities throughout the year on top of what we already offer during your daytime visit. We have expanded the programme of special events and are extremely excited about our fantastic marquee - a fabulous event venue!

We have split the special events into Weekend Activities, Themed Evenings and Christmas Events to help make it easier for you to navigate your way around and find that special something you are looking for.

Weekend Activities

This year the theme running throughout the programme is Destination Space, celebrating the European Space Agency's first British Astronaut on the Space Station; Tim Peake.

We start with our Destination Space Activity Weekend in March to celebrate the end of British Science Week then follow this with our Bubbletastic weekend at the end of April/beginning of May. There is a very special and spectacular rare event; the Transit of Mercury and then we are Building a Space Station, building rockets and looking at the Sun on International SUNday. We top it all off with a spooky Halloween weekend.

There is NO EXTRA COST for the activities on these weekends/days; they are all part of your normal admission into the Centre.

The drop-in activities for Halloween have proved so successful with the children that we are now offering them over a whole weekend. These activities do carry a small extra charge for children aged 2 and over to help us cover the costs of the materials used (please see the separate Weekend Activities page for further details).

Themed Evenings

The themes of our evenings have become quite diverse! The usual astronomy related evenings are still very popular and remain as stalwarts on our calendar of events but we like to try new things.

Our curry evening in November is always a sell out so last year we thought we would try offering a curry with some beer! It seemed to work so we are offering it again this year.   

Our murder mystery event 'Kill for a Curry' will be a fabulous evening of mayhem, fun and intrigue. What better place to solve a murder than among the domes and telescopes of this wonderful historic site?

All in all there is something for everyone and we are sure that you will find your special event, so come along and join us. for further information see Themed Evenings

Christmas Events

This year we are again running 2 separate events to celebrate the festive season; a Christmas lecture and Christmas songs by starlight. Both events will have a magical quality and hopefully, with everything crossed you will experience a fun-filled festive evening under starry skies and have an opportunity to look through our telescopes; some of the largest historic telescopes in the country. Look at the Christmas Events page for further information.

OPEN EVENING 25th February
On Saturday the 25th February The Centre will re-open again for the evening at 6.30pm but this one is FOR ADULTS ONLY. This Open Evening is also being held to help celebrate the designation of the South Downs National Park as an International Dark Sky Reserve. Come and explore the Centre at night - it is a different atmosphere entirely and with no Moon it will truly be a dark site! All the indoor hands-on interactive exhibits will be available and without any children present there will be a great chance to get in touch with your inner child and really explore. If the weather is good there is the added bonus of being able to look through some of the country's largest telescopes at some fabulous night sky objects including Venus, Mars and the Orion Nebula. If the weather is not very good and you are not able to look through the telescopes don't worry, if there are enough visitors in The Centre we will have a fascinating planetarium style show for you which will walk you through the wonders of the night sky showing you objects you wouldn't ordinarily see. Normal admission price applies but if you are visiting during the day and would like to return for the evening, then take advantage of our special offer of just £5 per person (only valid with a receipt purchased during the day on the 25th February). Alongside the historic telescopes there will be the smaller telescopes of local amateur astronomers.
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OPEN EVENING 4th March
On Saturday the 4th March The Centre will re-open again for the evening at 6.30pm. Come and explore the Centre at night - it is a different atmosphere entirely. All the indoor hands-on interactive exhibits will be available and if the weather is good there is the added bonus of being able to look through some of the country's largest telescopes at some fabulous night sky objects including Venus, Mars and the Orion Nebula. The Moon will also be high in the sky when the Centre opens and being 1 day before first quarter it is a great time to look at this magnificent object. If the weather is not very good and you are not able to look through the telescopes don't worry, if there are enough visitors in The Centre we will have a fascinating planetarium style show for you which will walk you through the wonders of the night sky showing you objects you wouldn't ordinarily see. Normal admission price applies but if you are visiting during the day and would like to return for the evening, then take advantage of our special offer of just £5 per person (only valid with a receipt purchased during the day of the 4th March). Alongside the historic telescopes there will be the smaller telescopes of local amateur astronomers.
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