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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.

SCIENCE OF BEER 8th April
Why not treat yourself to a fantastic, fun evening out which not only includes an informative talk about brewing beer but will also include a few fascinating demonstrations and a curry! All this plus the chance to sample some local brew as you will receive a voucher to sample a free beer of your choice (soft drinks and wine are also available). If that was not enough, all being well with the weather then there will be an opportunity to look through the Centre's giant historic telescopes at some remarkable night sky objects including the Moon and Jupiter later on. See Themed Evenings for further details.
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OPEN EVENING 1st April
On Saturday the 1st April The Centre will re-open again for the evening at 8pm. 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 the main focus of the evening is looking through some of the country's largest telescopes at some fabulous night sky objects including the Moon and magnificent Jupiter. 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 talk 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 1st Aril). Alongside the historic telescopes there will be the smaller telescopes of local amateur astronomers.
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