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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.

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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