The Discovery Park is a 'Science Playground' of large-scale interactive exhibits designed to help visitors explore themes of force, movement, genetics and sound, in a way that is always fully ‘hands-on', and sometimes ‘feet-on' too.
The exhibits are designed so you can either investigate them individually or get friends and family to help you. They each have an explainer which helps you undersatnd how the exhibit works and relates the mechanisms used to real life objects.
There is something for everyone among the exhibits, including a fascinating sculpture in the middle of the park! Is it Einstein or the world? It really depends on your perspective. The slap pipes exhibit is our latest addition to the Discovery Park; use the paddles to create some noise from the huge steel tubes and listen to the different notes obtained from the different length pipes.
Please note that, all children require close supervision and adult assistance in the Discovery Park AT ALL TIMES.
Please note that the Discovery Park may be closed for health and safety reasons in poor weather or if the ground is water logged.
We often have many days of rain which takes a long time to dry out so even if it is sunny the ground may still be too boggy to walk on safely.
It is with great sadness that we announce the closure of The Observatory Science Centre from 18th March 2020 until further notice.
This decision was made in the light of the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and recent UK government advice, which our charity has been carefully monitoring and following.
The safety and wellbeing of our visitors, staff and volunteers is our absolute priority during this difficult time.
Given the uncertainty we are all facing, we don’t yet know when we will re-open. If you have booked group visits / upcoming events etc. we will be in contact when we return to work.
We sincerely wish good health for you and your families during these uncertain times and we can’t wait to welcome you back as we continue our 25th anniversary celebrations.
The Observatory Science Centre team
Thank you for your cooperation, understanding and support.