Come and enjoy the fabulous atmosphere that surrounds the Observatory at night; it is a completely different experience!
This year we are introducing a new event for adults only which includes a presentation in our large inflatable planetarium. This means that you don't have to worry about the clouds! However, if the weather is clear you will also be able to view through the telescopes and look at some fascinating night sky objects.
Do dress up warmly and wear sensible footware.
The planetarium shows will be at 8.30pm, 9.30pm and 10.30pm. If you are booking online then please state which planetarium show you would like to attend in the special requirements section. Please note that if the session you have requested has already been filled then you will be notified by email and you will be allocated another session. The planetarium only holds 40 people per session. If you do not request a specific time then you will be allocated a time slot.
Please make sure that you are on time for your allocated planetarium slot as it is unlikely that you will be able to transfer to another time.
Gift Tickets are available for this event by telephone only. Last day for ordering Gift Tickets for Christmas is 11th December 2019.
Availability of the Telescopes
Not all the historic telescopes are operational but we usually open Dome A, Dome D and Dome E. Have a look at Our Telescopes to find out more about the historic instruments.
Viewing is always subject to weather conditions. If you are specifically coming just to look through the telescopes then please check our local weather before embarking on a long journey.
Important Information regarding Accessibility
While the Centre makes every effort to accomodate wheel chair users and others with mobility issues, by virtue of the nature of the building (grade II* listed), the telescopes are accessed by steep narrow stairs.
If you require further information please do not hesitate to get in touch. Please also note that the telescope domes are not suitable for prams/push chairs as there is limited space available. Stargazing Evenings are not recommended for very young children.
Health & Safety Information
WARNING! Our site is very dark and we keep lighting to a minimum to preserve night vision and make sure you have the best possible experience in terms of viewing the night sky. This inevitably means that there are areas that are dimly lit or very dark. With high walkways, ramps and steps throughout the Centre you need to take great care when moving around.
PLEASE BRING A TORCH and wear sensible footwear. However, we strongly encourage people not to use white light torches especially in the domes as this destroys night vision, therefore we would ask you to use red light torches if you have one. We also recommend warm clothing.
Please do not bring laser pointers into The Centre. Our staff and volunteers do use laser pointers as teaching aids but they adhere to strict rules and regulations about their use within The Centre and therefore they are controlled. Laser pointers can be dangerous especially if misused.
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