What's On

Find out what's on at the Observatory Science Centre for 2019. We're offering a packed programme, with some new things on offer this year!

Open Evenings

Come and enjoy the fabulous atmosphere that surrounds the Observatory at night and, weather permitting look through some of the largest telescopes in the country at some extraordinary night sky objects. Don't worry if it is cloudy we have a cloudy night contingency; a fascinating planetarium style talk! No booking required.

Astronaut Academy

£12.75 per Child

Half day workshop for 6 - 8 year olds. What does it take to become an astronaut? We will investigate with some exciting activities to discover the challenges faced when reaching space.

Man on the Moon

£12.75 per Child

Half day workshops for 6-8 years olds. Learn all about the features of the Moon through fun interactive activities. Make your own Moon model, create some fantastically messy craters, hear all about the first man on the Moon and find out if there really is a mysterious "Man in the Moon".

Finding Fossils

£12.75 per Child

11th April - half day workshops for 9-11 year olds. What are fossils? Come and find out in this fascinating search for evidence of ancient life. Make your own plaster cast of a fossil and tour the Centre on a fossil hunt; our stone floor is full of all sorts of interesting stuff!

Rocket Science

£12.75 per Child

Half day workshops for 6-8 year olds. How does such a huge rocket actually get off the ground? Why does it "break up" and where do the astronauts sit? Come and find out in this fascinating workshop. It is the 50th anniversary this year of the first astronaut on the Moon and you will be able to find out exactly how they got there and back again. Its a fabulously fun workshop and you even get to build and launch your own water rocket.

Car Power

£12.75 per Child

17th April - half day workshops for 6-8 year olds and 9-11 year olds. Design your own simple model car and try different ways to make it move. Which is the best: gravity, balloons or batteries and propellers? Come and find out how to make your car go faster.

Earth & Beyond

£12.75 per Child

18th April - half day workshops for 9-11 year olds. What makes volcanoes blow, the Earth quake and the icecaps melt? What is in space and how do we know? This workshops looks at our dynamic Earth and how we look beyond Earth into space. We will even look down from space to learn more about the Earth.

New website

7th February 2019: Welcome to our new website! We are still working on new areas and will soon launch on-line events booking and on-line shop.