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See what's on at the Observatory Science Centre in 2023.

Night Sky Photography

£55.00 per Adult

24 September 2023. This course will be teaching practical aspects of night sky photography through lectures and demonstrations. You do not need to bring cameras, tripods or telescopes just listen and learn and take away all the essential information you will need to start you on your fascinating journey into night sky photography. Image courtesy of John Fox.

Stargazing 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.

Fun with Chemistry

£14.95 per Child

Tuesday 11th April 2023 - half day workshop for ages 6-8 years. What is chemistry? It’s exciting, fascinating and above all great fun. We will be experimenting with solids, liquids and gases and while the workshop is designed so the children can carry out the experiments themselves, there will be demonstrations too. Join us and try some seriously fun experiments!

Discover Chemistry

£14.95 per Child

Wednesday 12th April 2023: Half day workshops for ages 9-11 years. With exciting experiments to try yourself, these fun-filled workshops will help you discover just how cool chemistry can be. We will be experimenting with solids, liquids and gases and finding out just what happens when different chemicals mix.

Astronaut Academy

£14.95 per Child

Tuesday 4 April 2023: Half day workshop for either ages 6 - 8 years or 9-11 years. What does it take to become an astronaut? We will investigate with some exciting activities to discover the challenges faced when reaching space.

Rocket Science

£14.95 per Child

Wednesday 5 April 2023: Half day workshops for either ages 6-8 years or 9-11 years. 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 and fabulously fun workshop and you even get to build and launch your own water rocket.

Earth & Beyond Twilight

£26.75 per Child

Wednesday 26 October 2022: Twilight workshop for 9-11 years. 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 using a telescope. If the weather is clear we may even get to look at the magnificent planets Saturn and Jupiter.

Crime Detectives

£13.75 per Child

Tuesday 25 October: Half day workshops for ages 6-8 years (morning) and 9-11 years (afternoon). Oh no a crime has been committed and we need your help to assist with an investigation!

Spring Comets and Curry

£42.00 per Adult

April 23 2022. The debris left behind by the comet Thatcher gives rise to the April Lyrids meteor shower. Join us for a warming curry and informative talk before heading out to try and spot some meteors (shooting stars). If the weather is good you will also have an opportunity to look through the historic telescopes, some of the largest working telescopes in the country.

Lyrids Shooting Stars

£22.00 per Adult

April 22 2023. The debris left behind by the comet Thatcher gives rise to the April Lyrids meteor shower which actually peaks on the evening of 22 April! Join us for an informative talk and some meteor (shooting stars) spotting. If the weather is good you will also have an opportunity to look through the historic telescopes, some of the largest working telescopes in the country.