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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!

Stargazing Evenings

£8.75 per Adult — £6.75 per Child

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.

Perseids Shooting Stars

£15.00 per Adult

15th August. As Earth passes through the debris trail left behind by comet Swift-Tuttle, particles of space dust enter the atmosphere leaving a trail of light behind; a shooting star. Join us for an informative talk to learn more about this fascinating yearly event. If the weather is good you will also have the opportunity to view through the historic telescopes.

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.

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 and fabulously fun workshop and you even get to build and launch your own water rocket.

Car Power

£12.75 per Child

20th August - 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.

Spectacular Light and Colour

£12.75 per Child

13th August - half day workshop for 6-8 year olds. Be amazed how light and colour can make the world around us spectacular! Join us to explore a unique way of 'seeing' with specialist science equipment.

Crime Detectives

£12.75 per Child

Half day workshops for 6-8 year olds. Oh no a crime has been committed and we need your help to assist with an investigation!

Bubbletastic Bank Holiday Weekends

Join in the fun during our Bubbletastic Weekends for the early May and August Bank Holidays. The bubble show will demonstrate how to create the most spectacular bubbles and will try to find out if you can make a square bubble - is that really possible? You may also get a chance to find out what it is like to stand in a bubble. No pre-booking required and this activity is FREE with your normal admission.

The Chemistry Lab

£25.00 per Child

5th and 6th August - Full day workshop for 9-11 years old. Chemistry is definitely fun, especially when trying to find out what goes with a bang! Come and try some fabulous chemistry experiments and see some spectacular demonstrations.

Red Planet, Blue Planet

£12.75 per Child

18th August - half day workshops for 6-8 years old: How many planets are in our solar system? Are they all the same? What makes Earth look so blue and Mars look so red? Come and find out about the planets with some amazing activities, then design and make a spacecraft to land an egg safely on the surface of another planet like Mars. You never know astronauts may go there one day.

Cool Chemistry

£25.00 per Child

4th August - full day workshop for 6-8 years old. Find out what makes things fizz, bang and pop in some crazy chemistry experiments. It's full on fun and you get to try the experiments yourself as well as watching some pretty spectacular demonstrations.

3D Animation

£25.00 per Child

26th August - Short day workshop for 9-11 years old. Sign up to produce your very own short animation to keep. You will use animation clay and craft materials to produce clay models based around the themes of space travel and astronomy. You will then work in small groups to bring your models to life and turn them into stop-motion animations; using cameras, animation software and animation theatres. There will also be the chance to add music to the animations, time permitting.

Alien Life

£12.75 per Child

25th August - half day workshops for 6-8 year olds. There are some weird creatures here on Earth. They live in all sorts of strange places where humans would not survive. Could there be life beyond Earth? Would it be the same? Let's try and find out if it's possible.

Celebration Sundays

It is the 25th anniversary of The Observatory Science Centre in 2020 and we are celebrating throughout the year. Celebration Sundays will be held on the first Sunday of every month from February to November (with the exception of September). There will be different themes and activities each month but we will be showcasing just how much fun science actually is.

Coronavirus COVID-19 Visitor Information

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.