If you are a UK tax payer and make a donation that is 10% more than our standard admission price, then the Government will currently give the chairity an extra 25 pence for every £1 you pay.
Adult admission price £8.75
Adult admission price with donation £9.65
As you can imagine, that extra really adds up over a week, a month, or a year and makes a massive difference. This money contributes towards the upkeep and development anof this unique historical site.
Please complete a simple Gift Aid Declaration Form at our reception before you pay. You can also download a form to complete beforehand and bring with you when you visit.
Any information provided on this form remains confidential and will never be passed to any organisation other than the Inland Revenue.
If you are a higher rate taxpayer you will be able to use the admission receipt for your tax return.
The Centre can also process Membership Scheme payments through Gift Aid.
What is Gift Aid?
Gift Aid is one of the simplest and most effective ways of giving to a charity. For every £ you give to support the charity, they receive an extra 25 pence from the tax you have already paid.
Who can donate in this way?
You have to be a UK tax payer and must be resident in the UK.
For every £1 you donate in a financial year, you must have paid 28 pence in income or capital gains tax in the same financial year.
What if I am a higher rate taxpayer?
If you declare the donation on your tax return, you can claim a rebate based on the difference between the higher rate and the basic rate when you fill in your self assessment form. Your admission receipt will clearly show that you have made a Gift Aid payment.
If I give you my address details will I receive junk mail?
No, we will not pass your details to anyone.
Why do I have to makea 10% donation in addition to the Admission Price?
The law changed in April 2006 and from then visitors could no longer just pay a regular Admission Price and expect to call it a donation - it was required that you make a true donation to the charity, which was set at 10%. HM Revenue & Customs then permits the charity to claim back the tax on the whole amount - admission plus 10% donation.
Can I donate more than 10%?
Of course! All charities will be happy to Gift Aid any amount that you donate.
What do I have to do?
Just complete a simple Gift Aid Declaration Form. The forms are available at our reception desk, or you can download one and bring it with you.
You complete this yourself to confirm that you want the charity to reclaim the tax you have already paid on the donation.
Who will have access to this information?
Only Science Projects Ltd and the Inland Revenue. The information will never be passed to anyone else.
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.