With historic telescopes restored to working order your Twilight Visit concentrates on astronomy. Tour the domes as the astronomers would have done and, with favourable weather conditions, you will actually view through a telescope.
We welcome groups from late January to early December, but it is best to visit between October to March when it is dark by late afternoon / early evening.
We will tailor the visit to suit your own arrival / departure times. You can arrive from mid-afternoon onwards and if you are on site during daylight you will initially explore the outdoor exhibits (weather permitting) and move indoors as the light fades.
Workshop activity will also take place if your schedule permits.
Atmospheric Telescope Tour will take place before or after your meal depending on your times / number of pupils.
Food is served in our Cafe.
If weather conditions are favourable you will view through an historic telescope during the visit.
£12.95 per person (includes catering). Minimum charge for 30.
Accompanying adults are admitted free of charge to the normal ratios: catering £6 if required.
Meal consists of jacket potato with filling, piece of cake & drink. Alternatives and dietary requirements can be discussed.
£7.95 per person without catering. Minimum charge for 30.
Twilight Visits require particular regard for Health and Safety, especially if the entire visit is after sunset. Risk Assessments are available for all activities.
Everyone should wear appropriate clothing for the weather conditions. The temperature can drop rapidly and there is no heating in the telescope domes.
Adults / pupils can bring a torch if they have one for the walk to / from the parking areas: optional red light for astronomy evenings, but not essential.
Actual viewing is not guaranteed and always subject to weather conditions. We do not cancel an evening / offer refunds in the event of poor weather, unless extreme weather warnings are in place.
The telescopes cannot see through cloud, nor can they be set up quickly if there is a brief gap in cloud cover.
If weather stops us from using the telescopes we offer a cloudy night contingency plan with a planetarium style talk with Q&A opportunity.
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The Observatory Science Centre is part of Science Projects Ltd, a company limited by guarantee registered in England No: 02186073 and a registered charity No: 298542. The registered office is Unit 1 Warren Farm, Steventon, Basingstoke, Hampshire UK, RG25 3BL.