"A massive thank you to all the staff at the Observatory for making our trip such a success. We all had a great time and as we were leaving the children were already requesting a return visit. Please pass on thanks to everyone involved, it was so well organised and everyone was wonderful with the children."
"We enjoyed a wonderful visit to the Observatory. Please thank your excellent staff; all the Beavers found this a really great, educational trip and just wanted to stay longer! Thank you for your time showing us around."
The Centre provides a great venue for all uniformed groups whether you are local or planning to camp in the area. (Nearest camp site is Eastbourne District, Bushy Wood on the A22 at Hailsham).
As well as exploring the hands-on exhibits, your group can be taken through some of the requirements for Activity Badges (small additional charge). Or for something really different, why not arrange a Twilight Visit?
Daytime visits: £5.25 per child, plus £1 for badgework (optional).
Uniformed leaders are admitted free of charge. As an educational charity we can only admit official uniformed leaders free of charge but we do offer a reduced admission rate for Young Leaders, non-uniformed adults and siblings.
Essential carers for children with additional needs are also admitted free of charge.
Large groups are welcome, with additional adults and non- scouting children accompanying the group admitted at the reduced rate of just £5.25 pp.
Booking essential. Contact us to check availability and discuss options. Details can be taken over the phone or you can email a booking enquiry.
Access to the hands-on exhibits indoors and outside (weather permitting).
For a small additional charge you can add a guided Telescope Tour, Science Show or staff led activity / workshop contributing towards Activity Badges.
The Centre can accommodate groups of up to 240 children (plus adults) anytime from the beginning of February to end of November and is a suitable venue for a daytime District or Area event.
Group organisers are welcome to a complimentary visit to The Centre to check the facilities and discuss arrangements etc. please call in advance and we will try to ensure a member of staff is available to answer your questions. This is also the opportunity to discuss options of additional workshops, Science Shows & Telescope Tours (small extra charge per child) dependent on when your group are planning to visit and how many there will be.
FREE parking for coaches, minibuses & cars.
A geodesic dome / marquee is usually available as a base to leave coats, bags, eat lunch etc.
Dedicated team of staff & volunteers all with a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Certificate and many are registered as STEM Ambassadors. STEM SUSSEX Find out more
All staff & volunteers wear uniform and / or name badge.
The Centre is a NON-SMOKING site, including E-cigarettes.
CCTV is operating throughout the site.
Our Café serves homemade soup, toasties, hot dogs, light meals, cakes and coffee. Lunch boxes can be pre-ordered.
There are plenty of picnic spaces around the site
Every purchase helps to support us......
You will discover science and astronomy related gifts, books, resources and own branded merchandise suitable for all ages as well as pocket money science toys and many items suitable for party bags etc.
Goody Bags can be pre-ordered.
The Centre offers inspirational opportunities to support your group with some of the requirements for badges you may be working on.
Naturally pre / post activity is required in your group meetings: our activities / worksheets will compliment your activities and we issue a Certificate of Achievement to the group leader that they can choose to forward on to.
Astronomy related Activity Badges include a visit into the telescope domes.
Please discuss with us if you wish to issue your badges during the visit: or if you wish to invest. Our telescope domes can be available and give a fantastic photo opportunity.
Cost: £1 pp per badgework session in addition to the admission price of £5.25 Please note: we do not provide the actual badges
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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 3 – 15 Stirling Road, Acton, London. W3 8DJ. UK.
June 10th - 14th and June 17th - 20th
For 9 working days East Sussex Highways are carrying out patching works on Wartling Road which will be closed to through traffic 7 am – 7 pm, but will be allowing access to both The Observatory Science Centre and Herstmonceux Castle Gardens & Grounds. Evening / night access is unaffected and there will be no weekend working.
The Observatory Science Centre and Herstmonceux Gardens & Grounds will be open as normal and we will provide updates as necessary.