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The Observatory Science Centre
East Sussex
BN27 1RN
Tel: 01323 832731
Fax: 01323 832741

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Spectacular hands-on science and discovery among the domes and telescopes of a world famous astronomical observatory.
We look forward to welcoming you through 2018......

Thank you for supporting us!
Telephone: 01323 832731
Fax: 01323 832741

Summer 2018

Saturday 21st July – Wednesday 29th August

We are delighted to announce our Spectacular summer programme with activities for everyone!

There will be up to 3 daily performances of the summer show ‘Operation Earth’ and tours of the Telescope Domes, alongside the interactive hands-on exhibits.
Please call in advance if you wish to check dates / times of any of our summer activities.

PLUS throughout the summer there will be ‘pop-up days’ with our ECO-ZONE and inflatable PLANETARIUM (small additional charge)
The centre will be CLOSED until 2.30 pm on Friday 31st August and CLOSED ALL DAY Monday 3rd September. See Astronomy Festival section for further information.

Operation Earth

We are proud to have been chosen as one of the 11 partner science centres to engage with this fascinating Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC) funded  project. Look out for our Operation Earth activities throughout the year and help us investigate our wonderful planet.           

For more information see our Operation Earth  page.

Pre-bookable summer workshops

Fantastic pre-bookable workshops for children are offered separately to the regular summer programme.
Max. 24 children per workshop and pre-booking is essential.
Workshops may be cancelled if less than 6 children are booked.

31st July ‘Cool Chemistry’
Age 6 - 8: 10.30 am – 4 pm

1st August ‘The Chemistry Lab’
Age 9 – 11: 10.30 am – 4 pm

2nd August ‘The Chemistry Lab’
Age 9 – 11: 10.30 am – 4 pm

7th August ‘Astronaut Academy’
Age 6 – 8: 10.30 am – 1 pm or 2 pm - 4.30 pm

8th August ‘Crime Detectives’
Age 6 - 8: 10.30 am – 1 pm or 2 pm – 4.30 pm

9th August ‘Mechanics and Drives’
Age 9 - 11: 10.30 – 1 pm or 2 pm - 4.30 pm

14th August ‘Alien Life’
Age 6 – 8: 10.30 – 1 pm or 2 pm - 4.30 pm

15th August ‘Red Planet, Blue Planet’
Age 6 – 8: 10.30 – 1 pm or 2 pm - 4.30 pm

16th August ‘Moving Electricity’
Age 9 - 11: 10.30 – 1 pm or 2 pm - 4.30 pm

21st August ‘High Fliers’
Age 6 – 8: 10.30 – 1 pm or 2 pm - 4.30 pm

22nd August ‘Spectacular Light & Colour’
Age 6 – 8: 10.30 – 1 pm or 2 pm - 4.30 pm

23rd August ‘K’nex Construction’
Age 6 – 8: 10.30 – 1 pm or 2 pm - 4.30 pm


FREE Workshop for Children and Young People aged 7-17 years.

August 4th 2018

1pm - 4.30pm

CoderDojo is a global movement of free, volunteer-led, community-based programming clubs for young people and we are proud to be hosting our first workshop here at the Observatory Science Centre Dojo.
Anyone aged seven to seventeen can visit a Dojo where they can learn to code, build a website, create an app or a game, and explore technology in an informal, creative, and social environment.
We aim to help young people realise that they can build a positive future through coding and community.

Limited number of spaces available so book early to secure your place.


Click here for further information and how to book

Exclusive Book NOW AVAILABLE

The Isaac Newton Telescope - at Herstmonceux and on La Palma

We have produced a limited edition of just 200 gold-foiled copies to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the inauguration of the Isaac Newton Telescope (INT).

These are available with the exclusive INT pin badge designed for us by Brighton based artist Mark Charlton.

Paperback, 104 colour and black/white illustrations.
By Anthony Wilson.
Science Projects Publishing 2017. ISBN 978 0 9512394 2 1

Exclusively available from The Observatory Science Centre shop or via mail order.
Cost £23 (including p & p)
Please call us to make card payments.

Cheques payable to 'Science Projects Ltd' and send to:
The Observatory Science Centre
East Sussex
BN27 1RN

Mark Charlton limited edition

We are delighted to have 25 of Mark's INT50 prints (A2) available from a limited print run of 50.

Just £25 Once they’re gone, they’re gone!!

We are unable to post, so payment / collection must be in person.
Please call us to discuss 01323 832731
2018 Information Leaflet
2018 Events and Activities Brochure
Spectacular Science for Schools
Open Evening 8pm - 12.30am. This very special evening is really one that should not be missed. Venus is bright and beautiful in the west and will be seen just before the Sun begins to set at 8.56pm. The full Moon rises at 8.49pm BUT it will be totally eclipsed so a fabulous start to a night of observing. Both Jupiter and Saturn will already be in the sky and visible as it becomes darker and then Mars will rise at about 9.40pm looking bright and pretty red. It will be on the opposite side of the Earth to the Sun and during this time and at the time of closest approach a few days later it will even outshine Jupiter. What a fabulous set of night sky objects which you will be able to look at through some of the country's largest telescopes. Come and soak up the incredible atmosphere and enjoy a very special evening with us. There will also be a fascinating talk about Mars.
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Cuckmere Bus
Every Wednesday from 14th February, why not leave the car at home and visit The Centre on the Cuckmere Bus! PLUS you receive reduced entry to The Centre of just £5 pp. when presented alongside a valid Cuckmere bus ticket.
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