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

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Welcome

Spectacular hands-on science and discovery among the domes and telescopes of a world famous astronomical observatory.
We look forward to welcoming you through 2017......

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

October mid-term holiday programme: open daily from 10 am

Saturday 21st – Monday 30th October
There are Tours of the Telescopes and Science Shows alongside our hands-on exhibits. Once you have paid your admission price, there is NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE for these tours or shows….. please ask for tour and show times when you arrive.

This holiday we will be presenting MATERIALS: WHAT'S THE MATTER?

PLUS: Open Evenings from 6.30pm - 11pm
Saturday 21st and Saturday 28th October

PLUS: Halloween Spooktacular activities, £2 extra per child (age 2+)
Saturday 28th morning, afternoon & evening sessions
Sunday 29th morning & afternoon sessions
Monday 30th morning only



Fantastic pre-bookable workshops are offered separately to the regular programme and must be booked in advance. Workshops may have to be cancelled if less than 6 children are booked so please call us today to secure a place 01323 832731.

24th October LIGHT FANTASTIC half day workshop
Age 6 - 8: 10.30am – 1pm OR 2pm – 4.30pm

25th October EYES ON THE UNIVERSE half day workshop
Age 6 - 8: 10.30am - 1pm OR 2pm - 4.30pm

26th October EARTH & BEYOND twilight workshop
Age 9 – 11: 2pm - 8pm

NEW for 2017!

We are proud to present our beautiful new large scale Orrery! This fantastic addition to the Spectacular Science exhibits is located in the Domes of Discovery exhibition in Dome F. The Orrery shows the movements of the planets and our Moon around the Sun giving you a fantastic insight into why we can see planets at different times as the years progress.

In addition we now have a Lithophone. This fantastic musical instrument is an octave made of stone. Come and try it for yourself and see what tunes you can play.
2017 Information Leaflet
2017 Events and Activities Brochure
Spectacular Science for Schools
OPEN EVENING 21st OCTOBER
On the 21st October The Centre will re-open at 6.30pm for the evening. As well as the indoor hands-on interactive exhibits you can also take the opportunity to look through some of the country's largest historic telescopes at some fascinating night sky objects including the Andromeda galaxy and the Ring nebula (weather permitting). This evening also coincides with the end of the peak of the Orionids meteor shower so watch out for some fast moving meteor as they streak across the sky. Viewing is weather permitting. However, there will be a cloudy night contingency planetarium show as well as being able to look at the telescopes and listen to knowledgeable operators. If the weather is unsuitable and there is nobody in the Centre before 8pm then the evening will be cancelled.
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Cuckmere Bus
Every Wednesday 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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