The Observatory Science Centre

Day and night at The Observatory Science Centre
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The Observatory Science Centre is one of the UK's leading science centres. Explore science, space and astronomy with over 100 exhibits, both inside and out, amongst the domes and telescopes of a world-famous astronomical observatory.

Venue Type:

Science centre

Opening hours

The Centre is open every day from Saturday 31st January to Sunday 29th November 2015.
PLUS January weekends: 17th / 18th and 24th / 25th and December weekends: 5th / 6th and 12th / 13th

Admission charges

Adult (with gift aid) £8.80 (without gift aid) £8.00
Child (4-16 yrs) (with gift aid) £6.80 (without gift aid) £6.15
Senior (with gift aid) £7.10 (without gift aid) £6.45
Family of 4 (with gift aid) £27.75 (without gift aid) £25.20. Maximum 2 Adults
2 adults + 2 children or 1 adult + 3 children
Family of 5 (with gift aid) £31.60 (without gift aid) £28.70. Maximum 2 Adults
2 adults + 3 children or 1 adult + 4 children

Collection details

Science and Technology

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Attendees using their telescopes during the course

Telescope Clinic Course at the Observatory Science Centre

  • 12 November 2016 2-8pm

Do you have a telescope but dont really know how to use it properly and need some friendly advice? Have you just been given a telescope as a present or is one still sitting in its box gathering dust and you would like to learn how to use it? Well this is the course for you!

Our local Astronomy Society (Wealden Astronomical Society) will be able to guide you through your telescope and help you set it up ready to begin your observations. The day will begin with an introduction about telescopes, the terminology used and the parts that make up the telescope and how they work. This will be followed by small group sessions when you get really hands-on. The early evening will be dedicated to looking through your telescope and getting to grips with what your telescope is capable of (weather permitting).

Members of WAS have a number of different telescopes and are able to offer help and advice about different brands. When you make your booking please let us know the make and type of telescope, including the mount if known, so that when you bring it along with you we can make sure you are put into the correct small group.

The price of the day includes tea/coffee during two breaks and an early evening supper of beef lasagne or jacket potato with cheese and beans both served with garlic bread and salad. Please let us know your preference when you book.

Time 2pm - 8pm
Spring Saturday 13th February OR
Autumn Saturday 12th November
Cost £35 per person


Cost - £35 per person


Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Observatory Science Centre - Open Evenings

Open Evenings 2010 & 2011
Are you interested in the night sky? Have you ever wondered what it would be like to look at the stars, planets and the moon through some of the country's largest telescopes? Well here is your opportunity! Come and join us on our open evenings and take a glimpse of what it would have been like to use these amazing instruments. This year our Open evenings will be held on selected Saturdays during winter, spring and autumn (unless otherwise stated).
Viewing is subject to weather conditions. Please check the local weather before embarking on a long journey

How to obtain

No booking required for Open Evenings - just turn up before 8pm please phone the Centre first to check weather conditions

The Observatory Science Centre
Wartling Road
East Sussex
BN27 1RN

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01323 832731

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