The Observatory Science Centre

The Observatory Science Centre
Wartling Road
Herstmonceux
Hailsham
East Sussex
BN27 1RN
England

Website

www.the-observatory.org

E-mail

info@the-observatory.org

Telephone

01323 832731

Fax

01323 832741

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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:

Museum, Heritage site, Science centre, Festivals

Opening hours

2014 DATES
Open daily from 1st February to 30th November
Plus weekends 6th/7th & 13th/14th December

OPENING TIMES
10am - 5pm January-March & October-December
10am - 6pm April-September
Last admission 2 hours before closing

Admission charges

Adult: £8, Child (4-16): £6, Senior: £6.25, Family of 4: £24.70, Family of 5: £28.15

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.
Planet earth

Rocketry Half Day Workshops

  • 6 August 2014 10am-5pm

Learn all about the mighty rockets that launch robot explorers to the planets and fly men and women into space. Booking essential.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children
  • 7-10
  • 5-6
  • 11-13

Admission

Cost: £9.95 per child - this is for the workshop only.

Website

http://www.the-observatory.org/events

photo of bunsen burner flame types

Easter Science Trail

  • 18 — 21 April 2014 *on now

Follow the sheet of science questions that will lead you around the centre and then claim your mini Easter Egg if the answers are correct.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • 7-10
  • 5-6
  • 0-4
  • 11-13

Admission

Normal admission price applies - NO EXTRA CHARGE for the trail.

Website

http://www.the-observatory.org/events#April

Image of Jupiter taken by the Cassini probe

Museums at Night Observatory Open Evening

  • 16 May 2014 6:30-11pm

A special open evening for Museums at Night. A chance to enjoy a fascinating experience at this unique observatory. Gaze throughout the giant historic telescopes and discover the rich tapestry of the night sky.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

Adult: £8.00, Child (4-16): £6.00, Senior: £6.25, Family of 4: £24.70, Family of 5: £28.15

Website

http://www.the-observatory.org

Night time at The Observatory Science Centre

Cheese, Wine and Science Game Show for Museums at Night

  • 17 May 2014 7:30-11:45pm

Fancy a change? Then come and join us for a fun filled night of challenges and cheer as we celebrate the Culture24 festival "Museums at Night."

This informal cheese and wine evening will incorporate a quiz with a twist and an interactive Science Game Show which are going to be exciting and above all loads of fun. There will also be a bar, a chance to free flow around the telescopes and weather permitting look at Mars, Jupiter and Saturn! What an opportunity! It is also an interesting time for shooting stars, being on the edge of 2 different meteor showers.

Although May 17th is not near the evening of maximum meteor activity for any of the showers, the normal limits for the Aquarids is April 24th - May 20th and the Scorpids is April 20th - May 19th. This means that if we are lucky we may catch sight of one or two streaks of light across the night sky.

Alongside the staff are members of Wealden Astronomical Society (WAS) and other volunteers who are also there to help answer any questions you may have (but not the Quiz ones!). Again, weather permitting, the smaller telescopes of the amateur astronomers will be on the lawns for you to look through.

Numbers are limited, so book early to secure your place.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£18.95 per person
Not suitable for children

Website

http://www.the-observatory.org/themed_evenings

photograph showing aerodynamics of model car

Car Power Half Day Workshops

  • 28 May 2014 10am-4pm

Design and build your own model car and then see what can power it along - gravity, balloon, propeller or solar panels. Booking essential.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Cost: £9.95 per child - this is for the workshop only.

Website

http://www.the-observatory.org/events

Earth

Living in Space - Half Day Workshops

  • 30 July 2014 10am-5pm

Men and women regularly fly into space nowadays, living and working there for long periods. You will learn how we keep them alive and what it is like to live in space. Before you leave, you will prepare your own space meal.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children
  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 7-10

Admission

Cost: £9.95 per child - this is for the workshop only.

Website

http://www.the-observatory.org/events

photograph of Earth from space

Creative Stars and Planets - Half Day Workshops

  • 31 July 2014 10am-5pm

Workshop materials include water-based paint, glue and glitter. Please wear suitable clothing.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Cost: £9.95 per child - this is for the workshop only.

Website

http://www.the-observatory.org/events

Paper Making half day workshops

  • 7 August 2014

Recycle rubbish into some fabulous hand-made paper. Used paper is pulped, then pressed back into sheets making fantastically unique and colourful hand-made paper.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Admission

Cost: £9.95 per child - this is for the workshop ONLY - BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Website

http://www.the-observatory.org/events

Astronomy Amateur

Perseids Meteor Shower Open Evening

  • 8 — 9 August 2014 8-11:59pm

The Perseids meteor shower occurs as Earth passes through the outskirts of a cloud of debris from the comet Swift-Tuttle. The dust and bits of rock left behind burn up if they enter the earth's atmosphere, leaving a bright stream. These burning streams are also known as shooting stars. The maximum number of shooting stars occurs around the 12/13 August. Come along and try spotting a few meteors as well as looking through the historic telescopes (weather permitting).

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

Normal admission price: Adult £8.80; Child (4-16 yrs);

Website

http://www.the-observatory.org/events

Astronomy

Perseids Shooting Star Evening

  • 9 — 10 August 2014 8pm-12:30am

This evening aims to be both informal and informative. It includes a guest speaker and an opportunity to look though The Centre's historic telescopes (weather permitting). If the weather is unsuitable on themed evenings, the talk will go ahead regardless and a comprehensive tour of the telescopes will replace viewing. Alongside the staff are members of a local astronomical society who are also there to help answer any questions you may have.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

Cost: £18.95 per person

Website

http://www.the-observatory.org/events

Fly close up

Bug Hunt Half Day Workshops

  • 14 August 2014 10am-4pm

What do insects look like under a microscope? Come and find out. Good footwear is essential. Please check with venue for session times. Booking essential.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children
  • 7-10
  • 5-6
  • 11-13

Admission

Cost: £9.95 per child - this is for the workshop only.

Website

http://www.the-observatory.org/events

Test tubes

Cool Chemistry Full Day Workshop

  • 19 — 20 August 2014 10am-5pm

Find out what makes things fizz, bang and pop in some crazy chemistry experiments.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children
  • 7-10
  • 5-6
  • 11-13

Admission

Cost: £20.95 per child - this is for the workshop only.

Website

http://www.the-observatory.org/events

Photograph of colourful test tubes

Captivating Chemistry Full Day Workshop

  • 20 August 2014 10:30am-4pm

Chemistry is definitely fun, especially when trying to find out what does with a bang! Come and try some crazy chemistry experiments.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 5-6
  • 11-13

Admission

Cost: £20.95 per child - this is for the workshop only.

K'NEX Construction half-day workshops

  • 21 August 2014

Design and build a model using a K'nex construction kit. We are sorry but on this occasion you will not be able to take your model with you.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Admission

Cost: £9.95 per child - this is for the workshop ONLY - BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Website

http://www.the-observatory.org/events

Astronomy

Eyes On The Universe - Half Day Workshops

  • 29 October 2014 10am-5pm

Make and use your own telescope and sundial as well as learning how to use the large telescopes on site. Booking essential.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children
  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 5-6
  • 14-15

Admission

Cost: £9.95 per child - this is for the workshop only.

Website

http://www.the-observatory.org/events

Earth

Twilight Special: Earth and Beyond - Full Day Workshop

  • 30 October 2014 2-8pm

Spend an afternoon carrying out some fascinating experiments learning about volcanoes, earthquakes, ice caps and more before looking through The Centre's giant telescopes.

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • Especially for children

Admission

Cost: £20.95 per child - this is for the workshop only.

Website

http://www.the-observatory.org/events

Family Open Evening with optional Halloween drop-in activities

  • 1 November 2014 6:30-11pm

Among the activities you can make your own flying bats and screaming balloons as well as decorating goody bags with spooktacular pictures.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Cost: SPECIAL OFFER 1 child admitted FREE with every full paying adult. There will be a charge of £1 per child for the Halloween activities.

Website

http://www.the-observatory.org/events

Astronomy

Comets and Curry

  • 15 November 2014 7-11:30pm

Look for shooting stars with long bright trails which are associated with the Taurids meteor shower. This annual event marks the time when the Earth passes through the dust trail of comet Encke. The debris left behind by comet Enke is the largest in the inner solar system and it takes several weeks for the Earth to pass through it giving an extended period of activity.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Cost: £23.95.

Website

http://www.the-observatory.org/events

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

http://www.the-observatory.org

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

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