Back to Home
Science Projects
Bookings now being taken for all summer holiday children's workshops
read more » 7th Jul 2017 16:00
The water lilies are now looking magnificent and you can take home a root and support The Centre! T...
read more » 7th Jul 2017 13:59
Assistant Cafe Manager, part time. This is a NEW POSITION to support and develop our current cafe o...
read more » 2nd May 2017 18:02
The Observatory Science Centre
Herstmonceux
Hailsham
East Sussex
BN27 1RN
Tel: 01323 832731
Fax: 01323 832741

Email Us

Children's Workshops

Bringing Science and Creativity to Life!

Holiday fun for children aged 6-8 years and 9-11 years. In addition to our daily activities, during the local school holidays we also offer fantastic workshops for children which are a great way to have fun and learn at the same time. They are fully interactive; children are totally immersed in carrying out experiments or making and creating (depending on the type of workshop). Many of the workshops involve an element of 'Make and Take' projects when the children are able to take what they have made home.

Specific workshops are aimed at age groups 6-8 years and 9-11 years. Please check the intended age group of your chosen workshop because we cannot accept children who are younger than the intended age.

For further information about dropping off and picking up your children please see Notes for Parents and Guardians.

Our 2017 list of workshops is being confirmed so please keep you eye on the website for further updates

While we do our best to include all the activities mentioned in the descriptions, some activities may vary on the day. We recommend warm, practical clothing and sensible footwear for all the workshops.

The dates, times and the cost of each workshop will appear in the details below the descriptions.

SPECIAL OFFER:  Please note that the cost of the workshop is for the workshop only. If you would like to visit the Centre either after or before the workshop then you will have to purchase an entrance ticket. However, for 2017 we are offering a special discounted rate of just £5 pp if admission to the Centre is purchased at the time of pre-booking a workshop. This special offer admission applies to any adults who are dropping off children booked onto a workshop and who wish to stay in the Centre and any children within the same group that are not attending the workshop but wish to stay in the Centre (up to a reasonable limit).

FOR EXAMPLE: if the booking is for 1 child attending a workshop and staying in the Centre after the workshop, 1 adult and 1 child not attending the workshop then you pay:
  • £11.25 for the workshop + £5 to stay in the Centre after the workshop = £16.25.
  • £5 for the adult
  • £5 for the extra child not attending the workshop   

This discount only applies if pre-booked AT THE SAME TIME AS BOOKING THE WORKSHOP.

PLEASE NOTE: The special offer does not apply to twilight workshops

Booking is essential for all workshops
 
June

Thursday 1st - ‘Forensics Investigation’ - half day 

Test your investigating skills using forensics and science technology to help follow the clues and solve the mystery of ‘Who Dunnit’!

Times: 10.30am - 1pm or 2pm - 4.30pm
Cost:   £11.25 per child (this is for the workshop only)
Age:    6 - 8 years AM ONLY; 9 - 11 years PM ONLY

BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Please phone the Centre on 01323 832731 to make a booking

*SPECIAL OFFER: discounted rates for entrance into the Centre before or after the workshop if purchased at the time of booking
July

Tuesday 25th - 'Mechanics and Drives' half day

Does your bicycle really need all those gears? Come and experiment with gears, drives and pulleys to learn how mechanical systems work (and help you to work too!)

Time: 10.30am - 1pm or 2pm - 4.30pm
Cost:  £11.25 per child (this is for the workshop only)
Age:   6 - 8 years AM ONLY; 9 - 11 years PM ONLY

BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Please phone the Centre on 01323 832731 to make a booking

Wednesday 26th - 'Noisy Nature' half day

Is nature really noisy? Come and explore the fascinating world of sound with some cool experiments and fun investigations. Find out for yourself how sound in nature can be quite surprising.

Times: 10.30am - 1pm or 2pm - 4.30pm
Cost:   £11.25 per child (this is for the workshop only)
Age:    6 - 8 years

BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Please phone the Centre on 01323 832731 to make a booking

Thursday 27th - 'Wonderful Weather' half day

Have you ever wondered why our weather is so changeable, how snow is made, or where the wind comes from? Come and find out, it may just blow your mind!

Times: 10.30am - 1pm or 2pm - 4.30pm
Cost:   £11.25 per child (this is for the workshop only)
Age:    6 - 8 years

BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Please phone the Centre on 01323 832731 to make a booking.

*SPECIAL OFFER: discounted rates for entrance into the Centre before or after the workshop if purchased at the time of booking
August

Tuesday 1st - 'Cool Chemistry' full day workshop

Find out what makes things fizz, bang and pop in some crazy chemistry experiments. It's full on fun and you get to try the experiments yourself as well as watching some pretty spectacular demonstrations. If you can't do Tuesday why not come along tomorrow instead!

Time: 10.30am - 4pm
Cost:  £22.75 per child (this is for the workshop only)
Age:   6 - 8 years

BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Please phone the Centre on 01323 832731 to make a booking

Wednesday 2nd - 'Cool Chemistry' full day workshop


Find out what makes things fizz, bang and pop in some crazy chemistry experiments. It's full on fun and you get to try the experiments yourself as well as watching some pretty spectacular demonstrations. If you can't do Wednesday why not give Tuesday a try instead!

Time: 10.30am - 4pm
Cost:  £22.75 per child (this is for the workshop only)
Age:   6 - 8 years

BOOKING ESSENTIAL 

Please phone the Centre on 01323 832731 to make a booking

Thursday 3rd - 'Captivating Chemistry' full day

Chemistry is definitely fun, especially when trying to find out what goes with a bang! Come and try some crazy chemistry experiments and see some spectacular demonstrations

Time: 10.30am - 4pm
Cost:  £22.75 per child (this is for the workshop only)
Age:   9 - 11 years

BOOKING ESSENTIAL 

Please phone the Centre on 01323 832731 to make a booking

Tuesday 8th - 'Be an Astronaut' half day

Join an Incredible Adventure to the International Space Station. You will train, prepare and carry out tasks as an Astronaut living in Space.

Times: 10.30am - 1pm or 2pm - 4.30pm
Cost:   £11.25 per child (this is for the workshop only)
Age:    6 - 8 years

BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Please phone the Centre on 01323 832731 to make a booking

Wednesday 9th - 'Wonder of Colour' half day

A scintillating workshop focussing on what colour actually is. We look at colour, pigment, light, paint, shade, hue and tone. How does colour affect us and the environment. What do colours mean? How do we see colour? We will do some simple colour experiments, look at colourful facts, have some fun with colour. Come and join us and get really colourful!

Times: 10.30am - 1pm or 2pm - 4.30pm
Cost:   £11.25 per child (this is for the workshop only)
Age:    6 - 8 years

BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Please phone the Centre on 01323 832731 to make a booking

Thursday 10th - 'Family of the Sun' half day

We know who our family is don't we? Mum, Dad, brothers and sisters. But who does the Sue:n hold close? Come and find out why the planets don't wander off, how they became the Sun's family and all the other relatives that travel around our parent star. You will also get to design and make a space probe to land an egg safely on the surface of another planet like Mars. You never know astronauts may go there one day.

Times: 10.30am - 1pm or 2pm - 4.30pm
Cost:    £11.25 per child (this is for the workshop only)
Age:     6 - 8 years

BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Please phone the Centre on 01323 832731 to make a booking.

Tuesday 15th - 'Rocketry' half day

How does such a huge rocket actually get off the ground? Why does it "break up" and where do the astronauts sit? Come and find out in this fascinating workshop. Its a fabulously fun workshop and you even get to build and launch your own water rocket.

Times: 10.30am - 1pm or 2pm - 4.30pm
Cost:   £11.25 per child (this is for the workshop only)
Age:    6 - 8 years

BOOKING ESSENTIAL 

Please phone the Centre on 01323 832731 to make a booking

Wednesday 16th - 'Electrifying Electronics' half day

Come and try out this fascinating workshop aimed at the older age group. Run by Dave Williams from Ditronix you will be able to explore the fantastic range of electronic bricks to build some amazing circuits.

Times: 10.30am - 1pm or 2pm - 4.30pm
Cost:   £11.25 per child (this is for the workshop only)
Age:    9 - 11 years

BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Please phone the Centre on 01323 832731 to make a booking

Thursday 17th - 'K'NEX construction' half day

Design and build a model using a K'nex construction kit under expert guidance with some fabulous templates or your own imagination. We are sorry but on this occassion you will not be able to take your model with you.

Times: 10.30am - 1pm or 2pm - 4.30pm
Cost:   £11.25 per child (this is for the workshop only)
Age:    6 - 8 years

BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Please phone the Centre on 01323 832731 to make a booking
October

Tuesday 24th - 'Light Fantastic' half day

Discover ways in which ‘light’ can change and reveal hidden worlds. Using Science Technology we explore how we use light for more than just seeing.

Times: 10.30am - 1pm and 2pm - 4.30pm
Cost:   £11.25 per child (this is for the workshop only)
Age:    6 - 8 years

BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Please phone the Centre on 01323 832731 to reserve your place(s).

Wednesday 25th - 'Eyes on the Universe' half day 

What's in space? Can we go there? Can we see it? How big is it? Is there anybody there? So many questions! Come and find out some of the answers by doing fascinating hands-on activities.

Times: 10.30am - 1pm or 2pm - 4.30pm
Cost:   £11.25 (this is for the workshop only)
Age:    6 - 8 years

BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Please phone the Centre on 01323 832731 to reserve your place(s).

Thursday 26th - 'Earth and Beyond' full day Twilight Special


From the depths of the Earth to the stars! Come and find out about our own dynamic Earth then, as the night draws in and the Sun disappears take a look beyond Earth at the fascinating night sky through a giant telescope.

The afternoon will be spent carrying out some fascinating experiments learning about volcanoes, earthquakes, icebergs and much more. Then we turn our attention to the stars, looking beyond Earth through the Centre's giant telescopes (weather permitting). Come and find out how Albert Einstein proved one of his ground-breaking theories using a telescope that we now have in one of our domes.

Time: 2pm - 8pm
Cost:  £22.75
Age:   9 - 11 years

BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Please phone the Centre on 01323 832731 to reserve your place(s).


How to Book

Notes for Parents/Guardians: before booking your child/children on to a workshop please consult the 'Notes for Parents/Guardians.' This will give you more information about how to book. Please note whilst we endeavour to include all activities mentioned in the description, some activities may vary on the day.

To check availability please ring or email the centre.

To make a booking please telephone the Centre and reserve your place using a credit or debit card.

Telephone: 01323 832731

Alternatively there is an option to book on-line for some of the courses. Please follow the link in the relevant section above if this option is available.

Refund policy: Any refunds will incur a £5 administration charge. Please note; we will not be able to refund any bookings within 7 days of the event taking place.