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

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Calendar of Events

February 2017

Open daily 10am - 5pm. Last admission 3pm

LOCAL HALF TERM SCHOOL HOLIDAYS Monday 13th February - Sunday 19th February

For the school holidays; in addition to the interactive hands-on exhibits there will be daily telescope tours and spectacular science shows (times may vary). These are included in your admission price:

Science Shows: 11am, 1pm and 3pm (SCHOOL HOLIDAYS ONLY)
Telescope Tours: 12noon, 2pm and 4pm

Outside of school holidays we offer telescope tours but times of these tours will vary.

This month we are ALSO offering:

1st                     Astronomy Course: 'Further Astronomy' (Wednesdays for 6 weeks)
4th Open Evening
11th Course: 'Telescope Clinic'
14th Children's Workshops: 'A Hearty Workout' half days (6-8 years)
15th Children's Workshops: 'Curious About Chemistry' half days (6-8 years)
16th Children's Workshops: 'Creative Chemistry' half day (9-11 years)
17th Open Evening: 'Dark Skies Discovery Festival'
18th Open Evening: 'Dark Skies Discovery Festival' 
25th Open Evening: Adults ONLY
March 2017

Open daily 10am - 5pm.
Last admission 3pm


This month we are ALSO offering: 

2nd                     Astronomy Course: 'Spring Star Search' (Thursdays for 4 weeks)
4th Open Evening
18th & 19th Special Event: British Science Week Activity Weekend
18th Open Evening
26th  Course: 'Introduction to Astro-imaging'


April 2017

Open daily 10am - 6pm.
Last admission 4pm

LOCAL SCHOOL HOLIDAYS FOR EASTER Saturday 1st April - Monday 17th April

For the school holidays; in addition to the interactive hands-on exhibits there will be daily telescope tours and spectacular science shows (times may vary). These are included in your admission price:

Science Shows: 11am, 1pm and 3pm (SCHOOL HOLIDAYS ONLY)
Telescope Tours: 12noon, 2pm and 4pm

Outside of school holidays we offer telescope tours but times of these tours will vary.

This month we are ALSO offering:



1st                             Open Evening
4th Children's Workshops: 'Be an Astronaut' half days (6-8 years) 
5th Children's Workshop: 'Man in the Moon' half days (6-8 years)
6th Children's Workshop: 'Mysterious Moon' Twilight (9-11 years)
8th Themed Evening: 'Science of Beer Curry Night' (Adults Only)
11th Children's Workshops: 'Rocketry' half days (6-8 years)
12th Children's Workshops: 'Space Junk Creative' half days (6-8 years)
29th & 30th     Special Event: 'Bubbletastic Weekend' for the Bank Holiday


May 2017 

Open daily 10am - 6pm.
Last admission 4pm

LOCAL HALF TERM SCHOOL HOLIDAYS Saturday 27th May - Sunday 4th June

For the school holidays; in addition to the interactive hands-on exhibits there will be daily telescope tours and spectacular science shows (times may vary). These are included in your admission price:

Science Shows: 11am, 1pm and 3pm (SCHOOL HOLIDAYS ONLY)
Telescope Tours: 12noon, 2pm and 4pm

Outside of school holidays we offer telescope tours but times of these tours will vary.

This month we are ALSO offering:

1st                       Special Event: 'Bubbletastic Weekend' for the Bank Holiday
6th Open Evening: 'Eta Aquarids' meteor shower
19th Open Evening: 'Museums at Night'
20th Special Event: 'A Reason to Murder'
30th Children's Workshop: 'Juggling is Catching!' half days (AM 6-8 years; PM 9-11 years)
31st Children's Workshop: 'Car of the Future' half days (AM 6-8 years; PM 9-11 years)
June 2017 

Open daily 10am - 6pm.
Last admission 4pm

LOCAL HALF TERM SCHOOL HOLIDAYS: Saturday 27th May - Sunday 4th June

For the school holidays; in addition to the interactive hands-on exhibits there will be daily telescope tours and spectacular science shows (times may vary). These are included in your admission price:

Science Shows: 11am, 1pm and 3pm (SCHOOL HOLIDAYS ONLY)
Telescope Tours: 12noon, 2pm and 4pm

Outside of school holidays we offer telescope tours but times of these tours will vary.

This month we are ALSO offering: 

1st Children's Workshops: 'Forensics Investigation' half days (AM 6-8 years; PM 9-11 years)
4th Special Event: 'Jaguars on the Lawn'
17th Open Evening: Music and a Bar (Adults ONLY)
18th Special Event: International SUNday and Father's Day
19th - 23rd           Group Special: Uniformed groups Midsummer Twilight Week 
July 2017 

Open daily 10am - 6pm.
Last admission 4pm

LOCAL SCHOOL SUMMER HOLIDAYS Friday 21st July - Sunday 3rd September.

For the school holidays; in addition to the interactive hands-on exhibits there will be daily telescope tours and spectacular science shows (times may vary). These are included in your admission price:

Science Shows: 11am, 1pm and 3pm (SCHOOL HOLIDAYS ONLY)
Telescope Tours: 12noon, 2pm and 4pm

Outside of school holidays we offer telescope tours but times of these tours will vary.

This month we are ALSO offering

1st                     Special Event: 'Soundscape'
8th Course: '3D Printing Workshop' (4 hour workshop) 
25th Children's Workshop: 'Mechanics and Drives' half days (AM 6-8 years; PM 9-11 years)
26th Children's Workshops: 'Noisy Nature' half days (6-8 years)
27th Children's Workshops: 'Wonderful Weather' half days (6-8 years)


August 2017 

Open daily 10am - 6pm.
Last admission 4pm

LOCAL SCHOOL SUMMER HOLIDAYS Friday 21st July - Sunday 3rd September.

For the school holidays; in addition to the interactive hands-on exhibits there will be daily telescope tours and spectacular science shows (times may vary). These are included in your admission price:

Science Shows: 11am, 1pm and 3pm (SCHOOL HOLIDAYS ONLY)
Telescope Tours: 12noon, 2pm and 4pm

This month we are ALSO offering: 

1st                     Children's Workshop: 'Cool Chemistry' full day (6-8 years)
2nd Children's Workshop: 'Cool Chemistry' full day (6-8 years)
3rd Children's Workshop: 'Captivating Chemistry' full day (9-11 years)
8th Children's Workshops: 'Be an Astronaut' half days (6-8 years)
9th Children's Workshops: 'Wonder of Colour' half days (6-8 years)
10th Children's Workshops: 'Family of the Sun' half days (6-8 years)
11th Open Evening: 'Perseids Meteor Shower'
12th Special Event: 'Perseids Shooting Stars'
15th Children's Workshop: 'Rocketry' half days (6-8 years)
16th Children's Workshops: 'Electrifying Electronics' half days (9-11 years)
17th Children's Workshops: 'K'Nex Construction' half days (6-8 years)
September 2017 

Open daily 10am - 6pm.
Last admission 4pm

This month we are ALSO offering:

1st - 3rd               Special Event: 'Annual Astronomy Festival'
11th - 15th 'Lifelong learners Week'
13th Astronomy Course: 'Astronomy and Space' for beginners (Wednesdays for 12 weeks)
17th Course: 'Introduction to Astro-Imaging'
23rd Open Evening
October 2017

Open daily 10am - 5pm.
Last admission 3pm

LOCAL HALF TERM SCHOOL HOLIDAYS Saturday 21st October - Sunday 29th October.

For the school holidays; in addition to the interactive hands-on exhibits there will be daily telescope tours and spectacular science shows (times may vary). These are included in your admission price:

Science Shows: 11am, 1pm and 3pm (SCHOOL HOLIDAYS ONLY)
Telescope Tours: 12noon, 2pm and 4pm

Outside of school holidays we offer telescope tours but times of these tours will vary.

This month we are ALSO offering

7th                       Open Evening: 'Draconids Meteor Shower'
16th Astronomy Course: 'Autumn Star Search' (Mondays for 4 weeks)
21st Open Evening: 'Orionids meteor shower'
24th Children's Workshops: 'Light Fantastic' half days (6-8 years)
25th Children's Workshops: 'Eyes on the Universe' half day (6-8 years)
26th Chidren's Workshop: 'Earth and Beyond' Twilight (9-11 years)
28th & 29th Special Event: 'Halloween Spooktacular Weekend'
28th Open Evening: 'Halloween Spooktacular'
November 2017

Open daily until 27th 10am - 5pm.
Last admission 3pm

This month we are ALSO offering

11th                     Open Evening: 'Taurids Meteor Shower'
17th Open Evening: 'Leonids Meteor Shower'
18th Special Event: 'Comets and Curry'
20th - 24th Groups Special: 'Uniformed Twilight Week'
25th Course: 'Telescope Clinic'
December 2017

Open weekends ONLY on 3rd & 4th and 10th & 11th 10am - 5pm.
Last admission 3pm

Please note we are not open during weekdays in December.

This month we are ALSO offering

1st Special Event: '50th Anniversary of the INT'
2nd                     Special Event: 'Christmas Songs by Starlight'
8th Special Event: 'Corporate Christmas Murder'
9th Open Evening: 'Geminids meteor Shower'