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The Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux
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We went for an hour and stayed all afternoon. It is very close to Eastbourne where we were staying and about half an hour from Brighton. The place is for all ages with hands on experiments. I (at 68) ... read more »
Having been here several times with children of all ages I can say how much everyone has enjoyed the experience. There is so much to see and do inside the centre and the grounds are great to burn off ... read more »
This is a fun place to visit with the kids, which is also educational. There are plenty of different things to keep the kids (and adults) entertained, from puzzles, demonstrations and talks. There are... read more »
Great for young and old alike. Loads to do and to get involved with. All hands on stuff and the telescopes are magnificent.
The Observatory Science Centre is an interactive hands-on science centre operating in the rural location of Herstomceux, in the East Sussex countryside on the former home of The Royal Observatory, Herstmonceux. Operated as an educational charity, the Centre is open throughout the year seven days a week, from late January to the end of November, then only a handful of weekends in December and the beginning of January for special seasonal events. The main visitors to the Centre are educational and uniformed groups, but many families and individuals visit during the local school holidays, and independent visitors like the quieter open evenings and special events to explore the Centre. Special viewing evenings take place (weather permitting ) throughout the autumn and winter months, where visitors can look through the historic telescopes at the night sky. Particular favourites to see are the Moon, the Pleiades cluster and several planets, when they are visible. The site has a small cafe serving hot and cold drinks, snacks and hand made light lunches, a picnic area and a museum style display in one of its domes offering the history of the site and the RGO. Daily tours take place throughout the season, with staff on hand to answer questions. For the holiday periods, special Science Shows and demonstrations take place in a space like Geodesic marquee at the rear of the main building. Opening times vary throughout the season as follows: 10 am - 5 pm (Winter/Autumn) : January / February / March / October / November / December AND 10 am - 6 pm (Spring/Summer) : April / May / June / July / August / September. Open Evenings have separate times normally 6:30pm to 11pm but some events do start and run later, with several offering a catered food option. If you are visiting, do check opening and closing times on the website as special events and local weather effects viewing/opening/closing times - particularly if you are traveling a long way to get to the site. For visitors that use a SATNAV to travel to the Centre, please note that you should NOT USE the Centre's postcode, as this will take you to the wrong entrance and will cause a long detour through the Sussex countryside to get to the site. Please use the main Wartling Road entrance when using SATNAV directions. Great for adults - as several courses are run for a range of different levels from beginner to advanced throughout the year, plus site tours and viewing on set open evenings (weather permitting). Great for families - loads of hands on exhibits, water play and a picnic area plus Science shows and tours to keep the family entertained. Great for groups - The Centre caters for both children and adult birthday party groups, special events and booked tour groups. See the website for more information on how to book and the menus available.
Awesome place, tons of "hands on" for the children and activities - we did a rocket class. The telescopes are fascinating too!
Enjoyed our trip to the observatory, plenty of hands-on sceincey things for the kids to do. A good talk about the observatory too.
Great for all ages. During the day, there are lots of science orientated activities around the center which can probide an entire day of fun for children and big kids. The observatory also holds open evenings on darker nights for stargazing. On these nights, there are lots of telescopes out pointing at different things in the night sky. They also have their old observatorys open for use by the general public. I have really enjoyed my visits hera and would like to come back againg in the future to do some more stargazing.
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