SCIENCE should be fun; to encourage everyone to explore, discover and learn…

From Royal Observatory to The Observatory Science Centre – the journey… The world-famous Royal Observatory Greenwich moved from London to Herstmonceux, East Sussex in the 1940s to escape the smog and increasing light pollution. At the new location, buildings were constructed, landscaping carefully considered and domes with the iconic copper covering built to house the telescopes. Astronomical research lasted at the site for more than 40 years. During this historical period the world discovered a new found interest in space following the first persons to walk on the moon. The work carried out at Herstmonceux at this time included the discovery of the first black hole and important work in star mapping and observing solar activity. Eventually, the decision was taken to move once again, this time from the Herstmonceux location to a new site at Cambridge, leaving behind the Equatorial Group of Telescopes.

Charity Science Projects Ltd moves to the site in 1995. The Observatory Science Centre is part of Science Projects Ltd – a company with charitable status (Charity no. 298542) dedicated to the promotion of science for everyone and designers of interactive exhibitions. When Science Projects opened The Observatory Science Centre in 1995, the amateur astronomer Sir Patrick Moore declared that the Observatory had been ‘Saved for Science’. The Observatory Science Centre has gone from strength to strength over 27 years offering astronomy, Spectacular Science and discovery amongst the domes and telescopes. The unique site is recognised with Grade II* Listed monument status.

What is at The Observatory Science Centre today? Within the beautifully landscaped site you will discover a wide range of fun, interactive science based exhibits, both outside and inside. In the historic buildings themselves you are able to explore the exciting worlds of Forces, Earth and Beyond, Light and Colour, Astronomy and Time plus galleries of exhibitions that change throughout the year. All exhibits are fully interactive so you can have a play and find out what they do, each with easy to read explainers telling you more about the exhibit and often relating it to everyday objects. You will have enormous fun exploring the large-scale interactive exhibits outside in our Discovery Park, and the Water Planet exhibits are a firm favourite with everyone. You will also find other exhibits in and around the gardens including our whispering dishes, rock- stone lithophone and bee path game nestled within its own flower bed.

Children’s Workshops Holiday fun for children aged 6–8 years and 9–11 years. 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 home what they have made in the workshop.

So much more on offer at this beautiful venue. As the former home of the Royal Observatory, home to some of the largest historic telescopes in the country, the longer nights give the perfect opportunity to engage with stargazing events. Stargazing evenings are hosted by a dedicated team who operate some of the historic telescopes, enabling you to experience the night sky in a spectacular way. This is the perfect evening to ask questions and soak up the incredible atmosphere. Whether an astronomy enthusiast or you wish simply to engage with something a little different, it is a brilliant experience. With a range of events and activities offered throughout the year there is something for everyone to enjoy regardless of age or ability. These include interactive science shows’, private planetarium experiences’, telescope tours, children’s holiday workshops, themed evenings, astronomy courses and much more. There is even an astronomy festival at the beginning of September with an opportunity to camp and engage with a whole weekend of astronomy and science.

As such a unique venue, located in the beautiful Sussex countryside, The Observatory Science Centre offers the ideal location to host your own special day, creating memorable moments. The setting is fantastic, both visually and stylistically, presenting a wonderful opportunity to record precious memories with family and friends. In 2022 The Observatory Science Centre was officially launched as a licensed wedding venue suitable for groups of all sizes with exceptional opportunities for entertainment. A truly incredible setting for couples wanting something unconventional and unforgettable. Possibly the most unusual wedding and celebrations venue in East Sussex. Celebrations large or intimate with an element of fun for anyone… Do you have something to celebrate or are you part of a group? The Observatory Science Centre is a great place to meet-up or simply offer an opportunity to reconnect for an exciting day of engaging fun. The best bit is that there is an on-hand team ready to help you plan your bespoke visit – with food – yes!

And finally…. The Observatory Science Centre relies on visitor income, every donation helps us to maintain and develop this unique, historic attraction, to engage with educational groups both on-site and through an educational outreach programme, and continue to deliver Spectacular Science to all visitors among the domes and telescopes of a world famous astronomical observatory. Thank you for supporting our Charity.

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