Opening Times

In light of public health concerns, the observatory will remain closed for public open evenings and group visits. 

The observatory does not have a card machine.  Only cash or cheque, please.

Admission to the observatory is from the published opening time.  The complete programme commences 15 minutes later.

Arrivals after programme commencement may miss some of the programme content.

The programme is approximately 2 hours duration and will usually include a short talk, a planetarium presentation and visits to the historic telescopes and Lockyer Technology Centre.

Telescope domes are unheated and suitable clothing should be worn.  Telescope viewing is dependent on clear sky.

The observatory will always be open at the advertised times.  There is no need to pre-book for any published open afternoon or evening.

Our public openings are available as an .ics file to import into calendar applications. If you are using Google Calendar then you can automatically receive updates by clicking the arrow next to Other Calendars, choosing “Add by URL” and pasting the link to the file on this website.

Prices – Adults – £10.00, Children – £5:00, Family ( 2 adults and 2 children) £25:00

Sat Jan 4th19:15The Quadrantids Meteor Shower
Sat Jan 18th19:15Winter Constellations
Sat Feb 1st19:15How solar system bodies are named
Sat Feb 15th19:15What is a star? – CANCELLED
Sat Mar 7th11am-5pmBritish Science Week open day – EVENT POSTPONED
Sat Mar 21st19:15What is a moon? – Cancelled
Sat Apr 4th19:15What is a supernova? – Cancelled
Sat Apr 25th19:15Planets
Sat May 2nd19:15What is a nebula?
Wed May 13th14:15Open Afternoon
Sat May 23rd19:15Jupiter and the Juno Moons
Sat Jun 6th19:15What are open clusters and globular clusters?
Wed Jun 10th14:15Open Afternoon
Thu Jun 25th19:15Summer Constellations
Sat Jul 4th19:15The life of a star
Wed Jul 8th14:15Open Afternoon
Sat Jul 18th9:30am-5pmSouth West Astronomy Fair
Thu Jul 23rd19:15Subramanian Chandrasekhar
Sat Aug 1st19:15The Perseids Meteor Shower
Wed Aug 12th14:15Open Afternoon
Sat Aug 15th19:15Norman Lockyer’s Centenary Anniversary
Thu Aug 20th 19:15How Joddrell Bank began
Sat Sep 5th19:15What is a meteor shower
Sat Sep 19th19:15Neptune
Sat Sep 26th19:15International Observe the Moon Night
Sun Oct 18th11am-4pmSidmouth Science Festival
Sat Oct 31st19:15Variable Stars
Sat Nov 7th19:15What is a galaxy?
Sat Nov 21st19:15Interacting Galaxies
Sat Dec 5th19:15Star Hopping
Sat Dec 12th19:15The Geminids Meteor Shower