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 4th||19:15||The Quadrantids Meteor Shower|
|Sat Jan 18th||19:15||Winter Constellations|
|Sat Feb 1st||19:15||How solar system bodies are named|
|Sat Feb 15th||19:15||What is a star? – CANCELLED|
|Sat Mar 7th||11am-5pm||British Science Week open day – EVENT POSTPONED|
|Sat Mar 21st||19:15||What is a moon? – Cancelled|
|Sat Apr 4th||19:15||What is a supernova? – Cancelled|
|Sat Apr 25th||19:15||Planets|
|Sat May 2nd||19:15||What is a nebula?|
|Wed May 13th||14:15||Open Afternoon|
|Sat May 23rd||19:15||Jupiter and the Juno Moons|
|Sat Jun 6th||19:15||What are open clusters and globular clusters?|
|Wed Jun 10th||14:15||Open Afternoon|
|Thu Jun 25th||19:15||Summer Constellations|
|Sat Jul 4th||19:15||The life of a star|
|Wed Jul 8th||14:15||Open Afternoon|
|Sat Jul 18th||9:30am-5pm||South West Astronomy Fair|
|Thu Jul 23rd||19:15||Subramanian Chandrasekhar|
|Sat Aug 1st||19:15||The Perseids Meteor Shower|
|Wed Aug 12th||14:15||Open Afternoon|
|Sat Aug 15th||19:15||Norman Lockyer’s Centenary Anniversary|
|Thu Aug 20th||19:15||How Joddrell Bank began|
|Sat Sep 5th||19:15||What is a meteor shower|
|Sat Sep 19th||19:15||Neptune|
|Sat Sep 26th||19:15||International Observe the Moon Night|
|Sun Oct 18th||11am-4pm||Sidmouth Science Festival|
|Sat Oct 31st||19:15||Variable Stars|
|Sat Nov 7th||19:15||What is a galaxy?|
|Sat Nov 21st||19:15||Interacting Galaxies|
|Sat Dec 5th||19:15||Star Hopping|
|Sat Dec 12th||19:15||The Geminids Meteor Shower|