Opening Times

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 – £8.00, Children – £4:00, Family ( 2 adults and 2 children) £20:00

Date Time Theme/Title
Sat 6th Jan 19:15 The Quadrantid Meteor Shower
Sat 20th Jan 19:15 The Orion Constellation
Sat 3rd Feb 19:15 Winter Skies
Sat 17th Feb 19:15 Solar Eclipses
Sat 3rd March 19:15 CANCELLED
Sat 17th March 11:00 – 17:00 British Science Week Family Day
Sat 7th April 19:15 Asterisms
Sat 14th April 19:15 Colour of Stars
Sat 21st April 19:15 Meteor Showers
Sat 5th May 19:15 Binary Stars
Wed 16th May 14:15 Open Afternoon
Sat 26th May 19:15 Saturn
Sat 2nd June 19:15 What is a Solstice?
Wed 6th June 14:15 Open Afternoon
Thur 21st June 19:15 Lunar Eclipses
Sat 7th July 19:15 Mercury
Wed 11th July 14:15 Open Afternoon
Wed 18th July 15:30 Open Afternoon
Thur 26th July 19:15 Solar Cycles
Sat 4th Aug 19:15 Perseids Meteors
Sat 11th Aug 9:30am – 5:00pm South West Astronomy Fair
Wed 15th Aug 14:15 Open Afternoon
Thur 23rd Aug 19:15 Who was Messier?
Sat 8th Sept 19:15 Jupiter’s Moons
Sat 22nd Sept 19:15 Galaxies
Sat 6th Oct 19:15 The Moon
Sun 14th Oct 11:00 – 16:00 Sidmouth Science Festival
Sat 20th Oct 14:15 150th Anniversary of the Discovery of Helium
Sat 10th Nov 19:15 Finding your way around the Night Sky
Sat 24th Nov 19:15 Asteroids
Sat 1st Dec 19:15 Uranus
Sat 15th Dec 19:15 The Geminids Meteor Shower