Forthcoming Events



Details of forthcoming Astronomy events in school, for students, parents and members of our wider learning community, will appear here.

To enquire about attending an event, please contact the school on 0115 9732438 or at

Coming up….

Community Open Dome Events.

Open to the general public. Meetings will begin with a talk on an astronomical topic followed by observing if the skies are clear. If you would like to attend a meeting we ask for a £2 donation towards refreshments and other costs. Under 16’s can attend for free but must be accompanied by an adult. Refreshments are available from approx. 6:30pm for the Community Open Dome which starts at 7pm and 5:30pm for the Family Open Dome which starts at 6pm.

The meeting schedule for 2018-2019 is:

Thursday 25th October 2018 (6-9pm): Family Open Dome – Constellations, Community Open Dome – Zombie Stars and Bumps in the Night

Thursday 29th November 2018 (6-9pm): Family Open Dome – The Moon

Wednesday 19th December 2018 (7-9pm): Community Open Dome – World Famous Christmas Quiz!

Wednesday 30th January 2018 – Public Stargazing Live Showcase Event (6:00 – 9:00pm)

Thursday 28th February 2019 (7-9pm): Community Open Dome

Thursday 28th March 2019 (6-9pm): Family Open Dome

Thursday 2nd May 2019 (7-9pm): Community Open Dome

Thursday 6th June 2019 (7-9pm): Community Open Dome

Thursday 11th July 2019 (6-9pm): Family Open Dome

Adult Learning Opportunities.

All courses are led by Fellow of The Royal Astronomical Society, Mr M. Perkins. Each course will run on alternate weeks with each session lasting approx. 2 hrs. The first half of each evening will cover the subject matter, the second half will either be a continuation of the subject or hands on observing depending on the weather. All sessions are on a Wednesday night starting at 7:30pm. All courses are for interest only, a certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end. Please email for more information.

Starting November 1st.

An Introduction to Astronomy: 10 sessions, cost £40 total. The second running of this course. The course sets out to explain what Astronomy is and give a broad overview as to what is out there in our Universe. Topics include: The Earth, Moon and Sun, The Solar System, Galaxies, Lifecycle of Stars, Leaving Earth (space travel and exploration), Are We Alone? and much more.

Starting November 8th.

Practical Astronomy Evening Course: 6 Sessions, cost £24 total. Learn about different types of telescopes and binoculars, how to use them, how to maintain them, what to look at, where and when to look. 

Events at the observatory:

Bookable time for external groups: External groups can book to visit the observatory for an observing evening, workshop or talk. All levels and ages can be catered for. Email the observatory for more information.

Special Events: Follow the blog to receive details of special events taking place at the observatory.

2 Responses to Forthcoming Events

  1. Stuart Allan says:

    I would appreciate an invitation to the meeting on the 26th April & I assume there will be a sight of the telescope?

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