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.

The meeting schedule for 2017 is:



Thursday 28th September 2017 (7-9pm): Professor Alfonso Aragón-Salamanca – Galaxies in 3D.

Wednesday 18th October 2017 (7-9pm): Ryan McDonald – Cambridge University -The Inferno World With Titanium Skies.

Thursday 23rd November 2017 (7-9pm): Dr Phil Sutton – Lincoln University – Exo-Moons.

Thursday 14th December 2017 (7-9pm): World Famous Christmas Quiz!

Wednesday 24th January 2018 – Public Stargazing Live Showcase Event (6:00 – 9:00pm)

Family Astronomy Evenings:

Open to young people ages 9 upwards and their family members. Each month will include hands on Astronomy activities followed by an observing session (weather permitting). Please collect a letter from Student Services or see Miss Harrington if you would like to attend. For those outside of TLES please email for further information.

The schedule for 2017/2018 is as follows:

Weds 11th October (5:30-7:00pm) – Astronomy At Home.

Thursday 16th November (5:30-7:00pm)

Wednesday 3th December (5:30-7:00pm) – Christmas Special

Tuesday 13th February (5:30-7:00pm)

Tuesday 6th March (5:30-7:00pm)

Thursday 12th April (5:30-7:00pm) – Exploration and Discovery

Thursday 17th May (5:30-7:00pm)

Tuesday 12th June (5:30-7:00pm)

Wednesday 11th July (5:30-7:00pm)

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:

GCSE Astronomy observing evenings: An opportunity for GCSE Astronomers to complete observations towards their coursework, see Miss Harrington to book.

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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