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Children’s Workshops at the Observatory Science Centre

Holiday fun in August for children aged 6-8 and 9-11. The Observatory Science Centre is offering a range of fantastic, fully interactive workshops where children can learn and have fun at the same time. Curious about space and the universe? try Astronaut Academy. Or there's Rocket Science where you can learn about space rockets and even build and launch your own water rocket . There's lots more on offer including Cool Chemistry, Body Works and World of Colour.

The workshops are for children only and there is a charge, but if one-to-one support is required carers are free.

If your child has additional needs, please call in advance to check the suitability of a workshop before booking.


For adults (and other children in the same group to a reasonable limit) who wish to stay in The Centre while their child/children are participating in the workshops, there's a special discounted admission of just £7 per person. If you want to visit The Centre before an afternoon workshop or after a morning workshop then you will need to pay for the child/children attending the workshop as well (discounted rate applies).

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About The Observatory Science Centre

Spectacular hands-on science and discovery among the domes and telescopes of a world famous astronomical observatory.  With over 100 indoor and outdoor exhibits there's something for visitors of all ages to enjoy.

Learn more about The Observatory Science Centre


Mobility and/or building
  • Exhibits Are Mostly At Wheelchair Height
  • Other (please specify)

The Observatory is an old building, steps at reception cannot be avoided but there is good wheelchair access at the rear of the building.

The hands-on exhibits are in a long wide corridor which is wheelchair accessible. The exhibits themselves are at a low height and accessible.

The exhibition in Dome F is accessible.

Dome E housing an historic refractor telescope is accessible during daytime.

Disabled Parking & Drop-off
  • Blue Badge
  • Designated Disabled Parking

There are four blue badge parking bays.

Blue Badge holders are asked to stop at reception and buy tickets, then drive to the Blue Badge parking area at the rear of the building where there is wheelchair access.

  • Accessible Toilets
  • Grab/Drop Down Rails
  • Baby Changing Facilities

The accessible toilet is on the ground floor and has a height adjustable bed and hoist.

Guide Dogs
  • Guide Dogs Welcome
The Unexpected
  • There are flashing lights
  • There can be sudden loud noise

It can get noisy, the exhibition area is a large corridor and acoustics are exaggerated.

There are flashing lights in the separate ‘Light and Colour’ exhibition – there is a warning in place about this on the door.      

Quiet days - The Observatory sometimes has quieter days. These are during term time and on days when there are no pre-booked schools. They are posting on social media to let people know when these are, so it's worth following them if this interests you on facebook  or twitter 


Wartling Road
Herstmonceux, BN27 1 RN