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Events and Activities

Dark Skies Festival Shadow Puppet Workshop for Adults

21 February 2019

The location is a beautiful rural workshop space in Iford village. Exact location given once tickets are purchased.

Enjoy creating in this secret location and be inspired by the night sky. We’ll be making shadow puppets using re-cycled and found/natural materials.We’ll finish with a preformance by Shadow Cabinet Puppeteers and a chance for you to try out your shadow creation using our screen.No previous experience needed. Bring a bottle and nibbles to share […]

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The Observatory Science Centre Herstmonceux – Extended Opening

22 February 2019

The Observatory Science Centre, Hailsham, East Sussex

Spectacular hands-on science and discovery among the domes and telescopes of a world famous astronomical observatory. Extended opening until 8pm on Friday 22 February with no additional charge to the normal admission fee in support of the South Downs Dark Skies Festival

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Stars On Frosty Winter Nights

22 February 2019

The South Downs Planetarium and Science Centre, Kingsham Road, Chichester

Now that the nights are long and dark, the Winter Constellations of Orion, Taurus and the Pleiades establish themselves and dominate the Winter night skies. Come to the Planetarium for a guided tour of some of the celestial wonders which are on view during the Winter months.

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Family Astronomy

22 February 2019

Field Studies Centre, High Street, Selborne, Hampshire

Join our family friendly astronomy evening. Learn about Meteors with our education team and explore night skies above Selborne with Graham Bryant from the Hampshire Astronomical Group.

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The Star Seekers

23 February 2019

The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre 56 East Street Havant Hampshire

Join us for a journey through the stars where you take the steering wheel. Inspired by our childhood wonder of the universe Wardrobe Ensemble have create a unique theatre experience for children; a show that passes on our awe for the limitless majesty of galaxies, the solar system, shooting stars and planets to the next […]

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The Northern Lights (aurora borealis)

24 February 2019

The South Downs Planetarium and Science Centre, Sir Patrick Moore Building, Kingsham Farm, Kingsham Road, Chichester, West Sussex

Journey north to the frozen wastes of the Arctic Circle and watch electrified particles from the Sun spiralling down into the upper atmosphere, where they generate the wonderful colours of the Aurora Borealis or ‘Northern Lights’ Come to the Planetarium to understand how eruptions on the Sun cause displays of the Northern Lights, and how […]

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Little Star

24 February 2019

The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre 56 East Street Havant Hampshire

The youngest members of the family are not forgotten in our Family Festival at The Spring, with this star lit show for babies age 6 – 18 months. Join Little Star as she swings from shooting stars, slides down crescent moons and bounces on fluffy clouds. Using puppetry, music and captivating visuals to delight our […]

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Introduction to Astronomy

25 February 2019

Field Studies Centre, High Street, Selborne, Hampshire

We invite people to explore the night sky with this introductory astronomy night, including a short topical talk on astronomy and an exploration of the night sky lead by Graham Bryant from the Hampshire Astronomical Group showing you highlights to look out for in your local skies.

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Star gazing and night hike

25 February 2019

Harting Down car park off the B2141 between South Harting and Chilgrove.

Learn about the night sky then hike under the stars up to Beacon Hill. Hot drinks to finish. Bring binoculars if you have them. Dogs welcome. Please book by calling 01730 816638 or email woolbedingcountryside@nationaltrust.org.uk.

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Star Party at Goodwood

26 February 2019

Goodwood Estate. Goodwood Counters Car Park. Selhurst Park Road. Goodwood. West Sussex

Star Party with astronomers from the South Downs Planetarium and the South Downs National Park Authority, who will guide you around the night sky with their powerful telescopes. This year we are trying a new location at Goodwood at Counters Gate car park – see event location for more information. The event is free but will […]

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