Visiting Orwell Park Observatory
Observatory tours provide an opportunity for individuals to visit Orwell Park Observatory.
Tours start at 8.15pm on the following dates:
- Tuesday 14 April 2020
- Tuesday 20 October 2020
- Tuesday 17 November 2020
- Tuesday 22 December 2020
Places on observatory tours must be booked in advance. Demand is high so we ask you to book in good time - we cannot accommodate last-minute requests!
We ask for a minimum donation of £3 per visitor (payable during the visit) to assist with running costs of the observatory.
Email us to arrange an observatory tour at email@example.com. Please provide a contact email address and telephone number.
All tours and visits are CANCELLED.
We open Orwell Park Observatory by arrangement for visits by groups (e.g. social clubs, Scouts, hobby groups, etc). Group visits are generally organised for Thursday evenings, starting at 8.15pm.
Group visits must be booked in advance. We ask you to book in good time - we cannot accommodate last-minute requests!
We charge £50 for a visit by an adult group and £30 for a youth group.
Email us to arrange a group visit at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please indicate the number of visitors and provide a contact email address and telephone number.
About Observatory Tours And Group Visits
Two or more experienced members of OASI are assigned to host each observatory tour and group visit. They will generally cover the following topics, although these can be varied depending on the particular interests of visitors:
- Guided tour of the observatory.
- History of the observatory.
- The instruments at the observatory, how they were used historically and how they are used nowadays.
- If weather conditions permit, view the night sky using the Tomline Refractor.
- Access to toilet facilities at the observatory is very limited.
- Access to the observatory is via a steep, spiral staircase. All visitors should ensure that they are able to ascend/descend the staircase safely before attempting to do so.
For observatory tours and group visits, enter at green marker.
We hold observatory Open Days annually.
It is not necessary to book in advance for an Open Day - simply attend on the day.
Enter at blue marker.
Our next Open Days will be in 2020, TBA.
Further information. Previous Open Days.