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Monday - Friday: 9am-5.00pm
For large events West of London, we can offer a twin - dome service in corporation with Simon Ould of Space Odyssey Planetarium. In other areas, we work with Melanie Davies from Hastings - below.
Our planetarium service is probably the most experienced in the UK. Four different sized domes are available that can handle up to 120 pupils in one show at a time plus staff. We work in schools within Beds, Berks, Bucks, Cambs, Essex, Hants, Herts, Kent, southern Norfolk, Oxon, Suffolk, Surrey & Sussex. We will consider working in any area.
School & public bookings Dates available;
Half days from 13th March 2023, and Full days from 17th May 2023 - Mondays to Thursdays.
For all February, March, October & November bookings, please book as soon as possible; busiest months of the year. No deposit required.
We are offered over 400 bookings a year but can only physically service around 230 schools of all age ranges. We normally work Monday to Thursday. Friday's have become a nightmare for traffic jams, but do make exceptions. Booking any mobile planetarium service, help to keep coaches off the road saving congestion, emissions and oil depletion. We entertain around 38,000 people a year, equal to 580 coach trips to a static planetarium. We do visit two venues (sometimes three) most days, so an early booking allows more opportunities a year for us to visit. Along with 'super-scrimping' this spreads out our costs and keep prices down as much as we can. We don't buy in the latest technology just because it's available. We believe in providing a service that any school or organisation can afford.
We do like to keep all half terms and some longer school breaks free of bookings as these are the best times for maintenance & upgrading equipment, servicing vans and rest.
Cubs, Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Scouts Dates available for Monday to Thursday evenings during school term time. Limited to 2 bookings per half term due to other workloads.
Regarding birthday parties, Cubs, Scout, Brownies, Guides events etc, we have a friend, Caroline Beevis that specialises in Space themed events. Her website link.. www.spacetalks.co.uk
We do not normally visit leisure centres any longer due to the 2-4 months wait for payment.
Public events: We feel the service isn't suitable as it is lecture based; not compatible with screaming babies, children wondering around the dome in the dark etc. One guy insisted a dog accompanied him inside, then peed on the floor; the owner accused the dog.
Public Lectures (without planetarium) Please refer to the 'Public Lectures' page.