South Downs Planetarium

Other Services and activities

About Us

The South Downs Planetarium Trust is a Registered Educational Charity No. 1096869, run by a dedicated team of volunteers and astronomy enthusiasts who have a passion for science and education and believe that learning should be fun!

The Planetarium project was started in 1992 by members of the South Downs Astronomical Society who wanted to establish an educational centre to promote astronomy, space and Earth sciences on the south coast of England.

We opened to the public on 30th July 2001 and are one of the largest Planetarium in the British Isles

Our primary focus is school visits and we provide a wide range of activities which supplement national curriculum work and meets the educational needs for children of all ages and abilities. When a school visit arrives at the planetarium we are able to offer them an experience of awe and wonder to learn about the night sky the planets and space exploration as they enter the planetarium dome.

The South Downs Planetarium is an educational charity located in Chichester, West Sussex. Our main goal is to provide an environment where visitors of all ages can learn about science in a very visual and exciting way.

The Royal Navy

We also provide learning experiences for other visitors and groups. This includes Astro Navigation for members of the Royal Navy and International Navies as part of their officer training.

the Royal Navy Personell in the lecture theatre

Training The Royal Navy Sub-Mariners

Teacher Training

We provide 'Teacher Training' courses for university students hoping to teach sciences at primary or secondary school level.

teachers training in the lecture theatre

Teacher Training

Telescope Courses

Several time a year we hold half day Telescope courses for visitors wanting to learn how to choose and use their new telescope.

members of the public at a telescope course in the lecture theatre

Our Telescope Course

Outside Activities

Every year we hold several outside activities, providing an opportunity for members of the public to safely observe the sun using our solar telescopes or after dark observe the wonders of the night sky with our planetarium team.

a member of the public observing the sun through a specialist telescope.

Observing the Sun through a Special Solar Telescope

a member of the public observing the stars through a telescope.

Observing the Night sky

Private hire for Group Events and Parties

of the party balloons

Party facilities available

the lecture theatre

The Hall

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