South Downs Planetarium

Wintertime Stars, Moon And Planets

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About This Show

Sunday 3rd March @ 3:30pm

Duration 70 min Approx

We are often treated to clear, crisp nights over the New Year holiday period, and many people take the chance to have a look at the night sky.

Come to the Planetarium for a guided tour of what's up in the starry sky at this time of the year.


Directions & Map

Please Note

The only entrance for walkers, cars buses, lorries, coaches, PoGo sticks or Space Hoppers, is by the High School entrance in Kingsham Road, then follow the signs to "The South Downs Planetarium and Science Centre" It is located at the southern end of the Chichester High Schools campus.

There is no direct access off the Chichester Bypass. All access via Kingsham Road only.

SDP Car Park

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Car Parking

Please note there are two free car parks available.

Note for Satnav users.

Satnav postcode use PO19 8EB

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the South Downs Planetarium car park

Prices and Admission

  • Admission: Adults £8:00. Children 6 to 16 years £5:00.
  • Not Suitable for children under 6 years of age.
  • Duration 70 min Approx

Opening Times

Only open 45 minutes before advertised show times.

The reason for this is that the Planetarium is run by volunteers as an edcational charity on a not-for-profit basis.

We operate throughout the year but are not open every day.

Group visits by schools, colleges, adult and youth groups may be pre-booked at any time. Just call us on 01243 774400 or email us at

We also run shows for the general public at specific times, which are advertised on this website.

We regret that we are unable to accommodate casual visitors outside of the advertised public show times.


The seats in the main auditorium are ex-aircraft seats. Those in the first two rows are set at a slightly reclined angle to provide the best possible view. They can, however, be tipped forwards to enable easier access to the rows behind when entering and leaving. The seats in the back row do not recline. They provide a wide view of the entire dome area, which some of our visitors prefer.

Gift Aid

Please also consider making a donation under the Gift Aid scheme. It costs you nothing and gives us more. Download the Gift Aid form here

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