Current shows

Davy Dragon’s Guide to the Night Sky

Come and join Davy Dragon while he learns all about the sky above so that he can fulfil his dream of becoming the world’s best flying dragon! This is a playful introduction to astronomy especially for the under 10s. Just right for inquiring young minds.

Until 22 June
26 July – 28 September
Saturday - 12:00
Sunday - 12:00
16 June, 24 September – 12:00

Especially for children aged 5 – 10

Silly Solly and the Shooting Stars

Solly Snail wants to be chosen for his garden's soccer team and thinks up ways to become a speedier snail, so that he will be chosen. He decides to ask a shooting star to help him, but does his plan work and will he be chosen for his garden's soccer team? Join him on his quest and find out what happened.

28 June – 20 July
Monday to Friday - 11:00, 12:00 & 15:00
Saturday – 12:00 & 15:30
Sunday – 12:00 & 15:30

Especially for children aged 5 and older

The Sky Tonight

An interesting live lecture on the current night sky is presented every Saturday and Sunday. You will receive a star map and be shown where to find the constellations and planets that are visible this month.

Saturday - 13:00
Sunday - 13:00

Suitable for teenagers & adults

Astronomy of the Great Pyramid

The pyramids of ancient Egypt were literally “stargates” - from where the spirits of dead pharaohs were believed to ascend to the stars. The largest of all pyramids - the Great Pyramid of Khufu - contains an elaborate system of shafts. At the time the pyramid was built, these were directed towards the most important stars in the sky. The planetarium, since it can be set back to ancient times, is the ideal device for demonstrating these alignments - and for exploring various speculations.

Until 20 July
Monday to Friday – 14:00(excluding 2, 16, 23-27 June)
Tuesday evening - 20:00 (& sky talk)(excluding 24 June)
Saturday - 14:30
Sunday - 14:30
16 June – 14:30 

Suitable for teenagers & adults

A Basic Guide to Stargazing

This presentation will give you a basic understanding of the night sky and how it changes through the year. We introduce some easily recognisable constellations, explain the nature of stars and the galaxy in which we live and give basic information in using binoculars and small telescopes.

21 July – 7 December
Monday to Friday – 14:00(excluding 4 August, 1, 24 September, 3 November, 1-5 December)
Tuesday evening - 20:00 (& sky talk)(excluding 2 December)
Saturday - 14:30
Sunday - 14:30
24 September – 14:3

Suitable for teenagers & adults

Living Inside the Cosmic Egg

On a clear night you cannot see forever, even with the most powerful telescope imaginable. The observable universe ends abruptly at an opaque wall, created by the conditions that followed the big bang beginning. That wall appears to surround us - forming the shell of a hollow sphere, with us at the centre - a Cosmic Egg that contains everything of our universe. Generally dark inside - at least to normal eyesight - it is populated with billions of galaxies, each a gigantic city of stars in itself, each star probably having its own solar system. 

30 June – 18 July
Monday to Friday – 13:00

Suitable for teenagers & adults

Please note that the Planetarium is closed for maintenance on the first Monday for the month (excluding school holidays) and 23-27 June.