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 7 December
Saturday - 12:00
Sunday - 12:00

Especially for children aged 5 – 10

Davy Dragon and the Star City

Davy Dragon has just won the prize for the dragon who made the best progress in flying. As a reward, his mother decides to make Davy his favourite pudding, but as the recipe requires milk, she sends him to buy some. While on his way, Davy discovers what his address really is. Why don’t you join him and see what he found out?

11 December – 20 January
Monday to Friday – 11:00, 12:00 & 15:00 (excluding 25 December)
Saturday – 12:00 & 15:30
Sunday – 12:00 & 15:30
PLUS 24, 25, 31 January & 1 February – 12:00


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

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.

Until 7 December
Saturday - 14:30
Sunday - 14:30
11 December – 20 January
Monday to Friday – 13:00 (excluding 25 December)

Suitable for teenagers & adults

Full Circle: Star lore comes back to Africa

Will the dreaming skies of Africa finally reveal their secrets as tomorrow’s technology continues to replace yesterday’s magic? When African-based astronomy, in the form of the Square Kilometre Array, the biggest assembly of telescopes in history, looks back over immeasurable times and distances, will we finally answer the most important question ever asked: where did we come from? Or will we carry on dreaming? 

11 December – 1 April
Monday to Friday – 14:00(excluding 25 December, 2 February, 2 March)
Tuesday evening - 20:00 (& sky talk)
Saturday - 14:30
Sunday - 14:30

Suitable for teenagers & adults 

Please note that the Planetarium is closed for maintenance on 1-5 and 8-10 December.

There will be no Planetarium shows on 25 December.