Tuesday 1 March 2011

Family Science Day at the Norman Lockyer Observatory

If you can make it to this event, then please do come. The Norman Lockyer Observatory is a fascinating place, and the event will be great fun for the whole family.

Family Science Day at the Norman Lockyer Observatory, Saturday 12th March 10.00 am - 4.00 pm
Enjoy planetarium shows, story telling, space-related talks, telescope tours, explore radio & satellite communications and get involved with hands on activities for all the family. An all day event with the theme of “Communication”, part of National Science & Engineering Week (www.nsew.org.uk).

Cost: Children FREE, Adults £5.00

Contact: David Strange, 01297 680209
Sponsored by the Institute of Physics South West
Refreshments will be available on site and there is plenty of Free Car Parking.
See www.normanlockyer.org for maps and more.


Carol Boote (NLO) ~ “Is there Anybody There” at 11.00am
David Whitehouse (BBC Science Correspondent) ~ “The Search for Life in Space” at 2.00 pm

Planetarium Shows - at various times throughout the day

Story Telling in the Planetarium - 2 sessions in the afternoon
Professional storyteller Michael O'Leary will be weaving stories of the Moon and celestial beasts.
Suitable for young and old (and particularly 6-10yr olds) to hear Michael spin tall tales in the atmospheric planetarium under a canopy of stars.

Hands on activities - throughout the day
Have a go at some fun hands-on science experiments with students from Colyton Grammar School and members of the Institute of Physics. Make & Launch your own Rockets and enter our 'Alien' Competition too.

Telescope Tours - throughout the day
The Domes will be open and NLO volunteers will be on hand to explain how we communicate with the Stars and what we can learn from starlight.
If the sun shines there will be demonstrations of a heliograph.

Radio Room - will be manned throughout the day
The NLO Radio Group will be demonstrating Satellite and Radio communications..


  1. Wow- this sounds truly wonderful- I wish I could go- but alas I live far away :)

  2. My brother-in-law is on the board for the Norman Lockyer Observatory and we were lucky enough to get the place to ourselves last year. We had about 20 members of the family and a few friends. I really enjoyed the evening and hopefully we'll get to do it again soon. If you're interested, I could take you and Margo as friends.

    Talking of Wonders of the Solar System, my brother-in-law says that there has been quite an uptake in visitors since last years BBC series. All down to Professor Cox, he says. Just shows what the right programme and presenter can do!

  3. Summer; Sorry it's too far - it should be a fun day.

    Ellie; We'd be happy to go to the NLO with you some time - thanks! Yes, Prof. Cox has drawn quite an audience, and that can't be bad. Glad it's helped at the NLO.

  4. Planetariums are awesome. I love going to the one here in my town.

  5. Alas...an ocean between us. It does sound wonderful, though!

  6. Sounds like fun. We have "The Children's Museum," here that has a lot of great activities for kids and we also have, "The Science and Nature Museum," that has a lot going on including special shows, a planetarium and iMax. They are both a lot of money.
    N. R. Williams, The Treasures of Carmelidrium

  7. I hopped over from Eagle's blog. Nice place you have here! Glad to meet another science fiction and fantasy author. :)

  8. Hi Tony

    Perhaps I should know where the NLO is, but a hint of an address would be useful! lol I assume that it is down in the west country, so beyond striking distance for me.

    Now then, you are invited to a "dinner party" for Crusader Group 14 over at my blog.

    Writes of Passage

    Come and join in!