The South Downs Planetarium and Science Centre

The South Downs Planetarium and Science Centre was established to provide a facility where people of all ages could learn about science in a very visual and exciting way.

Encircled by the stars in our 11-metre diameter auditorium, it will feel as though you are sitting beneath a fabulous, clear night sky. It is a truly ‘Big Sky’ experience. Our fulldome shows feature stunning immersive video and breathtaking colour images that completely surround the audience. Presentations can be made to suit specific requirements, for different key stages or for different curriculum topics, or tailored to the needs of a specific group.

The Planetarium welcomes around 10,000 children of school age every year. In 2015/16 a total of 164 schools and colleges visited us. Through its colourful displays, demonstrations and presentations in the main auditorium, education room and foyer areas, young people of all ages are introduced to the awe and wonder of the universe around us and are inspired to want to learn more.

The Planetarium is an educational charity managed and operated by a large team of volunteers and enthusiasts, who have a passion for science and education and believe that learning should be fun! This enthusiasm is clearly infectious because many of our school groups and individual visitors come back to us time and time again. We have the Learning Outside the Classroon (LOtC) Quality Badge.