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“Pleasantly suprisingly good day out”

The Observatory Science Centre
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Reviewed March 27, 2013

We visited here with our 7 yo daughter not really knowing what to expect but were very pleasantly surprised. She enjoyed all of the exhibits which were all hands on, as did we. The small cafe was good for a coffee or two as we visited on a very cold day and some of the exhibits were outside. They serve toasties, home made soup and light lunches, as well as cakes and ice creams. There were lots of sensory exhibits which our daughter with special needs loved and one where you could email the picture you had made home which is a nice reminder of the day. There is disabled access to the Observatory and lifts available once inside. We would recommend to anyone for a day out and will be going again. They also do bookable full day/half day workshops for those aged 9+ and 6+ respectively such as Rocket to the Moon, Cool Chemistry and Earth and Beyond. Also evening astronomy courses such as Further Astronomy, Star Search and Astrophotography. On some of these courses you get the chance to view through the telescopes, weather permitting. There is also an astronomy festival over 3 days in September where you can camp. More details: www.the-observatory.org.

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joharris5, Manager at The Observatory Science Centre, responded to this reviewResponded August 24, 2013

Thank you for your comments and we are thrilled you all enjoyed your visit. The exhibits can be enjoyed by all, regardless of age or ability, and the majority are accessible to wheelchair users.

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Reviewed March 12, 2013

Been meaning to go here for a while, after my 6 year old loved it on a scool trip. Disabled access & parking a real bonus. The whole family loved hands on experiments indoors & out. My son with learning difficulties, loved all the sensory things, we had a good 3 hrs of fun, a short interesting talk, followed by a cuppa in the lovely warm cafe. Its a bit rough round the edges, and not too flashy, but knocks spots off the London museum, which gets too overcrowded & overwhelming. The specialized star gazing evenings sound fun "cheese & wine star gazing night" next on list.

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joharris5, Manager at The Observatory Science Centre, responded to this reviewResponded August 24, 2013

We are pleased your son wanted to visit again after his school trip. The building is definitely 'quirky' and obviously not purpose built for a science centre, but we are thrilled you enjoyed your visit. Did you know the cafe used to be the astronomers optical laboratory!

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Reviewed February 21, 2013

just had a great day out with our 10 year old at the science centre. it was a very cold day and we were all freezing but we managed to stay for a good 3-4 hours. Fascinating tour of the observatory and Isaac Newton science talk, all made lots of fun by uber enthusiastic staff! well done you! not easy to entertain the crowds when they are frozen to the core.

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joharris5, Manager at The Observatory Science Centre, responded to this reviewResponded August 24, 2013

We are so pleased you enjoyed your visit despite the weather! February was certainly freezing and the building is almost impossible to heat (apart from the cafe!). All the staff do their utmost to ensure visitors have a great day and your comments are appreciated.

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Reviewed January 12, 2013

Outdoors as well as hands-on learning experiences. Very well suited to children between the ages of 7 and 12, too much younger and they won't understand, too much older and it won't be stimulating enough. They also do 'science shows', fund for kids but you can just see the parents cringing with the 'over-enthusiastic', Americanised tannoy calls and OTT presenter. Wasn't too impressed with the observatory bit as the info is very 'wordy' and not child-friendly, the displays were a bit fiddly. Generally though a good day out and great informal education too.

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Reviewed December 31, 2012

This science museum takes you back in time as well as giving youngsters the opportunity to explore things. Probably best enjoyed in good weather as whilst there is plenty to do and see indoors, some of the best parts of the exhibition are outside.

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