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“Science Explained”

The Observatory Science Centre
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Reviewed May 8, 2014

We sent a day with the grandchildren at the centre, it was fantastic. The kids were able to learn about science in a great way with plenty of hands on stuff. The staff were very friendly and helpful and the tour of the telescopes and domes fascinating for all. There are not only things to do inside but outside as well. We spent 6 hours at the centre and the time went in a flash, the café is good. The 'big' kids want to go back. In all a great day out.

Thank mackgrey
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JO H, Manager at The Observatory Science Centre, responded to this reviewResponded May 9, 2014

Thank you for your review and we are delighted you all enjoyed your visit. As an attraction with indoor and outdoor interest we aim to offer offer something for everyone - no matter what the weather.
You enjoyed the tour of the domes and if you visit for an open evening you have the chance to actually look through the telescopes!

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Reviewed May 7, 2014

This may well spark an interest in science for kids (and adults) who either think they don't understand or didn't think they would understand. Excellent hands on stuff for all ages in simple but not condescending language. If you don't enjoy this you are a very sad person. We intend to return with our great grand son.

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JO H, Manager at The Observatory Science Centre, responded to this reviewResponded May 9, 2014

Thank you for your positive review
We always aim to put the fun into science, hopefully offering entertainment and education for all ages: 'sparking an interest'

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Reviewed May 6, 2014

We visited here on Bank Holiday Monday with my granddaughter of 7, we had a really good afternoon. We spent 4 hours learning about science and the sky. There were very well informed staff, very interesting telescopes to look at and learn about but most of all it was Hands On.... My granddaughter enjoyed the afternoon immensely. The hands on experiments are for all ages and although some are a bit tired they are interesting. I learned quite a few things that I didn't know. I would happily recommend this attraction to anyone. The café was a surprise as they have a varied menu and it was extremely well priced. My partner and I had a Bacon Sandwich each (toasted) 2 lattes, and a large slice of Chocolate cate and it was £8.80. You do not have to pay lots of £'s for drinks.

1  Thank Cathy M
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JO H, Manager at The Observatory Science Centre, responded to this reviewResponded May 9, 2014

Thank you for your positive review.
As an educational charity, visitor recommendation for all ages is important to us, and I love that you learned about 'science and sky'.
We are delighted you enjoyed visiting our cafe, located in a former optical laboratory.
We manage the cafe ourselves and take pride in our 5* hygiene rating and well priced menu.

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Reviewed April 27, 2014

The science park is amazing for adults and children. Our neighbours recommended we went and said their grandchildren had been totally absorbed for over four hours. Our grandchildren (and ourselves!) were equally absorbed and spent over four hours there. There is water apparatus, a discovery area, scientific experiments and talks about chemistry and astro-physics - each presented in an easy-to-understand way. It's a really worthwhile place to go.

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JO H, Manager at The Observatory Science Centre, responded to this reviewResponded May 29, 2014

Thank you for your review and we are really pleased that you all had a great visit.
AS an educational charity, positive recommendation is very important to us as we strive to offer a fun, educational experience for all ages. If you visit again you will discover a different theme for the science demonstrations / shows alongside the regular telescope tours.

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Reviewed April 22, 2014 via mobile

Good for a family day out but the Easter Egg Trail was a bit pathetic. The questions were boring for young children and all they got at the end was one of those tiny foil wrapped eggs. Shame they couldn't stretch to a Cadburys cream egg!!

Thank MrsV370
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JO H, Manager at The Observatory Science Centre, responded to this reviewResponded April 29, 2014

We are disappointed your children found the quiz 'boring' and that they were dissatisfied with the chocolate egg.
Each year we compile a fun trail of questions and this year the quiz complimented our 'Materials' theme.
The quiz was a fun FREE extra for the Easter weekend alongside the FREE science shows and FREE telescope tours.It was advertised as such and we clearly stated that a completed sheet could be exchanged for a FREE mini chocolate egg.
As an educational charity, we are indeed 'unable to stretch to branded eggs' but would welcome discussions from any companies or individuals wishing to offer sponsorship

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