• Island Planetarium

Island Planetarium

The Island Planetarium offers a fascinating journey through time & space; stimulating your imagination and mind, in our astrodome theatre & exhibition.

This man-made Universe will take you places you have never been before, from the surface of the Moon to the depth of outer space in our ASTRODOME 360 STAR-THEATRE.

Make sure you leave time to explore the various space-science displays and exhibition dedicated to the great Scientist/Inventor Robert Hooke, born in Freshwater in 1635.

The Planetarium offers a wide range of shows from Astronomer led Live Star Shows to FullDome Astronomy/Science Shows. For Details call or check their website

Dark Sky Discovery Site

In 2014 Fort Victoria Country Park was awarded Dark Sky Discovery Site Status; with a large, free, accessible car park and very little light pollution it is a great place to come and observe the night sky in all its wonder.

Stargazing Events

Run during the school summer holidays, information for 2019 will be released soon.

Stargazing Weekends

Whether you are an absolute beginner or a serious amateur astronomer, we promise an enjoyable and worthwhile weekend amongst the stars.

  • Friday Evening from 8pm till 10.30pm, Intro and Stargazing.
  • Saturday Morning from 10.30 till 12.30, Talk on 'Our star, the Sun' and observing the Sun with special telescopes.
  • Saturday afternoons are free, when attendees could visit the Island Observatory, if pre-arranged or Needles Battery Space Display or just do their own thing.
  • Saturday Evening from 8.00 till 10.30, Talk 'Life and Death of Stars' and more stargazing.
  • Sunday Morning from 10.30 till 12.30, Talk 'How to continue your interest in the Stars' and more solar observing. Course ends.

Most talks and teaching sessions use our virtual reality planetarium dome.

Each course is limited to 15 attendees, ensuring opportunities with telescopes and personal attention from the planetarium astronomers. We have a number of telescopes up to 10 inches in diameter and purpose made solar telescopes.

£60 per person


Opening Times:

Please give the Planetarium a call or email them for details on current opening/show times.

Adult - £5.00 (15+ years)

Child - £3.00 (4-15 years)

01983 761555

PO41 0RR

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