Great Equatorial Encounter

Come visit the Great Equatorial Telescope in the daytime to find out more about this amazing 1893 Victorian instrument, the people who used it and the science it was used for. This visit includes telescope footage and a virtual reality experience to simulate elements of a night time observing session at the Royal Observatory. An astronomer will be on hand throughout to answer all your queries about the cosmos.

Please note that the telescope is only accessible by stairs. This is not an observing session, but uses footage captured on clear nights.

Age: 7+

Ship-Keeping Weekend at Cutty Sark

Activities take place between 10am -5pm and will include:

  • Planking and caulking
  • Knotting and splicing of rope work
  • Steaming bending and roving timbers
  • Axe hewing and spar making demonstrations
  • Barge sailing

The masterclasses will be delivered by tutors and instructors from the IBTC, and will take place in the dry berth of Cutty Sark and in the ship keepers workshop 10 minutes’ walk from the ship.

National Celebration of Stitch with the Blackheath Embroiderers' Guild

The National Day of Stitch is an annual event that encourages everyone to try their hand at stitching. We will be taking inspiration from the Armada Portrait of Elizabeth I on display in the Queen’s Presence Chamber. No experience is required, and the activities are suitable for seven years and older. All materials will be provided. 


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