Foundation Stage Programmes at the Royal Observatory

Essential information

Key stage: 
Early Years Foundation Stage
School subject: 
Royal Observatory
Session price: 
£60 - £105 (maximum 30 students)

For EYFS (Foundation stage) groups we offer a flexible 'Discovery Day' programme. 

Find out more about our programmes

There can be a lot to think about when organising a school trip so we have come up with a ‘to-do’ list to help you to make sure you have everything you need to make your visit to the Royal Observatory Greenwich as enjoyable as possible. This can be found at the back of the Primary Programme Guide where you can also find full session outlines too.

PDF iconRoyal Observatory schools primary guide 2016-17

If you have any questions or would like to check availability, please contact our Bookings team: | Tel: 0208 312 6608 (The Bookings office is open 10.00–16.00).

Frequently Asked Questions

Our programme is very diverse so we are often asked questions about it. Below you will find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the EYFS schools programme. If you have any more questions please contact the booking team as they will be more than happy to help.

How much does a visit cost?

EYFS visits including a planetarium show and workshop carry a charge of £105 for a group of up to 30 students. If you wish to book only one of these elements you can do so at a charge of £90 for a planetarium show (for 30 students) and £60 for a workshop (for 30 students).

Are there activities that can follow on from my visit?

Yes, lots! We have a wide range of resources available for you to download and use for free before, during and after your visit. Find out about our teacher forum, a growing collection of curriculum-linked classroom resources, videos, podcasts and even blogs:

Follow-up activities and resources

Do you have a lunch space?

Yes.  We have a lunch room that can be booked by groups taking part in our full day programme. Please speak to our Bookings team for more information.

What is a Discovery Day?

Discovery Days are designed to be flexible visit days that run weekly (except during school holidays and Space Spectacular Weeks).

It is up to you which sessions you select for your Discovery Day. You could choose from: 

  • A planetarium show
  • A workshop
  • A gallery visit
  • Or all of the above

We also have a lunch room that can be booked by groups taking part in a full day programme. 

What sessions are available for EYFS groups?

We offer planetarium shows and workshops for EYFS audiences. Take a look at the information below to find out more about them and when they run.

Planetarium shows

Think of our planetarium as a tour bus of the Universe taking you on amazing journeys to explore and experience the wonders of the night sky. Combining real images from spacecraft and telescopes with advanced CGI, all projected onto a fully immersive dome, the Planetarium can fly you into the heart of the Sun, transport you to distant galaxies, show you the birth of a star or land you on Mars.

Shows take place in our state-of-the-art digital Peter Harrison Planetarium and are delivered live by Royal Observatory astronomers. Each planetarium show lasts 30 minutes and can accommodate up to two classes of 30 students.

Space Safari (30 minutes)

In this interactive planetarium show, children follow Ted the teddy bear as he visits the Moon, Sun and all the planets, searching for the Great Big Bear in the sky. 


Our interactive workshops take place in one of three purpose-built learning spaces in The Lloyd’s Register Foundation Learning Centre and are designed to encourage active learning and hands-on scientific enquiry. Sessions are 30 minutes long and are led by actors who introduce basic ideas of light and dark, and night and day through storytelling, physical activity and music. 

Moon Walking (30 minutes)

In this highly interactive session, children explore what it would be like to travel from the Earth to the Moon and back again. 

For full details of EYFS sessions see our Primary Programme Guide:

PDF iconRoyal Observatory schools primary guide 2016-17

Book a visit

Primary visits including a Planetarium show and workshop carry a charge of £105 for a group of up to 30 students. If you wish to book only one of these elements, you can do so at a charge of £90 for a Planetarium show (for 30 students), and £60 for a workshop (for 30 students).

Sessions cannot be booked online, this is always done via an email or phone enquiry in the first instance.

To book a visit, telephone 020 8312 6608 or e-mail

Royal Observatory schools booking information

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