School trips, astronomer-led workshops and live planetarium shows, with offers available for every key stage
Bookings are now open for the 2023-2024 academic year!
Due to the popularity of our programme, our KS2 Discovery Day programme is fully booked for the 2023 Autumn term. Slots are still available on our EYFS and Secondary programme. There is also availability for Planetarium show only sessions, as well as for our Digital Outreach programme for all key stages.
Bookings for January to July 2024 are now open for all Key Stages.
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Looking for learning sessions that are out of this world? Then look no more! The Royal Observatory's onsite learning programme includes astronomer-led workshops and live planetarium shows, and we have offers available for every key stage.
Can't make an onsite visit? No worries - we'll be running some digital outreach sessions for schools who are unable to visit us.
For early years and primary groups we offer a Discovery Day or a Space Spectacular Day. Depending on which you choose your visit can be made of: a planetarium show, an interactive workshop or science theatre show, a self-facilitated astronomy activity, a self-facilitated visit to the historic north site, and a time-slot in the lunch room.
Discovery Days and Space Spectacular Days run on select days during the academic year - please consult the primary programme guide to see what dates are available before booking your session.
For descriptions and details of the workshops, Planetarium shows and programmes we offer, take a look at our handy guide:
Primary visits including a planetarium show with either a workshop or science theatre show carry a charge of £144 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 £90 for a workshop or science theatre show (for 30 students).
For KS3, KS4 and Post-16 we offer a Study Day or a Space Spectacular Day (KS3 only). Depending on which you choose your visit can be made of: a planetarium show, an interactive workshop, a self-facilitated astronomy activity, a self-facilitated visit to the historic north site, and a time-slot in the lunch room.
Study Days and Space Spectacular Days run on select days during the academic year - please consult the secondary programme guide to see what dates are available before booking your session.
The cost of a Study Day is £144 for 30 students and includes a: planetarium show, workshop, and self-facilitated astronomy activity. Individually, a planetarium show is £90 for 30 students and a workshop on its own is £90 for 30 students. The same pricing applies for a Space Spectacular Day (KS3 only).
We offer Aurora Days for groups with special educational needs which include a workshop and planetarium show. These days are specifically designed with SEND in mind, allowing for a more relaxed and tailored visit.
For more information about our SEND sessions and to book, see our dedicated page:
Aurora Days - SEND school sessions
If you are preparing for a visit we also have a visual guide to the Observatory available for you to download.
The charge for an Aurora Day (limited to a group of 10 students maximum) is £48 for a planetarium show with a workshop, or individually they can be booked at a charge of £30 for a planetarium show (for up to 10 students) and £30 for a workshop (for up to 10 students).
If you would like to speak to a member of staff regarding your group, contact us on ROGEducation@rmg.co.uk
Home education groups are welcome to take part in the schools' programme. You can book into one of our Discovery Days or for a Planetarium show only visit, whichever suits your group and schedule.
If you would like a workshop, depending on the ages within the group, we may recommend one of our curriculum-linked workshops, or if there is a mixture of ages, we may recommend our Ask an Astronomer session. You can see what sessions we offer in the Primary and Secondary programme guides linked below.
Onsite sessions are charged at the same rates as those advertised for schools, with a maximum number of 30 learners (inclusive of all accompanying adults and siblings) per session. The minimum group size is 15 people.
We are unable to host international students within our schools programme. Please take a look at our Groups and Travel Trade page for help with arranging a visit.
Great! You can now begin to plan your visit!
Take a look at our planning guide, which tells you all you need to know about our programme and a guide for planning your trip to us.
When you are ready to book, fill in the following form:
How to book an onsite session
Due to popularity, Key Stage 2 Discovery Day sessions in Autumn term 2023 are now sold out. There is good availability for all Key Stages for visits in January - July 2024.
We have created a handy document that lists our session start times. Whether you're looking for a jam-packed day, or just a planetarium show, you'll find all the session start times in this document.
Discovery Days are designed to be flexible visit days. It is up to you which sessions you select for your Discovery Day. You can choose from:
The bookings team will be able to timetable your day to include all the components you have chosen.
The Study Day offer is exclusively for secondary groups. They run similarly to Discovery Days with a Planetarium show, choice of workshop, astronomy activity, lunch room and self-guided visit.
Space Spectacular weeks are very special as they only run 3 times a year so you will need to book fast! Visits during Space Spectacular weeks are made of: a planetarium show (Final Frontier or We Are Guardians), the demo-filled science theatre show (Space Watch for primary only) or workshop (Exploring Ocean Worlds for secondary (KS3) only), a lunch room slot and a self-facilitated astronomy activity.
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 even land you on Mars.
The astronomer-led workshops are very interactive and give plenty of opportunities to ask questions and discover new things. The workshops use a combination of sound, film, large-scale demonstrations and group activities to explain different scientific concepts.
A science theatre show is an interactive astronomer-led show action-packed full of demonstrations. Throughout our science theatre shows, we often ask for volunteers to come and help us out with the demonstrations. These only run during Space Spectacular weeks.
If a Discovery Day, Study Day or Space Spectacular Day still doesn’t satisfy your scientific appetite, you can also visit our temporary exhibitions gallery and use our trails and visit guides for those doing self-guided sessions.
FREE downloadable trails and visit guides
If we haven't been able to answer your question here, please get in touch with us on ROGEducation@rmg.co.uk
Find more information and resources to help you plan a school visit
The sessions are run by our real astronomers so there is always an expert available to ask any questions. Our content is developed by the astronomy education team in collaboration with our teacher forum. All sessions are tested and evaluated with the teacher forum and also with school groups to ensure that the content developed is exactly what teachers are looking for and what students will thoroughly enjoy!
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We are unable to offer physical outreach sessions at the moment, but we are running a digital outreach programme.
If you have any questions, please contact ROGEducation@rmg.co.uk
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Yes - LOTS. On our website you will find information about: our Teacher Forum, free teacher training sessions - both onsite and online, a growing collection of podcasts, blogs along with curriculum-linked classroom resources, animated videos.
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We have a huge selection of resources to choose from that can be used before or after your session.