A special planetarium show for pre-school, EYFS and special educational needs. Great for public shows too!
The very young and those with special educational needs require something a little different to our usual interactive shows. So we’ve added our Sensory Astronomy Show to fill the gap.
It’s also our go-to show for many of our public engagement events. This can be run as a drop-in show, with our presenter on hand to give a full commentary, explaining the science behind the pictures in plain English, making it accessible to all.
The show can be of any length between 5 and 30 minutes and participants can leave the dome at any point provided they are safe to do so. Visitors to the dome are welcome to lie down and to be totally immersed in this sensory experience.
We use films created by the Royal Observatory Greenwich showcasing the work of the best astro photographers around the world. Beautiful scenes of dancing aurorae, planets as strings of light across ethereal mountain ranges and creative representations of stars and galaxies, are blended together creating a synergy of light and colour.
We can also run a stimulating film called Cycle, showing the beauty of our planet Earth through time-lapse photography. The film-maker has woven electronic and experimental sound to create an uplifting and truly immersive piece.
The movement, colour and gentle soundscapes in this show create an experience with very little to challenge the audience, but plenty to hold the attention and stimulate the senses.
Visitors to the planetarium will usually be seated on the floor. The dome will comfortably hold up to:
• 40 EYFS children plus supporting adults
• 35 KS1 to KS2 students plus supporting adults
• 30 KS3 to KS4 students plus supporting adults
• 30 mixed ages including adults
• 20 babies or toddlers (6 – 24 months) with carers
If any children or adults are not able to sit on the floor, we can include one or two chairs within the above numbers (supplied by the venue). For public shows we can bring floor mats and cushions; all you need to do is ask.
The dome is fully accessible for wheelchair users, but this might reduced capacity. For individual requirements, just drop us an email.
The costs for our Sensory Astronomy Show are:
£250 for a half day: up to 3 hours show time, unlimited shows
£400 for a full day: up to 5 hours show time, unlimited shows
£250 for an evening: up to 3 hours show time, unlimited shows
We offer special package prices for Scouting and Guiding groups, STEM events and science fairs; get in touch for a tailor made quotation.
TRAVEL & OVERNIGHT STAY
Travel is free within a 20 mile radius of Hastings, and charged at 45p per mile if you need us to travel further. And if the journey will take us over 2 hours, we may have to charge for an overnight stay which costs an extra £40. If our journey includes tolls and ferry charges, these will be added too.
LOCATION & SPACE
The travelling planetarium is for indoor use only and needs a floor space measuring 6 x 6 metres plus a height of 3.2 metres. The floor space needs to be clean and dry. Access to electricity is essential.
To make a booking, please use the Planetarium Booking Form, but make sure you’ve read our Planetarium Guidelines first (click on the big buttons at the top of the page). If you need to talk through any aspects of your booking before filling out the form, call us on 01424 420968 or send us an email.
HEALTH & SAFETY
• We hold £10,000,000 Public Liability Insurance
• All of our electrical equipment is PAT tested, certificates are available on request
• You can download our Planetarium Risk Assessment (above) or you can request a copy by email
• All our planetarium presenters hold an Enhanced DBS Certificate and carry photo ID