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Samuel Ryder Academy quoteThe perfect way to introduce the Solar System; learn about our nearest star and the planets and moons that surround it.


Suitable for KS1 and above, this show gives the audience a good grasp of the Sun, planets and moons in the Solar System.

We use a digital orrery to show the eight major planets orbiting the Sun, plus simulations of Moon phases, the rotating Earth, and much more. And if we have time, we’ll explore asteroids, dwarf planets and the theoretical ‘Planet Nine’. Planet facts and info are tailored to suit the age and ability of each class.

The Solar System Experience works best for classes of up to 35 children, with up to three classes throughout the day. It’s a modular show, typically lasting 1.5 – 2 hours per show; multiple shows can be interspersed with morning break and lunch. If time and/or budget is an issue, we can run more sessions to allow extra classes to participate.

For the first module, each class will be wowed by an immersive film about the Solar System from our fulldome film library (click here to see the full selection). This is followed by the second module: a live Solar System tour using real time, digital planetarium software. The final module is an interactive workshop in the dome to consolidate the learning throughout the show. This bit is peppered with mini film clips and fulldome simulations to give this awesome workshop that extra wow factor!

The last module can be completely child focused, with the students asking questions about the Solar System, its place within the Galaxy, the fate of the Sun, and how it all works! This concluding part of the show runs particularly well if the children prepare questions beforehand as a classroom activity.

If running lots of sessions, we can include a mini film, and combine the last two modules into one.


Visitors to the planetarium will usually be seated on the floor. The dome will comfortably hold up to:
• 35 KS1 to KS2 students plus supporting adults
• 30 KS3 to KS4 students plus supporting adults
• 30 mixed ages including adults

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 Solar System Experience are:

£275 for a half day: up to 3 hours, unlimited shows
£275 for an evening: up to 3 hours, unlimited shows
£450 for a full day:
up to 5 hours, unlimited shows
£675 for an extended full day: up to 8 hours, unlimited shows

We offer discounts on afternoon sessions and special package prices for bookings over multiple days; get in touch for a tailor made quotation. 

Travel is charged at 45p per mile from our base in Hastings to your venue and back again. If the journey will take us over 2 hours we may have to charge for an overnight stay which costs an extra £45. If our journey includes tolls and ferry charges, these will be added too.

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 Booking 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.

• 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