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Ashford St Mary's quoteA fact-filled astronomy show for anyone studying GCSE Physics, Astronomy or Triple Science.


Ideally suited to KS4 or anyone studying GCSE-level Astronomy and Space Physics as part of a Physics or Triple Science course. 

We’re here to support schools who find teaching Space modules a bit of a challenge, and centres for adult learning to spice up an evening course.

Using our pop-up dome, we can simulate the formation of the Solar System and its place within the Galaxy; explain redshift and the expanding Universe; and using examples of visible nebulae, show the life cycle of stars. These topics are shared between the AQA and Edexcel exam boards.

And if you have a small group of students studying GCSE Astronomy, we can run two modules (one per exam paper), covering all topics from Planet Earth to Cosmology. This makes an excellent revision day to consolidate learning throughout the course. Depending on budget, we can run condensed sessions over a half day, or extended sessions over a full day. If time and budget allows, we could also include the fulldome film Dark: Understanding Dark Matter to help explain this enigmatic concept.


Visitors to the planetarium will be seated on the floor. The dome will hold a maximum of:
• 30 KS3 to KS5 students plus supporting adults
• 30 mixed ages including adults

For students or adults unable to sit on the floor, we can include up to six chairs within the above numbers (supplied by the venue), together with floor mats and cushions.

The dome is fully accessible for wheelchair users, but this might reduced capacity. For individual requirements, just drop us an email.

The costs for The GCSE Roadshow 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