This delicious workshop helps establish a sense of scale within the Solar System, using edible representations of the planets, moons and asteroids; with a few dwarf planets thrown in for good measure.

We all know that our Solar System is huge, but just how big are the giant planets? We use a selection of food – from watermelons to peppercorns – to illustrate the difference in size between the gas giants, rocky planets, and the many Small Solar System Objects.

Satellite sizes compared to EarthThe workshop lasts between one and a half and two hours and works best with around 30 people (about an average class size). The presenter starts by asking the audience simple questions about the planets, moons, asteroids and comets; whoever gets the right answer gets to represent that particular Solar System body. Everyone gets to hold their little bit of space, from Mercury to Pluto. This part of the workshop needs a big space – a large hall, or even outside if the weather’s good – to establish a sense of distance between the planets and their moons. Participants get to learn about orbits and rotation, and what it means to be ‘retrograde’.

Once everyone’s in position, the venue then transforms into a human orrery! 

After all the spinning and turning, everyone should have worked up an appetite, ready to Eat The Solar System! It’s now time to sit down, munch some fruit, and watch a short presentation, followed by Q&As to end the session. 

Go back to the Workshops page for a list of all the workshops we offer. Or use the form below if you have a specific enquiry or want to check dates and availability.

Cost
Costs for an Eat the Solar System Workshop are:
£275 for a half day (two workshops/up to 60 participants)
£495 for a full Day (four workshops/up to 120 participants)
Price includes all materials and specialist equipment.

Location
This workshops needs a large hall to accommodate the human orrery (ideally about 20 metres long). We also need provision for a projector and screen (a school hall or village hall will do just fine).

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 is over 90 miles, we may have to charge for an overnight stay which costs an extra £35. If our journey includes tolls and ferry charges, these will be added too.

Booking
Once you’ve read and agreed to our Workshop Terms & Conditions, please use the Workshop Booking Form to make your booking. 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.

The Solar System

The Galilean Moons

Earth and Jupiter