South Downs Planetarium

& Science Centre

Covid Compliant Shows
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We are open again

The Planetarium has now reopened, but we continue to follow the guidance for indoor venues.

While the number of COVID cases remains high and rising, everybody must continue to act carefully and remain cautious.

From 19th July, please continue to wear a face mask or face covering at all times within the Planetarium for your own safety and the safety of others.

We are now taking advance bookings for School Shows and other groups. Our public shows are also open for booking, but all reservations must be made in advance and online.

We regret that we cannot admit casual visitors.

We are asking you to read about the precautions we shall be asking you to follow during your visit and to watch a video and to then indicate your agreement to follow this guidance before you can book tickets for the show of your choice.

We look forward to seeing you all very soon.

Book a 'Covid Secure' Show Now

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Free Online Shows

In an exciting and innovative move the South Downs Planetarium in Chichester brings the winter night sky direct into people's homes. Click on th image below to go to our YouTube Channel

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'The Perseid meteor shower' (432kb).
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The Government guidance requires the following six conditions are in place in theatres to protect patrons. [31kb] See how we have met those six requirements

Experience the magic of the night sky

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An Educational & Fun Experience

Experience the magic of the night sky in comfort together with expert live commentary by a professional astronomer. Our full dome shows feature stunning immersive video and breathtaking images.

With our 96-seater auditorium (restricted to 40 seats during 'Covid Compliance'), colourful displays the Planetarium has something for all the family (aged 6 upwards).

Our magnificent star projector projects nearly 4,500 stars and other celestial objects onto the dome above your head. There is free car parking, easy disabled access and is just a short walk from rail and bus stations.

Pre-booked visits by schools, clubs and youth groups welcome. Open all year. For opening times, public shows and prices see website.

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What else do we do? You'll be surprised!

Watch the video YouTube to find out all the surprising activities that take place at the South Downs Planetarium


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Contact & map

Please note there are two free car parks available.

SDP Car Park

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Satnav postcode please use PO19 8EB
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& the Google Maps option to get you to our gate.

Contact and Map Info

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Shows for Schools

We offer the excitement and wonder of a 'Big Sky Dome' not just a wide screen display, or temporary structure.

Sitting inside our 11 metre dome you fully experience the dynamics of the heavens making comprehension and learning easy.

The effective teaching of astronomy involves viewing the night sky, but to take students "star-gazing" is often impractical for many reasons. A Planetarium brings the night sky to the students. It makes clear many of the basic aspects of astronomy and space science in an exciting and effective way.

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