South Downs Planetarium

& Science Centre

Covid Compliant Shows
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Welcome to the Planetarium

An Important Message to all of our Visitors

With the Covid infection rates high and rising sharply in all parts of England, we are committed to following the official guidance for indoor venues. We already have in place greatly improved ventilation and enhanced air quality, with 100 percent fresh air inside the main auditorium, and additional professional deep cleaning of the building and seating areas. In keeping with the latest advice, we ask all our patrons over 11 years of age to wear face coverings at all times while inside the building unless they are exempt, and at least one metre apart from people you do not normally mix with, to sanitise your hands on arrival and to exercise good hand hygiene throughout the visit

Please follow the safe distancing signs, queuing markers and barriers and the instructions of our volunteers when moving around inside the building. All separate family groups or ‘bubbles’ will be seated at least one metre apart from other such groups while inside the Planetarium, both in the waiting area and in the main auditorium.

All of these measures are for the safety not only of our visitors but also our team of committed volunteers, without whom the Planetarium could not operate.

If You Need to Cancel Your Tickets

We fully understand that some people will need to cancel their tickets in advance of a show taking place, but please give us as much notice as possible when doing this. (Always email your cancellation request.) If you wait until just 24 hours before the show start time it is very difficult for us to try and resell those tickets to others who may wish to come in your place.

As with so many similar venues, the Planetarium has struggled through the past 20 months and has only managed to survive thanks to the enormous efforts not only our dedicated volunteer team but also all of the people who have booked tickets and have visited us, many on a regular basis.

To all of you we offer our very grateful thanks.

The Planetarium Trustees, December 2021

We are still taking advanced bookings for visits by schools, colleges, youth and adult 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 open from 45 minutes before the advertised start times of the public shows.

We look forward to seeing you all very soon.

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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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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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