South Downs Planetarium

& Science Centre

Events & Booking Information

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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. Please wear a face mask or face covering at all times within the Planetarium for your own safety and the safety of others. The Government guidance requires the following six conditions are in place in theatres to protect patrons.
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Prices and information

  • Admission: Adults £8:00. Children 6 to 16 years £5:00.
  • Not Suitable for children under 6 years of age.
  • Duration 60min Approx
  • Opening Times: 45 minutes before the show.
  • Two large FREE car parks available.
  • Satnav postcode please use PO19 8EB
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    & the Google Maps option to get you to our gate.

Meet Our Presenters



Our Presenters

A photograph Dr John Mason MBE

John Mason MBE

Applied Physicist

John has been actively involved in astronomy and space science for almost 50 years. Past President of the British Astronomical Association, a full member of the International Astronomical Union and is currently Education Officer and Principal Lecturer at the South Downs Planetarium in Chichester. He lectures extensively in the UK and overseas on a wide range of scientific topics with a reputation as a passionate communicator of science. He has led many expeditions overseas to observe the Northern Lights, total solar eclipses and meteor showers. He is a frequent broadcaster on radio and television.

A photograph of Graham Bryant.

Graham Bryant

President of the Hampshire Astronomical Group

Graham has been involved in astronomy for the past 50 years and is currently a Trustee of the South Downs Planetarium and also President of the Hampshire Astronomical Group. Graham has been a supporter of the Planetarium for many years and has become more deeply involved since retiring from the Health Service in 2012. He teaches the Astronomy for Beginner’s course at a nearby observatory of which he is also the President. Graham has for many years given talks to numerous outside organisations on astronomy and space flight. More recently, Graham has been an Aurora/Astronomy tour guide, leading a number of trips to Iceland and Norway.

A photograph of Meryl Gouldbourne.

Meryl Gouldbourne

Citizen Scientist

Meryl is an active ‘Citizen Scientist' with the Zooniverse Project’ having discovered more than 70 Supernovas and other transient items. She actively participates in the LIGO and VIRGO experiment analysis as well as mapping the Bennu asteroid. Meryl also engages with ‘Outreach’ activities including Schools, Dark Sky events and observing evenings. She is also an authority on Meteorites.