School visits: Royal Observatory 2018-19

A school visit to the Royal Observatory offers students an inspiring, curriculum-linked experience, with unparalleled opportunities to meet astronomers, engage with cutting-edge science and explore big ideas.

Booking school visits

Please note that 2018-19 school sessions will be open for booking on 9th July 2018.  If you would like to join our waiting list before then please just get in touch with the bookings team. 

Pre-booking is essential - contact our Bookings team: 

Email: | Tel: +44 (0)20 8312 6608

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What you can choose from on your visit 

We offer three types of very flexible visit days: a Discovery Day, a Space Spectacular Day and a Study Day (secondary only).  

Depending on the key stage and what you choose your visit can be made of: a planetarium show, an interactive workshop or science theatre show, a masterclass, a self-facilitated visit to the Weller Astronomy Galleries and a time-slot in the lunch room.  

Find out more about our schools programme

Check out our programme guides for more details on how to plan your visit:

PDF iconPrimary programme guide 2018-19.pdf

PDF iconSecondary programme guide 2018-19.pdf

Outreach programme

Until this year we have only been able to offer outreach visits for KS2, KS3, KS4 and post 16 audiences.  However, in the 2018/19 academic year we will be offering KS1 sessions too.  We release a small number of bookable outreach slots so if you are interested please contact Liz Avery for more details.

Find out all about our outreach programme

Royal Observatory classroom resources

We have a huge selection of resources to choose from that can be used before or after your visit.  They include: classroom activities, videos, blogs, podcasts and even the chance to video chat with an astronomer.

Everything you need to know to plan your school visit

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