Science Discovery Centre and Planetarium

Written by Steve Wallace on .

We’re raising money to build a Science Discovery Centre and Planetarium on the land next to our observatory so that we can expand and enhance our astronomy education outreach activities.

We are talking with some major funders who are interested in our project and its potential to improve STEM learning in the area and become a unique attraction that supports the visitor economy.  To take the next step, we need to raise £22,500 in matched funding by December 2020.   As you can see from our ‘funding rocket’ we have raised £12,200 so far and our thanks go to Ashfield Council, Lindhurst Engineering, Qinesis and Pete W for their generous support.


We have now officially launched the project to the public. Please see this video for our launch presentation and a call for support:

You can find out more about our plans in a video presentation here:

The BBC have picked up on the project with this article:


If you would like to make a personal donation please go to this link:

If you are interested in corporate sponsorship please go either to the following link: or contact our project manager: (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Nottinghamshire Business Awards Finalists

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We are happy to announce that we have been shortlisted for an award from the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce.

We are in the Community Impact category and being shortlisted is recognition of the hard work and dedication by our volunteers over the years delivering outreach to the local community and beyond.

Nottinghamshire finalist

URGENT NOTICE Closure of Observatory

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Following this afternoon's Government announcement regarding the Covid-19 Coronavirus pandemic advising everyone to avoid unnecessary social contact, Sherwood Observatory will be closed until further notice.


Our observatory may be closed for personel visits but we do offer an online ZOOM service for all uniformed associations and adult associations like U3A . Please contact our visits address for further information . 


All members meetings, group visits and our astronomy course are cancelled. The relevant coordinators will be contacting course attendees and groups yet to visit to offer refunds or to rearrange for a future date. The committee are investigating the possibility of organising member presentations via the internet and will be in touch with members via email in due course.

We trust that all our visitors and members will understand the need for such action and wish you all the best in these trying times. Be safe and be well.


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We’re raising money to build a Planetarium on the land next to our Observatory so that we can expand and enhance our astronomy education outreach activities.

If you do any shopping online and would like to help us raise some funds, at no cost to yourself, please register to support us at Easyfundraising. For information about how Easyfundraising works, watch this Youtube video:

If you want to get involved, follow this link:, create an account and choose “Sherwood Observatory Planetarium” as the Cause to support, and we’ll get an extra £1 donated to the fund when you make your first Easyfundraising purchase.

Also, if you're searching the internet, why not use Easysearch instead of your usual search engine and every result clicked will earn half a penny for our fund. It might not sound like much, but think of how many times you search the internet each day...all those halfpennies soon mount up. This is the Easysearch link:

Coronavirus update

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We have been looking at various ways in which we can safely open up the Observatory to our members and will be running a small test event with a few members at the end of this month so we can prove we have Covid secure policies in place and allow us to refine the new way how everyone can enjoy the Observatory.


Once we have this sorted, we will then look at how we can re-open to the public.

Please keep an eye on our website here or our social media channels for more information soon.

BBC Sky at Night Magazine

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In the March edition of BBC Sky at Night Magazine, our Planetarium Planning Manager, Dr Steve Wallace, has written an article about the current state of our plans to build a Science Discovery Centre and Planetarium. You can read a copy of the article here:

 Field of View: Our Planetarium Plans

If you would like further information about this exciting project, or would like to offer assistance, please contact Steve at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you would like to contribute to our current fundraising drive for the project, please visit:,