Accessibility at Sherwood Observatory

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For anyone with accessibility questions about our site, if you've not seen this yet note that we have a whole section on accessibility in Visiting Us->Accessbility in the menus above.


Thanks to Greg Malone of Flying Shark media who put this video together for us and our member Jan Woodjetts for the commentary, we now have a video available to show which we'd like to share with you:


Call for Businesses and Members of the Public to Support our Science Discovery Centre and Planetarium Project

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Construction of our new Science Discovery Centre and Planetarium is now well underway with a target to open its doors to visitors in 12 months’ time. We are indebted to our public and private sector sponsors. Without their support we would not be able to turn our vision into reality. These can be seen under the Science Discovery Centre section of our website in the ‘Our Supporters’ tab. 

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However, more support is still needed, and we would love to meet businesses that see the benefit in the creation of a regionally significant facility that will inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. Please contact Steve at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a prospectus and to arrange a discussion.

We also have personal sponsorship options available, so if you’re looking for that unusual Christmas present, why not sponsor one of the seats in our planetarium?

Please click here for an application form.

Direct donations can also be made via this link:

As a world class visitor attraction, the new Centre will help to inspire people of all ages to learn about (STEM) subjects and to consider STEM career paths.

Partnership Between Sherwood Observatory and the Air and Space Institute: Inspiring STEM Education and Advancing Opportunities.

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Sherwood Observatory is thrilled to announce its partnership with the Air and Space Institute (ASI), a collaboration aimed at inspiring the next generation through STEM education. This exciting venture has been made possible by the Sherwood Observatory securing a £3.1 million grant from the UK Government, dedicated to constructing a state-of-the-art Science Discovery Centre and Planetarium.

Our shared vision is to provide young people with access to cutting-edge STEM facilities, fostering opportunities and encouraging their pursuit of engineering pathways. Through this partnership, students at ASI will have the privilege of utilizing the observatory's advanced resources, enriching their learning experience. The planetarium, in particular, will offer an immersive educational journey, igniting students' enthusiasm for the aerospace sector and allowing them to explore the wonders of space.

This collaboration presents an exceptional opportunity for students to engage with science and technology in a hands-on manner, fueling their curiosity and nurturing their creativity. With access to these exceptional facilities, students will be equipped with practical skills and experience, preparing them for successful careers in the STEM field.

Tom Marsden, Director of Strategic Growth for Lincoln College, expressed his delight at partnering with the Sherwood Observatory for their remarkable science discovery centre and planetarium project. He emphasized that this facility will significantly enhance educational opportunities for students, adults, and school children in Newark and Sherwood. Additionally, it will foster broader business partnerships with companies involved in the rapidly growing UK Space sector and its supply chain.

Tom Cartledge, Co-Chair of the Newark Town Board, celebrated the success of the bid for £25 million through the Government's Towns Fund initiative, which brought the Air and Space Institute to life. He expressed his delight in witnessing the project's excellent progress and highlighted the significance of the new partnership with the Sherwood Observatory. This collaboration ensures that aspiring students can gain firsthand experience in studying science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, supporting their further and higher education ambitions.

Steve Wallace, the Planetarium Project Manager, acknowledged the critical role of a STEM-enabled workforce in shaping the future prosperity of the UK. He emphasized the immense potential of both organizations to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers through the outstanding facilities at the Air and Space Institute, as well as the Science Discovery Centre, Planetarium, and Observatory. The Sherwood Observatory sees numerous synergies between the two organizations and eagerly anticipates working together.

In a time where science and technology play vital roles in advancing society, this partnership between ASI and the Sherwood Observatory represents a significant step towards creating a more equitable and prosperous future for all. For further information about ASI's innovative courses, please visit