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Welcome to the Observatory


The Malcolm Parry Observatory at The Long Eaton School hosts a variety of events and outreach throughout the year including:

  • Stargazing Live – Our annual showcase event with outside speakers and exhibitor plus lots of hands on activities and observing (weather permitting)

  • ‘Young Stargazer’ evening visits – suitable for most age groups. These sessions compliment most ‘Stargazing’ badges offered by groups such as Scouts and Brownies.

  • Daytime School Visits – we can accommodate visits during normal school hours for school visits. These are best in the summer term as the weather is more likely to be favourable for Solar Observing.

  • Family Astronomy Night – Once a month, during term time, we host an open dome aimed at younger audiences which includes a small talk and a hands on activity. Most suitable for ages 10+.

  • Community Open Dome - Once a month, during term time, we host an open dome for adult audiences which includes a talk on an astronomical topic followed by an observing session (weather permitting). Details of the speaker are updated on the blog.

  • Adult Learning – The Long Eaton School offers a range of Astronomy adult learning courses led by Royal Astronomical Society Fellow Mr M. Perkins. These are run on a Wednesday evening. Details of the courses available can be found on the Information Leaflet and the blog.

  • Bookable Time – External groups can book to visit the observatory for a workshop or talk. These will include observing session if weather permits. We can cater for all levels and ages.


For more information download the Malcolm Parry Observatory Information Leaflet, visit the Malcom Parry Observatory blog or email



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