Wessex Astronomical Society


The Durlston Astronomy Centre

Types of event and how to join in

There are several ways that members of the public, as individuals or in groups, can participate in the astronomy activities at Durlston. A small charge will be made for participation in most of the events.

Public Astronomy events

There are a number of public events open to anyone. These consist of an illustrated talk in the Visitor Centre followed by the visitors being able to look through various telescopes etc brought along by members of the Wessex Astronomical Society, to talk to the members, to be shown the various constellations visible and to look through the large telescope now permanently set up in the new observatory. To see forthcoming events, please click here.

Educational visits

Special events are laid on for school groups - teachers and students - tailored to the particular level in the curriculum. These events too will normally involve a session in the lecture room of the Visitor Centre and actual observations through the new telescope. Events will be led by the Rangers and Wessex Astronomical Society members will provide support on the astronomy aspects. If you are interested in arranging such a visit then speak to or e-mail one of the Rangers - contact details at the end of this page

Clubs or other groups

These can be arranged in a similar way as for school groups. Contact either one of the rangers or the Wessex Astronomical Society Secretary.

Adult education course in astronomy

These are held from time to time at the Visitor Centre. Contact Durlston for further details.

Use of the telescope by members of Wessex Astronomical Society and Friends of Durlston

Members of either should follow the procedure described separately within their group. Speak to one of the Rangers or to The WAS Secretary if you're not sure

Durlston Country Park, Rangers - 01929 424443 or
Durlston Country Park, Rangers (on the day of an event) - 01929 427965
Alan Jefferis - 01929 422961 or