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The Knowledge Observatory is a Social Enterprise, raising funds through unique events astronomy courses, publications and products. These funds enable young people disengaged from education to take part in our innovative learning programme.

North West Astronomy Festival 2015

North West Astronomy Festival 2015 moves to its new date in the astronomy events calendar of June 27th and 28th.

The North West Astronomy Festival is a spectacle of stars, planets and space and the new summer time weekend creates a fantastic opportunity to celebrate our favourite star - The Sun. The festival has something for all ages, interests and experiences, with presentations from top names in the world of astronomy, Astronomer Question Time, solar observing and imaging, activities, trade stalls, local clubs, advice, guidance and practical workshops. Of course the event would not be complete without the planetarium and our now famous raffle and a night not to be missed at our Saturday Social supper.

100 limited Weekend and Saturday VIP tickets are now on sale here on our website and individual presentation tickets and entry tickets will be on the site in early March. We have held the prices to the same as the last 2 years plus free entry for U16s so that makes an excellent value family day out!


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What's on @ Wigg Island

Thursday (if clear) public observing from 9.00 pm onward. If the weather is poor join us for astro chat, coffee and if you are very lucky - cake!

Astronomy breaks in France

Astronomy holidays in France

We are excited to announce that Knowledge Observatory France is opening in early October 2015. Astrofarm will be a purpose built, year round astronomy centre with fully equipped observatories, quiet zone accommodation and dark skies.


BBC Stargazing Live event

BBC Stargazing Live event

This year the BBC Stargazing Live event has been moved to March to coincide with the Solar Eclipse. We shall be holding our own event from 8.00 am on the morning of Friday the 20th, serving breakfast and drinks and providing safe ways to watch the eclipse. With no charge for entry, live internet links and help and advice, we look forward to welcoming you to our Wigg Island Centre for this fantastic spectacle.


Family Astronomy Club

Astronomy Club

Our newly formed family club is perfect for beginners and those wishing to learn more or to enjoy sharing their passion with others. RAW astronomers meet on the second Friday of the month at the Wigg Island Visitor Centre

Astronomy breaks in France


BBC Stargazing Live event


Find out more about our Astronomy Club

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