Igniting Passions, Inspiring Minds, Transforming Futures

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.

Programme of Workshops and Courses

Our Autumn and Spring programme of fun workshops and interesting weekly courses in Astronomy, Digital Photography and Astro Photography are now open for bookings.

We offer a selection of active, fun learning programmes for beginners and returners to learning. Our full day workshops include lunch, hands-on learning and friendly, expert tution in a small group. Our weekly sessions are two hours each over ten weeks. These popular classes are packed with interest and a great way to learn new things, or refresh old skills.

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What's on @ Wigg Island

Wellbeing group on Thursday 5-7 pm and if clear public observing from 7.00 pm onwards. Last night until Thursday 8th January when we will e open for a public evening of stargazing, hot chocolate and cake!

Astronomy Courses

Astronomy courses for adults

Our Astronomy for All course will be delivered in weekly 2 hour sessions and is an active, fun learning programme for beginners and returners to learning. The course may be enjoyed in a relaxed, non pressured environment or by completing optional additional assessments, can lead to a nationally recognised qualification.


North West Astronomy Festival

The Astonomy Festival 2014 report

Held in October, the North West Astronomy Festival is a celebration and exhibition of astronomy. A spectacle of stars, planets and space with presentations from top names in the world of astronomy, Astronomers Question Time, activities, trade stalls, local clubs, advice and guidance. Something for all ages, interests and experiences.


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 Courses for everyone


Astronomy Festival 2014 Report


Find out more about our Astronomy Club

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