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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 - June 27th and 28th. The 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.

100 limited Weekend and Saturday VIP tickets will be on sale from 1st February on the website and individual presentation tickets and entry tickets will be on the website from 1st of 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

Couple of spaces for Introduction to Astronomy course starting this Thursday 7.00 - 9.00 pm and if clear public observing from 9.00 pm onward. Saturday 17th 10.00 am - 4.00 pm still couple of places for one day 'Intro to AstroPhotography'

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.


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 Courses for everyone


BBC Stargazing Live event


Find out more about our Astronomy Club

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