We arrange visits from and to many groups during the year, including but not limited to: Astronomy evening courses, 6th form colleges, Adult clubs and societies, Scouts, Guides, Cubs and Beavers etc.
At our observatory at Kenley we can normally accommodate groups of up to 20 people, excluding helpers for youth groups.
Visits for groups are normally arranged on Saturdays, Sunday and some Friday evenings (when we are not holding lecture meetings at the Royal Russell School). These visits normally start at 7:30 pm or 8 pm and last about an hour.
If you have a small group it may be possible to organise a visit on other evenings.
The paths to the observatory and the surrounding area are not paved; it is recommended that visitors wear stout waterproof footwear.
As you would expect the area around the observatory is not lit so you may find a small torch useful. A red light (rear bicycle) is preferred as it does not affect night vision. For white light torches please point them down to the grownd and do not shine towards the buildings or any people outside who may be observing. Dark adapted eyes see the night sky considerably better.
Please see the observatory page for access details, and below for parking.
Parking: whilst there is none at the observatory itself there is some free off-road parking at the Kenley Aerodrome Memorial a few hundred metres to the south and just 4 minutes walk away. For all other off-road parking please check for local restrictions before departing. Unfortunately our society is no authority on parking and all responibility is with the visitor. For disabled access please inform us for arrangements. Postcode for the observatory is: CR8 5EP
Sky Laser Pointers
For safety these items may be used only by designated society members. Please do not bring any with you as they will not be allowed for use. Our policy on these items can be found at the bottom of this page.