Visit to Norman Lockyer Observatory, Sidmouth

May 16, 2018 @ 12:15 pm – 4:45 pm
Norman Lockyer Observatory
Salcombe Hill
Sidmouth EX10 0NY
Gwyneth Garner
01392 881330

The Norman Lockyer Observatory is both a historical observatory and home to an active amateur astronomical society. It is a centre for amateur astronomy, meteorology, radio astronomy and the promotion of science education. The observatory is staffed entirely by volunteers.

We shall be attending an Open Afternoon, so other members of the public will be there. Payment of the entry fee (£8 per person) must be by cash or cheque, not by bankcard. Meet at the Observatory at 2.15 pm. The programme starts at 2.30 pm., and will last about two hours.  It will include a short talk, a planetarium presentation, and a visit to the historic telescopes.

The observatory is 2 km east of Sidmouth. The grid reference is SY 139883. From Sid Road, which goes along the east side of The Byes in Sidmouth, turn up Salcombe Hill, and the observatory is on the left. There are two car parks at the Observatory. For more information on the Observatory, visit

We shall meet for lunch at 12.15 pm at Dukes Hotel and Restaurant on Sidmouth Esplanade. For those without transport, please take the bus to Sidmouth, and car share arrangements will be sorted out at lunch.

(Details updated 11 Feb 2018)

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