For more than 20 years the Island Planetarium has been offering tailor-made shows to schools and clubs. Theses presentations use a range of media including the Planetarium Star Theatre; bringing the universe to life for the pupils, whatever their age.
The Planetarium is a multimedia star-theatre which can accommodate 33 people (with up to another three on plastic seats). Groups larger than this can be split and we can highly recommend a visit to one of the other attractions at the Fort Victoria Country Park. There is an exhibition area with models and exhibits, some of which are used to cover the show material. Our shop carries a wide range of astronomy souvenirs, books, posters, videos and other teaching aids.
Our programmes have been greeted with enthusiasm by schools from around the country with many making us an annual fixture in their timetable. We review the programmes each year and have developed several new options - prepared by astronomers and qualified teachers - not only to meet the requirements of the National Curriculum and your pupils but also to give you the best value for money.
After the presenations
Some groups like to spend time looking around the exhibits and in our sales area. You should allow for being at the centre up to half an hour longer than the booked time.
Times and Dates
The above presentations can be run Monday to Friday between 10am and 1pm and between 2pm and 4pm. PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY!
Allow plenty of time to reach the Planetarium for a prompt start e.g. Travel time from Sandown/Shanklin takes approx. an hour.
Evening & Special Shows
Some groups like to visit us during the evening. We can run shows at 6.30pm and 7.30pm; this makes for a more leisurely visit, with more time for browsing in the exhibition area and our astronomy gift shop. Also we can run prerecorded entertainment shows and special interest programmes if desired. These evening shows are normally the same cost as our schools programmes, unless there are significant preparatory costs.