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Hesketh Park Observatory Public Open Day

Hesketh Park Observatory Public Open Day

The last Sunday of the month from October 2021 to August 2023

Hesketh Park Observatory
Hesketh Park, Southport, Merseyside, PR9 9LN

Visit the fabulous Grade 2 listed Hesketh Park Observatory at this one of their public open days that occur on the last Sunday of each month throughout the year.

This is a great opportunity to see up close a rare example of a working 6-inch aperture Victorian refracting telescope made by the famous self-taught optical specialist Thomas Cooke.

Learn about the facility’s history and Joseph Baxendale, the founding astronomer, who was in 1871 was appointed ‘Timekeeping Astronomer and Meteorologist for Manchester’.

These events are proudly run voluntarily by the enthusiastic members of the Southport Astronomical Society. No booking is required; turn up on the day and take the family along!

Note that opening times are 10.30 am to 4.30 pm (April to September) and 10.30 am to 4.00 pm (October to March).


Event organiser

Southport Astronomical Society

Southport Astronomical Society organises these events

Please contact Southport Astronomical Society directly for more details regarding their events.



Forthcoming events

Below is a list of Hesketh Park Observatory Public Open Day events at Hesketh Park Observatory. You can view events at this location on a calendar.

  • Hesketh Park Observatory Public Open Day

    Sunday 31st July 2022 from 10:30am to 16:30pm

    Hesketh Park Observatory, Southport, PR9 9LN

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  • Hesketh Park Observatory Public Open Day

    Sunday 28th August 2022 from 10:30am to 16:30pm

    Hesketh Park Observatory, Southport, PR9 9LN

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  • Hesketh Park Observatory Public Open Day

    Sunday 25th September 2022 from 10:30am to 16:30pm

    Hesketh Park Observatory, Southport, PR9 9LN

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  • Hesketh Park Observatory Public Open Day

    Sunday 30th October 2022 from 10:30am to 16:30pm

    Hesketh Park Observatory, Southport, PR9 9LN

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  • Hesketh Park Observatory Public Open Day

    Sunday 27th November 2022 from 10:30am to 16:30pm

    Hesketh Park Observatory, Southport, PR9 9LN

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  • Hesketh Park Observatory Public Open Day

    Sunday 25th December 2022 from 10:30am to 16:30pm

    Hesketh Park Observatory, Southport, PR9 9LN

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