Our Forthcoming Events

Unless otherwise stated, public meetings start at 7.30pm in the Lecture Room at Lewes Town Hall where complimentary refreshments are available. Free entry for members. Non-members pay £3.00 at our public meetings, with free entry for childen under 16 years of age when accompanied by a responsible adult (one adult for each child please).

1st May 2024

Capturing the Moment
Sally Russell
Lewes Town Hall

Sally Russell is an avid astronomical artist who co-authored Sketching the Moon and Solar Sketching which featured in Patrick Moore's esteemed Practical Astronomy series of books. Practical amateur astronomy has changed markedly over the past few decades, from the isolated amateur telescope maker pursuing a lonely hobby, to today’s ready availability of a huge range of equipment and astronomical information, plus the means to easily capture and share digital images. This evolution is described from a personal point of view, the core of the discussion being the constant desire to record observations for posterity and the changing methods being used to enable this, from traditional sketching through to afocal smartphone photography and the new DWARF II smart telescope. Everyone welcome. Non-members £3

10th May 2024

Stargazing Evening
Lewes Old Racecourse

Another stargazing opportunity for our members at the Old Racecourse Heritage Centre in the South Downs National Park. The venue is in a dark skies area one mile west of Lewes at an elevation of 135 metres (400 ft)). The event takes place between 9pm and 11pm. Car parking is adjacent to the centre, and members are welcome to bring their own telescopes. Please wear warm clothing, suitable footwear and bring a red-light torch.

5th June 2024

AGM and Observing the Hawaiian Skies
Darren Baskill
Lewes Town Hall

Our annual AGM will be followed by an enjoyable talk by Dr Darren Baskill about his professional experience of working at the observatory on Mauna Kea in Hawaii. Everyone welcome. Non-members £3.

20th June 2024

Summer Solstice 2024 Outdoor Event
Malling Down Nature Reserve

Once again, we are holding a free and informal gathering on the Lewes downland to celebrate the Summer Solstice, which this year falls on Thursday 20th June. Weather permitting, we will have the opportunity to enjoy the breathtaking view of the Ouse Valley while the sun goes down. Everyone welcome. Bring your own drinks to celebrate the occasion!

10th July 2024

Guided Tour of Harvey's Brewery
Harvey's Brewery Lewes

This summer, join us for an unforgettable social evening at Harvey's Brewery in Lewes. Steeped in tradition, Harvey's is the oldest independent brewery in Sussex. Experience an engaging 90-minute private guided tour around the wonderful historic building and then enjoy tasting a variety of beers to conclude the evening, all included with your ticket. £12 for members, £15 for non-members. Adults only. You will need to book tickets in advance, and there is limited availability for this event. Tickets are now on sale at our public meetings.


Find Us

Our public meetings are normally held in the Lecture Room on the first floor of Lewes Town Hall, East Sussex BN7 2QS. Entrance is in Fisher Street. Wheelchair access is available on request. Municipal car parks are free after 5pm, the nearest in East Street, West Street and North Street.

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