Wynyard Planetarium and Observatory


ContactWynyard Planetarium & Observatory,
Wynyard Woodland Park,
Thorpe Thewles,
Stockton-on-Tees, TS21 3JG

Tel / Fax : 01740 630544
InfoThe Planetarium and Observatory are located on the popular Wynyard Woodland Park (formerly the Castle Eden Walkway Country Park) near Thorpe Thewles, Stockton-on-Tees, Teesside in the North-East of England. The park is just outside Stockton on the A177 (Durham Road).

These facilities complement and supplement the nature based educational activities provided by the Woodland Park through the extension of the ideas of conservation on our own planet and setting it and our place in the natural universe.

The planetarium boasts a Goto Eros E5 star projector made in Japan (the main teaching instrument) and a lovingly-restored Spitz A1 projector made in Philadelphia (backup instrument), shining onto a 7-metre dome in a 72-seater auditorium, (with provision for 6 wheelchairs). It links electronically to the nearby observatory so that the planetarium audience can view the splendours of the night sky (as long as the weather is good) from the comfort of former cinema seats!

The planetarium regularly hosts remote observing sessions with telescopes on Mt. Wilson, (California), Las Campanas, (Chile), the Liverpool Telescope (National Schools Observatory - La Palma) and the new Faulkes Telescopes in Hawaii & Australia.

The facility is open to schools, colleges and the local community and is available during week-days. Evening and weekend bookings can be made by arrangement.

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