Drive in science fiction films at the Observatory

Herstmonceux Observatory at night SUS-140929-092335001
Herstmonceux Observatory at night SUS-140929-092335001

The Observatory at Herstmonceux will transform into an open air drive-in cinema on Saturday October 3 and Sunday October 4.

The initiative is part of a nationwide celebration of science fiction films led by the BFI entitled Sci-Fi: Days Of Fear And Wonder.

Taking the theme of Outer Space, the weekend of events at Herstmonceux will include screenings of classic titles including War Of The Worlds (1953) and 2001: A Space Odyssey presented as drive-in movies in the Observatory car park with the backdrop of the Observatory domes for added effect. Those interested in taking a closer look into space (after watching the movies) will be able to visit the domes and telescopes for a guided tour led by Observatory staff and volunteers, entrance will be inclusive with a drive-in movie ticket.

War Of The Worlds is a (PG) certificate so suitable for a family audience .During the day on the Saturday there will also be film related activity for families to enjoy inside a special cinema tent in the Observatory grounds. This will be free to access with entrance to the science centre.

Tickets for the drive in event are available online through the Film Hub South East website. Visit or