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6th Chailey Astronomy in the Village/Pub - 21st April 2018
Written by Richie Jarvis   
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 00:00

Saturday 21st April 2018
12 - 4pm

Chailey St.George's Day Village Fete

£1 entry fee for fete for adults  - Entry fee for Dog Show - Loads of fun for all the family

Beer Tent, BBQ, Tombola, World Famous Punch & Judy Show, Table Top Sales, Fun Dog Show, Classic Cars and Tractors, University of Sussex Planetarium, Solarscopes


Full Details Here

6 - 10pm

The Five Bells, Chailey

Come join us in one of the darkest villages in the South East for an afternoon & evening of Astronomical discovery.

Astronomy in the Pub is expanding to Astronomy in the Village for one afternoon/evening.  We are a collection of amateur and professional Astronomers and Science Geeks..

Our Amateur SkyGuides are volunteers with a passion for Astronomy.

Learn how to view the Sun safely and easily by looking through our Special Solar Telescopes during the day.

Learn all about the night Sky in the Sussex University Planetarium.

Let US show YOU what you can see with a Cheap Telescope, or a Monocular like this simple £6 one for example.

Monocular from Blacks Website - 2018-04-08 - ON SPECIAL OFFER ATM!.

Note1: Blacks/Millets/etc all have them for the same price atm.

Note2: AitP is not affiliated with any Supplier unless noted.

Note3: Test it IN THE STORE before you buy - some are good, some are not so good (been dropped, etc) - YMMV and AitP is not responsible if you buy a ‘bad’ one….

We want to introduce YOU to the natural wonders of the night sky…

Posters available for download, printing and distribution here


Full Schedule

12pm - Chailey Village Fete at Markstakes Corner, South Chailey

Dog Show!

Fun Dog Show with many classes for any breed/mix.

Classic Cars & Tractors!

Chailey Tractor Club proudly displays their amazing classic tractor and car collection.

Beer Tent, Food and Refreshments

Harveys. Gin. Coke. Burgers. Etc.


Groups of 20 people lie down in the Inflatable Planetarium and watch the Universe Expand before your very eyes!

Punch & Judy

Join World Famous Punch and Judy man Robert Styles for a bit of traditional village fun!

4pm - Chailey Village Fete Ends


6pm - Astronomy in the Pub Introduction

Speaker: Richie Jarvis - AitP Skyguide

A short introduction to the Event, and location of Fire Exits + Q&A Session

7pm - SkyGuide

Speaker: Richie Jarvis

Summary: A dazzling tour of the Night Sky + Q&A Session

8pm - Planets

Speaker: William Joyce - Astronomer & Planetary Scientist

Summary: Everything you ever wanted to know about Planets + Q&A Session

Bio: William Joyce was an astrophysicist and spacecraft engineer, and is now a planetary scientist, who also provides outreach talks, planetarium shows, and short courses on most aspects of these subjects for astronomy societies, geological societies, the public, schools and special events, in the UK, overseas, and on-board cruise ships as a guest speaker.

He has a BSc in Astrophysics which led to research in satellite remote sensing instruments, followed by an industrial career in laboratory work, spacecraft software engineering and aerospace systems engineering. He is a Chartered Physicist and a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society.

More recently, Will returned to academia and gained a BSc in Earth and Planetary Science, followed by working as the resident Astronomer at Herstmonceux Observatory, showing people the night skies using the largest telescopes in the UK.  He is currently lecturing at Birkbeck University of London, and providing teaching and course development in geophysics and planetary science subjects for undergraduate and Masters students’, while studying for a PhD in satellite remote sensing of volcanoes and lavas on the Moon.

William is happy to share his experience with people of all ages and backgrounds, so please do ask him any burning questions you have on anything to do with space.

9pm - Exploring the Universe with the James Webb Space Telescope

Speaker: Dr Stephen Wilkins - University of Sussex

Summary: How the JWST will be used, and gather exceptional data (if it works!)

Bio: Dr. Stephen Wilkins was born in Yorkshire and obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Durham. He then obtained his PhD from the Institute of Astronomy at the University of Cambridge and subsequently worked as a researcher at the University of Oxford. In 2013 he accepted a lectureship at the University of Sussex and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2016. His research currently focuses on the very first galaxies to form in the Universe.

10pm - Astronomy in the Pub Ends


Contact: Richie Jarvis

Telephone: 07702 705427

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Proudly Hosted By:

The Five Bells

East Grinstead Rd, Chailey, BN8 4DA

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Telephone:  01825722259


Chailey Bonfire Society

Chailey St. George’s Day Fete Organisers and Helpers

Markstakes Corner, Chailey, BN8 4DA

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The Science/Astronomy parts of the events are run by the Astronomy in the Pub Sussex Branch.  We wish to thank the Lewes Branch of the British Science Association, The Five Bells, Chailey Bonfire Society, ESAS, SSAS, EAS, BAS, CAS and other volunteers who assist to make these events possible for YOU to VIEW!


We are Astro-Geeks.

We talk too much, love telescopes,

& We are not afraid to let YOU use them!


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