Public Events

The ARI organises and attends many public outreach events through the year. If you would like us to attend an upcoming event please email @email


Previous Events

NSO: Dark Matter garden at the Chelsea Flower Show 2015

NSO: Dark Matter garden at the Chelsea Flower Show 2015

Following on from our success at Tatton in 2013, we took the next step up to exhibit a garden at the the RHS Flower Show 2015. Winning another Gold Medal, and even the "Best In Category" Award, it was a great success, with fantastic feedback from visitors at the Show and lots of national and international media coverage (including an estimated 200 million global TV audience).

The garden has now been relocated to the STFC Daresbury Laboratory


North West Astronomy Festival and LightNight

Engaging students of all ages!

We have attended North West Astronomy Festival and Liverpool Light Night for a number of years - We attend with a series of outreach stalls aimed at engaging young and old alike, with exhibits including meteorites, IR cameras and spectroscopes - if you are interested in the outreach team attending your event please enquire!



'NSO: Watch this Space - RHS Flower Show, Tatton Park 2013'

The NSO Galaxy garden at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park 2013

One of 5 Galaxy gardens, in the ‘Inspire’ section of the showground, our garden not only won a gold medal, but was also awarded "Most Creative" the only garden to receive this honour.



BBC Stargazing Live, Local Events:

The ARI takes part in Stargazing Live events annually, both official BBC events and ones ran locally across the North West;

Stargazing Live Community Event: Wednesday 13th January 2016, Old Trafford, Manchester: In association with the Workers Education Association with over hundreds of local families in attendance.

BBC Stargazing Live: Friday 20th March 2015, Leicester Racecourse: Specially timed to coincide with the best solar eclipse in the UK for years, the ARI attended with various exhibits, especially looking at the Liverpool Telescope.

Astronomy Day and Stargazing Event: Saturday 11th January 2014: 10:00 - 22:00: Joint ARI and Ogden Trust Astronomy Corner, with spectrographs, infra-red camera, ultraviolet pens, quizzes and the NSO Moonsaic timed challenge. This event was held in The Heath Business and Technology Park, Runcorn and organised by The Knowledge Observatory

  • Tatton Park: Thursday 10th January 2013: 18:00 - 22:00: Various Activities on-site with other exhibitors
  • Mersey Ferries: Monday 16th January 2012: 18:00 - 21:00: ARI staff On-deck stargazing and below-deck talks