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Out Of This World Sci-Fi and Stargazing Nights to Launch at Eastbourne’s Redoubt Fortress

29 September 2016

Space fans can marvel at the magic of the night sky as ‘Stargazing’ nights will begin at Eastbourne’s Redoubt Fortress on 8 October. Explore the secrets of outer space with the Eastbourne Astronomical Society in a free stargazing session, with a short season of classic Sci-Fi films to accompany them.

Stargazing Nights Redoubt


Peek at the planets through an astronomical telescope on the Redoubt’s Gun Platform at the first of the season’s family friendly nights. Budding astronomers will have the chance to gaze at the Milky Way, the centre of our Galaxy. With Eastbourne’s favourable location on the edge of the new South Downs Sky Reserve, the stargazing promises to be a spectacular sight.

A 30 minute talk will take place by the Eastbourne Astronomical Society on what to expect in the night sky this month. They will provide telescopes for catching constellations as they offer their expert knowledge about the positioning of the planets. Visitors are welcome to bring their own binoculars and telescopes if they wish.

Eastbourne Borough Council Lead Cabinet Member for Tourism and Enterprise, Cllr Margaret Bannister said “With Eastbourne being so close to South Downs National Park, the 12th Dark Sky Reserve in the world, we are extremely lucky to be exposed to such impressive sky views. The Sci-Fi and Stargazing nights will be a fantastic opportunity to take advantage of the Eastbourne Astronomy Society’s wealth of knowledge, and the Redoubt’s atmospheric grounds whilst watching a host of sci-fi classics.”

The first night of the season launches on 8 October with the final date being 1 April. The regular free stargazing events will take place on the first Saturday of the month, except for November.

‘2001: Space Odyssey’, ‘Quatermass and the Pit’ and ‘WALL-E’ are the popular space themed films to be screened alongside an evening of staring at the stars at the December, February and March dates.

Suitable for the whole family, the first film night will begin on 3 December, screening the Disney favourite “WALL-E”. The film will run from 7pm - 8.45pm.

The following film can be seen on 4 February, where the classic British sci-fi film “Quatermass and the Pit” is playing, a Doctor Who fans must-see. The film will begin at 7.30pm - 9.15pm, for an audience aged 12 and older.

The third film screening is Saturday 4th March, showing the Stanley Kubrick masterpiece “2001: A Space Odyssey”. The film will play from 8pm-10.50pm which includes an interval.

The stargazing dates are as follows. The first night is 8 October 7pm-10pm, 3 December 5pm-8pm, 7 January 5pm-8pm, 4 February 6pm-9pm, 4 March 7pm-10pm, 1 April 8pm-11pm. All stargazing nights are free, while film screening nights cost £6 for adults (£3 for children at WALL-E).

As the events will be held on winter evenings, it is advisable that visitors wrap up warm in several layers and bring flasks of hot drinks along.

The Redoubt Fortress’ vintage-themed café, The Outpost, will be open on all film screening dates offering popcorn amongst other novelty cinema treats. Alcohol will also be available, so visitors can relax with a beer in hand or wrap their mitts around a hot glass of mulled wine.

For more information and more events, visit or contact 01323 410300.

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