Our public lectures are informative social evenings with a selection of speakers talking on a diverse range of astronomy and spaceflight related topics.

Free refreshments are provided, and a raffle with a selection of prizes is held at most meetings.

Event Times

Doors open at 7.30pm with the talk starting at 8.00pm. Events usually conclude between 9:30pm and 10:00pm depending on the speaker’s stamina.

Cost and Booking

There is no need to book in advance, just turn up on the day. A small charge applies to help us cover costs – £3 for non-members; £2 for members; under 16s free.


Anyone is welcome, beginner or expert. The lectures are suitable for older children and adults. Younger children are welcome but may not find the lectures particularly exciting. Instead, we’d recommend bringing them to one of our star gazing events at Great Notley Country Park. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

Disabled Access

The hall accessible to wheelchairs and mobility scooters. There is a tarmac parking area in front of the hall and a grassed overflow parking area to the rear.

Event Location

Unless stated otherwise, public meetings are held at The Henry Dixon Hall, Henry Dixon Road, Rivenhall End, CM8 3HR.

Getting There

A Google Maps link is here

For satnav purposes, the hall’s postcode is CM8 3HR. This will take you to Henry Dixon Road. If exiting the A12 towards Colchester at Rivenhall, proceed to the end of Oak Road and turn right at the T-junction on to Henry Dixon Road. The hall will be immediately on your left. If exiting the A12 towards Witham/Chelmsford, follow the slip road to the T-Junction and turn left on to Henry Dixon Road. The hall will be on your right immediately after you pass under the A12.


Upcoming Public Lectures

June 2024
July 2024
September 2024
October 2024
November 2024
December 2024
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