Orpington Astronomical Society
Society Events

Society Events

We regularly arrange a variety of events each year which include outings to local and national exhibitions, museums, observatories and other places of interest. We also hold a number of social events such as our Starbeque and Christmas quiz.


Domes at COAAWhere possible we arrange visits when there are special astronomical themed exhibitions. We also organise overseas trips from time to time.

In 2022 we visited the Science Museum special exhibition on Science Fiction and made an evening visit to the Royal Observatory at Greenwich.

In 2023 we visited Bletchley Park in January and the National Space Centre, Leicester in March. In October there was a trip to the Astrophotography of the Year exhibition at the National Maritime Museum and then another trip to the UCL Observatory at Mill Hill, London in November.

In 2024 our first visit of the year was to The Observatory Science Centre at Herstmonceux on Saturday 2nd March. Further visits and trips planned for 2024 are as follows:

  • Magical Mystery Tour of London’s astronomical sites – Sunday 28th July
  • La Palma – a week on the island including a visit to the observatories – 29th August
  • The King’s Observatory, Richmond – Saturday 14th September
  • Bentley Priory Museum, Stanmore – Saturday 12th October

Social Events

Our latest Starbeque was held at Luddesdown Village Hall, Kent in June 2023 and our next Starbeque will be at the same venue on Sunday 30th June 2024.. We also had our OAS Summer Picnic at the Oxford Recreation Ground in August. Our regular Christmas Quiz is held at our December meeting and in the past few years the OAS Players have established a tradition for putting on a ‘play’ at our AGM in February. In addition we celebrate special events from time to time. Our 40th Anniversary celebration was held in 2021.

For details of the arrangements for an outing or event please contact the Events Coordinator.