Visit Selsey

Visit Selsey the much-beloved home town of the unforgettable BBC TV astronomer Patrick Moore. See his blue plaque at 39 West Street, one of a number of interesting blue plaques on the Selsey Heritage Trail, or hear Dr John Mason give his annual Patrick Moore Memorial Lecture at the Town Hall as part of the Selsey Walking Festival (returning in 2022).

Top Tip

Plan ahead for 2022 …If you are visiting the week of the May bank holiday, you can join John’s fascinating annual night sky walk from Selsey Bill round to East Beach.


Book a bespoke 2 hour stargazing walk with legendary local astronomer Dr John Mason *

As it’s getting dark (around 9 or 10pm depending on the time of year) Dr John Mason will take you to a dark sky site as close as possible to where you are staying – this might be on to the Downs or to a local beach. John will tailor your stargazing experience according to your interests to make it truly bespoke. It may be a night walk taking in and talking about the night sky or a guided tour of the night sky with telescopes. Prices range between £100-£150.

* Contact the Planetarium directly to book this unique experience

Top Tip

Choose a weekend when there is either no moon or a crescent or half moon and a clear sky, if possible. Wrap up wamly. Even a summer evening can be cold at 11pm.


Have coffee or lunch at a celestial pub

Sticking with the celestial theme why not have a relaxed morning and have a coffee, or something more substantial at one of the following local, and on theme, pubs?

The Star – Petworth
Star & Garter – East Dean
The Half Moon – Petersfield
Seven Stars – Stroud, nr Petersfield
The Moon – Storrington
The Star Inn – Steyning
The Rising Sun – Upper Beeding (Good for Lunch/Supper)
The Fox Goes Free – Charlton
The Cricketers – Duncton

Good for afternoon tea
The Forge – Slindon
The Aerodrome Cafe – Goodwood Airfield
Wellies Cafe – West Stoke


Watch a show at the South Downs Planetarium

Located in Chichester we can highly recommend on of our 1 hour shows.

All Shows listed on the Planetarium website at

Top Tip

Advance booking essential.