Fernley Observatory Victorian Fun Day Hesketh Park in Southport (Sun 27 Sep) September 25th, 2015 jmr jmr Latest News Latest Whats On Shares Comments A Fernley Observatory Victorian Fun Day takes place on Sunday 27 September. The Fernley Astronomical Observatory in Hesketh Park, Southport will have six public open days this season. The Fernley Observatory, built in 1901, houses a Thomas Cook six-inch refractor telescope which was made in 1869. The observatory and telescope was given as a public gift by its owner Joseph Baxendell Jr in memory of his father. It is now managed by the Fernley Observatory Heritage Group which is are working with the Parks department of Sefton Council to restore the observatory into a working centre for the study of astronomy and space research. There will be displays of astronomy hardware, talks by members of the Southport Astronomical Society and others, and displays of space rockets and information on space exploration. For more details call 01704 231685. Contact us with your community, business or sport news. Phone 07581350321 Email [email protected] Twitter www.twitter.com/onthespot_new Facebook www.facebook.com/otsnews.co.uk Instagram www.instagram.com/otsnews Related Comments comments!