The SpaceCrafter

Bringing the skies to you....

Visit Shred & Butta

Thanks to donations from our members, corporate supporters and community groups we have achieved our fundraising target to be able to convert a van into a mobile observatory.

Please keep an eye on this page for regularly updates on the project.

See the progress so far

March 2020

Lockdown hit the UK. Conversions on the Van have had to be halted until further notice

February 2020

After visiting various different dealers and extensive research into the different types of vans that were available UK Astronomy made the decision to purchase a Volkswagen Crafter aka The SpaceCrafter. This van has the right dimensions and fits into our budget.

Ross visited Brian Currie Vans in Milton Keynes and thanks to his powers of persuasion they jumped at the chance to support a local charity with an innovative project. They discounted over £7,000 from the cost price, meaning that your donations will now go even further!

January 2020

In January Ross went to visit a group called Shred & Butta who convert double decker buses, American school buses and camper vans into.. well pretty much anything you can imagine!

They loved the project and gave us lots of ideas of how to make the van practical whilst still being a show piece to wow the crowds. We are looking forward to wowing you at an event in the not to distant future!

September - December 2019

UK Astronomy were still recovering from the shock of coming 2nd in the education section of the Persimmon Homes #BuildingFutures Awards and so spent September - December focussing on their outreach programme and planning the project to begin in 2020.

October 2019

UK Astronomy were invited to York Racecourse for an Awards dinner to announce the winners. We were "over the moon" to find out we had come 2nd in the education category and had won £50,000.

July - September 2019

UK Astronomy were proud to be short listed to be one of the 96 finalists who were put to the public vote, running from July to September.

We asked for you all to vote for us and the winners were to be announced at an Awards dinner in October.

If you would like to make a donation to support our work you can send a cheque made payable to:

UK Astronomy Limited,

3 Pleshey Close,

Shenley Church End,

Milton Keynes,


or donate directly on our Justgiving Page.

Thank you for taking the time to read this and a bigger thank you should you decide to donate to UK Astronomy Ltd.

Thank you to our current sponsors:

Planet Sponsors

Persimmon Homes


Foyle Foundation


Galaxy Sponsors



Star Sponsors

CJ Richard Electrical

Howdens Milton Keynes


Mick's Property Maintenance