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The second North Pennines Stargazing Festival takes place between 20th October 2018 and 4th November 2018.

With a variety of events taking place the festival is a celebration of the fantastic dark skies above the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and offers plenty of opportunities to stargaze.

The festival kicks off with a presentation by the wonderful Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock MBE of “Sky at Night” fame and includes events suitable for all ages and abilities. Scheduled to take place during the half-term period also enables younger astronomers to participate! Why not book on several events and make a short break of it!?

We’ve featured below those events that incorporate some element of stargazing or observing — for a full list of events visit the official page on the North Pennines AONB website.

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The Exmoor Dark Skies Festival 2018 takes place between 20th October 2018 and 4th November 2018. A wide variety of astronomically themed events are scheduled including everything from space-movies through to astrophotography tuition and public stargazing. Many events take place during half-term and are thus perfect for families with space-interested children!

The festival also celebrates the wonderful dark skies above Exmoor which lead it to becoming recognised by the International Dark Sky Association as Europe’s very first Dark Sky Reserve in Autumn 2011.

Below we have featured those events that include stargazing — for a full event listing and further details visit the official page at Exmoor Dark Skies Festival 2018.

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The annual Perseids meteor shower is possibly the most eagerly anticipated by astronomers. For several years now the Perseids have resulted in a great show with dozens of bright meteors being spotted per hour around the peak of their activity.

Each year as the Earth travels on its orbit around the Sun it encounters a vast swathe of cosmic dust left over by the comet Swift-Tuttle. As these tiny dust particles enter Earth’s atmosphere at great speed they burn up leaving a brief but bright trail — a shooting star!

Perseid meteors can be identified as they appear to radiate from the constellation of Perseus, hence their name. The shower takes place each year from July 14th through to August 24th with the peak in meteor numbers (the time when the Earth passes through the densest of the dust) on the evening of August 12th / morning of August 13th. The very best time to see them is the early hours of August 13th.

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This year’s peak of the shower takes place during a new moon period and therefore with no moonlight illuminating the sky more of the fainter meteors will be visible.

For the best place to see the Perseids meteor shower the most important requirement is a wide open space where you can see as much of the sky as possible. If you can get away from local light pollution even better and finding a dark sky site will be well worthwhile. Even travelling only a few miles out of town would be advantageous.

If you’re interested in photography check this fantastic guide on how to photograph the Perseid meteors by expert astrophotographer Alyn Wallace.

Places to see the Perseid meteor shower

For suggestions of where you might go to see the Perseids see our Location Map.

Perseid meteor shower public stargazing events

The following events are taking place during the peak period 11th August to 14th August.

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Perseid stargazing events

August Observing at Kenley Observatory

Kenley Observatory, Kenley, CR8 5EP

From 21:00 on every clear night between the 6th and 12th of August the Croydon Astronomical Society will be opening their Kenley Observatory to the public to view our four brightest planets. Venus, Jupiter and Saturn will all be visible at Sunset,...

Monday 6th August 2018 from 21:00pm to Sunday 12th August 2018 21:00pm

Dalby Forest StarFest 2018

Dalby Forest Adderstone Field, Thornton-le-Dale, YO18 7LT

Tucked away in the heart of The Great Dalby Forest is Adderstone Field and home to this annual stargazing festival. Its remote location between Pickering and Scarborough is a perfect venue for Scarborough and Ryedale Astronomical Society to hold...

Thursday 9th August 2018 from 17:00pm to Monday 13th August 2018 12:00pm

Solarsphere Astronomical & Music Festival 2018

Solarsphere Astronomy Festival @ Penmaenau Farm, Llanelwedd, LD2 3RD

Solarsphere brings together astronomy and music for a festival that can be enjoyed by everyone. There'll be plenty to keep children entertained with special workshops, astronomy related activities and arts. In addition talks will be given by...

Friday 10th August 2018 from 12:00pm to Monday 13th August 2018 12:00pm

Herstmonceux Observatory - Perseids Meteor Shower 2018

The Observatory Science Centre, Hailsham, BN27 1RN

Join astronomers at the Herstmonceux Observatory for the annual peak of the Perseids meteor shower (evening 1 of 2).

Friday 10th August 2018 from 20:00pm to Saturday 11th August 2018 00:30am

South West Astronomy Fair - 2018

Norman Lockyer Observatory, Sidmouth, EX10 0NY

This event is a great opportunity to visit the Norman Lockyer Observatory near Sidmouth. The astronomy fair includes various talks and presentations about all things "Space" as well as activities for children. There will be trade stalls, local...

Saturday 11th August 2018 from 09:30am to 17:30pm

Twilight Tales and Startrails - Overnight Camp

This Green Moon, Swillington, LS26 8QA

Twilight Tales and Startrails is a day and overnight camp at This Green Moon. This family friendly event includes numerous activities including storytelling, crafts, food, live music, twilight exploration and night sky gazing. Keep your eye out for...

Saturday 11th August 2018 from 11:00am to Sunday 12th August 2018 12:00pm

Mills Observatory Open Days - Summer 2018

Mills Observatory, Dundee, DD2 2UB

Visit the Mills Observatory for this one of a number of open days taking place throughout the Summer, for a detailed schedule see here. Attending the observatory is free and without charge however there is a small cost for planetarium shows which...

Saturday 11th August 2018 from 12:00pm to 16:00pm

Keele Observatory Solar Observing

Keele Observatory, Stoke-on-Trent, ST5 5BG

Every Saturday afternoon the Keele Observatory is open to the public for solar observing. See our closest star like you may never have done before! The observatory is open no matter the weather with a short tour of the facility and a chance to chat...

Saturday 11th August 2018 from 13:00pm to 15:00pm

Saturday Public Open Night at Failand Observatory

Failand Observatory, Near Wraxall, BS8 3US

Members of Bristol Astronomical Society open up their observatory at Failand most Saturday nights if the weather forecast allows for observing -- a notice will be shown on the Bristol Astronomical Society website on the evening to indicate if the...

Saturday 11th August 2018 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

See the Perseids with Wells and Mendip Astronomers

Oakhill Village Hall, Oakhill, BA3 5AN

Join the members of Wells and Mendip Astronomers for this public event observing the Perseids meteor shower.

Saturday 11th August 2018 from 19:00pm to 23:00pm

Peek at the Perseids 2018!

Rose and Crown - Tooting Bec Road, London, SW17 8BH

Join the South West London Stargazers for this public event viewing the Perseids meteor shower from Tooting Common.  Meet up in the Rose and Crown pub beforehand at 19:30pm.

Saturday 11th August 2018 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

Stargazing at Waddesdon Manor

Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury, HP18 0JH

Join astronomers from Wycombe Astronomical Society for an evening of stargazing and Perseid meteor spotting. Enjoy a dinner in the restaurant followed by a presentation and stargazing on the parterre. Booking required.

Saturday 11th August 2018 from 19:30pm to 23:45pm

Stargazing Saturday at the Astronomy Centre

The Astronomy Centre, Near Todmorden, OL14 7HP

Every Saturday night (weather permitting) the Astronomy Centre opens its observatory doors to the public for an evening of stargazing. This is perhaps the best equipped observatory in the UK hosting a wide range of large aperture telescopes. Please...

Saturday 11th August 2018 from 19:30pm to 23:30pm

Cotswold Astronomical Society Monthly Meeting

Shurdington Social Centre, Shurdington, GL51 4TB

Members of the public are invited to join Cotswold Astronomical Society for this one of their regular meetings that take place on the second Saturday each month at Shurdington Social Centre. Enjoy a presentation on an astronomical subject, break for...

Saturday 11th August 2018 from 19:45pm to 22:00pm

Herstmonceux Observatory - Perseids Meteor Shower 2018

The Observatory Science Centre, Hailsham, BN27 1RN

Join astronomers at the Herstmonceux Observatory for the annual peak of the Perseids meteor shower (evening 2 of 2).

Saturday 11th August 2018 from 20:00pm to Sunday 12th August 2018 00:30am

Stargazing at the Scottish Dark Sky Observatory

Scottish Dark Sky Observatory, Dalmellington, KA6 7PZ

Amaze at the wonderfully dark skies above Galloway, see the Milky Way arching overhead and observe through large aperture instruments with the assistance of experienced resident and volunteer Astronomers. Events take place most weekday and weekend...

Saturday 11th August 2018 from 20:00pm to 23:00pm

Observing with Fordingbridge Astro

Hyde Common - Pentons Hill, Hyde, SP6 2QJ

Join members of Fordingbrdige Astronomical Society for this regular stargazing session at their observing location in Hyde, near Fordingbridge. Members of the public welcomed although are asked to abide by observing guidelines including the use of...

Saturday 11th August 2018 from 20:30pm to 22:30pm

Perseid Meteor Shower 2018 - Clatteringshaws

Clatteringshaws Visitor Centre, Near New Galloway, DG7 3SQ

Join a team of Dark Sky Rangers for this public stargazing event under the dark skies of Clatteringshaws.  Ticket required which includes hot food and drinks, presentations and stargazing. Contact Clatteringshaws Visitor Centre for bookings.

Saturday 11th August 2018 from 21:30pm to 23:30pm

Perseid Meteor Shower 2018 in Brecon

Brecon - Libanus Mountain Centre, Brecon, LD3 8ER

See the annual Perseid meteor shower in the company of expert astronomers from Dark Sky Wales.

Saturday 11th August 2018 from 22:00pm to Sunday 12th August 2018 01:00am

The Perseids and Summer Triangle

Richmond Memorial Hall - Tomintoul, Ballindalloch, AB37 9ET

Visitors and locals are invited to join members of the Tomintoul and Glenlivet Landscape Partnership for this event spotting Perseids meteors, also an opportunity to observe the planets Saturn and Mars through a telescope.

Saturday 11th August 2018 from 22:30pm to 23:59pm

Perseids Meteor Shower 2018 at Killhope

Killhope Lead Mining Museum, Bishop Auckland, DL13 1AR

See the Perseids meteor shower and experience the fantastic dark skies above Killhope at this special event acting as a launch pad event for the North Pennines Stargazing Festival 2018. Suitable for all of the family there will be live folk music,...

Sunday 12th August 2018 from 18:00pm to Monday 13th August 2018 01:00am

East Essex Astronomy Club Meeting - Perseid Meteors

Burnham-on-Crouch Baptist Hall, Burnham-on-Crouch, CM0 8AS

Join the members of East Essex Astronomy Club for their monthly meeting with observing afterwards if clear.

Sunday 12th August 2018 from 18:30pm to 20:30pm

Public Observing at Cygnus Observatory

Cygnus Observatory, Washington, NE38 8LE

Members of the public are invited to join enthusiastic members of Sunderland Astronomical Society for an evening of stargazing and observing through their large aperture telescopes. If you need assistance with your own telescope you are welcome to...

Sunday 12th August 2018 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Stargazing at Dolbadarn Castle

Dolbadarn Castle, Llanberis, LL55 4UB

Join astronomers from Dark Sky Wales at the fantastic location of Dolbadarn Castle for an evening of stargazing.

Sunday 12th August 2018 from 19:00pm to 22:00pm

Perseids at Wynyard Observatory

Wynyard Planetarium & Observatory, Stockton-on-Tees, TS21 3JG

Join the astronomers from the Teeside Astronomy Science Centre as they open their observatory at Wynyard to observe the Perseids meteor shower. Open til late.

Sunday 12th August 2018 from 19:30pm to Monday 13th August 2018 01:00am

Perseids BBQ with Wycombe Astronomical Society

Coleshill Village Hall, Coleshill, HP7 0LN

Join the members of Wycombe Astronomical Society for this special event timed to coincide with the peak of the annual Perseids meteor shower.

Sunday 12th August 2018 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm

Perseids Meteor Shower and BBQ

Wembury Beach Car Park, Plymouth, PL9 0HP

Bring your own portable / disposable BBQ, some food and some drink and join the members of Weymouth Astronomy Club for an evening of observing the Perseid Meteor shower. Note that Wembury Beach Car Park is one of a number of favoured stargazing...

Sunday 12th August 2018 from 20:00pm to Monday 13th August 2018 01:00am

Perseids Meteor Shower at Hexham Racecourse

Hexham Racecourse, Hexham, NE46 2JP

Join astronomers from Go Stargazing for an evening spotting shooting stars from the fabulous location of Hexham Racecourse. This event takes place at the peak of the annual Perseid meteor shower and, with the help of amazing dark skies, between 60...

Sunday 12th August 2018 from 21:00pm to Monday 13th August 2018 01:00am

Stargazing at Durlston with Wessex Astronomical Society

Durlston Astronomy Centre, Swanage, BH19 2JL

Everyone is invited to join the members of Wessex Astronomical Society at the Durlston Astronomy Centre for this one of their regular public meetings and stargazing sessions. These events consist of an astronomical themed presentation then...

Sunday 12th August 2018 from 21:00pm to 23:00pm

Perseid Meteor Shower at Cassiobury Park

Cassiobury Park Hub, Watford, WD18 7LB

The Perseid meteor shower happens every year and can be quite spectacular. The peak display is between the 11th - 13th August and this year there is a moonless sky and will make them easier to spot. Bring a flask and a deck chair and watch the...

Sunday 12th August 2018 from 21:30pm to Monday 13th August 2018 00:30am

Stargazing at Kirroughtree

Kirroughtree Forest Visitor Centre, Newton Stewart, DG8 7BE

Join a team of Dark Sky Rangers for this public stargazing event under the dark skies of Kirroughtree.  Ticket required which includes hot food and drinks, presentations and stargazing.

Sunday 12th August 2018 from 21:30pm to 23:30pm

Observing with Orwell Astronomical Society

Newbourne Village Hall, Newbourne, IP12 4NP

Members of Orwell Astronomical Society meet on the second and fourth Monday's of each month at Newbourne Village Hall for an evening of observing with some events also including a talk or presentation.  These events are ideal for anyone who is...

Monday 13th August 2018 from 19:00pm to 22:00pm

Reeth Informal Astronomy Group Meeting

Reeth Dales Centre, Reeth, DL11 6SP

Join members of Reeth Informal Astronomy Group for this one of their regular monthly meetings. The group welcomes beginners for a discussion in current astronomy news, exchange ideas and if the weather permits observe the night skies above Reeth.

Monday 13th August 2018 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Blackpool & District Astronomical Society Meeting

Blackpool Cricket Club, Blackpool, FY3 9EQ

Everyone is invited to join the members of Blackpool & District Astronomical Society for this one of their regular monthly meetings. The event includes a talk or presentation and then observing in the cricket ground if weather permits. All...

Monday 13th August 2018 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

Perseids Meteor Shower 2018 at The Sill

The Sill National Landscape Discovery Centre, Hexham, NE47 7AN

See the Perseid Meteor Shower at the Sill with expert astronomers and enjoy the dark skies of Northumberland National Park from the roof of the newly furbished discovery centre!

Monday 13th August 2018 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm

Solar Observing at Stowe House

Stowe House - National Trust, Buckingham, MK18 5EH

Join the team from UK Astronomy for an afternoon observing our closest star the Sun (safely) through special solar telescopes.

Tuesday 14th August 2018 from 11:00am to 15:00pm

Lincoln Observatory Open Evening

Lincoln Observatory, Lincoln, LN1 3TZ

Everyone is invited to join the members of Lincoln Astronomical Society for this one of their regular Tuesday evening meetings at their observatory. The first Tuesday of each month is a formal meeting with guest speaker with the remaining Tuesdays...

Tuesday 14th August 2018 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

North Wales Astronomy Society Observing Night

Llanelian Community Centre, Llanelian, LL29

Join members of North Wales Astronomical Society for this one of their regular informal observing evenings. Members of the public are very welcome to attend for a small fee to help cover costs. Bring your telescope and get expert help! An excellent...

Tuesday 14th August 2018 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

Rosse Observatory Open Night

Rosse Observatory, Pontefract, WF8 3RJ

You are invited to join members of West Yorkshire Astronomical Society for this one of their regular open evenings at Rosse Observatory. Tuesday evenings are primarily for members and tend to be more formal, Friday evenings are more social and...

Tuesday 14th August 2018 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

Cornwall Astronomy Society Meeting & Stargazing

Degibna Chapel, Helston, TR12 7PR

Meeting of Cornwall Astronomy Society to which members of the public are also welcome, including observing afterwards if weather permits.

Tuesday 14th August 2018 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm

Keele Observatory Public Open Evening

Keele Observatory, Stoke-on-Trent, ST5 5BG

The Keele Observatory at Keele University is open to the public every Tuesday evening. If the weather permits there will be observing through their large 31cm aperture refracting telescope. If not the observatory will still be open for a short...

Tuesday 14th August 2018 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm

Norman Lockyer Observatory Open Afternoon

Norman Lockyer Observatory, Sidmouth, EX10 0NY

Tour of the history telescopes at the Norman Lockyer Observatory to include a short talk, planetarium presentation, tour of the technology centre and observing if clear. Entrance fee applies, no need to pre-book.

Wednesday 15th August 2018 from 14:15pm to 16:15pm

Institute of Astronomy Public Open Night

Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge, CB3 0HA

This free event is one of a regular weekly public open evenings at Cambridge University's Institute of Astronomy that take place every Wednesday evening each year from October through to March. The entrance doors open at 18:45pm with seating in the...

Wednesday 15th August 2018 from 18:45pm to 21:00pm

Weekly Observing at Leighton Observatory

Leighton Observatory, Widnes, WA8 5QW

Hosted by Liverpool Astronomical Society at their Leighton Observatory this weekly observing session is a great opportunity to have a look through their telescopes. All members of the public welcome.

Wednesday 15th August 2018 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Salford Observatory Open Evening

Salford Observatory, Chasely Fields, M6 7DZ

Find out more about Salford Astronomical Society and observe through their large 18.5" reflecting telescope by joining their members on this one of their frequent observatory open nights. Attendance is free with no obligation to join. These events...

Wednesday 15th August 2018 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

Stargazing at Clatteringshaws

Clatteringshaws Visitor Centre, Near New Galloway, DG7 3SQ

Join a team of Dark Sky Rangers for this public stargazing event under the dark skies of Clatteringshaws.  Ticket required which includes hot food and drinks, presentations and stargazing. Contact Clatteringshaws Visitor Centre for bookings.

Wednesday 15th August 2018 from 21:30pm to 23:30pm


Friday 27th July 2018 is set to be an awesome date for astronomy with a number of astronomical events taking place during the evening and throughout the course of the night including the appearance of a “blood moon”, three awesome planets to observe through a telescope and a bright pass of the International Space Station. We detail these events below, how best you can see each of them and where you might go if you’d like to join an official event run by astronomers. For further updates and notifications follow us on Facebook

Lunar Eclipse

The full moon will rise during the evening appearing a dull red colour due to it being eclipsed by Earth’s shadow (umbra), an event also known as a “blood moon”… Due to it being summertime the skies will not be very dark at the time of the eclipse which will make the blood moon appear fainter however it’s still likely to be an awesome spectacle and well worth looking out for, such opportunities do not come along that often!

The time that the moon rises depends slightly on your location in the United Kingdom with observers in the South of England seeing the moon rise approximately 20 minutes before those in the North of England. All times below are given in British Summer Time.

South of England times:
20:50pm the full moon begins to rise from the South East appearing red in colour
21:21pm is the time of maximum eclipse when the moon will appear at it’s deepest red
22:13pm total eclipse ends moon starts to lose it’s red colour

North of England times:
21:10pm the full moon begins to rise from the South East appearing red in colour
21:41pm is the time of maximum eclipse when the moon will appear at it’s deepest red. 22:33pm total eclipse ends moon starts to lose it’s red colour

It’s well worth making plans in advance as to where you might see this from. The best locations are those with a clear South Easterly horizon without trees or buildings in the way so that you can see the moon as soon as it rises, perhaps up on a hill or anywhere along the East coast. Photographers might consider having terrestrial objects in view (e.g. buildings, trees, people) which will make the sight even more impressive due to the moon illusion.

Jupiter, Saturn and Mars

Once the moon starts losing its red colour and as the skies begin to darken the planets Jupiter, Saturn and Mars will become visible towards the South, all of which are well worth observing if you have a telescope. See the cloud bands on Jupiter, the rings of Saturn and the polar ice caps on Mars!

Mars at its brightest

The planet Mars reaches “opposition” in the early hours of the 27th July, this the time when it is directly opposite the Sun as seen from Earth and therefore at its brightest. This means that during early hours of the 28th July the planet will be incredibly bright and thus makes for a great opportunity to observe Mars — the best time being 01:15am when it reaches its highest point in the sky due South.

International Space Station

Also on Friday 27th July 2018 the space station will be making a bright pass over the UK. The graphic below shows the path it will take across the sky as a white line (as seen from North East England) with the space station passing by the bright star Altair just seconds after 23:00 — note that the further South you are the higher in the sky it will be — use one of the many mobile apps to find out its exact path from where you are.

Stargazing events on Friday 27th July 2018

The map shows stargazing events that are taking place on the evening of the “blood moon” lunar eclipse.

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Observing at High Legh Community Observatory

High Legh Community Observatory, High Legh, WA16 6NS

Join members of High Legh Astronomical Society in their charming and welcoming observatory. Open every Friday evening (weather permitting) and free of charge this is a great opportunity to go stargazing with a friendly and enthusiastic bunch of...

Friday 27th July 2018 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Ashford Astronomical Society Meeting

Woodchurch Memorial Hall, Woodchurch, TN26 3QB

Regular "last Friday of the month" meeting of the Ashford Astronomical Society with presentation / talk and observing afterwards (weather permitting).

Friday 27th July 2018 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

Lunar Eclipse Night with York Astronomical Society

Beetle Bank Farm, Murton, YO19 5XD

See the lunar eclipse in the company of astronomers from York Astronomical Society. Enjoy a presentation on the moon and planets before observing the "blood moon" rising above the horizon. Also on show are the planets Jupiter, Saturn and Mars all...

Friday 27th July 2018 from 19:30pm to 22:30pm

Mid-Cheshire Astronomical Group Monthly Meeting

Delamere Forest Park - Forestry Commission, Northwich, CW8 2JD

Join members of the Mid-Cheshire Astronomical Group for their regular monthly group meetings in Delamere Forest.   Enjoy a talk or presentation, chat over a cuppa and stargazing / observing if weather permits. We have heard there will be biscuits...

Friday 27th July 2018 from 19:30pm to 21:00pm

Old Brickyard Star Club

Old Brickyard Tea Garden, Scalford, LE14 4ST

Everyone is invited to come along to the Old Brickyard Star Club for this one of their regular monthly meetings which take place on the last Friday of each month from September through to May. The location is a perfect escape from the bright city...

Friday 27th July 2018 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

Rosliston Astronomy Group Meeting

Rosliston Forestry Centre, Swadlincote, DE12 8JX

Join members of Rosliston Astronomy Group for their monthly meeting to include a talk on an astronomical topic and observing afterwards. Nominal charge for visitors who are very welcome, plus a small charge for the car park.

Friday 27th July 2018 from 19:30pm to 22:00pm

Rosse Observatory Open Night

Rosse Observatory, Pontefract, WF8 3RJ

You are invited to join members of West Yorkshire Astronomical Society for this one of their regular open evenings at Rosse Observatory. Tuesday evenings are primarily for members and tend to be more formal, Friday evenings are more social and...

Friday 27th July 2018 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

Vectis Astronomical Society Monthly Meeting

Newchurch Observatory, Newchurch, PO36 0LX

Join members of the Vectis Astronomical Society for their monthly meeting. The event includes a presentation, refreshments and guide to the night sky. Should the skies be clear the observatory will be opened for observing and stargazing.

Friday 27th July 2018 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

Mid-Kent Astronomical Society Meeting

Bredhurst Village Hall, Bredhurst, ME7 3JZ

Join the members of Mid-Kent Astronomical Society for this one of their regular meetings including an astronomical presentation and an observing session if weather permits. Members of the public are welcome to attend free for their first visit with...

Friday 27th July 2018 from 19:45pm to 21:30pm

Chesterfield Barnett Observatory - All Welcome!

Chesterfield Barnett Observatory, Chesterfield, S41 8RH

Everyone is welcome to join the friendly and enthusiastic members of Chesterfield Astronomical Society at this one of their weekly Friday night observatory open evenings! There is no need to book for this casual stargazing session -- just pop in if...

Friday 27th July 2018 from 20:00pm to 23:00pm

Lunar Eclipse 2018 at the Astronomy Centre

The Astronomy Centre, Near Todmorden, OL14 7HP

Join astronomers at the Astronomy Centre for a special event observing the "Blood Moon" lunar eclipse from their observatory.

Friday 27th July 2018 from 20:00pm to 23:00pm

Lunar Eclipse and Planet Mars at Herstmonceux

The Observatory Science Centre, Hailsham, BN27 1RN

The Observatory Science Centre at Herstmonceux will be opening its observatory doors this evening for extra special views of the lunar eclipse and also the planet Mars which will be shining brightly due to it's closest approach to Earth for 15 years!

Friday 27th July 2018 from 20:00pm to Saturday 28th July 2018 01:00am

Lunar Eclipse at Par Beach

Par Beach Picnic Area, St Blazey, PL24 2AR

The Friends of Par Beach in association with the Roseland Observatory are organising a special event to see the lunar eclipse from the picnic area at Par Beach. See the "blood moon" rising along with the planets Jupiter, Saturn and Mars on the same...

Friday 27th July 2018 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm

Lunar Eclipse at the Sill

The Sill National Landscape Discovery Centre, Hexham, NE47 7AN

Join experienced astronomer Richard Darn for this extra special astronomical event. See the full moon rise coloured deep red due to the effect of Earth's shadow being cast upon it! It's sure to be an awesome spectacle!

Friday 27th July 2018 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm

Lunar Eclipse Night at Lime Tree Observatory

Lime Tree Observatory, Grewelthorpe, HG4 3DA

Learn about Lunar eclipses and, weather permitting, see one for yourself at this special event celebrating the "Blood Moon". Booking essential!

Friday 27th July 2018 from 20:00pm to 22:30pm

Lunar Eclipse Party at St Martin's Island Hall

COSMOS Observatory, St Martins, TR25 0QN

Observe the lunar eclipse with astronomers from COSMOS paying small fee on the door to help towards the construction of their community observatory!

Friday 27th July 2018 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm

Lunar Eclipse viewing from Faringdon Folly Tower

Faringdon Folly Tower, Faringdon, SN7 7AQ

Members of the local Faringdon Astronomy social group will be observing the lunar eclipse on the evening of 27th July 2018. There will also be an opportunity to have a look at Jupiter, Saturn & Mars. Taking place as part of "FollyFest 2018" this...

Friday 27th July 2018 from 20:00pm to 23:30pm

See the Lunar Eclipse at Breckland Observatory

Breckland Astronomical Observatory, Near Attleborough, NR17

Join astronomers from Breckland Astronomical Society for this special event to see the "Blood Moon" rising -- the observatory will be open from 20:00pm until late.

Friday 27th July 2018 from 20:00pm to 23:30pm

See the Lunar Eclipse from Wynyard Planetarium

Wynyard Planetarium & Observatory, Stockton-on-Tees, TS21 3JG

Everyone is welcome to join astronomers from the Teeside Astronomy Science Centre at Wynyard for this free event observing the lunar eclipse "Blood Moon". Also on show will be four planets (Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and Mars) all of which will look...

Friday 27th July 2018 from 20:00pm to 23:00pm

Spectacular Stargazing with Plymouth Astro Society

Wembury Beach Car Park, Plymouth, PL9 0HP

Everyone is invited to join astronomers from Plymouth Astronomical Society for this extra-special stargazing event timed to coincide with the lunar eclipse. See the "blood moon" rise from Wembury Beach mid-evening and stay on until late to see a...

Friday 27th July 2018 from 20:00pm to Saturday 28th July 2018 01:00am

Stargazing at the Scottish Dark Sky Observatory

Scottish Dark Sky Observatory, Dalmellington, KA6 7PZ

Amaze at the wonderfully dark skies above Galloway, see the Milky Way arching overhead and observe through large aperture instruments with the assistance of experienced resident and volunteer Astronomers. Events take place most weekday and weekend...

Friday 27th July 2018 from 20:00pm to 23:00pm

Total Lunar Eclipse viewing with Luton Astronomical Society

Stopsley Common - Luton, Luton, LU2 7XP

Join members from Luton Astronomical Society for this free public event observing the lunar eclipse from Stopsley Common. Members will also have their telescopes on hand giving opportunity to see the planets including Jupiter and Saturn as well as...

Friday 27th July 2018 from 20:00pm to 23:00pm

Lunar Eclipse 2018 with the Monkton Stargazers

Thanet Observatory, Monkton, CT12 4LH

See the "Blood Moon" in the company of the Monkton Stargazers at their observatory in the grounds of Monkton Nature Reserve.

Friday 27th July 2018 from 20:30pm to 23:30pm

Lunar Eclipse and Planets at Kenley Observatory

Kenley Observatory, Kenley, CR8 5EP

Join astronomers from Croydon Astronomical Society for this special event observing the lunar eclipse and the planets Jupiter, Saturn and Mars from their Kenley Observatory. Note that there is no parking onsite, so please park in Hayes Lane, Kenley...

Friday 27th July 2018 from 20:30pm to 23:30pm

Lunar Eclipse at Dunwich Beach

Dunwich Heath and Beach, Dunwich, IP17 3DJ

Members of the public are invited to join astronomers from DASH Astronomical Society for this public observing session at Dunwich Heath and Beach. See the "blood moon" lunar eclipse rise above the sea and observe the planets Venus, Jupiter, Saturn...

Friday 27th July 2018 from 20:30pm to 23:30pm

Lunar Eclipse observing with North Wales Astronomy Society

Llanelian Community Centre, Llanelian, LL29

Everyone is invited to join astronomers from the North Wales Astronomy Society for this public event observing the lunar eclipse.

Friday 27th July 2018 from 20:30pm to 23:30pm

Lunar Eclipse Picnic

Hyde Common - Pentons Hill, Hyde, SP6 2QJ

See the lunar eclipse with members of Fordingbridge Astronomical Society at Hyde Common... Everyone welcome, bring some chairs and a picnic to enjoy views of the red moon, summer constellations and see Venus, Jupiter and Saturn through a telescope.

Friday 27th July 2018 from 20:30pm to 23:30pm

Lunar Eclipse with Worthing Skywatchers

Goring Gap, Worthing, BN12 4XQ

Join the Worthing Skywatchers (public facing side of the Worthing Astronomers) for this outreach event observing the lunar eclipse as well as the planets Jupiter, Saturn and Mars. Note that this event was previously scheduled to take place on...

Friday 27th July 2018 from 20:30pm to 22:30pm

Public Eclipse Watch with Hertford Astronomy Group

King George V Playing Fields, Welwyn Garden City, AL7 4BW

Join members of Hertford Astronomy Group to watch the total eclipse of the Moon. The moon will rise at 8:50 already in eclipse and reach mid-eclipse at 9:20, though it will still only be 8º above the horizon. Totality will last until 10:15,...

Friday 27th July 2018 from 20:30pm to 23:30pm

Total Lunar Eclipse at Blunham

Blunham Playing Fields, Blunham, MK44 3ND

See the lunar eclipse with members of Bedford Astronomical Society / Bedfordshire Astrophotography at this public event.

Friday 27th July 2018 from 20:30pm to Saturday 28th July 2018 01:00am

Total Lunar Eclipse at the Herschel Museum

Herschel Museum of Astronomy, Bath, BA1 2BL

See the lunar eclipse from the fantastic location of the Herschel Museum in Bath at this special evening event.

Friday 27th July 2018 from 20:30pm to 23:00pm

Astronomy in the Pub - Lunar Eclipse

The Wheatsheaf - Braishfield, Braishfield, SO51 0QE

Join astronomers from Test Valley Astronomical Society for this free stargazing event (donations welcome!). See the lunar eclipse, Jupiter and the rings of Saturn. This event is weather dependent so do check with the organisers beforehand!

Friday 27th July 2018 from 21:00pm to 23:00pm

Lunar Eclipse at Letchworth Observatory

Letchworth Observatory, Letchworth Garden City, SG6 4JN

Members of the public are invited to observe the lunar eclipse with astronomers from Letchworth and District Astronomical Society from their Letchworth Observatory at Standalone Farm. Also on show will be the planets Jupiter, Saturn and Mars as...

Friday 27th July 2018 from 21:00pm to 23:00pm

Lunar Eclipse at Rhossili

Rhossili Car Park, Middleton, SA3 1PP

See the lunar eclipse with experienced Astronomers from Dark Sky Wales from the wonderful scenic surroundings of the Gower coast.

Friday 27th July 2018 from 21:00pm to 23:00pm

Lunar Eclipse observing from Blackheath

Blackheath Common, London, SE3 0TX

Join astronomers from Flamsteed Astronomy Society for this free public observing session on Blackheath who will be meeting just North of Talbot Place at 9pm.

Friday 27th July 2018 from 21:00pm to 23:00pm

See the Lunar Eclipse and Planets from Bexhill Promenade

The Old Bathing Hut Cafe - Bexhill Promenade, Bexhill, TN40

Bexhill Promenade is a perfect location from which to see the "blood moon" rising as well as the planets Jupiter, Saturn and Mars. Event starts with a short introductory talk. Free of charge and no booking required! Just turn up at The Old...

Friday 27th July 2018 from 21:00pm to 23:00pm

See the Lunar Eclipse at Cerne Abbas

Cerne Abbas Giant Viewpoint, Cerne Abbas, DT2 7JX

Astronomers will be gathering at the Cerne Abbas car park to view the lunar eclipse and view the planets on the evening of the 27th July from 9pm with members of the public very welcome to join them!

Friday 27th July 2018 from 21:00pm to 23:30pm

See the Lunar Eclipse at Whitby

Captain Cook Monument - Whitby, Whitby, YO21 3HA

Join the members of Whitby & District Astronomical Society for this special event observing the lunar eclipse. See the blood moon rising over beautiful scenery of the harbour and East cliff just adjacent to the Captain Cook statue. Also observe...

Friday 27th July 2018 from 21:00pm to 23:00pm

Lunar Eclipse July 2018 with Highlands Astronomical Society

Jim Savage-Lowden Observatory, Culloden Moor, IV2 5EU

See the lunar eclipse with the friendly and expert astronomers from Highlands Astronomical Society who will be opening their observatory to the public for this special astronomical event including observing the planets Jupiter and Saturn through...

Friday 27th July 2018 from 21:30pm to 23:00pm


Go Stargazing has teamed up with The Redesdale Arms to offer a fantastic weekend away in Northumberland!

Located at the heart of the Northumberland International Dark Sky Park The Redesdale Arms is the perfect place to explore star-filled skies. Being away from light pollution during new moon means the skies are at their very darkest with the Milky Way easily visible arching overhead and thousands of stars to be seen with the naked eye alone. A truly stunning sight!

You’ll be spending the weekend with experienced astronomers who will take you on a tour of the constellations and locate fascinating deep space objects to observe using large aperture telescopes. There’ll be various astronomical-themed activities and presentations too…

This event takes place on Friday 6th April 2018 and Saturday 7th April 2018 with the prize including overnight bed and breakfast both of these nights for up to two people sharing one twin or one double room, a prize in total worth £240.00! All rooms are en-suite with spectacular views over the Rede Valley. You can expect the very warmest of welcomes from proprietor Carrol and her team along with great food and friendly company amongst fellow stargazers.

 

You can also attend this weekend stargazing event by booking via The Redesdale Arms directly. Both evenings are also open to the public at a cost of £10.00 per person for stargazing only. For more details and bookings contact The Redesdale Arms on 01830 520668.

Enter the competition

Entry to this competition closed on 5th March 2018 @ 12:00 midday… Thank you to all of you who entered! If you’d like to attend the stargazing event you can book directly with the Redesdale Arms.

 

Terms and conditions

– The prize is overnight accommodation (bed and breakfast) for two nights (6th and 7th April 2018) for up to two people in either a twin or double room at the Redesdale Arms, Northumberland and includes all stargazing activities

– The competition is open to UK residents aged 18 and over

– all entries have been recorded in this Facebook post

– Closing date for entries is Monday 5th March at 12:00 midday

– One entry per person (duplicate entries will be removed)

– The winner will be chosen at random and announced on the Go Stargazing Facebook Page and via Facebook message within 24 hours of the competition closing

– The promoter is Go Stargazing, Darlington in association with the Redesdale Arms, Northumberland

– By participating in this prize draw entrants confirm they have read, understood and agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.

Good luck!


The popular TV programme BBC Stargazing Live 2018 is unfortunately not taking place this year, as confirmed by Dara O’Briain on Twitter. The show, along with the numerous associated stargazing events that take place to coincide with it, will be very much missed by stargazing enthusiasts.

The Go Stargazing Team supported the TV show in 2017 using our website as a resource to help interested people find their nearest stargazing event and we were really looking forward to doing the same in 2018! After all, encouraging people to go stargazing is what we do all year round!

So to fill the gap in 2018 we’ve decided to organise “Go Stargazing Live 2018” — a weekend of public stargazing events taking place across the UK. We’ve chosen dates around the 16th and 17th February as the evening skies will be dark and it coincides with the National Parks Dark Skies Festival 2018 with lots of activities taking place.

Note that this event is not associated with nor endorsed by the BBC.

As can be seen on the map below there’s loads of events happening during this period! So whilst Dara and Professor Cox have some time off we’ll still go stargazing!

For this to be successful we need your help… Please help spread the word by sharing this webpage on Social Media or sharing our event on Facebook. If you are organising your own stargazing event on these dates simply contact us and we’ll happily add it to the schedule.

Thank you for your support… Clear skies!

Events taking place around Go Stargazing Live 2018 dates

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Midweek Stargazing at the Astronomy Centre

The Astronomy Centre, Near Todmorden, OL14 7HP

Join astronomers at the Astronomy Centre for this one of a series of special midweek openings of their facility. Timed to coincide with a new moon when the skies will be at their darkest this is a great opportunity to explore the Universe using...

Tuesday 13th February 2018 from 18:00pm to Thursday 15th February 2018 23:00pm

Mills Observatory Open Nights - Winter 2018

Mills Observatory, Dundee, DD2 2UB

You are invited to join the astronomers at Mills Observatory for this one of their regular open evenings through their winter season (October to March). Observe breathtaking views of the moon and planets and see some of the brighter...

Thursday 15th February 2018 from 16:00pm to 22:00pm

Night Vision with Forest Ranger

Cropton Cabins Holiday Park, Wrelton, YO18 8ES

This night-time nature walk is a great idea for a family evening away in the great outdoors. Listen to the owls as you spot deer using infrared equipment, then gaze up at the dark skies where you will see thousands more stars than you would if you...

Thursday 15th February 2018 from 17:00pm to 18:30pm

Stargazing at Woolsthorpe Manor

Woolsthorpe Manor, Woolsthorpe by Colsterworth, NG33 5PD

Come and explore the skies at Isaac Newton's birthplace - with local astronomers and a team from the National Space Centre and their planetarium. Hands-on activities, talks and demonstrations -and, weather permitting, some actual stars! Booking...

Thursday 15th February 2018 from 17:30pm to 20:00pm

Stargazing at Old Winchester Hill

Old Winchester Hill Nature Reserve, Near Corhampton, SO32 3LJ

Join expert astronomers at Old Winchester Hill Nature Reserve for an evening of exploring the dark skies above the South Downs! Note that if the weather is bad on the 15th February the event will move to the 16th February. This is a free event...

Thursday 15th February 2018 from 18:00pm to 21:00pm

Public Observing at Blashford Lakes

Blashford Lakes, Ringwood, BH24 3PJ

Join members of Fordingbridge Astronomical Society at one of their regular public stargazing events at Blashford Lakes. Booking is essential as places are limited, however please contact the event organiser or the location for more details.

Thursday 15th February 2018 from 18:30pm to 20:30pm

Newcastle Astronomical Society Meeting

Summerhill Bowling Club, Newcastle, NE4 6EH

Everyone is invited to join the welcoming members of Newcastle Astronomical Society for this one of their monthly meetings to include stargazing and observing through telescopes should weather permit. Although the location itself is near to the...

Thursday 15th February 2018 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Observing with Manchester Astronomical Society

Godlee Observatory, Manchester, M1 7AY

Join members of the Manchester Astronomical Society for their weekly Thursday night observing session at the Godlee Observatory. Members of the public are welcome to attend a few sessions for free before deciding if they would like to join the...

Thursday 15th February 2018 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Observing with Sandy Astronomical Society

Sandye Place Academy, Sandy, SG19 1JD

Join members from Sandy Astronomical Society for this one of their regular observing sessions at Sandye Place Academy.  Check the group's Facebook page to confirm that the event is going ahead.

Thursday 15th February 2018 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Perton Library Astronomy Group Meeting

Perton Library, Perton, WV6 7QU

The Perton Library Astronomy Group is a small, friendly group that is open for anyone with an interest in astronomy to join them.  They meet on the third Thursday every month, events are completely free and involve stargazing and observing outside...

Thursday 15th February 2018 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Stargazing at Ryedale Folk Museum

Ryedale Folk Museum, Kirbymoorside, YO62 6UA

Enjoy a guided tour of the night sky with the experienced Astronomers from Hidden Horizons. Observe fascinating objects through large telescopes and and enjoy a presentation in their portable star dome planetarium. This stargazing event takes...

Thursday 15th February 2018 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Stargazing for Beginners with Heaton Park Astronomy Group

Heaton Park Bowls Pavilion - Prestwich, Prestwich, M25 2GT

Join the members of Heaton Park Astronomy Group for this special beginners stargazing event. If it's clear there will be telescopes setup outside and you'll be given a guided tour of the constellations. Two presentations will also be offered, one...

Thursday 15th February 2018 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Stargazing in Cranborne Chase AONB

Ansty Pick Your Own and Farm Shop, Salisbury, SP3 5PX

Astronomer and Cranborne Chase AONB Dark Skies advisor Bob Mizon will regale the audience with stories of the astronomical wonders above their heads, while the AONB’s director Linda Nunn will detail developments concerning the Cranborne Chase...

Thursday 15th February 2018 from 19:00pm to 21:30pm

Stargazing in Cranborne Chase AONB

Ansty Pick Your Own and Farm Shop, Salisbury, SP3 5PX

Astronomer and Cranborne Chase AONB Dark Skies advisor Bob Mizon will regale the audience with stories of the astronomical wonders above their heads, while the AONB’s director Linda Nunn will detail developments concerning the Cranborne Chase...

Thursday 15th February 2018 from 19:00pm to 21:30pm

Stargazing with Barry Astronomical Society

The Amelia Trust Farm, Barry, CF62 3AS

Join astronomers from Barry Astronomical Society for this public stargazing event at The Amelia Trust Farm at Five Mile Lane. Everyone is welcome to join in an evening of talks and presentations as well as observing through telescopes. Free event!

Thursday 15th February 2018 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Andover Astronomical Society Meeting

Grateley Village Hall, Andover, SP11

Meeting of Andover Astronomical Society with talk / presentation and observing afterwards if weather permits.

Thursday 15th February 2018 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

Foredown Tower Astronomers Monthly Meeting

Emmaus Community Cafe - Brighton, Portslade, BN41 2PA

Join the Foredown Tower Astronomers for this one of their regular monthly meetings at the Emmaus Community Cafe in Brighton.  For a small fee you'll enjoy an astronomical talk or presentation and then observing afterwards should the skies be...

Thursday 15th February 2018 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

Rosse Observatory Open Night

Rosse Observatory, Pontefract, WF8 3RJ

You are invited to join members of West Yorkshire Astronomical Society for this one of their regular open evenings at Rosse Observatory. Tuesday evenings are primarily for members and tend to be more formal, Friday evenings are more social and...

Thursday 15th February 2018 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

Southport Astronomical Society Meeting

Scarisbrick Bowling Club, Southport, PR8 6LG

Anyone with an interest in astronomy is welcome to attend this one of Southport Astronomical Society's regular monthly meetings.  Each meeting consists of a talk or presentation, Q&A session and if the weather permits observing afterwards.

Thursday 15th February 2018 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

Stargazing with Athenaeum Astronomy Association

Nowton Park Walled Garden, Bury St Edmunds, IP29 5BD

Members of the public are invited to join Athenaeum Astronomy Association for this one of their regular fortnightly meetings at the walled garden in Norton Park. When weather permits the evening will be spent observing with telescopes, binoculars...

Thursday 15th February 2018 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

Loughton Astronomical Society Meeting

Theydon Bois Scout Hall, Epping, CM16 7EJ

Everyone is invited to join the members of Loughton Astronomical Society for this one of their regular Thursday evening meetings which include a wide variety of different activities including presentations and observing.

Thursday 15th February 2018 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm

Stargazing at the Scottish Dark Sky Observatory

Scottish Dark Sky Observatory, Dalmellington, KA6 7PZ

Amaze at the wonderfully dark skies above Galloway, see the Milky Way arching overhead and observe through large aperture instruments with the assistance of experienced resident and volunteer Astronomers. Events take place most weekday and weekend...

Thursday 15th February 2018 from 20:00pm to 23:00pm

Walton Astronomy Group Meeting

Prince of Wales - Esher, Esher, KT10 8LA

Join members of Walton Astronomy Group for their monthly meeting for an overview of what to see in the sky over the coming month and observing if it's clear.

Thursday 15th February 2018 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm

Practical Astronomer / Astronomy School

Crown East Scout Hut, Rushwick, WR2 5TR

Starting from January 2018 Worcester Astronomical Society host their practical astronomer and astronomy school events every third Thursday each month. The events alternate each month with the hands-on practical sessions aimed at both the beginner...

Thursday 15th February 2018 from 20:30pm to 22:30pm

Walsall Astronomical Society Meeting

Rushall Olympic Football Club, Rushall, WS4 1LJ

Members of the Walsall Astronomical Society meet most Thursday evenings at the ground of Rushall Olympic FC. The group consists of many active observers with a range of telescopes with new members being welcome to join. On the third Thursday of...

Thursday 15th February 2018 from 20:30pm to 22:30pm

Stargazing with University of St Andrews Astronomical Society

St Andrews Observatory, St Andrews, KY16

Witness the beauty of the Universe with St Andrews University Astronomical Society! Every Thursday night the society's members open the doors of the St Andrews Observatory to the public, rain or star-shine! With two research grade telescopes as...

Thursday 15th February 2018 from 21:00pm to 22:30pm

Herstmonceux Observatory - Dark Skies Festival 2018

The Observatory Science Centre, Hailsham, BN27 1RN

The observatory will be open for a "Family Dark Skies Day" to help celebrate South Downs National Park being designated as an International Dark Sky Reserve in 2016. This special open evening of the Herstmonceux Observatory is taking place as part...

Friday 16th February 2018 from 10:00am to 20:00pm

Mills Observatory Open Nights - Winter 2018

Mills Observatory, Dundee, DD2 2UB

You are invited to join the astronomers at Mills Observatory for this one of their regular open evenings through their winter season (October to March). Observe breathtaking views of the moon and planets and see some of the brighter...

Friday 16th February 2018 from 16:00pm to 22:00pm

Stargazing and Walking through Northumberland

Demesne Farm Campsite, Bellingham, NE48 2BS

A weekend of walking and socialising in Northumberland. You’re going to be star struck this weekend (literally) as we’re combining great walking with a spot of astro tourism in the heart of Northumberland’s Dark Skies Park.  Includes visit...

Friday 16th February 2018 from 17:00pm to Sunday 18th February 2018 14:00pm

Stargazing Weekend Break at The Grant Arms Hotel

The Grant Arms Hotel - Cairngorns, Grantown on Spey, PH26 3HF

Join astronomer Stephen Mackintosh from Highland Astronomy Tours for this weekend stargazing break in the Scottish Highlands.  Stay at the wonderful Grant Arms Hotel which will be your base for various presentations, talks and outdoor excursions to...

Friday 16th February 2018 from 17:00pm to Sunday 18th February 2018 12:00pm

Bayfordbury Observatory Open Evening

Bayfordbury Observatory, Bayfordbury, SG13 8LD

Meet the researchers at the University of Hertfordshire and enjoy their expert guidance as they demonstrate the workings of their seven optical telescopes and, weather permitting, looking through them! These evenings are split into two sessions with...

Friday 16th February 2018 from 18:00pm to 22:30pm

Family Stargazing Night at Dunwich Beach

Dunwich Heath and Beach, Dunwich, IP17 3DJ

Explore fabulous dark skies above Dunwich Beach at this special stargazing event held in collaboration between the DASH Astronomical Society and the National Trust. The event takes place when there will be no moon in the sky and, should the weather...

Friday 16th February 2018 from 18:00pm to 21:00pm

Go Stargazing Live at Thanet Observatory

Thanet Observatory, Monkton, CT12 4LH

Join the Monkton Astronomers at their Thanet Observatory for this special weekend of stargazing timed to coincide with Go Stargazing Live 2018! Taking place on both Friday and Saturday evening the events will go ahead no matter the weather with...

Friday 16th February 2018 from 18:00pm to Saturday 17th February 2018 20:00pm

Observing from the top of the Roundhilll

Roundhill - Bath, Bristol, BA2 1LG

Bath Astronomers will be observing from the top of Roundhill off Whiteway Road on the outskirts of Bath on the evenings of Friday 16th and Saturday 17th February from 6pm subject to weather. Young and old alike are welcome to join them and look...

Friday 16th February 2018 from 18:00pm to 21:00pm

Stargazing Night at Denham Country Park

Denham Country Park, Denham, UB9 5PG

Join astronomers from West Of London Astronomical Society for this free public stargazing event at Colne Valley Visitor Centre in Denham Country Park. Suitable for all ages there will be activities whatever the weather including indoor presentations...

Friday 16th February 2018 from 18:00pm to 20:00pm

Stargazing Weekend in Galloway Dark Sky Park

Selkirk Arms Hotel - Kirkcudbright, Kirkcudbright, DG6 4JG

Experience the dark skies above Galloway with top astronomer Steve Owens... This is a 2 day stargazing weekend break using The Selkirk Arms Hotel as a base and includes trip to the nearby dark sky park.

Friday 16th February 2018 from 18:00pm to Sunday 18th February 2018 16:00pm

Edinburgh Observatory Open Evening (Winter)

Edinburgh Royal Observatory, Edinburgh, EH9 3HJ

This event is one of many regular public open evenings at the The Royal Observatory in Edinburgh which take place all year round. Find our more about the historic contributions the observatory has made with a team of astronomers who will help you...

Friday 16th February 2018 from 18:30pm to 21:00pm

Evening Sky Tour at White Horse Hill

Uffington White Horse Hill, Swindon, SN7 7UK

Join local astronomer Adrian West for this tour of the night skies above Uffington White Horse.

Friday 16th February 2018 from 18:30pm to 20:30pm

Stargazing at Kirroughtree

Kirroughtree Forest Visitor Centre, Newton Stewart, DG8 7BE

Join a team of Dark Sky Rangers for this public stargazing event under the dark skies of Kirroughtree.  Ticket required which includes hot food and drinks, presentations and stargazing.

Friday 16th February 2018 from 18:30pm to 20:30pm

"Dark Skies Festival Astrophotography workshop" at Sutton Bank

Sutton Bank, Near Thirsk, YO7 2EH

Come to our Sutton Bank National Park centre and learn how to photograph the contrast of our dark skies and the beautiful stars above. I will also teach you how to create beautiful star trails and other compositions that will leave you and your...

Friday 16th February 2018 from 19:00pm to 22:00pm

Go Stargazing Live 2018 with Cerne Valley Astronomers

New Inn - Cerne Abbas, Cerne Abbas, DT2 7JF

Join the Cerne Valley Astronomers at their favourite stargazing location the New Inn for this special evening of astronomy taking place to coincide with Go Stargazing Live 2018. Everyone is welcome to come along -- free of charge and no booking...

Friday 16th February 2018 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Go Stargazing Live with Perton Library!

Perton Library, Perton, WV6 7QU

Join the members of Perton Library Astronomy Group and Wolverhampton Astronomical Society who are coming together to run their own "Stargazing Live" event. Everyone is welcome to attend this free event -- bring your own telescope or binoculars along...

Friday 16th February 2018 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Lincoln Observatory Open Evening

Lincoln Observatory, Lincoln, LN1 3TZ

Join members from Lincoln Astronomical Society as they open their Lincoln Observatory for this free public stargazing event.

Friday 16th February 2018 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Observing at Delamont Country Park with Irish Astro Association

Delamont Country Park Campsite, Killyleagh, BT30 9TZ

Join the members of the Irish Astronomical Association for this one of their regular monthly observing sessions at their favourite dark sky location Delamont Country Park Campsite. These sessions are designed to cater for everyone no matter their...

Friday 16th February 2018 from 19:00pm to Saturday 17th February 2018 23:00pm

Observing at High Legh Community Observatory

High Legh Community Observatory, High Legh, WA16 6NS

Join members of High Legh Astronomical Society in their charming and welcoming observatory. Open every Friday evening (weather permitting) and free of charge this is a great opportunity to go stargazing with a friendly and enthusiastic bunch of...

Friday 16th February 2018 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Pullborough Brooks Stargazing Party!

RSPB Pulborough Brooks, Pulborough, RH20 2EL

Experience the wonderful Pulborough Brooks Nature Reserve by night at this special stargazing party! Enhoy hot chocolate and nibbles as you gaze at the star studded skies through telescopes. Booking essential! This stargazing event takes place as...

Friday 16th February 2018 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Stargazing at Sutton Bank Visitor Centre

Sutton Bank, Near Thirsk, YO7 2EH

Enjoy a guided tour of the night sky with the experienced Astronomers from Hidden Horizons. Observe fascinating objects through large telescopes and and enjoy a presentation in their portable star dome planetarium. This stargazing event takes...

Friday 16th February 2018 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Stargazing Evening with Plymouth Astronomical Society

Wembury Beach Car Park, Plymouth, PL9 0HP

Join astronomers from Plymouth Astronomical Society for this free public stargazing event organised to coincide with Go Stargazing Live at their favoured observing location at Wembury Beach.

Friday 16th February 2018 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Stargazing with Aylesbury Astronomical Society

Winchendon Observatory, Aylesbury, HP18

Every Friday night during the observing season (September through to end of May) and weather permitting the members of Aylesbury Astronomy Society hold observing sessions at their out-of-town observatory located near the village of Upper...

Friday 16th February 2018 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Stargazing with Barry Astronomical Society

Porthkerry Country Park, Barry, CF62 3BY

Join astronomers from Barry Astronomical Society for this public stargazing event at Porthkerry Park. Everyone is welcome to join in an evening of talks and presentations as well as observing through telescopes. Refreshments available and easy...

Friday 16th February 2018 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Cardiff Astronomical Society Star Party - February 2018

Dyffryn Observatory, St Nicholas, CF5 6SU

Join the members of Cardiff Astronomical Society for this one of their "Star Party" events. Aimed at beginners to astronomy of all ages the event offers an astronomical talk, tour of the night sky and if clear observing through a variety of...

Friday 16th February 2018 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

Introduction to Astronomy with Derby & District Astronomical Society

Friends Meeting House - Derby, Derby, DE1 3GY

Held between September and June each year these monthly "introduction to astronomy" events are specifically aimed at beginners to include help and advice on using telescopes, navigating the night skies and astrophotography. Bring your own telescope...

Friday 16th February 2018 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

North Norfolk Astronomy Society Informal Meeting and Stargazing

Green Farm - Wiverton, Wiverton, NR25 7TL

Members of the North Norfolk Astronomy Society generally meet informally each Friday evening (during the star viewing season) and the observatories at NNAS are opened when weather permits. Members of the public are welcome on these Friday evenings...

Friday 16th February 2018 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

Observing Evening with Leeds Astronomical Society

The New Inn - Eccup, Leeds, LS16 8AU

Everyone is welcome to join astronomers from Leeds Astronomical Society for this public stargazing event at their favoured stargazing location at The New Inn - Eccup. The event is free of charge and includes observing through telescopes if weather...

Friday 16th February 2018 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

Observing on Blackheath Common

Blackheath Common, London, SE3 0TX

Members of the public are invited to join astronomers from Flamsteed Astronomical Society for an evening of observing on Blackheath Common. The meet-up point is just to the North of Talbot Place with free parking after 6:30pm. Note that these events...

Friday 16th February 2018 from 19:30pm to Saturday 17th February 2018 23:00pm

Observing with Melton & District Astro

Gaddesby Village Hall, Melton Mowbray, LE7 4WF

Join members of Melton & District Astronomical Society for one of their regular meetings. Being predominantly an observing society the priority is always to get outside and look up, all welcome no matter your experience, small donation.

Friday 16th February 2018 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

Stargazing Evening with Hants Astro

Butser Ancient Farm, Chalton, PO8 0BG

Visit Butser Ancient Farm for a night of stargazing as part of the "Dark Skies at Night 2018" festival organised by South Downs National Park. Enjoy an introductory presentation by Dave Woods from Hampshire Astronomical Society and then step...

Friday 16th February 2018 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

Wynyard Planetarium Public Star Show

Wynyard Planetarium & Observatory, Stockton-on-Tees, TS21 3JG

Enjoy a family-friendly full-dome immersive presentation at Wynyard Planetarium and join astronomers after the show for stargazing and observing using their observatory telescope (if weather permits).

Friday 16th February 2018 from 19:30pm to 21:00pm

Lunar Challenge at East Ayton

East Ayton Village Hall, East Ayton, YO13 9HY

Join members from Scarborough and Ryedale Astronomical Society and discover the wonders of the Moon. Explore mountains and sees on our closest natural satellite through telescopes. This stargazing event takes place as part of the National Parks Dark...

Friday 16th February 2018 from 19:45pm to 21:45pm

Chesterfield Barnett Observatory - All Welcome!

Chesterfield Barnett Observatory, Chesterfield, S41 8RH

Everyone is welcome to join the friendly and enthusiastic members of Chesterfield Astronomical Society at this one of their weekly Friday night observatory open evenings! There is no need to book for this casual stargazing session -- just pop in if...

Friday 16th February 2018 from 20:00pm to 23:00pm

James Irwin Observatory Public Open Evening

James Irwin Observatory, Canterbury, CT2 8QA

Members of the public are invited to join Astronomers from Mid-Kent Astronomical Society for this one of their regular observatory open evenings. These events only take place if the weather permits observing. Attendees are asked to first meet in...

Friday 16th February 2018 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm

Pictures in the Dark

The Sill National Landscape Discovery Centre, Hexham, NE47 7AN

Suitable for amateur photographers this event is an ideal opportunity to further your skills taking images of nocturnal wildlife and the dark skies above Northumberland. The event is limited to a small group and attendees can expect one-to-one...

Friday 16th February 2018 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm

Stargazing and Astrophotography at Elan Valley Visitor Centre

Elan Valley - Visitor Centre, Rhayader, LD6 5HP

Join Dark Sky Wales for an evening of stargazing and astrophotography and enjoy the dark skies of the Elan Valley. Expert astronomers will be on hand to guide you around the constellations observing various deep sky objects using telescopes sharing...

Friday 16th February 2018 from 20:00pm to 23:00pm

Stargazing at the Scottish Dark Sky Observatory

Scottish Dark Sky Observatory, Dalmellington, KA6 7PZ

Amaze at the wonderfully dark skies above Galloway, see the Milky Way arching overhead and observe through large aperture instruments with the assistance of experienced resident and volunteer Astronomers. Events take place most weekday and weekend...

Friday 16th February 2018 from 20:00pm to 23:00pm

Stargazing Live at Culloden Moor

Jim Savage-Lowden Observatory, Culloden Moor, IV2 5EU

Everyone is invited to attend this public stargazing event at the Jim Savage-Lowden Observatory at Culloden Moor. Astronomers from the Highlands Astronomical Society will be offering guided tours of the night sky and observing through their large...

Friday 16th February 2018 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm

Starnight Observing with Nene Valley Astro

Chelveston Village Hall, Chelveston, NN9 6AT

Join members of Nene Valley Astronomical Society for their regular "Starnight" observing session -- this event will only go ahead if the weather forecast looks good enough for stargazing -- to confirm check the Nene Valley Astro Twitter account...

Friday 16th February 2018 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm

Herstmonceux Observatory - Dark Skies Festival 2018

The Observatory Science Centre, Hailsham, BN27 1RN

The observatory will be open for a "Family Dark Skies Day" to help celebrate South Downs National Park being designated as an International Dark Sky Reserve in 2016. This special open evening of the Herstmonceux Observatory is taking place as part...

Saturday 17th February 2018 from 10:00am to 20:00pm

Keele Observatory Solar Observing

Keele Observatory, Stoke-on-Trent, ST5 5BG

Every Saturday afternoon the Keele Observatory is open to the public for solar observing. See our closest star like you may never have done before! The observatory is open no matter the weather with a short tour of the facility and a chance to chat...

Saturday 17th February 2018 from 13:00pm to 15:00pm

Solar Observing with Cornwall Astronomical Society

Degibna Chapel, Helston, TR12 7PR

Join the members of Cornwall Astronomical Society at their favoured observing location at Degibna Chapel for an afternoon of solar observing -- see our closest star safely through special solar telescopes then stay on for their stargazing event...

Saturday 17th February 2018 from 15:00pm to 17:00pm

Stargazing at Amberley Museum

Amberley Museum & Heritage Centre, Amberley, BN18 9LT

Join local astronomers for a stargazing session at Amberley Museum. There will be activities and crafts throughout the day. This public stargazing event takes place as part of the National Parks Dark Skies Festival 2018.

Saturday 17th February 2018 from 16:00pm to 19:00pm

Dark Skies at Battle Abbey

Battle Abbey, Battle, TN33 0AD

Hosted in conjunction with English Heritage this event is one of a series of stargazing events taking place at Battle Abbey at weekends in February. Experience the night skies with experienced astronomers and unwind with a hot drink as you listen...

Saturday 17th February 2018 from 17:00pm to Sunday 18th February 2018 20:00pm

Dark Skies at Deal Castle

Deal Castle, Deal, CT14 7BA

23/01/18 since adding this event to Go Stargazing it has been cancelled by English Heritage.Explore the skies above Deal Castle with experienced astronomers. This event is part of a series of events taking place at weekends throughout February....

Saturday 17th February 2018 from 17:00pm to 20:00pm

Dark Skies at Old Sarum

Old Sarum, Salisbury, SP1 3SD

23/01/18 since adding this event to Go Stargazing it appears to have been cancelled by English Heritage.Explore the skies above Old Sarum with experienced astronomers. This event is part of a series of events taking place at weekends throughout...

Saturday 17th February 2018 from 17:00pm to 21:30pm

Dark Skies Stargazing at Beeston Castle

Beeston Castle and Woodland Park, Beeston, CW6 9TX

23/01/18 since adding this event to Go Stargazing it appears to have been cancelled by English Heritage.Explore the skies above Beeston Castle with experienced astronomers. This event is part of a series of events taking place at weekends...

Saturday 17th February 2018 from 17:00pm to 21:00pm

Stargazing Live at Colwick Woods

Colwick Woods Nature Reserve, Nottingham, NG3 7EB

Join astronomers from Nottingham Astronomical Society for this free public stargazing event at Colwick Woods Nature Reserve.

Saturday 17th February 2018 from 17:00pm to 21:00pm

Brighton Science Festival 2018 - Stargazing on the Promenade

Beach Hut 282 Brighton Promenade, Brighton, BN3 4FA

Join members of the Brighton Astronomy Club for this special event organised in conjunction with Bright Science Festival 2018. Club members will have their telescopes ready just to the west of the View Bar on the promenade.

Saturday 17th February 2018 from 17:30pm to Sunday 18th February 2018 20:30pm

Dark Skies at Byland Abbey

Byland Abbey, Coxwold, YO61 4BD

Updated 08/02/18 unfortunately it appears that the event organiser English Heritage has cancelled this event.

Saturday 17th February 2018 from 18:00pm to 21:00pm

Exmoor Stargazing and Farmhouse Supper

Exford Car Park, Exford, TA24 7PP

Meet the team from Wild About Exmoor in the main car park in Exford at 6pm and enjoy a walk along the Exe Valley up onto the moor for a great view of the stars, then visit their farmhouse for delicious home cooked food. Booking essential.

Saturday 17th February 2018 from 18:00pm to 21:30pm

Family Stargazing Night at Dunwich Beach

Dunwich Heath and Beach, Dunwich, IP17 3DJ

Explore fabulous dark skies above Dunwich Beach at this special stargazing event held in collaboration between the DASH Astronomical Society and the National Trust. The event takes place when there will be no moon in the sky and, should the weather...

Saturday 17th February 2018 from 18:00pm to 21:00pm

Observing from the top of the Roundhilll

Roundhill - Bath, Bristol, BA2 1LG

Bath Astronomers will be observing from the top of Roundhill off Whiteway Road on the outskirts of Bath on the evenings of Friday 16th and Saturday 17th February from 6pm subject to weather. Young and old alike are welcome to join them and look...

Saturday 17th February 2018 from 18:00pm to 21:00pm

Planets in the Park with Mexborough and Swinton Astro Society

Clifton Park & Museum, Rotherham, S65 2AA

Join members of Mexborough and Swinton Astronomical Society for this evening of stargazing, observing through telescopes, presentations and displays. If you have a telescope why not take it along!? The event itself is held in the Walled Gardens part...

Saturday 17th February 2018 from 18:00pm to 20:30pm

Stargazing in Audley

Audley Millenium Green, Audley, ST7 8DH

Join the enthusiastic and friendly astronomers from North Staffordshire Astronomical Society for this free public stargazing evening! See the wonders of the night sky through a variety of telescopes. Children welcome! If you have your own telescope...

Saturday 17th February 2018 from 18:00pm to 21:00pm

Stargazing with Cornwall Astronomical Society

Degibna Chapel, Helston, TR12 7PR

Join members of Cornwall Astronomical Society for this special stargazing event timed to coincide with Go Stargazing Live 2018. Visit the wonderful location of Degibna Chapel and see the fantastic dark skies above Cornwall in all of their glory!...

Saturday 17th February 2018 from 18:00pm to 21:00pm

Dark Sky Evening at Jamaica Inn

Jamaica Inn - Bodmin Moor, Launceston, PL15 7TS

Join astronomers from Caradon Observatory for this free stargazing event in the Bodmin Moor Dark Sky Landscape - a region renowned for it's fabulous dark skies. There will be telescopes on hand offering amazing views of the skies including the...

Saturday 17th February 2018 from 18:30pm to 22:30pm

Family Stargazing Night at Severn Valley Country Park

Severn Valley Country Park, Alveley, WV15 6NG

Back due to incredibly popular demand this event is a repeat of last February's event which sold out with many people on the waiting list! How about taking your family and friends along to this family stargazing evening at the fantastic location...

Saturday 17th February 2018 from 18:30pm to 20:30pm

Night under the stars with Astronomer Richard Darn

Bolton Castle, Leyburn, DL8 4ET

Join experienced astronomer Richard Darn for this special evening under the stars. Set at the fantastic location of Bolton Castle and under the dark skies of Wensleydale you'll be greeted with mulled cider and cosmic canapes! After a beginner's...

Saturday 17th February 2018 from 18:30pm to 22:00pm

Observing with Fordingbridge Astro

Hyde Common - Pentons Hill, Hyde, SP6 2QJ

Join members of Fordingbrdige Astronomical Society for this regular stargazing session at their observing location in Hyde, near Fordingbridge. Members of the public welcomed although are asked to abide by observing guidelines including the use of...

Saturday 17th February 2018 from 18:30pm to 20:30pm

Stargazing at Abberton Reservoir

Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, CO2 0EU

Organised by the Essex Wildlife Trust and North Essex Astronomical Society this is a fantastic opportunity to get away from the city lights and go stargazing! Look through large telescopes, listen to one of the interesting astronomical talks given,...

Saturday 17th February 2018 from 18:30pm to 21:30pm

Stargazing at Clatteringshaws

Clatteringshaws Visitor Centre, Near New Galloway, DG7 3SQ

Join a team of Dark Sky Rangers for this public stargazing event under the dark skies of Clatteringshaws.  Ticket required which includes hot food and drinks, presentations and stargazing. Contact Clatteringshaws Visitor Centre for bookings.

Saturday 17th February 2018 from 18:30pm to 20:30pm

Beginners Guide to Astronomy

Hauxley Nature Reserve and Observatory, Newcastle, NE65 0JR

Dr Adrian Jannetta - Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and long-standing member of Northumberland Astronomical Society - will be giving a talk on the basics of Astronomy and then observing from the Hauxley Observatory if weather permits....

Saturday 17th February 2018 from 19:00pm to 20:30pm

Dark Skies at Danby

The Moors National Park Centre, Near Whitby, YO21 2NB

Explore the wonders of the night sky with members of Whitby and District Astronomical Society under the dark skies of the North York Moors. Ideal for the family activities include taking part in a scale solar system demonstration, a presentation on...

Saturday 17th February 2018 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

East Lincolnshire Astronomy Club Meeting

Scamblesby Village Hall, Scamblesby, LN11 9XF

Everyone is invited to join the members of the East Lincolnshire Astronomy Club for this one of their regular club meetings held on the third Saturday of every month. The event will often include a talk by a guest speaker and always include...

Saturday 17th February 2018 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Go Stargazing Live 2018 with Cerne Valley Astronomers

Piddlehinton Millenium Green, Piddlehinton, DT2 7TD

Join the Cerne Valley Astronomers at this fantastic rural stargazing location in the village of Piddlehinton. Enjoy dinner at the nearby Thimble Inn then explore the dark skies with experienced astronomer Kevin Quinn.

Saturday 17th February 2018 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Go Stargazing Live at Loxham Observatory

Loxham Observatory, Cranfield, MK43 0TH

Join astronomers from Cranfield Astronomical Society as they open the doors to their observatory for this special event celebrating Go Stargazing Live 2018. If you have a telescope take it along for expert advice from friendly astronomers.

Saturday 17th February 2018 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Go Stargazing Live with Worthing Astronomers

Goring Gap, Worthing, BN12 4XQ

16/02/18 11:00 this event will now take place on 17th February due to favourable weather forecast. Everyone is invited to join the Worthing Astronomers for this public stargazing event at Goring Gap. Taking place as part of "Go Stargazing Live...

Saturday 17th February 2018 from 19:00pm to 22:00pm

Go Stargazing with Ayrshire Astronomical Society

Loch Doon Roundhouse, Dalmellington, KA6

Everyone is invited to join members of Ayrshire Astronomical Society for this public stargazing event at the awesome stargazing location of Loch Doon. As the event takes place at new moon meaning the skies will be incredibly dark and at this time...

Saturday 17th February 2018 from 19:00pm to 22:00pm

Lincoln Observatory Open Evening

Lincoln Observatory, Lincoln, LN1 3TZ

Join members from Lincoln Astronomical Society as they open their Lincoln Observatory for this free public stargazing event.

Saturday 17th February 2018 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Public Observing at Cygnus Observatory

Cygnus Observatory, Washington, NE38 8LE

Members of the public are invited to join enthusiastic members of Sunderland Astronomical Society for an evening of stargazing and observing through their large aperture telescopes. If you need assistance with your own telescope you are welcome to...

Saturday 17th February 2018 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Saturday Public Open Night at Failand Observatory

Failand Observatory, Near Wraxall, BS8 3US

Members of Bristol Astronomical Society open up their observatory at Failand most Saturday nights if the weather forecast allows for observing -- a notice will be shown on the Bristol Astronomical Society website on the evening to indicate if the...

Saturday 17th February 2018 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Stargazing and Astrophotography in Brecon

Brecon - Libanus Mountain Centre, Brecon, LD3 8ER

Stargazing in the Brecon Beacons with your very own astronomer for the evening in one of the world’s few Dark Sky areas! Take a tour of the night sky, viewing familiar and unfamiliar constellations of the northern hemisphere, find various deep sky...

Saturday 17th February 2018 from 19:00pm to 22:00pm

Under the Dark Skies of Barbon

The Churchmouse at Barbon, Barbon, LA6 2LL

Experience the amazing dark skies of the Yorkshire Dales National Park at this special "stargazing and tapas" event. Join lifelong amateur astronomer Stuart Atkinson who will offer an illustrated presentation and then a tour of the constellations....

Saturday 17th February 2018 from 19:00pm to 22:00pm

Norman Lockyer Observatory Open Evening

Norman Lockyer Observatory, Sidmouth, EX10 0NY

Learn about the history of the telescopes at the Norman Lockyer Observatory including a short talk, planetarium presentation, tour of the technology centre and observing if clear. Entrance fee applies, no need to pre-book.

Saturday 17th February 2018 from 19:15pm to 21:15pm

Flamsteed Observatory Open Evening

Flamsteed Observatory, Derby, DE6 3BY

Join members of Derby & District Astronomical Society for their monthly public observing session at their Flamsteed Observatory located within easy travel distance north-west from Derby. Events are weather dependent -- please check with event...

Saturday 17th February 2018 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

Gazing at the Milky Way

North Pennines Observatory, Allenheads, NE47 9HR

Join Gary Lintern from the North Pennines Astronomy Society for this stargazing event at the wonderful location of the North Pennines Observatory. This event takes place on a moonless night when, weather permitting, wonderful views of the Milky Way...

Saturday 17th February 2018 from 19:30pm to 22:00pm

Go Stargazing! with Letchworth & District Astronomical Society

Letchworth Observatory, Letchworth Garden City, SG6 4JN

Join the members of Letchworth & District Astronomical Society at their observatory at Standalone Farm for this public star party. There will be a number of telescopes to hand including the main telescope in their observatory -- if you have a...

Saturday 17th February 2018 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

Kenley Observatory Open Night

Kenley Observatory, Kenley, CR8 5EP

Members of Croydon Astronomical Society open the doors of their Kenley Observatory to the public every Saturday evening from Autumn through to early Summer. Events are subject to good weather conditions therefore please check before visiting by...

Saturday 17th February 2018 from 19:30pm to 22:30pm

Observing at Rodington with Shropshire Astronomical Society

Rodington Village Hall, Shrewsbury, SY4 4QS

Join members of Shropshire Astronomical Society for this observing session, weather dependent. Check with event organisers to confirm this event is taking place.

Saturday 17th February 2018 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

Stargazing Saturday at the Astronomy Centre

The Astronomy Centre, Near Todmorden, OL14 7HP

Every Saturday night (weather permitting) the Astronomy Centre opens its observatory doors to the public for an evening of stargazing. This is perhaps the best equipped observatory in the UK hosting a wide range of large aperture telescopes. Please...

Saturday 17th February 2018 from 19:30pm to 23:30pm

A Beginners Night Sky in Malham Village

Malham Tarn Estate - National Trust, Settle, BD24 9PT

Join National Trust Rangers for this introduction to stargazing under the fabulously dark skies of Malham Village. The event is weather dependent and starts at the Town Head Barn. £5 per head. This public stargazing event takes place as part of...

Saturday 17th February 2018 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm

Message from Mercury

The Sill National Landscape Discovery Centre, Hexham, NE47 7AN

Learn more about the closest planet to our Sun at this special stargazing event at The Sill. This event takes place around new moon when the skies are at their very darkest -- it's the best time to see the fantastic star-filled skies above...

Saturday 17th February 2018 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm

Stargazing at the Scottish Dark Sky Observatory

Scottish Dark Sky Observatory, Dalmellington, KA6 7PZ

Amaze at the wonderfully dark skies above Galloway, see the Milky Way arching overhead and observe through large aperture instruments with the assistance of experienced resident and volunteer Astronomers. Events take place most weekday and weekend...

Saturday 17th February 2018 from 20:00pm to 23:00pm

Stargazing Live at Culloden Moor

Jim Savage-Lowden Observatory, Culloden Moor, IV2 5EU

Everyone is invited to attend this public stargazing event at the Jim Savage-Lowden Observatory at Culloden Moor. Astronomers from the Highlands Astronomical Society will be offering guided tours of the night sky and observing through their large...

Saturday 17th February 2018 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm

Inverclyde Skywatchers Club Meeting

South West Library - Greenock, Greenock, PA16 9HG

Join the friendly and enthusiastic members of the Inverclyde Sky Watchers Astronomy Group for this one of their regular Monday afternoon meetings.  Offering a variety of presentations and astronomical themed talks there's something for everyone....

Sunday 18th February 2018 from 15:00pm to 17:00pm

Dark Skies at Byland Abbey

Byland Abbey, Coxwold, YO61 4BD

Updated 08/02/18 unfortunately it appears that the event organiser English Heritage has cancelled this event.

Sunday 18th February 2018 from 18:00pm to 21:00pm

Observing with DASH

Westleton Common, Westleton, IP17 3BD

Stargazing on Westleton Common with members of DASH (Darsham and Surrounding Hamlets) Astronomical Society. This is a club observing evening with all members of the public welcome, if bad weather meet in the village hall!

Sunday 18th February 2018 from 19:30pm to 22:30pm

Public Observing at Bruce Observatory

Bruce Observatory - Whitby School, Whitby, YO21 1LA

Everyone is invited to join astronomers from Whitby & District Astronomical Society for this one of their regular Sunday evening observing sessions at the Bruce Observatory.  These events are subject to favourable weather conditions and will...

Sunday 18th February 2018 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm


The 3rd annual National Parks Dark Skies Festival this year runs from the 9th to 25th February 2018.

The festival celebrates the wonderful dark skies that can be seen across a number of regions across our country including the North York Moors, Yorkshire Dales, South Downs and (new for this year) Northumberland national parks. During the festival numerous astronomy related activities take place, ranging from night time walks with Forest Rangers to stargazing evenings with experienced astronomers, all of which can be enjoyed by families, amateur astronomers of any level and even more experienced stargazers! The festival also includes a number of daytime events for children to take part in over the half term holidays.

Below we’ve listed a selection of stargazing events we know are taking place — check back frequently as more events will be added as they are scheduled — even better sign up to receive email notifications

For more information about the festival including a comprehensive list of all of the different events taking place visit the official Dark Skies Festival website. A complete list of events for the South Downs is available on their site.

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This year’s Geminid meteor shower takes place from 4th December to the 16th December with peak activity on the evening of the 13th December through to the morning of 14th December. During the peak up to 120 meteors per hour might be seen with the best time to see them being from midnight through to dawn.

Named after the constellation Gemini from which the meteors appear to radiate this meteor shower is slightly different to others that occur throughout the year. Most meteor showers are caused by dust particles from comets burning up in the atmosphere, however in the case of the Geminids it’s caused by the debris from an asteroid named “3200 Phaethon”. Geminids are renowned for their bright display and sometimes appear as green flashes due to the material they are made of.

Peak activity coincides with a waning crescent moon meaning the moon’s natural light pollution should not affect observing. Darker skies mean more meteors might be seen and therefore it’s worthwhile travelling to a dark sky site to get away from man-made light pollution.

Hours of darkness on 13th December

As always wherever you choose to go first tell someone where you are going, wrap up warm, take some hot drinks and be patient! Good luck spotting them!

Public stargazing events 11th December – 16th December

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Mills Observatory Open Nights - Winter 2018

Mills Observatory, Dundee, DD2 2UB

You are invited to join the astronomers at Mills Observatory for this one of their regular open evenings through their winter season (October to March). Observe breathtaking views of the moon and planets and see some of the brighter...

Monday 11th December 2017 from 16:00pm to 22:00pm

Introduction to Astronomy at Stonehaugh

Stonehaugh Community Hall, Hexham, NE48 3DZ

Join local astronomer Liam Reid for an evening of astronomy and stargazing from the wonderfully dark village of Stonehaugh.

Monday 11th December 2017 from 19:00pm to 20:30pm

Observing with Orwell Astronomical Society

Newbourne Village Hall, Newbourne, IP12 4NP

Members of Orwell Astronomical Society meet on the second and fourth Monday's of each month at Newbourne Village Hall for an evening of observing with some events also including a talk or presentation.  These events are ideal for anyone who is...

Monday 11th December 2017 from 19:00pm to 22:00pm

West Didsbury Astronomical Society Meeting

William Hulme's Grammar School, Manchester, M16 8PR

Join the members of West Didsbury Astronomical Society for this one of their regular monthly meetings. Everyone is welcome from complete beginners to more experienced astronomers. These meetings often consist of a talk or presentation by a guest...

Monday 11th December 2017 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

King's Lynn & District Society Meeting

Tottenhill Village Hall, Tottenhill, PE33 0RS

Join members of King's Lynn & District Astronomy Society for this one of their regular meetings that take place on the second and fourth Monday of each month between September and June at Tottenhill Village hall to discuss all things astronomical...

Monday 11th December 2017 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

Rosse Observatory Open Night

Rosse Observatory, Pontefract, WF8 3RJ

You are invited to join members of West Yorkshire Astronomical Society for this one of their regular open evenings at Rosse Observatory. Tuesday evenings are primarily for members and tend to be more formal, Friday evenings are more social and...

Monday 11th December 2017 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

Orwell Park Observatory Open Evening

Orwell Park Observatory, Nacton, IP10 0ER

This popular open evening offers a guided tour of the Victorian Observatory, you'll learn about it's history and the instruments used there.  If weather permits you'll observe through their impressive Tomline refracting telescope. A small donation...

Monday 11th December 2017 from 20:15pm to 22:00pm

Battlesteads Observatory Open Night

Battlesteads Observatory, Wark, NE48 3LS

Visit Battlesteads Observatory for an evening of stargazing.  Note that event start times are 20:30pm during winter and change to 21:00pm through the summer months.

Monday 11th December 2017 from 20:30pm to 22:30pm

Mills Observatory Open Nights - Winter 2018

Mills Observatory, Dundee, DD2 2UB

You are invited to join the astronomers at Mills Observatory for this one of their regular open evenings through their winter season (October to March). Observe breathtaking views of the moon and planets and see some of the brighter...

Tuesday 12th December 2017 from 16:00pm to 22:00pm

Airdrie Observatory Open Evening

Airdrie Observatory, Airdrie, ML6 0AG

You're guaranteed a warm welcome from the Astronomers of Airdrie Astronomical Association to this one of their special public open evenings of the Airdrie Observatory.  Enjoy an astronomical presentation and observing through the observatory...

Tuesday 12th December 2017 from 17:30pm to 19:00pm

Coats Observatory Winter Viewing Night

Coats Observatory, Paisley, PA1 2BA

Opening on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from November to the end of December these free events give visitors the opportunity to observe the wonders of the night sky up close through powerful telescopes. These events are free with no booking...

Tuesday 12th December 2017 from 18:30pm to 21:00pm

Public Observing at Roseland Observatory

Roseland Observatory, Coombe, PL26 7LE

Everyone is welcome to join the friendly, enthusiastic and experienced astronomers at Roseland Observatory for this one of their regular Tuesday night public open evenings. The venue at Courts Farm near St Austell offers great opportunity to...

Tuesday 12th December 2017 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Lincoln Observatory Open Evening

Lincoln Observatory, Lincoln, LN1 3TZ

Everyone is invited to join the members of Lincoln Astronomical Society for this one of their regular Tuesday evening meetings at their observatory. The first Tuesday of each month is a formal meeting with guest speaker with the remaining Tuesdays...

Tuesday 12th December 2017 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

North Wales Astronomy Society Observing Night

Llanelian Community Centre, Llanelian, LL29

Join members of North Wales Astronomical Society for this one of their regular informal observing evenings. Members of the public are very welcome to attend for a small fee to help cover costs. Bring your telescope and get expert help! An excellent...

Tuesday 12th December 2017 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

Wynyard Observatory Open Night

Wynyard Planetarium & Observatory, Stockton-on-Tees, TS21 3JG

Join astronomers from Teeside Astronomical Science Centre for their regular Tuesday evening open night at their observatory in Wynyard Park, near the planetarium. These events are weather dependent -- if the skies are looking like they will be...

Tuesday 12th December 2017 from 19:30pm to 21:00pm

Breckland Observatory Open Night

Breckland Astronomical Observatory, Near Attleborough, NR17

Members of the public are welcome to join astronomers from Breckland Astronomical Society for this regular open evening of their observatory at Great Ellingham. These events are weather dependent and will only go ahead if the weather permits...

Tuesday 12th December 2017 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm

Cornwall Astronomy Society Meeting & Stargazing

Degibna Chapel, Helston, TR12 7PR

Meeting of Cornwall Astronomy Society to which members of the public are also welcome, including observing afterwards if weather permits.

Tuesday 12th December 2017 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm

Keele Observatory Public Open Evening

Keele Observatory, Stoke-on-Trent, ST5 5BG

The Keele Observatory at Keele University is open to the public every Tuesday evening. If the weather permits there will be observing through their large 31cm aperture refracting telescope. If not the observatory will still be open for a short...

Tuesday 12th December 2017 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm

Kielder Observatory Open Night

Kielder Observatory, Near Kielder Village, NE48

Kielder Observatory is one of the best stargazing experiences to be had. It's location within the Northumberland International Dark Sky Park and it's friendly and experienced Astronomers make it a must-visit attraction.  Even the journey through...

Tuesday 12th December 2017 from 20:00pm to 23:00pm

Mills Observatory Open Nights - Winter 2018

Mills Observatory, Dundee, DD2 2UB

You are invited to join the astronomers at Mills Observatory for this one of their regular open evenings through their winter season (October to March). Observe breathtaking views of the moon and planets and see some of the brighter...

Wednesday 13th December 2017 from 16:00pm to 22:00pm

Beginners Astronomy and Geminid Meteor Watch

Bainbridge Village Hall, Bainbridge, DL8 3EL

Join experienced astronomers Richard Darn and Dave Williams for this beginners introduction to Astronomy.  The venue is the wonderfully dark village location of Bainbridge, set in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales and away from light pollution....

Wednesday 13th December 2017 from 18:00pm to 21:30pm

Astronomy with the Irregulars

Regent's Park Hub, London, NW1 4RY

Each month the Baker Street Irregular Astronomers organise a free public stargazing event in London's Regent Park.  These are fantastic events to get yourselves out in the fresh air and looking up into the skies, even though the London skies are...

Wednesday 13th December 2017 from 18:30pm to 22:30pm

Astrophotography Workshop - Teesdale Waterfalls

Bowlees Visitor Centre, Middleton-in-Teesdale, DL12 0XF

Join local photographer Gary Lintern in the heart of Teesdale for this special landscape astrophotography event -- this particular event coincides with the peak of the annual Geminids meteor shower. With Gary's expert guidance learn how to...

Wednesday 13th December 2017 from 18:30pm to 21:30pm

Institute of Astronomy Public Open Night

Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge, CB3 0HA

This free event is one of a regular weekly public open evenings at Cambridge University's Institute of Astronomy that take place every Wednesday evening each year from October through to March. The entrance doors open at 18:45pm with seating in the...

Wednesday 13th December 2017 from 18:45pm to 21:00pm

Bridgwater Astronomical Society Meeting

Bawdrip Village Hall, Bridgwater, TA7 8PY

Meeting of Bridgewater Astronomical Society including talk about a 'featured constellation' and a stargazing session weather permitting. New members of all ages and abilities are always welcome with no obligations!

Wednesday 13th December 2017 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Geminid Meteor Spotting at Raystede

Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare, Ringmer, BN8 5AJ

Join the members from Seven Sisters Astronomical Society for this one of their regular fund raising events at Raystede. The event has been timed to coincide with the annual Geminids meteor shower so wrap up warm, bring a hot flask and enjoy! Note...

Wednesday 13th December 2017 from 19:00pm to 22:00pm

Geminids meteor shower at Raystede

Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare, Ringmer, BN8 5AJ

Join members of Seven Sisters Astronomical Society for this fund-raising event at Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare. This particular event has been timed to coincide with the peak of the annual Geminids meteor shower -- arguably the best meteor...

Wednesday 13th December 2017 from 19:00pm to 22:00pm

Geminids Meteor Shower Observing

Wembury Beach Car Park, Plymouth, PL9 0HP

Join the members of Plymouth Astronomical Society for this meteor observing session at Wembury Beach Car Park. Please contact the society if you plan to attend.

Wednesday 13th December 2017 from 19:00pm to 22:00pm

Geminids Meteorwatch at Crawick Multiverse

Crawick Multiverse, Sanquhar, DG4 6ET

Witness the amazing Geminids meteor shower from the fantastic location of Crawick Multiverse and spot shooting stars with the guidance of local astronomer Steve Owens.

Wednesday 13th December 2017 from 19:00pm to 23:00pm

Public Observing at Cygnus Observatory

Cygnus Observatory, Washington, NE38 8LE

Members of the public are invited to join enthusiastic members of Sunderland Astronomical Society for an evening of stargazing and observing through their large aperture telescopes. If you need assistance with your own telescope you are welcome to...

Wednesday 13th December 2017 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Geminids Meteor Shower Watch at Breckland Observatory

Breckland Astronomical Observatory, Near Attleborough, NR17

Join members of Breckland Astronomical Society for this free public event to see the Geminids meteor shower from their observatory including observing through their 20 inch telescope. Wrap up warm, hot drinks available and heaters inside.

Wednesday 13th December 2017 from 19:30pm to 22:30pm

Geminids meteors observing with White Peak Astronomical Group

The National Stone Centre, Wirksworth, DE4 4LS

Join members from the White Peak Astronomical Observing Group for this special event timed to coincide with the maximum of the Geminids meteor shower. Please confirm your attendance with the group via Facebook prior to travelling.

Wednesday 13th December 2017 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

Introduction to Astrophotography at Jodrell Bank

Jodrell Bank Observatory, Macclesfield, SK11 9DL

Join the knowledgeable team at Jodrell Bank for this fun introduction to Astrophotograpy. Learn how to use a DSLR or compact camera to capture images of the night sky from wide views of constellations to close-ups of the moon. No previous...

Wednesday 13th December 2017 from 19:30pm to 22:00pm

Piazzi Smyth Observatory Public Open Evening

Piazzi Smyth Observatory, Bedford, MK40 2TU

Join Bedford Astronomical Society for an evening of observing using the large aperture telescope at Bedford School's Piazzi Smyth Observatory. These events are held every Wednesday between October and April and only when the weather is clear.  Note...

Wednesday 13th December 2017 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

Salford Observatory Open Evening

Salford Observatory, Chasely Fields, M6 7DZ

Find out more about Salford Astronomical Society and observe through their large 18.5" reflecting telescope by joining their members on this one of their frequent observatory open nights. Attendance is free with no obligation to join. These events...

Wednesday 13th December 2017 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

Geminids Meteor Watch at The Sill

The Sill National Landscape Discovery Centre, Hexham, NE47 7AN

See the Geminids Meteor shower at the Sill Discovery Centre at this special event suitable for beginners and families with children 11 years and older.

Wednesday 13th December 2017 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm

Geminids Observing with Wolverhampton Astronomical Society

Trysull Village Hall, Trysull, WV5 7HP

Join members from Wolverhampton Astronomical Society for this observing session timed to coincide with the peak of the Geminids meteor shower. This event is weather dependent -- please check with the event organisers before travelling!

Wednesday 13th December 2017 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm

Hertford Astronomy Group Meeting

Panshanger Golf Complex, Welwyn Garden City, AL7 2ED

Join members of Hertford Astronomy Group for their monthly meeting comprising of an astronomically themed talk and observing afterwards if weather permits. Small on-the-door charge to non-members.

Wednesday 13th December 2017 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm

General Observing at Orwell Park Observatory

Orwell Park Observatory, Nacton, IP10 0ER

By appointment only it is possible for members of the public to join members of Orwell Astronomical Society for this one of their regular Wednesday evening observing sessions at Orwell Park Observatory.  This observatory, accessible only by a...

Wednesday 13th December 2017 from 20:15pm to 22:00pm

Battlesteads Observatory Open Night

Battlesteads Observatory, Wark, NE48 3LS

Visit Battlesteads Observatory for an evening of stargazing.  Note that event start times are 20:30pm during winter and change to 21:00pm through the summer months.

Wednesday 13th December 2017 from 20:30pm to 22:30pm

Mills Observatory Open Nights - Winter 2018

Mills Observatory, Dundee, DD2 2UB

You are invited to join the astronomers at Mills Observatory for this one of their regular open evenings through their winter season (October to March). Observe breathtaking views of the moon and planets and see some of the brighter...

Thursday 14th December 2017 from 16:00pm to 22:00pm

Coats Observatory Winter Viewing Night

Coats Observatory, Paisley, PA1 2BA

Opening on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from November to the end of December these free events give visitors the opportunity to observe the wonders of the night sky up close through powerful telescopes. These events are free with no booking...

Thursday 14th December 2017 from 18:30pm to 21:00pm

Heaton Park Astronomy Group Meeting

Heaton Park Bowls Pavilion - Prestwich, Prestwich, M25 2GT

Join the members of Heaton Park Astronomy Group for this one of their regular meetings at Heaton Park Bowls Pavilion. If the skies are clear there will be observing through telescopes, if not there is plenty of opportunity to chat about all things...

Thursday 14th December 2017 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Observing with Manchester Astronomical Society

Godlee Observatory, Manchester, M1 7AY

Join members of the Manchester Astronomical Society for their weekly Thursday night observing session at the Godlee Observatory. Members of the public are welcome to attend a few sessions for free before deciding if they would like to join the...

Thursday 14th December 2017 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Practical Astronomy with Basingstoke Astronomical Society

Cliddesden Primary School, Basingstoke, RG25 2QU

Join members of Basingstoke Astronomical Society as they share practical observing skills using a variety of equipment. You do not need to be a member of the Society to attend these events which take place every second Thursday of each month...

Thursday 14th December 2017 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Public Observing at York Knavesmire

York Knavesmire, York, YO23 1ER

Join members of York Astronomical Society for this stargazing event on the outskirts of York City Centre, still plenty of cool things to see through a telescope despite the light pollution! It's free!

Thursday 14th December 2017 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Observation Evening with Torbay Astro

Torquay Boys Grammar School, Torquay, TQ2 7EL

Join members of Torbay Astronomical Society as they open their observatory for an evening of stargazing. Non-members welcome for a small fee.

Thursday 14th December 2017 from 19:30pm to 22:00pm

Rosse Observatory Open Night

Rosse Observatory, Pontefract, WF8 3RJ

You are invited to join members of West Yorkshire Astronomical Society for this one of their regular open evenings at Rosse Observatory. Tuesday evenings are primarily for members and tend to be more formal, Friday evenings are more social and...

Thursday 14th December 2017 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

Stargazing at Durlston with Wessex Astronomical Society

Durlston Astronomy Centre, Swanage, BH19 2JL

Everyone is invited to join the members of Wessex Astronomical Society at the Durlston Astronomy Centre for this one of their regular public meetings and stargazing sessions. These events consist of an astronomical themed presentation then...

Thursday 14th December 2017 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

Kielder Observatory Open Night

Kielder Observatory, Near Kielder Village, NE48

Kielder Observatory is one of the best stargazing experiences to be had. It's location within the Northumberland International Dark Sky Park and it's friendly and experienced Astronomers make it a must-visit attraction.  Even the journey through...

Thursday 14th December 2017 from 20:00pm to 23:00pm

Loughton Astronomical Society Meeting

Theydon Bois Scout Hall, Epping, CM16 7EJ

Everyone is invited to join the members of Loughton Astronomical Society for this one of their regular Thursday evening meetings which include a wide variety of different activities including presentations and observing.

Thursday 14th December 2017 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm

Stargazing at the Scottish Dark Sky Observatory

Scottish Dark Sky Observatory, Dalmellington, KA6 7PZ

Amaze at the wonderfully dark skies above Galloway, see the Milky Way arching overhead and observe through large aperture instruments with the assistance of experienced resident and volunteer Astronomers. Events take place most weekday and weekend...

Thursday 14th December 2017 from 20:00pm to 23:00pm

Observing with Barry Astronomical Society

Porthkerry Country Park, Barry, CF62 3BY

Join astronomers from Barry Astronomical Society for this observing session at Porthkerry Country Park. This is a great opportunity to escape the bright lights and look up! Note that this event will only take place if the weather is good -- check...

Thursday 14th December 2017 from 20:30pm to 22:30pm

Walsall Astronomical Society Meeting

Rushall Olympic Football Club, Rushall, WS4 1LJ

Members of the Walsall Astronomical Society meet most Thursday evenings at the ground of Rushall Olympic FC. The group consists of many active observers with a range of telescopes with new members being welcome to join. On the third Thursday of...

Thursday 14th December 2017 from 20:30pm to 22:30pm

Stargazing with University of St Andrews Astronomical Society

St Andrews Observatory, St Andrews, KY16

Witness the beauty of the Universe with St Andrews University Astronomical Society! Every Thursday night the society's members open the doors of the St Andrews Observatory to the public, rain or star-shine! With two research grade telescopes as...

Thursday 14th December 2017 from 21:00pm to 22:30pm

Starcamp at Bellingham Campsite

Bellingham Camp & Caravan Club Site, Hexham, NE48 2HR

Join us for a weekend of stargazing  within the newest and largest Gold Tier Dark Skies park in Europe.  The weekend will include talks given by the Starmakers Stargazing Events astronomers, night sky observing with the help of the experts and...

Friday 15th December 2017 from 00:00am to Sunday 17th December 2017 23:59pm

Mills Observatory Open Nights - Winter 2018

Mills Observatory, Dundee, DD2 2UB

You are invited to join the astronomers at Mills Observatory for this one of their regular open evenings through their winter season (October to March). Observe breathtaking views of the moon and planets and see some of the brighter...

Friday 15th December 2017 from 16:00pm to 22:00pm

See Tim Peake's Spacecraft and Stargaze at Shildon

Shildon National Railway Museum, Shildon, DL4 2RE

The National Railway Museum in Shildon hosts an exhibition from 22nd November 2017 to 15th January 2018 featuring the actual Soyuz spacecraft that returned British Astronaut Tim Peake to Earth! You can even experience this 400km journey yourself in...

Friday 15th December 2017 from 16:00pm to 21:00pm

Edinburgh Observatory Open Evening (Winter)

Edinburgh Royal Observatory, Edinburgh, EH9 3HJ

This event is one of many regular public open evenings at the The Royal Observatory in Edinburgh which take place all year round. Find our more about the historic contributions the observatory has made with a team of astronomers who will help you...

Friday 15th December 2017 from 18:30pm to 21:00pm

Stargazing at Kirroughtree

Kirroughtree Forest Visitor Centre, Newton Stewart, DG8 7BE

Join a team of Dark Sky Rangers for this public stargazing event under the dark skies of Kirroughtree.  Ticket required which includes hot food and drinks, presentations and stargazing.

Friday 15th December 2017 from 18:30pm to 20:30pm

Observing at High Legh Community Observatory

High Legh Community Observatory, High Legh, WA16 6NS

Join members of High Legh Astronomical Society in their charming and welcoming observatory. Open every Friday evening (weather permitting) and free of charge this is a great opportunity to go stargazing with a friendly and enthusiastic bunch of...

Friday 15th December 2017 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Stargazing and Astrophotography in Elan Valley

Elan Valley - Visitor Centre, Rhayader, LD6 5HP

Join a small group for this unique opportunity to experience the dark skies of the Elan Vally with an experienced team duo of astronomers from Dark Sky Wales. You'll be given a guided tour around the constellations of the night sky learning...

Friday 15th December 2017 from 19:00pm to 22:00pm

Stargazing with Aylesbury Astronomical Society

Winchendon Observatory, Aylesbury, HP18

Every Friday night during the observing season (September through to end of May) and weather permitting the members of Aylesbury Astronomy Society hold observing sessions at their out-of-town observatory located near the village of Upper...

Friday 15th December 2017 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Ashford Astronomical Society Meeting

Woodchurch Memorial Hall, Woodchurch, TN26 3QB

Regular "last Friday of the month" meeting (this one has moved to 15th December due to Christmas) of the Ashford Astronomical Society with presentation / talk and observing afterwards (weather permitting).

Friday 15th December 2017 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

Christmas Star Party at Chambers Farm Wood

Chambers Farm Wood - Forestry Commission, Market Rasen, LN8 5JR

Join Astronomer Richard Darn for this extra-special pre-Christmas stargazing event at Chambers Farm Wood.  It's being held around the peak time for the Geminid meteor shower -- arguably the best meteor shower of the year.  There will be telescopes...

Friday 15th December 2017 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

North Norfolk Astronomy Society Informal Meeting and Stargazing

Green Farm - Wiverton, Wiverton, NR25 7TL

Members of the North Norfolk Astronomy Society generally meet informally each Friday evening (during the star viewing season) and the observatories at NNAS are opened when weather permits. Members of the public are welcome on these Friday evenings...

Friday 15th December 2017 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

Seething Observatory Public Open Night

Seething Observatory, Thwaite, NR35 2EQ

Escape the city lights and go milky way hunting at this well placed observatory. Enjoy a presentation and tour of the observatory facilities and, if the sky is clear, observe through the large aperture telescopes. Small entrance fee, children...

Friday 15th December 2017 from 19:30pm to 22:00pm

Wynyard Planetarium Public Star Show

Wynyard Planetarium & Observatory, Stockton-on-Tees, TS21 3JG

Enjoy a family-friendly full-dome immersive presentation at Wynyard Planetarium and join astronomers after the show for stargazing and observing using their observatory telescope (if weather permits).

Friday 15th December 2017 from 19:30pm to 21:00pm

James Irwin Observatory Public Open Evening

James Irwin Observatory, Canterbury, CT2 8QA

Members of the public are invited to join Astronomers from Mid-Kent Astronomical Society for this one of their regular observatory open evenings. These events only take place if the weather permits observing. Attendees are asked to first meet in...

Friday 15th December 2017 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm

North Pennines Astronomy Society Stargazing

North Pennines Observatory, Allenheads, NE47 9HR

Join members of the North Pennines Astronomy Society for this one of their regular stargazing sessions at the North Pennines Observatory. This event will take place over the weekend with the exact evening dependent on weather conditions.

Friday 15th December 2017 from 20:00pm to Sunday 17th December 2017 23:00pm

Public Observing at JSL Observatory

Jim Savage-Lowden Observatory, Culloden Moor, IV2 5EU

Join members of the Highlands Astronomical Society for this public stargazing session at their observatory, weather permitting. Check with the event organisers via their website (link below) to ensure the event is going ahead. Admission is free...

Friday 15th December 2017 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm

Stargazing at the Scottish Dark Sky Observatory

Scottish Dark Sky Observatory, Dalmellington, KA6 7PZ

Amaze at the wonderfully dark skies above Galloway, see the Milky Way arching overhead and observe through large aperture instruments with the assistance of experienced resident and volunteer Astronomers. Events take place most weekday and weekend...

Friday 15th December 2017 from 20:00pm to 23:00pm

Starnight Observing with Nene Valley Astro

Chelveston Village Hall, Chelveston, NN9 6AT

Join members of Nene Valley Astronomical Society for their regular "Starnight" observing session -- this event will only go ahead if the weather forecast looks good enough for stargazing -- to confirm check the Nene Valley Astro Twitter account...

Friday 15th December 2017 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm

Battlesteads Observatory Open Night

Battlesteads Observatory, Wark, NE48 3LS

Visit Battlesteads Observatory for an evening of stargazing.  Note that event start times are 20:30pm during winter and change to 21:00pm through the summer months.

Friday 15th December 2017 from 20:30pm to 22:30pm

Bryan Joynes Observatory Open Night

Brian Joynes Observatory, Doncaster, DN10 6RG

17th January 2018 - open nights at the Bryan Joynes Observatory have been suspended until further notice. Join members of Doncaster Astronomical Society at their Brian Joynes Observatory for this one of their regular Friday observing sessions....

Friday 15th December 2017 from 21:30pm to 22:30pm

Keele Observatory Solar Observing

Keele Observatory, Stoke-on-Trent, ST5 5BG

Every Saturday afternoon the Keele Observatory is open to the public for solar observing. See our closest star like you may never have done before! The observatory is open no matter the weather with a short tour of the facility and a chance to chat...

Saturday 16th December 2017 from 13:00pm to 15:00pm

Stargazing at Tilgate Park

Tilgate Park - Crawley, Crawley, RH10 5PQ

Astronomers from Crawley Astronomical Society are organising a public stargazing session at Tilgate Park on the evening of 16th December. If you have a telescope you would be more than welcome to take it along. £2 on the door to help cover costs....

Saturday 16th December 2017 from 17:00pm to 19:00pm

Tilgate Park Observing

Tilgate Park - Crawley, Crawley, RH10 5PQ

Join members from Crawley Astronomical Society for this observing session on the evening of the Winter Solstice, organised in association with Crawley Borough Council.

Saturday 16th December 2017 from 17:00pm to 19:00pm

Observing with Fordingbridge Astro

Hyde Common - Pentons Hill, Hyde, SP6 2QJ

Join members of Fordingbrdige Astronomical Society for this regular stargazing session at their observing location in Hyde, near Fordingbridge. Members of the public welcomed although are asked to abide by observing guidelines including the use of...

Saturday 16th December 2017 from 18:00pm to 20:00pm

Public observing with Bath Astronomers

Wellow Public Car Park, Wellow, BA2 8QB

Escape the bright city lights and join members of Bath Astronomers for this public stargazing session at their favoured dark sky location in Wellow. This short notice event will only go ahead weather permitting -- an announcement will be made on...

Saturday 16th December 2017 from 18:00pm to 23:00pm

Stargazing with Sheffield Astronomical Society

Sportsman Inn at Lodge Moor, Sheffield, S10 5NF

Join members of Sheffield Astronomical Society for this one of their regular weather-dependent observing evenings with stargazing from the sports field next to the Sportsman Inn.

Saturday 16th December 2017 from 18:30pm to 22:30pm

Dark Sky Stargazing at the Crawick Multiverse

Crawick Multiverse, Sanquhar, DG4 6ET

Join local astronomer Steve Owens for this fantastic dark sky stargazing experience from the impressive location of Crawick Multiverse.

Saturday 16th December 2017 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Observing Evening with St Neots Astro

Paxton Pits Nature Reserve, Little Paxton, PE19 6ET

Members of the public are welcome to join St Neots Astronomy Association for this observing evening at Paxton Pits Nature Reserve. First attendance free of charge.

Saturday 16th December 2017 from 19:00pm to 22:00pm

Public Observing at Cygnus Observatory

Cygnus Observatory, Washington, NE38 8LE

Members of the public are invited to join enthusiastic members of Sunderland Astronomical Society for an evening of stargazing and observing through their large aperture telescopes. If you need assistance with your own telescope you are welcome to...

Saturday 16th December 2017 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Saturday Public Open Night at Failand Observatory

Failand Observatory, Near Wraxall, BS8 3US

Members of Bristol Astronomical Society open up their observatory at Failand most Saturday nights if the weather forecast allows for observing -- a notice will be shown on the Bristol Astronomical Society website on the evening to indicate if the...

Saturday 16th December 2017 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Stargazing and Astrophotography in Brecon

Brecon - Libanus Mountain Centre, Brecon, LD3 8ER

Stargazing in the Brecon Beacons with your very own astronomer for the evening in one of the world’s few Dark Sky areas! Take a tour of the night sky, viewing familiar and unfamiliar constellations of the northern hemisphere, find various deep sky...

Saturday 16th December 2017 from 19:00pm to 22:00pm

Norman Lockyer Observatory Open Evening

Norman Lockyer Observatory, Sidmouth, EX10 0NY

Tour of the history telescopes at the Norman Lockyer Observatory to include a short talk, planetarium presentation, tour of the technology centre and observing if clear. Entrance fee applies, no need to pre-book.

Saturday 16th December 2017 from 19:15pm to 21:15pm

Kenley Observatory Open Night

Kenley Observatory, Kenley, CR8 5EP

Members of Croydon Astronomical Society open the doors of their Kenley Observatory to the public every Saturday evening from Autumn through to early Summer. Events are subject to good weather conditions therefore please check before visiting by...

Saturday 16th December 2017 from 19:30pm to 22:30pm

Observing with Derby & District Astro

Flamsteed Observatory, Derby, DE6 3BY

Join members of Derby & District Astronomical Society for their monthly public observing session at their Flamsteed Observatory located within easy travel distance north-west from Derby. Events are weather dependent -- please check with event...

Saturday 16th December 2017 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

Seething Observatory Public Open Night

Seething Observatory, Thwaite, NR35 2EQ

Escape the city lights and go milky way hunting at this well placed observatory. Enjoy a presentation and tour of the observatory facilities and, if the sky is clear, observe through the large aperture telescopes. Small entrance fee, children...

Saturday 16th December 2017 from 19:30pm to 22:00pm

Stargazing Saturday at the Astronomy Centre

The Astronomy Centre, Near Todmorden, OL14 7HP

Every Saturday night (weather permitting) the Astronomy Centre opens its observatory doors to the public for an evening of stargazing. This is perhaps the best equipped observatory in the UK hosting a wide range of large aperture telescopes. Please...

Saturday 16th December 2017 from 19:30pm to 23:30pm

Observing at Ford with Shropshire Astro Society

Ford Heath Caravan & Campsite, Shrewsbury, SY5 9GD

Everyone is welcome to join lead astronomer Stan Courtney and members of Shropshire Astronomical Society for this observing session at Ford Heath Caravan Park. Be sure to wrap up warm and take a flask -- a fantastic way to spend an evening in the...

Saturday 16th December 2017 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm

Pictures in the Dark - Astrophotography

Ingram Village Hall, Near Powburn, NE66 4LT

Learn from experts how to take photographs of the night skies at the wonderful dark sky location of Ingram Village Hall. Numbers attending the event are limited to ensure one-to-one tuition. Warm refreshments provided throughout the evening....

Saturday 16th December 2017 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm

Stargazing at the Scottish Dark Sky Observatory

Scottish Dark Sky Observatory, Dalmellington, KA6 7PZ

Amaze at the wonderfully dark skies above Galloway, see the Milky Way arching overhead and observe through large aperture instruments with the assistance of experienced resident and volunteer Astronomers. Events take place most weekday and weekend...

Saturday 16th December 2017 from 20:00pm to 23:00pm


The Exmoor Dark Skies Festival 2017 takes place between 19th and 29th October 2017. It features numerous astronomically themed events including everything from space-movies through to astrophotography tuition and public stargazing. Many of the events take place during half-term and are perfect for families with space-interested children!

The festival celebrates the wonderful dark skies above Exmoor which lead it to becoming recognised by the International Dark Sky Association as Europe’s very first Dark Sky Reserve in Autumn 2011.

Below we have specifically featured the stargazing events taking place however there’s much more going on — for further details visit the official page Exmoor National Park Dark Skies Festival 2017.

Clear skies!

Guided night walk and camping at Westermill Farm

Westermill Farm - Exford, Minehead, TA24 7NJ

This event forms part of the Exmoor Dark Skies Festival 2017.  Join the team from Channel Adventure for a guided night walk from Westermill Farm.  Stay at the local campsite for the weekend and experience the fantastic dark skies above Exmoor....

Friday 20th October 2017 from 19:00pm to 21:30pm

Family Astro Party at Wimbleball Lake

Wimbleball Lake, Near Tiverton, TA22

This event is part of the Exmoor Dark Skies Festival 2017. Hosted by UK Space Ambassador Jo Richardson from Space Detectives and stargazing with Tiverton & Mid Devoc Astronomy Society this is a great opportunity to get the family out and about...

Saturday 21st October 2017 from 18:00pm to 22:00pm

Guided night walk and camping at Westermill Farm

Westermill Farm - Exford, Minehead, TA24 7NJ

This event forms part of the Exmoor Dark Skies Festival 2017.  Join the team from Channel Adventure for a guided night walk from Westermill Farm.  Stay at the local campsite for the weekend and experience the fantastic dark skies above Exmoor....

Saturday 21st October 2017 from 19:00pm to 21:30pm

Meteors over Dunkery Walk

Webbers Post, South of Horner, TA24

This event is part of the Exmoor Dark Skies Festival 2017. Join an Exmoor Ranger and walk to the top of Dunkery Beacon as the sun goes down and look up and marvel at the dark skies above -- perhaps even catch a glimpse of meteors!

Sunday 22nd October 2017 from 17:15pm to 20:30pm

Astronomy Presentation & Stargazing at Lynton Town Hall

Lynton Town Hall, Lynton, EX35 6HT

This event is part of the Exmoor Dark Skies Festival 2017. Join astronomer Seb Jay and his team from Exmoor Stargazers for an early evening talk and stargazing session from Lynton.

Monday 23rd October 2017 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Night Navigation & Stargazing Walk from Goat Hill

Goat Hill Bridge Car Park, Simonsbath, TA24 7LL

This event is part of the Exmoor Dark Skies Festival 2017. Join an experienced Exmoor National Park Ranger for this walk across Exmoor on a moonless (hopefully) clear night. At the time of posting this event full details are unavailable -- the Go...

Tuesday 24th October 2017 from 18:00pm to 21:00pm

Big Adventure Day Solar Observing

Webbers Post, South of Horner, TA24

This event is part of the Exmoor Dark Skies Festival 2017. Join National Park Rangers and Exmoor Stargazers for this fun day including observing the sun through a special solar telescope.

Wednesday 25th October 2017 from 10:00am to 17:00pm

Big Adventure Stargazing Evening

Webbers Post, South of Horner, TA24

This event is part of the Exmoor Dark Skies Festival 2017. Join Astronomer Seb Jay and the Exmoor Stargazers for a talk and observing from this fantastic dark sky location.

Wednesday 25th October 2017 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Astronomy at Dunster Tithe Barn

Dunster Tithe Barn, Dunster, TA24 6RY

This event is part of the Exmoor Dark Skies Festival 2017. This all day and evening event is a great opportunity to find out more about astronomy and get hands on! Learn your way around the night sky in a planetarium, see our closest star the Sun...

Saturday 28th October 2017 from 11:00am to 21:00pm

Stargazing Supper at Dunkery Beacon

Dunkery Beacon, North West of Wheddon Cross, TA24

Join local astronomer Seb Jay for an evening of stargazing at the Dunkery Beacon Country House Hotel, the event being timed to coincide with the Exmoor Dark Skies Festival 2017.  Starting with a hearty chilli-con-carne support the evening will move...

Thursday 2nd November 2017 from 19:00pm to 22:00pm


The annual Orionid meteor shower takes place from 2nd October through to 7th November. Peak activity occurs on the evening of 20th October and the early hours of the 21st October when approximately 20 meteors per hour might be seen —
the best time being from midnight through to dawn. (main image credit: SLOOH)

The meteors (or shooting stars) are caused from the dust trail left over by Halley’s comet. As the dust particles enter Earth’s atmosphere at speed they burn up through friction with their energy being converted from mass into light. They are named the Orionids after the part of the sky they seem to originate from, or the “radiant”, in this case the constellation of Orion.


Image credit: Sky and Telescope

To make things even better the peak of the shower this year takes place at new moon. The skies will be free from moonlight and darkness will allow any fainter shooting stars to be spotted. It’s therefore well worthwhile planning ahead and travelling to a dark sky location to escape light pollution.

Hours of darkness on 20th October

Wherever you choose to go first tell someone where you are going, wrap up warm, take some hot drinks and snacks and be patient! Good luck spotting them! We’ll be keeping our fingers crossed the weather is favourable for you!

Public stargazing events 19th October – 22nd October

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Stargazers Lounge Star Party - Autumn 2017

Lucksall Camping and Caravan Park, Hereford, HR1 4LP

Stargazers Lounge is a popular online astronomy forum and this star party event enables members to meet up in the real world rather than the digital one!  This official star-camp is well attended by amateur astronomers with all levels of experience...

Friday 13th October 2017 from 17:00pm to Friday 20th October 2017 12:00pm

Kielder Forest Star Camp - Autumn 2017

Kielder Campsite, Kielder, NE48 1ER

Kielder Forest Star Camp is staged annually in spring and autumn in the darkest part of the Northumberland International Dark Sky Park. People come from around the country and camp on Kielder Campsite (although some prefer to stay in B and Bs,...

Wednesday 18th October 2017 from 12:00pm to Sunday 22nd October 2017 12:00pm

Mills Observatory Open Nights - Winter 2018

Mills Observatory, Dundee, DD2 2UB

You are invited to join the astronomers at Mills Observatory for this one of their regular open evenings through their winter season (October to March). Observe breathtaking views of the moon and planets and see some of the brighter...

Thursday 19th October 2017 from 16:00pm to 22:00pm

Heaton Park Astronomy Group Meeting

Heaton Park Bowls Pavilion - Prestwich, Prestwich, M25 2GT

Join the members of Heaton Park Astronomy Group for this one of their regular meetings at Heaton Park Bowls Pavilion. If the skies are clear there will be observing through telescopes, if not there is plenty of opportunity to chat about all things...

Thursday 19th October 2017 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Observing with Manchester Astronomical Society

Godlee Observatory, Manchester, M1 7AY

Join members of the Manchester Astronomical Society for their weekly Thursday night observing session at the Godlee Observatory. Members of the public are welcome to attend a few sessions for free before deciding if they would like to join the...

Thursday 19th October 2017 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Observing with Sandy Astronomical Society

Sandye Place Academy, Sandy, SG19 1JD

Join members from Sandy Astronomical Society for this one of their regular observing sessions at Sandye Place Academy.  Check the group's Facebook page to confirm that the event is going ahead.

Thursday 19th October 2017 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Perton Library Astronomy Group Meeting

Perton Library, Perton, WV6 7QU

The Perton Library Astronomy Group is a small, friendly group that is open for anyone with an interest in astronomy to join them.  They meet on the third Thursday every month, events are completely free and involve stargazing and observing outside...

Thursday 19th October 2017 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Public Observing at Cygnus Observatory

Cygnus Observatory, Washington, NE38 8LE

Members of the public are invited to join enthusiastic members of Sunderland Astronomical Society for an evening of stargazing and observing through their large aperture telescopes. If you need assistance with your own telescope you are welcome to...

Thursday 19th October 2017 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Andover Astronomical Society Meeting

Grateley Village Hall, Andover, SP11

Meeting of Andover Astronomical Society with talk / presentation and observing afterwards if weather permits.

Thursday 19th October 2017 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

Foredown Tower Astronomers Monthly Meeting

Emmaus Community Cafe - Brighton, Portslade, BN41 2PA

Join the Foredown Tower Astronomers for this one of their regular monthly meetings at the Emmaus Community Cafe in Brighton.  For a small fee you'll enjoy an astronomical talk or presentation and then observing afterwards should the skies be...

Thursday 19th October 2017 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

Observation Evening with Torbay Astro

Torquay Boys Grammar School, Torquay, TQ2 7EL

Join members of Torbay Astronomical Society as they open their observatory for an evening of stargazing. Non-members welcome for a small fee.

Thursday 19th October 2017 from 19:30pm to 22:00pm

Southport Astronomical Society Meeting

Scarisbrick Bowling Club, Southport, PR8 6LG

Anyone with an interest in astronomy is welcome to attend this one of Southport Astronomical Society's regular monthly meetings.  Each meeting consists of a talk or presentation, Q&A session and if the weather permits observing afterwards.

Thursday 19th October 2017 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

Kielder Observatory Open Night

Kielder Observatory, Near Kielder Village, NE48

Kielder Observatory is one of the best stargazing experiences to be had. It's location within the Northumberland International Dark Sky Park and it's friendly and experienced Astronomers make it a must-visit attraction.  Even the journey through...

Thursday 19th October 2017 from 20:00pm to 23:00pm

Loughton Astronomical Society Meeting

Theydon Bois Scout Hall, Epping, CM16 7EJ

Everyone is invited to join the members of Loughton Astronomical Society for this one of their regular Thursday evening meetings which include a wide variety of different activities including presentations and observing.

Thursday 19th October 2017 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm

Walton Astronomy Group Meeting

Prince of Wales - Esher, Esher, KT10 8LA

Join members of Walton Astronomy Group for their monthly meeting for an overview of what to see in the sky over the coming month and observing if it's clear.

Thursday 19th October 2017 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm

Walsall Astronomical Society Meeting

Rushall Olympic Football Club, Rushall, WS4 1LJ

Members of the Walsall Astronomical Society meet most Thursday evenings at the ground of Rushall Olympic FC. The group consists of many active observers with a range of telescopes with new members being welcome to join. On the third Thursday of...

Thursday 19th October 2017 from 20:30pm to 22:30pm

Mills Observatory Open Nights - Winter 2018

Mills Observatory, Dundee, DD2 2UB

You are invited to join the astronomers at Mills Observatory for this one of their regular open evenings through their winter season (October to March). Observe breathtaking views of the moon and planets and see some of the brighter...

Friday 20th October 2017 from 16:00pm to 22:00pm

Bayfordbury Observatory Open Evening

Bayfordbury Observatory, Bayfordbury, SG13 8LD

Meet the researchers at the University of Hertfordshire and enjoy their expert guidance as they demonstrate the workings of their seven optical telescopes and, weather permitting, looking through them! These evenings are split into two sessions with...

Friday 20th October 2017 from 18:00pm to 22:30pm

Edinburgh Observatory Open Evening (Winter)

Edinburgh Royal Observatory, Edinburgh, EH9 3HJ

This event is one of many regular public open evenings at the The Royal Observatory in Edinburgh which take place all year round. Find our more about the historic contributions the observatory has made with a team of astronomers who will help you...

Friday 20th October 2017 from 18:30pm to 21:00pm

Stargazing at Kirroughtree

Kirroughtree Forest Visitor Centre, Newton Stewart, DG8 7BE

Join a team of Dark Sky Rangers for this public stargazing event under the dark skies of Kirroughtree.  Ticket required which includes hot food and drinks, presentations and stargazing.  Contact Kirroughtree Visitor Centre for bookings.

Friday 20th October 2017 from 18:30pm to 20:30pm

Guided night walk and camping at Westermill Farm

Westermill Farm - Exford, Minehead, TA24 7NJ

This event forms part of the Exmoor Dark Skies Festival 2017.  Join the team from Channel Adventure for a guided night walk from Westermill Farm.  Stay at the local campsite for the weekend and experience the fantastic dark skies above Exmoor....

Friday 20th October 2017 from 19:00pm to 21:30pm

Observing at High Legh Community Observatory

High Legh Community Observatory, High Legh, WA16 6NS

Join members of High Legh Astronomical Society in their charming and welcoming observatory. Open every Friday evening (weather permitting) and free of charge this is a great opportunity to go stargazing with a friendly and enthusiastic bunch of...

Friday 20th October 2017 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Orionids Meteor Shower Observing

Wembury Beach Car Park, Plymouth, PL9 0HP

Join the members of Plymouth Astronomical Society for this meteor observing session at Wembury Beach Car Park. Please contact the society if you plan to attend.

Friday 20th October 2017 from 19:00pm to 22:00pm

Stargazing in Cranborne Chase AONB

New Remembrance Hall - Charlton, Shaftesbury, SP7 0PL

Astronomer and Cranborne Chase AONB Dark Skies advisor Bob Mizon will regale the audience with stories of the astronomical wonders above their heads, while the AONB’s director Linda Nunn will detail developments concerning the Cranborne Chase...

Friday 20th October 2017 from 19:00pm to 21:30pm

Stargazing Party at RSPB Pulborough

RSPB Pulborough Brooks, Pulborough, RH20 2EL

Experience the RSPB Pulborough nature reserve by night at this public stargazing party! The venue is located within the South Downs Dark Sky Reserve and benefits from wonderful dark skies and a perfect place to explore the constellations above....

Friday 20th October 2017 from 19:00pm to 20:30pm

Stargazing with Aylesbury Astronomical Society

Winchendon Observatory, Aylesbury, HP18

Every Friday night during the observing season (September through to end of May) and weather permitting the members of Aylesbury Astronomy Society hold observing sessions at their out-of-town observatory located near the village of Upper...

Friday 20th October 2017 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

North Norfolk Astronomy Society Informal Meeting and Stargazing

Green Farm - Wiverton, Wiverton, NR25 7TL

Members of the North Norfolk Astronomy Society generally meet informally each Friday evening (during the star viewing season) and the observatories at NNAS are opened when weather permits. Members of the public are welcome on these Friday evenings...

Friday 20th October 2017 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

Rosse Observatory Open Night

Rosse Observatory, Pontefract, WF8 3RJ

You are invited to join members of West Yorkshire Astronomical Society for this one of their regular open evenings at Rosse Observatory. Tuesday evenings are primarily for members and tend to be more formal, Friday evenings are more social and...

Friday 20th October 2017 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

Wynyard Planetarium Public Star Show

Wynyard Planetarium & Observatory, Stockton-on-Tees, TS21 3JG

Enjoy a family-friendly full-dome immersive presentation at Wynyard Planetarium and join astronomers after the show for stargazing and observing using their observatory telescope (if weather permits).

Friday 20th October 2017 from 19:30pm to 21:00pm

James Irwin Observatory Public Open Evening

James Irwin Observatory, Canterbury, CT2 8QA

Members of the public are invited to join Astronomers from Mid-Kent Astronomical Society for this one of their regular observatory open evenings. These events only take place if the weather permits observing. Attendees are asked to first meet in...

Friday 20th October 2017 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm

Stargazing Weekend at Island Planetarium

Fort Victoria Country Park & Planetarium, Yarmouth, PO41 0RR

This special weekend event takes place at the Island Planetarium and is a fantastic opportunity for everyone from complete beginners to serious amateur astronomers to spend a couple of nights under the dark skies of the Isle of Wight. There's...

Friday 20th October 2017 from 20:00pm to Sunday 22nd October 2017 12:30pm

Weekend Stargazing Break at The Steadings

The Steadings at the Gouse & Trout, Inverness, IV2 6XD

This event offers a fantastic opportunity for a weekend two night dinner, bed and breakfast break under the dark starry skies near Loch Ness! Join local astronomer Stephen Mackintosh for fascinating astronomy talks and outdoor stargazing and...

Friday 20th October 2017 from 20:00pm to Sunday 22nd October 2017 10:00am

Battlesteads Observatory Open Night

Battlesteads Observatory, Wark, NE48 3LS

Visit Battlesteads Observatory for an evening of stargazing.  Note that event start times are 20:30pm during winter and change to 21:00pm through the summer months.

Friday 20th October 2017 from 20:30pm to 22:30pm

Bryan Joynes Observatory Open Night

Brian Joynes Observatory, Doncaster, DN10 6RG

17th January 2018 - open nights at the Bryan Joynes Observatory have been suspended until further notice. Join members of Doncaster Astronomical Society at their Brian Joynes Observatory for this one of their regular Friday observing sessions....

Friday 20th October 2017 from 21:30pm to 22:30pm

Keele Observatory Solar Observing

Keele Observatory, Stoke-on-Trent, ST5 5BG

Every Saturday afternoon the Keele Observatory is open to the public for solar observing. See our closest star like you may never have done before! The observatory is open no matter the weather with a short tour of the facility and a chance to...

Saturday 21st October 2017 from 13:00pm to 15:00pm

Dark Sky Discovery at Low Gillerthwaite

Low Gillerthwaite Field Centre, Cleator, CA23 3AX

View the dark skies above Low Gillerthwaite at this free public open evening. Although the event is scheduled to finish at 19:30 it will continue into the evening if weather permits. Visitors may stay over in the self-catering hostel charged at...

Saturday 21st October 2017 from 16:00pm to 19:30pm

Family Astro Party at Wimbleball Lake

Wimbleball Lake, Near Tiverton, TA22

This event is part of the Exmoor Dark Skies Festival 2017. Hosted by UK Space Ambassador Jo Richardson from Space Detectives and stargazing with Tiverton & Mid Devoc Astronomy Society this is a great opportunity to get the family out and about...

Saturday 21st October 2017 from 18:00pm to 22:00pm

Observing with Fordingbridge Astro

Hyde Common - Pentons Hill, Hyde, SP6 2QJ

Join members of Fordingbrdige Astronomical Society for this regular stargazing session at their observing location in Hyde, near Fordingbridge. Members of the public welcomed although are asked to abide by observing guidelines including the use of...

Saturday 21st October 2017 from 18:00pm to 20:00pm

Herstmonceux Observatory Open Evening - Orionids Meteor Shower

The Observatory Science Centre, Hailsham, BN27 1RN

This event offers a fantastic opportunity to look through the incredibly impressive historical telescopes at Herstmonceux which offer amazing views of the moon, planets and objects way beyond from their dark sky location. Viewing is subject to...

Saturday 21st October 2017 from 18:30pm to 23:00pm

Stargazing at Abberton Reservoir

Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, CO2 0EU

Organised by the Essex Wildlife Trust and North Essex Astronomical Society this is a fantastic opportunity to get away from the city lights and go stargazing! Look through large telescopes, listen to one of the interesting astronomical talks given,...

Saturday 21st October 2017 from 18:30pm to 21:30pm

Stargazing at Clatteringshaws

Clatteringshaws Visitor Centre, Near New Galloway, DG7 3SQ

Join a team of Dark Sky Rangers for this public stargazing event under the dark skies of Clatteringshaws.  Ticket required which includes hot food and drinks, presentations and stargazing. Contact Clatteringshaws Visitor Centre for bookings.

Saturday 21st October 2017 from 18:30pm to 20:30pm

Stargazing with Sheffield Astronomical Society

Sportsman Inn at Lodge Moor, Sheffield, S10 5NF

Join members of Sheffield Astronomical Society for this one of their regular weather-dependent observing evenings with stargazing from the sports field next to the Sportsman Inn.

Saturday 21st October 2017 from 18:30pm to 22:30pm

A Beginners Guide to Astronomy

Hauxley Nature Reserve and Observatory, Newcastle, NE65 0JR

Join the Astronomers of Northumberland Astronomical Society for this stargazing event ideal for beginners.  There will be 3 scheduled presentations throughout the evening focussing on the Northumberland night skies and then opportunity to observe...

Saturday 21st October 2017 from 19:00pm to 22:00pm

Astrophotography Workshop at Killhope Museum

Killhope Lead Mining Museum, Bishop Auckland, DL13 1AR

Learn to photograph the night sky from one of the darkest locations in the North Pennines at Killhope Museum. This highly practical three-hour introduction to photographing the night sky is being led by Gary Lintern and his expert team. Prior...

Saturday 21st October 2017 from 19:00pm to 22:00pm

East Lincolnshire Astronomy Club Meeting

Scamblesby Village Hall, Scamblesby, LN11 9XF

Everyone is invited to join the members of the East Lincolnshire Astronomy Club for this one of their regular club meetings. The event will often include a talk by a guest speaker and always include stargazing and an observing looking through...

Saturday 21st October 2017 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Guided night walk and camping at Westermill Farm

Westermill Farm - Exford, Minehead, TA24 7NJ

This event forms part of the Exmoor Dark Skies Festival 2017.  Join the team from Channel Adventure for a guided night walk from Westermill Farm.  Stay at the local campsite for the weekend and experience the fantastic dark skies above Exmoor....

Saturday 21st October 2017 from 19:00pm to 21:30pm

Observing Evening with St Neots Astro

Paxton Pits Nature Reserve, Little Paxton, PE19 6ET

Members of the public are welcome to join St Neots Astronomy Association for this observing evening at Paxton Pits Nature Reserve. First attendance free of charge.

Saturday 21st October 2017 from 19:00pm to 22:00pm

Saturday Public Open Night at Failand Observatory

Failand Observatory, Near Wraxall, BS8 3US

Members of Bristol Astronomical Society open up their observatory at Failand most Saturday nights if the weather forecast allows for observing -- a notice will be shown on the Bristol Astronomical Society website on the evening to indicate if the...

Saturday 21st October 2017 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Stargazing and Cocktails at Puddingstone Distillery

Puddingstone Distillery, Wilstone, HP23 4NT

Juniper meets Jupiter in this unique and immersive evening at Puddingstone Distillery! In collaboration with Tring Astronomy Centre this event will have you enjoying astronomically themed Campfire Gin cocktails and observing distant galaxies...

Saturday 21st October 2017 from 19:00pm to 22:30pm

Stargazing Evening at Chelwood Gate Cats Protection

National Cat Adoption Centre, Haywards Heath, RH17 7TT

Join astronomers from the Seven Sisters Astronomical Society for this public stargazing event from the National Cat Adoption Centre at Chelwood Gate. Wrap up warm and bring a hot flask and enjoy a guided tour of the night skies above! Tickets...

Saturday 21st October 2017 from 19:00pm to 22:00pm

Tour of the Solar System & Stargazing

Bowlees Visitor Centre, Middleton-in-Teesdale, DL12 0XF

Join amateur astronomer Andy Gray for this magical mystery tour of the solar system!  Ideal for families and beginners the event will include stargazing if weather permits. This event is part of the North Pennines Stargazing Festival 2017,...

Saturday 21st October 2017 from 19:00pm to 22:00pm

Kenley Observatory Open Night

Kenley Observatory, Kenley, CR8 5EP

Members of Croydon Astronomical Society open the doors of their Kenley Observatory to the public every Saturday evening from Autumn through to early Summer. Events are subject to good weather conditions therefore please check before visiting by...

Saturday 21st October 2017 from 19:30pm to 22:30pm

Observing with Derby & District Astro

Flamsteed Observatory, Derby, DE6 3BY

Join members of Derby & District Astronomical Society for their monthly public observing session at their Flamsteed Observatory located within easy travel distance north-west from Derby. Events are weather dependent -- please check with event...

Saturday 21st October 2017 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

Orionid Meteor Spotting at Rollright Stones

Rollright Stones Ancient Monument, Chipping Norton, OX7

Everyone is invited to join the astronomers from Chipping Norton Amateur Astronomy Group for this free stargazing and general observing event at Rollright Stones Ancient Monument, an excellent dark sky location to spot Orionid meteors! Note that...

Saturday 21st October 2017 from 19:30pm to 23:30pm

Stargazing Saturday at the Astronomy Centre

The Astronomy Centre, Near Todmorden, OL14 7HP

Every Saturday night (weather permitting) the Astronomy Centre opens its observatory doors to the public for an evening of stargazing. This is perhaps the best equipped observatory in the UK hosting a wide range of large aperture telescopes. Please...

Saturday 21st October 2017 from 19:30pm to 23:30pm

A beginners night sky at Malham Tarn

Malham Tarn Estate - National Trust, Settle, BD24 9PT

An introduction to star gazing and constellations at Malham Tarn led by our rangers. This event is weather dependant so if we can't see the stars we will take you on a night walk instead.

Saturday 21st October 2017 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm

Observe the Orionids Meteors from The Sill

The Sill National Landscape Discovery Centre, Hexham, NE47 7AN

Located within the Northumberland International Dark Sky Park the Sill is a fantastic location to spot shooting stars and this event is a great opportunity to get all of the family out under dark starry skies.  Timed to coincide with the peak of...

Saturday 21st October 2017 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm

Observing at Rodington with Shropshire Astronomical Society

Rodington Village Hall, Shrewsbury, SY4 4QS

Join members from Shropshire Astronomical Society for this public stargazing session.

Saturday 21st October 2017 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm

Stargazing and Astrophotography in Brecon

Brecon - Libanus Mountain Centre, Brecon, LD3 8ER

Stargazing in the Brecon Beacons with your very own astronomer for the evening in one of the world’s few Dark Sky areas! Take a tour of the night sky, viewing familiar and unfamiliar constellations of the northern hemisphere, find various deep sky...

Saturday 21st October 2017 from 20:00pm to 23:00pm

Meteors over Dunkery Walk

Webbers Post, South of Horner, TA24

This event is part of the Exmoor Dark Skies Festival 2017. Join an Exmoor Ranger and walk to the top of Dunkery Beacon as the sun goes down and look up and marvel at the dark skies above -- perhaps even catch a glimpse of meteors!

Sunday 22nd October 2017 from 17:15pm to 20:30pm

A Beginners Guide to Astronomy

Hauxley Nature Reserve and Observatory, Newcastle, NE65 0JR

Join the Astronomers of Northumberland Astronomical Society for this stargazing event ideal for beginners.  There will be 3 scheduled presentations throughout the evening focussing on the Northumberland night skies and then opportunity to observe...

Sunday 22nd October 2017 from 19:00pm to 22:00pm

Public Observing at Cygnus Observatory

Cygnus Observatory, Washington, NE38 8LE

Members of the public are invited to join enthusiastic members of Sunderland Astronomical Society for an evening of stargazing and observing through their large aperture telescopes. If you need assistance with your own telescope you are welcome to...

Sunday 22nd October 2017 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Public Observing at Bruce Observatory

Bruce Observatory - Whitby School, Whitby, YO21 1LA

Everyone is invited to join astronomers from Whitby & District Astronomical Society for this one of their regular Sunday evening observing sessions at the Bruce Observatory.  These events are subject to favourable weather conditions and will...

Sunday 22nd October 2017 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

Kielder Observatory Open Night

Kielder Observatory, Near Kielder Village, NE48

Kielder Observatory is one of the best stargazing experiences to be had. It's location within the Northumberland International Dark Sky Park and it's friendly and experienced Astronomers make it a must-visit attraction.  Even the journey through...

Sunday 22nd October 2017 from 20:00pm to 23:00pm


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