Dalby Forest StarFest 2018

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

Dalby Forest Adderstone Field

Dalby, Thornton-le-Dale, Yorkshire, 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 this event.

Taking place during a new moon and being distant from light pollution the dark skies above Dalby reveal the Milky Way arching from one tree-lined horizon to the other.  Shooting stars are easily seen and this years event co-incides with the peak of the Perseid Meteor Shower.

Expect an extremely friendly welcome however be mindful that being an official star camp attendees will be asked to abide by white light rules.  A hog roast and welcome drinks are offered on the Friday and each evening talks are given in the main marquee whilst the skies darken.  The forest is a great place to explore by day.

Early booking recommended!

- Event is a hosted at a dark sky location such as a remote campsite over several nights usually around a new moon when the skies are dark.

Corona virus

Please be aware that due to the Coronavirus it is likely that this event has been cancelled or postponed. If you are considering attending this event please double check with the event organiser directly to confirm. If this event is indeed affected the organisers will no doubt need your support in the future -- please do consider attending an event of theirs when possible! Thank you!


This event is being organised by Scarborough & Ryedale Astronomical Society who should be contacted if you have any queries. We highly recommend you confirm this event is indeed going ahead before travelling. If you do attend it would be fantastic if you could let the organiser know you found them via Go Stargazing!


Please contact Scarborough & Ryedale Astronomical Society directly for more details regarding this event or, if appropriate, contact the event venue.

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Location light pollution

This location is estimated to have light pollution levels similar to a dark site setting based on satellite data from CPRE.

Dark site
The above demonstrates the estimated effect of light pollution - graphics created using Stellarium.

Location darkness on Thursday 9th August 2018

The below graphic shows if and when it will be dark at Dalby Forest Adderstone Field on the evening of this event. Yellow areas show when the skies are not dark due to daylight (bold yellow) and moonlight (faded yellow). Click on the image for an explanation on how darkness is determined.

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