Hosted by the North Pennines Observatory in partnership with Visit Allen Valleys, the event is open to all existing and potential corporate members of the North Pennines Observatory together with members of local tourism associations.
As well as finding out how the observatory works, attendees will take part in a ‘Star Tips for Profit’ workshop delivered by Richard Darn. The workshop aims to better equip businesses to take advantage of the growing interest in dark skies tourism and will cover;
· Why dark skies are so important and the problem of light pollution
· What the various designations mean
· What astro tourism is and how businesses are benefiting
· Making your business dark sky friendly
· What equipment to provide
· Useful apps and aids to observing
· A crash course in star gazing
The cost for the workshop is just £10 (free for all existing corporate members) and includes a light buffet. Anyone wishing to join as a corporate member may do so on the day with their £10 going towards the £50 corporate membership fee. The benefits of Corporate Membership can be found here.
Richard Darn has appeared on BBC Sky at Night and Stargazing Live and has numerous TV and radio appearances to his credit. Aside from his extensive dark sky work, he is an award winning media consultant who has worked for a wide range of high profile national clients.
Remember to wrap up warm, wear appropriate footwear and to bring a torch to see your way back to your car. DIRECTIONS
Pre-registration is required to attend this event because capacity at the Observatory is limited.