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  • 19 Oct 2018
  • 7:00 PM
  • 21 Oct 2018
  • 11:00 PM
  • Doe Park Caravan Site, Barnard Castle

This event is part of the second annual North Pennines Stargazing Festival running between 20 Oct-04 Nov 2018, during Half-Term.   Organised by the North Pennines AONB Partnership and supported by: Durham County Council; Northumberland County Council and Visit County Durham, the 2018 Stargazing Festival will take advantage of the area's stunning dark skyscape with 30 events over the two weeks unlocking the wonders of the night sky. If you are an existing Supporting Members of North Pennines Observatory you can enjoy discounted ticket prices for some paid-for events during the festival.


Join experienced astronomer Richard Darn and friends for a spectacular two-night star camp (at Doe Park Caravan Site in Teesdale, DL12 9UQ) under the North Pennines sky. This first ever event of its kind is perfect for novices and is suitable for people aged 6 and over.

Telescopes will be provided, along with expert guidance and you are welcome to bring your own equipment too, including cameras (with tripods) and binoculars. Plus there will be astronomically themed talks and solar observing.

During the weekend the moon will be in a partial phase revealing its deep craters and high mountains (we will help you take a picture with your mobile phone!) It sets in the wee small hours revealing the full majesty of a night sky graced by the Milky Way and the wonderful autumn constellations.

You will arrive on the Friday night with a mulled wine reception at 7pm – stargazing will be available (weather permitting) on the Friday and Saturday night with departure on Sunday. Bring warm clothing and a red light torch (if you have one). 

Booking: Pre-booking essential via Doe Park Caravan Site – www.doepark.co.uk / 01833 650302

Cost: Pitch fees (electric £16 per night; non-electric £13 per night – caravans, camper vans, tents) plus £8.50 per person per night ‘astronomy charge’.

The North Pennines Observatory is owned and operated by the North Pennines AONB Partnership

The Observatory is currently only available for private bookings

North Pennines AONB Partnership, Allendale Village Hall, Allendale, Northumberland NE47 9PR 

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