North Pennines Stargazing Festival 2017

North Pennines Stargazing Festival 2017

The inaugural North Pennines Stargazing Festival takes place from 21st October 2017 through to 30th October 2017 in celebration of the wonderful dark starry skies that can be seen across the region.

The festival includes numerous events many of which involve getting out in the darkness and exploring the night skies above.  Timed to coincide with the October half-term there’s plenty of things for families to do with everything from activities for children to advanced astrophotography courses for adults. Download the official festival programme.

As the festival takes place during a new-moon period the skies will be stunningly dark with thousands more stars to be seen when compared to what can be seen from our towns and cities.

Also the annual Orionids Meteor shower takes place from 2nd October through to 7th November with the peak activity expected in the early hours of 21st October — keep your eye out for shooting stars throughout the festival period!

The North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is a hidden gem when it comes to stargazing and this festival is a great opportunity to explore the area, both on the ground and up above!

Clear skies!

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

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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

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

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Pop-up Planetarium - Allendale

Allendale Village Hall, Allendale Town, NE47 9PR

Visit Allendale Village Hall for an immersive journey through the universe in our spectacular planetarium dome. The show is suitable for all ages, lasts for approximately 45 minutes, and takes place every hour, on the hour (11am, 12noon, 1pm, 2pm...

Monday 23rd October 2017 from 10:45am to 15:45pm

Tour of the Constellations - their myths and legends

Harehope Quarry Project, Bishop Auckland, DL13 2SG

Discover the beauty of the Dark Skies of the North Pennines with experienced local astronomer Bruce Ferguson. We’ll start with an introductory indoor session. Afterwards, weather permitting, we’ll go out and using the naked eye, binoculars and a...

Tuesday 24th October 2017 from 18:00pm to 20:00pm

Pop-up Planetarium - Alston

Alston Town Hall, Alston, CA9 3RF

Visit Alston Town Hall for an immersive journey through the universe in our spectacular planetarium dome. The show is suitable for all ages, lasts for approximately 45 minutes, and takes place every hour, on the hour (11am, 12noon, 1pm, 2pm and...

Wednesday 25th October 2017 from 10:45am to 15:45pm

Stargazing and Astrophotography for Beginners

South Tynedale Railway Station, Alston, CA9 3JB

Join experienced astronomer and astrophotographer Martin Kitching from Northern Experience Wildlife Tours for an in-depth introduction to stargazing and capturing the night sky. We’ll also do some stargazing too – weather permitting.  Booking...

Wednesday 25th October 2017 from 19:00pm to 22:00pm

Skywatch at Killhope Museum

Killhope Lead Mining Museum, Bishop Auckland, DL13 1AR

Enjoy some of the darkest skies in the North Pennines at Killhope Lead Mining Museum. Experienced astronomers (from the North Pennines Astronomy Society and Sunderland Astronomical Society) will be on hand to show you around the night sky using a...

Thursday 26th October 2017 from 18:30pm to 21:30pm

Pop-up Planetarium - Stanhope

St Thomas' Church Hall - Stanhope, Stanhope, DL13 2UE

Visit St Thomas’ Church Hall in Stanhope for an immersive journey through the universe in our spectacular planetarium dome. The show is suitable for all ages, lasts for approximately 45 minutes, and takes place every hour, on the hour (11am,...

Friday 27th October 2017 from 10:45am to 15:45pm

Real Astronomy at Langdon Beck

Langdon Beck Hotel - Teesdale, Forest-in-Teesdale, DL12 0XP

Experienced astronomer Richard Darn will introduce you to the delights of stargazing, unlocking some of the secrets of astronomy, including the best way to watch a meteor shower and predict the elusive Northern Lights. We’ll also do some...

Friday 27th October 2017 from 19:00pm to 22:00pm

Build a Rocket Workshop

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

Design and build your very own bottle rocket in this space-themed craft workshop at Bowlees Visitor Centre and then experience the excitement of launching it!  3 sessions available throughout the day.  Small fee for children with adults going...

Saturday 28th October 2017 from 11:00am to 13:00pm

Eclipses Uncovered

North Pennines Observatory, Allenheads, NE47 9HR

Join amateur astronomer Andy Gray to discover what eclipses are all about. Andy will be showing footage and images from the 2017 solar eclipse. We’ll also do some stargazing at the North Pennines Observatory –...

Sunday 29th October 2017 from 19:00pm to 22:00pm


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