Go Stargazing Live 2018

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

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 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

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, Brailsford, DE6 3BE

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

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

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 18th February 2018 from 19:00pm 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


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