Beacon Fell Visitor Centre

Beacon Fell, Preston, PR3 2NL

Location description

A country park with 185 acres of extensive conifer woods, moorland, visitor centre & high summit with open views.  Fantastic dark skies make this a great stargazing location with events taking place regularly throughout the observing season September through to April.

Dark sky discovery site

Designated as a Dark Sky Discovery Site this location is accessible by members of the public and are officially recognised as excellent places to stargaze. Such locations often have free overnight car parking, some have toilet facilities however rarely allow overnight camping.

Tonight's weather forecast

Weather forecast for Longridge (4.05 miles away) updated 20/02/18 at 20:00.

Location light pollution

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

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

When to stargaze at Beacon Fell Visitor Centre

This location's rural setting means it benefits from dark skies depending on the time of the year and lunar cycle. In the calendar below where you can see stars indicates when the skies will be dark and the best time to stargaze. Yellow areas show the adverse effects of daylight (bold) and moonlight (faded). Hover over a day to see darkness times or click on a date for more information.

Forthcoming events at this location

Astrophotography workshop plus practical support

Friday 23rd March 2018 from 18:00pm to 21:00pm
Astronomy Presentation, Astrophotography, Observing (if clear)

Dark Sky Stargazing at Beacon Fell Dark Sky Discovery Site

Saturday 14th April 2018 from 20:30pm to 22:30pm
Astronomy Presentation, Observing (if clear)

Jupiterwatch at Beacon Fell Dark Sky Discovery Site

Friday 11th May 2018 from 20:30pm to 22:30pm
Astronomy Presentation, Observing (if clear)

Nationwide Event


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When to visit

The best time to visit Beacon Fell Visitor Centre can be found on this dark skies calendar.

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