Bellingham, Hexham, NE48 2HR
Join us for a weekend of stargazing within the newest and largest Gold Tier Dark Skies park in Europe. The weekend will include talks given by the Starmakers Stargazing Events astronomers, night sky observing with the help of the experts and their telescopes, with free hot drinks and a log-burning stove (if needed) available in our refuge. We may bring Kielder Observatory astronomers down to join us on the Saturday, or another guest speaker. Note that the experts are staying on site and are available to ask advice from all day, including helping you with use of your own telescopes if you bring one.
The Geminids meteor shower is on too. It peaks on the 13th Dec (100-120 meteors per hour) but should still be strong on the 15th. Get ready for some bright shooting stars if you gaze patiently at the night sky! We have chosen the date of this Star Camp to correspond with the Geminids event which has been enjoyed by Club members at 2 previous December camps (could not hold it in mid-Dec in 2016 due to full moon). We have chosen a date where moonlight is minimal and we will be able to see as much as possible - galaxies, nebula, planets and more!
December offers some of the clearest skies of the year and we have been lucky two years running (2014 and 2015), though Dec 2016 proved cloudy until the Sunday night when most campers had left! Our first Spring Star Camp in March 2016 was also clear on one of the 2 nights! Hence we have a good record so far. We have scored 21.9 on the dark sky index - you will not believe that there are so many stars!
You could consider booking extra nights to increase chances of a clear sky. Why not consider being here for the peak of the Geminids? You might want to book extra stargazing at Kielder Observatory (note this sells out months in advance, especially Fri-Sun nights!), a 40 min slow drive away. However, we are likely to have a Kielder Observatory astronomer give a talk here.
People enjoy our events despite the clarity of the skies as the talks are well worth it for stunning imagery and information.
No refund if skies are not clear as the experts are still on site regardless, as are drinks, mulled wine etc!
Red torchlight only and black-out lights in vans please.
Note that our stargazing events are extremely popular and we have a capacity of 25-30
Please contact us to book pitches (Added charge per pitch: 1 night, £9; 2 nights, £14)
- Go Stargazing recommended event.
- Event includes an astronomy related presentation or talk.
- Event will involve stargazing and observing the skies through telescopes weather permitting
- Event is a hosted at a dark sky location such as a remote campsite over several nights usually around a new moon when the skies are dark.
This event is being organised by Robert Ince who should be contacted if you have any queries. Please confirm this event is indeed going ahead before travelling.
Book directly with site - 01434 220175
Location light pollution
Location darkness on Friday 15th December 2017
The below graphic shows if and when it will be dark at Bellingham Camp & Caravan Club Site on the evening of this event. Yellow areas show when the skies are not dark due to daylight (bold yellow) and moonlight (faded yellow). Click on the image for an explanation on how darkness is determined.