A “Starcamp” is an organised stargazing event that takes place at a time around a new moon when the skies are nice and dark for stargazing. Such events are often based at a remote campsite or caravan park and away from light pollution.
“Starcamping” offers a means of getting away from the city lights, away from light pollution, away from the hum-drum of day-to-day life and into a world where you can be at one with our Universe, literally!
Although Starcamps take place throughout the year the best events are held from Autumn through to Spring when less daylight hours allow for more stargazing time and the cold, crisp nights mean the skies above are settled making it perfect for observing, especially through telescopes. You’ll find friendly, experienced amateur astronomers on hand and keen to share their knowledge and passion for their favourite subject.
Most of us will have to travel some distance to find a dark sky location therefore not only do Starcamps make an ideal short break the journey is made all the more worthwhile when you see the Milky Way arching over you and thousands of stars visible to the naked eye. Staying over a couple of nights increases the chances you’ll get a break in the weather.
It’s not necessary to rough it either! You’ll find campsites with pitches that have electric hook-ups for fan heaters and a warm room where you can make a cuppa. There’s often a pub nearby too!
Starcamps are social events and you’ll undoubtedly make new friends, when you call it a night just snuggle up with your partner under the extra duvet you packed in addition to your sleeping bags! 😉
Going camping at anytime when it’s likely to be chilly is not for the faint-hearted, however, for the more adventurous amongst you this is perhaps the best way of experiencing stargazing and such efforts are often incredibly rewarding!
Galloway Gathering - Autumn 2018 – 03/10/2018 - 08/10/2018
Breckland Astronomical Society Star Camp - Autumn 2018 – 04/10/2018 - 11/10/2018
Coll & The Cosmos Stargazing Weekend - October 2018 – 06/10/2018 - 07/10/2018
Kielder Forest Star Camp - Autumn 2018 – 10/10/2018 - 15/10/2018
Stargazers Lounge Star Party - Autumn 2018 – 12/10/2018 - 19/10/2018
North Pennines Star Camp - Autumn 2018 – 19/10/2018 - 21/10/2018
Exmoor Dark Sky Festival 2018 Campout – 25/10/2018 - 26/10/2018
The People's Star Party at Kielder - Autumn 2018 – 02/11/2018 - 04/11/2018
Bellingham Dark Sky Starcamp - Autumn 2018 – 14/12/2018 - 16/12/2018
Kielder Forest Star Camp - Spring 2019 – 06/03/2019 - 11/03/2019
Bellingham Dark Sky Starcamp - Spring 2019 – 29/03/2019 - 31/03/2019
Kelling Heath Star Party - Spring 2019 – 01/04/2019 - 08/04/2019
AstroCamp - Spring 2019 – 27/04/2019 - 30/04/2020
AstroCamp - Autumn 2019 – 21/09/2019 - 24/09/2019
Kelling Heath Star Party - Autumn 2019 – 23/09/2019 - 30/09/2019
Solarsphere Astronomical & Music Festival 2019 – 09/10/2019 - 12/10/2019
Kielder Forest Star Camp - Autumn 2019 – 30/10/2019 - 04/11/2019
AstroCamp - Spring 2020 – 25/04/2020 - 28/04/2020
AstroCamp - Autumn 2020 – 19/09/2020 - 22/09/2020