North Pennines Stargazing Festival 2018

The second North Pennines Stargazing Festival takes place between 20th October 2018 and 4th November 2018.

With a variety of events taking place the festival is a celebration of the fantastic dark skies above the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and offers plenty of opportunities to stargaze.

The festival kicks off with a presentation by the wonderful Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock MBE of “Sky at Night” fame and includes events suitable for all ages and abilities. Scheduled to take place during the half-term period also enables younger astronomers to participate! Why not book on several events and make a short break of it!?

We’ve featured below those events that incorporate some element of stargazing or observing — for a full list of events visit the official page on the North Pennines AONB website.

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North Pennines Star Camp - Autumn 2018

Doe Park Caravan Site, Barnard Castle, DL12 9UQ

Join experienced astronomer Richard Darn and friends for this inaugural star camp in the North Pennines. This event is ideal for families and novices who are welcome to bring along their own equipment (telescopes, cameras, binoculars) and receive...

Friday 19th October 2018 from 19:00pm to Sunday 21st October 2018 12:00pm

North Pennines Stargazing Festival 2018 Headline Event

The Witham, Barnard Castle, DL12 8LY

The wonderful Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock MBE will officially be opening the 2018 North Pennines Stargazing Festival. At this headline event she will be looking at the wonders of space and what it can teach us – as well as offering insights into the...

Saturday 20th October 2018 from 19:30pm to 20:30pm

Popup Planetarium at Stanhope

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

Experience an immersive presentation including a tour of the solar system and then beyond into the depths of the universe inside a spectacular planetarium dome.This event is taking place as part of the North Pennines Stargazing Festival 2018.

Monday 22nd October 2018 from 11:00am to 15:45pm

Discover the Constellations at Harehope Quarry

Harehope Quarry Project, Bishop Auckland, DL13 2SG

Discover the beauty of the dark skies of the North Pennines. The evening will start with an introductory indoor session using an amazing software programme that allows you to view all the wonders of the night sky in real time.Afterwards, weather...

Tuesday 23rd October 2018 from 18:00pm to 20:00pm

Dark Side of the Moon Planetarium Show

Nenthead Village Hall, Alston, CA9 3PH

Experience Pink Floyd’s entire ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ album in the pop-up planetarium dome, with real-time visualisations and animations (not astronomy themed). A sound and light experience like no other! Shows will be starting at 6pm, 7pm,...

Wednesday 24th October 2018 from 18:00pm to 22:00pm

Popup Planetarium at Allendale

Allendale Village Hall, Allendale Town, NE47 9PR

Experience an immersive presentation including a tour of the solar system and then beyond into the depths of the universe inside a spectacular planetarium dome.This event is taking place as part of the North Pennines Stargazing Festival 2018.

Thursday 25th October 2018 from 11:00am to 15:45pm

Popup Planetarium at Alston

Alston Town Hall, Alston, CA9 3RF

Experience an immersive presentation including a tour of the solar system and then beyond into the depths of the universe inside a spectacular planetarium dome.This event is taking place as part of the North Pennines Stargazing Festival 2018.

Thursday 25th October 2018 from 11:00am to 15:45pm

A Night with the Stars

Lord Crewe Arms, Blanchland, DH8 9SP

Join us in our recently renovated Gatehouse for an evening of stargazing with Joe Gordon. Joe is an expert in his field and will give a beginners’ guide to stargazing. If the weather is clear, expect a trip to the bottom of our garden to have a...

Thursday 25th October 2018 from 19:00pm to 22:00pm

Skywatch at Killhope

Killhope Lead Mining Museum, Bishop Auckland, DL13 1AR

Enjoy some of the darkest skies in the North Pennines. Experienced astronomers from the Sunderland Astronomical Society will be on hand to show you around the night sky, using a range of powerful telescopes and other specialist...

Friday 26th October 2018 from 18:30pm to 21:30pm

North Pennines Observatory Open Evening

North Pennines Observatory, Allenheads, NE47 9HR

In this talk local astronomer and science educator Andy Gray will explore how physics and chemistry created biology.The atoms that make up the human body are traceable back to the stars. Andy will start with the big bang and will look to see how...

Saturday 27th October 2018 from 19:00pm to 22:00pm

North Pennines Observatory Open Evening

North Pennines Observatory, Allenheads, NE47 9HR

Do you have a telescope that you do not really know how to use? Or would you simply like to get more out of the equipment you have? Join us to ‘tame your telescope’. Numbers are restricted to 10 people (everyone present must have a...

Tuesday 30th October 2018 from 19:00pm to 22:00pm

Searching For Life!

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

Join experienced astronomer Richard Darn who will be answering the question does ET really exist? Is there intelligent life out there and if so, how will we ever get in contact? Why not join in on a colourful trip through the cosmos to in search of...

Tuesday 30th October 2018 from 19:00pm to 22:00pm

Astrophotography - Milky Way and Waterfalls

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

Join Gary Lintern to learn the basics of astrophotography and nighttime landscape photography. After a short discussion about equipment and techniques, we will head to Low Force.The Moon will be rising just before midnight, so the sky will be...

Thursday 1st November 2018 from 18:30pm to 22:00pm

A Night with the Stars

Lord Crewe Arms, Blanchland, DH8 9SP

Join us in our recently renovated Gatehouse for an evening of stargazing with Joe Gordon. Joe is an expert in his field and will give a beginners’ guide to stargazing. If the weather is clear, expect a trip to the bottom of our garden to have a...

Thursday 1st November 2018 from 19:00pm to 22:00pm

Stargazing at Nenthead Mines

Nenthead Mines, Alston, CA9 3NR

We will start with a talk from Andy Gray on ‘Why Space Travel is Hard’ The talk will explore the science of travel, time and space and will consider why humans need to travel into space.We will look at the science of what is involved to get...

Friday 2nd November 2018 from 19:00pm to 22:00pm

North Pennines Observatory Cloud Chamber Workshop

North Pennines Observatory, Allenheads, NE47 9HR

Witness beautiful trails made by unseen cosmic particles that are constantly passing through us and our world. A cloud chamber gives us a glimpse into the invisible world of particles produced in the radioactive decay of naturally occurring elements...

Saturday 3rd November 2018 from 14:00pm to 16:00pm

North Pennines Observatory Open Evening

North Pennines Observatory, Allenheads, NE47 9HR

Most of our universe is missing! When we look into the night sky we realise there is much more out there than meets the eye.Our universe is filled with mysterious dark matter, whose gravity provides the cosmic glue that holds it all together,...

Saturday 3rd November 2018 from 19:00pm to 22:00pm

North Pennines Observatory Open Evening

North Pennines Observatory, Allenheads, NE47 9HR

Join us up at the North Pennines Observatory for a screening of Steven Spielberg’s 1977 masterpiece "Close Encounters of the Third Kind", in association with Allenheads Contemporary Arts. This classic sci-fi film was digitally remastered in 2017...

Sunday 4th November 2018 from 19:00pm to 22:00pm


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