North Pennines Stargazing Festival 2019

The annual North Pennines Stargazing Festival takes place this year between 23rd October and 3rd November. The year 2019 will be the third festival and with previous years being so successful there’s lots to look forward to this time around.

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 get outdoors stargazing! Scheduled to take place during the half-term period means that younger astronomers can participate to! Why not book on several events and make a short break of it — the North Pennines is a fabulous place to explore!

We are pleased to feature events taking place as part of the festival that include some element of practical astronomy / stargazing. There’s much more happening besides this, for a full list of events visit the official webpage on the North Pennines AONB website or view the festival brochure.

Clear skies!

Stargazing Event Map


Science of the Sun and Moon

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

Since the start of civilisation our knowledge of the Sun and Moon has been essential for our survival. Andy Gray, expert astronomer and science educator, will look back to their origins, and what the future holds. After the talk we will (weather...

Wednesday 23rd October 2019 from 19:00pm to 22:00pm

Capcom Go! Planetarium Show - Alston

Alston Town Hall, Alston, CA9 3RF

Fifty years ago the first people walked on the Moon. Discover the epic story behind this historic moment as we screen ‘CAPCOM GO! The Apollo Story’ in our immersive planetarium dome. A shorter film will showcase spectacular (day and night)...

Thursday 24th October 2019 from 10:00am to 14:15pm

Solar System Walk & Astro Joe Workshop

South Tynedale Railway Station, Alston, CA9 3JB

Enjoy a day's worth of activities with local astronomer Astro Joe! Discover the planets on a gentle guided walk (2km round trip) along the South Tyne Trail with Astro Joe (bring wellies/boots and warm/waterproof clothing). Are they close together or...

Thursday 24th October 2019 from 10:00am to 18:00pm

Skywatch at Nenthead Mines

Nenthead Mines, Alston, CA9 3NR

Including a talk from Richard Darn on the 50th anniversary of the first man on the Moon and the Apollo 11 mission. He will be answering the question – what is the similarity between a modern toaster and the Apollo moon lander? These and scores...

Thursday 24th October 2019 from 19:00pm to 22:00pm

Stargazing Supper with Local Astronomer Gary Lintern

Lord Crewe Arms, Blanchland, DH8 9SP

Join local Astronomer Gary Lintern in the Gatehouse at the Lord Crewe Arms for an evening of stargazing. Gary 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...

Thursday 24th October 2019 from 19:00pm to 22:00pm

North Pennines Stargazing Festival 2019 Official Star Camp

Doe Park Caravan Site, Barnard Castle, DL12 9UQ

Join experienced astronomer Richard Darn and friends for a spectacular two-night star camp under the North Pennines sky.The camp is perfect for novices and is suitable for people aged six and over. Telescopes will be provided, along with expert...

Friday 25th October 2019 from 18:00pm to Sunday 27th October 2019 14:00pm

Skywatch at Talkin Tarn

Talkin Tarn Country Park, Brampton, CA8 1HN

Enjoy some of the darkest skies in the North Pennines. Experienced astronomers from the Border Astronomical Society will be on hand to show you around the night sky, using telescopes and binoculars. Displays, information and refreshments will be...

Saturday 26th October 2019 from 18:30pm to 21:30pm

Night Photography at The Bowes Museum

The Bowes Museum, Darlington, DL12 8NP

This workshop, led by local photographer Gary Lintern, is aimed at photographers of all experience levels, including absolute beginners. You will have private access to the Bowes Museum and its grounds.It is scheduled for a moonless night,...

Sunday 27th October 2019 from 17:30pm to 20:00pm

Capcom Go! Planetarium Show - Hexham

Wentworth Leisure Centre - Hexham, Newcastle, NE46 3PD

Fifty years ago the first people walked on the Moon. Discover the epic story behind this historic moment as we screen ‘CAPCOM GO! The Apollo Story’ in our immersive planetarium dome. A shorter film will showcase spectacular (day and night)...

Monday 28th October 2019 from 10:00am to 14:15pm

Learn to use a Telescope at Alston Moor Golf Club

Alston Moor Golf Club, Penrith, CA9 3DB

Would you like to learn how to use a telescope? Maybe you already own one, but aren’t getting the best from it? Join local astronomers Andy Gray and Gary Lintern at the wonderfully dark and hospitable Alston Moor Golf Club for a small group...

Monday 28th October 2019 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Capcom Go! Planetarium Show - Barnard Castle

The Witham, Barnard Castle, DL12 8LY

Fifty years ago the first people walked on the Moon. Discover the epic story behind this historic moment as we screen ‘CAPCOM GO! The Apollo Story’ in our immersive planetarium dome. A shorter film will showcase spectacular (day and night)...

Tuesday 29th October 2019 from 10:00am to 14:15pm

Family Stargazing at Raby Castle

Raby Castle, Barnard Castle, DL2 3AH

Visit Raby Castle to learn about the night sky, including the autumn constellations visible from the UK. You will also discover the best conditions, times of the month, and times of day to continue your explorations, as well as how to choose a...

Tuesday 29th October 2019 from 18:00pm to 19:30pm

Astrophotography at Raby Castle

Raby Castle, Barnard Castle, DL2 3AH

Join Gary Lintern to learn the basics of astrophotography and night time landscape photography. After a short discussion about equipment and techniques, we will head to the ponds behind the castle for a practical photography session. The Moon will...

Tuesday 29th October 2019 from 20:00pm to 21:30pm

Star-E-bike Adventure

Pow Hill, Edmundbuyers, DH8

Join Dave Hull, from North Pennines E-bike Hire, and Andy Gray, expert local astronomer, for a night time electric bike ride at Derwent Waterside Park. Starting from Pow Hill Dark Sky Discovery Site the ride will follow a traffic-free route with...

Wednesday 30th October 2019 from 18:30pm to 21:00pm

Discovering the Andromeda Galaxy

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

Fred Stevenson, from Go Stargazing, will take us on a voyage of discovery looking at the Andromeda Galaxy – the most distant object you can see with your naked eye. Discover how it and other galaxies were discovered and explore the mysteries of...

Thursday 31st October 2019 from 19:00pm to 22:00pm

Stargazing Supper with Local Astronomer Andy Gray

Lord Crewe Arms, Blanchland, DH8 9SP

Join us in our Gatehouse for an evening of stargazing with Andy Gray. Andy 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 look through the...

Thursday 31st October 2019 from 19:00pm to 22:00pm

Skywatch at Killhope with Sunderland Astronomical Society

Killhope Lead Mining Museum, Bishop Auckland, DL13 1AR

Enjoy some of the darkest skies in the North Pennines at Killhope Museum. 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 1st November 2019 from 18:00pm to 21:00pm

Night Photography Supper

Lord Crewe Arms, Blanchland, DH8 9SP

Join us in our Gatehouse for an evening of night sky photography with Gary Lintern. Gary is an experienced astrophotographer and astronomer, and will tell you everything you need to know about photographing starry landscapes. If the weather is...

Friday 1st November 2019 from 19:00pm to 22:00pm

Tan Hill Skywatch

Tan Hill Inn, Richmond, DL11 6ED

Fred Stevenson, from Go Stargazing, will speak about recent and ongoing space missions and their discoveries. We will look at a range of fantastic images from probes which have visited the Moon, Venus, Mars and Jupiter. After Fred’s talk we will...

Friday 1st November 2019 from 19:00pm to 22:00pm

Family Stargazing at High Force

The High Force Hotel, Middleton-in-Teesdale, DL12 0XH

Visit High Force to learn about the night sky, including the autumn constellations visible from the UK. You will also discover the best conditions, times of the month, and times of day to continue your explorations, as well as how to choose a...

Saturday 2nd November 2019 from 18:00pm to 19:30pm

Chasing the Northern Lights

North Pennines Observatory, Allenheads, NE47 9HR

In Estonia it is believed that the Northern Lights were magnificent horse drawn carriages carrying heavenly guests to a celestial wedding! This evening up at the observatory will begin with a talk from Laura Preston, North Pennines Astronomy...

Saturday 2nd November 2019 from 19:00pm to 22:00pm

Astrophotography at High Force

The High Force Hotel, Middleton-in-Teesdale, DL12 0XH

Join Gary Lintern to learn the basics of astrophotography and night time landscape photography. After a short discussion about equipment and techniques, we will head to the waterfall for a practical photography session. The Moon will have set before...

Saturday 2nd November 2019 from 20:30pm to 22:00pm

Myths and Legends of the Night Sky

Derwent Waterside Park Visitor Centre, Consett, DH8 9TT

Visit the Derwent Waterside Park and learn all about star constellations, their origins, and the stories people tell about them in different cultures. You will also discover how to find and identify some of them yourself, and how to choose the...

Sunday 3rd November 2019 from 17:30pm to 21:00pm


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