Stargazing at Mere Sands Wood

Friday 25th September 2020 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm

Mere Sands Wood Nature Reserve

Holmeswood Road, Rufford, Lancashire, L40 1TG, North West


Robert Ince will be your guide taking you on an incredible journey through the constellations and along the Milky Way, while also showing you how to find all sorts of heavenly objects for yourself. He will try and show some of the skies wonders through powerful telescopes and binoculars and will attempt to answer your questions on life, the universe and everything!

Robert will tell you more about how we need to protect dark skies and show startling images and videos of the objects we hope to see when we go outside, weather permitting. But even if the weather does not co-operate there still will be colourful talks, videos and hands on help with telescopes, together with friendly advice on how to get started in this wonderful hobby.

Wrap up warm - autumn nights can still be cold, bring binoculars if you have them and also a torch. Don't forget a hat....

This event is only suitable for children aged 10+ who are able to sit and listen to a speaker.

Did you know; from towns and cities we see just a handful of stars, but, when away from light pollution, we could count 2,000 at any one time!

Please book early - places are limited and only available in advance.

The event is held at Mere Sands Wood visitor centre, meeting in the classroom before going outside to see the stars. The visitor centre has literature, toilets and a small shop selling gifts, hot and cold drinks and confectionery. The site is run by The Lancashire Wildlife Trust, who are a local wildlife charity, working to protect wildlife and nature for the future.

OS Grid ref: SD 447 157

Parking: - cost included in the ticket.
Main Car Park is on a 'Pay on exit' camera based system. Please remember to give the organisers your car registration to avoid being charged for car parking.

- Event includes an astronomy related presentation or talk.

- Event will involve stargazing and observing the skies through telescopes weather permitting

Corona virus

Please be aware that due to the Coronavirus it is likely that this event has been cancelled or postponed. If you are considering attending this event please double check with the event organiser directly to confirm. If this event is indeed affected the organisers will no doubt need your support in the future -- please do consider attending an event of theirs when possible! Thank you!


This event is being organised by Robert Ince who should be contacted if you have any queries. We highly recommend you confirm this event is indeed going ahead before travelling. If you do attend it would be fantastic if you could let the organiser know you found them via Go Stargazing!

Event booking

This event is fully booked.

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.

Location darkness on Friday 25th September 2020

The below graphic shows if and when it will be dark at Mere Sands Wood Nature Reserve 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.

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