Dark Sky Festival Stargazing & Bushcraft Cookery

Dark Sky Festival Stargazing & Bushcraft Cookery

Friday 10th November 2023 from 15:30pm to 18:30pm

Ashlack Hall
Grizebeck, Kirkby-in-Furness, Cumbria, LA17 7XN

The session involves you learning how to fillet a whole Rainbow Trout and cook it indigenous style over an open fire. You will of course have a go at lighting the fire, only using traditional methods, such as flint and steel with natural tinder or even try out the fire bow! You will also bake fresh bread and roast potatoes over the fire.

If we are lucky, we may get a glimpse of a few of our nocturnal residences, such as badgers and foxes who live in our woodland. Afterwards, you’ll have a chance to Stargaze out on the open fell beside the Wood.​

The event takes place on a private country estate overlooking the Duddon estuary. There is a central area covered with a large parachute so you can stay dry whatever the weather and also a composting toilet provided for your comfort throughout the evening.​

Our Bushcraft Cookery and Stargazing evening is a fun way to get out with like-minded people, learn some new skills and enjoy the peace and tranquilly of the woodland and all it has to offer.

This event occurs as part of the Cumbria Dark Skies Festival 2023.

Please note that this has already taken place on 10/11/2023

Event booking

Please see the Visit Lake District website for more details and contacts details for how to book.

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Event darkness

The Moon has a big impact on the visibility of celestial bodies in the night sky. Try to plan your stargazing when there is no bright Moon at night as this is when the skies will be at their darkest.

The below chart shows if and when the skies will be at their darkest during this event. Moonlight is shown in light yellow and the Sun's twilight in light blue. Midnight on the date shown is shown as a white line with sunset to the left and sunrise the next morning to the right. A black background with stars shows the best times for stargazing.



Stay and gaze nearby

Stay at one of these stargazing-friendly accommodation providers.

  • Cambridge House Hotel – Millom

    1 Cambridge Street, Millom, Cumbria, LA18 5BD (5.7 miles away)

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  • High Haume Glamping – Dalton-in-Furness

    High Haume Farm, Dalton In Furness, Cumbria, LA15 8JP (5.9 miles away)

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  • Jackdaw Cottage

    3 Garden Terrace, Baycliff, Cumbria, LA12 9RP (8.5 miles away)

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  • Todd & Gunn Cottages

    Wasdale, Santon Bridge, Cumbria, CA19 1UX (13.3 miles away)

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  • Brookfield Guest House – Keswick

    Penrith Road, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 4LJ (23.9 miles away)

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  • Graystock Lodge – Cockerham

    Cockerham, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA2 0ER (25.4 miles away)

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