Dark Sky Festival Stargazing, Dinner & Spoon Whittling

Dark Sky Festival Stargazing, Dinner & Spoon Whittling

Friday 3rd November 2023 from 15:30pm to 18:30pm

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

Visit Ashlack Hall, a beautiful private country estate, for an evening of Food, Spoon Whittling and Star Gazing. A truly memorable experience.

After a short walk into a stunning Oak Woodland, we will congregate around an open fire. Here, you’ll be shown how to use a bushcraft knife, hook knife and an axe safely as well as some handy techniques and grips needed for wood whittling. After this, under the watchful eye and guidance of the instructor, you can have a go at carving your very own spoon – which you can take away with you as a memento of the evening.

Over the campfire, a Chilli Con Carne will be cooking away, along with rice and garlic bread to enjoy for our evening meal (Vegan Chilli option available).

After the meal, we will exit the wood and sit out on the fell land and look up at the night sky. Here we can marvel at the stars, identify some constellations and see the beauty of the Milky Way.

The event takes place on our private country estate, nestled between the Coniston Fells and 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.

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

Please note that this has already taken place on 03/11/2023

Event booking

See the Visit Lake District website for more details including contact email and phone number.

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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.



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