Go Stargazing at Hamsterley

Tuesday 17th January 2017 from 19:00pm to Thursday 19th January 2017 22:00pm

Hamsterley Forest Visitor Centre

Hamsterley Forest, Bedburn, County Durham, DL13 3NL


The dark skies above Hamsterley Forest make for a great place to stargaze, the Milky Way is clearly visible arching across the skies and thousands more stars can be seen compared to our towns and cities.

You and your family are invited to join local amateur astronomer Neill Sanders, former volunteer at Kielder Observatory and member of the Go Stargazing team, for an evening of stargazing and observing through large telescopes.

Learn how to find your way around the night sky and how to locate fascinating objects including those our eyes alone cannot see — you are welcome to bring binoculars or perhaps the telescope Santa brought you for Christmas! Hot drinks will be available for a small fee and the event itself is free or charge. A car parking ticket will be required.

To see the stars depends on the weather, therefore this event will be short notice and run on a “first clear night” basis taking place on one of the following dates:

Tuesday 17th January 2017 or Wednesday 18th January 2017 or Thursday 19th January 2017.

To register your interest in attending this event and to receive a notification when the exact date is known (1 or 2 days before) please enter your details below indicating how many you anticipate to come along.

- Event occurs on the first clear night during the date range thus maximising chances of stargazing, however being weather dependent means short notice.


This event is being organised by Go Stargazing 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

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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 Tuesday 17th January 2017

The below graphic shows if and when it will be dark at Hamsterley Forest Visitor Centre 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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