Hamsterley Forest Visitor Centre

Hamsterley Forest, Bedburn, County Durham, DL13 3NL

Location description

This location is a dark sky discovery site freely accessible to the public with 24 hour toilet facilities (overnight parking charges apply). The site is surrounded by trees which block out most nearby light pollution leaving the Milky Way clearly visible in the skies above. Stargazing events are often organised by the Forestry Commission with the support of local astronomers including some from the Go Stargazing team! Hamsterley Forest is a great place to go stargazing and not to far from civilisation!

Above image by John Patrick
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Dark sky discovery site

Designated as a Dark Sky Discovery Site this location is accessible by members of the public and are officially recognised as excellent places to stargaze. Such locations often have free overnight car parking, some have toilet facilities however rarely allow overnight camping.


Tonight's weather forecast

23/03/19
18:00
5%
23/03/19
21:00
5%
24/03/19
00:00
5%
24/03/19
03:00
4%
Weather forecast for Hamsterley (0.48 miles away) updated 23/03/19 at 16:00.

Location light pollution

This location is estimated to have light pollution levels similar to a rural setting based on satellite data from CPRE.

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Dark site
The above demonstrates the estimated effect of light pollution - graphics created using Stellarium.

When to stargaze at Hamsterley Forest Visitor Centre

This location's rural setting means it benefits from dark skies depending on the time of the year and lunar cycle. In the calendar below where you can see stars indicates when the skies will be dark and the best time to stargaze. Yellow areas show the adverse effects of daylight (bold) and moonlight (faded). Hover over a day to see darkness times or click on a date for more information.

Forthcoming events at this location

Go Stargazing at Hamsterley - Northern Lights

Tuesday 2nd April 2019 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm
Astronomy Presentation, Observing (if clear)

Go Stargazing at Hamsterley - How big is the Universe!?

Tuesday 9th April 2019 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm
Astronomy Presentation, Observing (if clear)

Go Stargazing at Hamsterley - The Moon up close

Tuesday 16th April 2019 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm
Astronomy Presentation, Observing (if clear)

Easter Stargazing at Hamsterley Forest

Saturday 20th April 2019 from 20:30pm to 22:00pm
Astronomy Presentation, Observing (if clear)

Go Stargazing at Hamsterley - Introduction to Cosmology

Tuesday 23rd April 2019 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm
Astronomy Presentation, Observing (if clear)

Go Stargazing at Hamsterley - Exciting Space Missions

Tuesday 30th April 2019 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm
Astronomy Presentation, Observing (if clear)

Location

When to visit

The best time to visit Hamsterley Forest Visitor Centre can be found on this dark skies calendar.

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