Hamsterley Forest Visitor Centre

Hamsterley Forest Visitor Centre

Hamsterley Forest, Bedburn, County Durham, DL13 3NL

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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Hamsterley Forest Visitor Centre is a Dark Sky Discovery Site, an officially recognised place where anyone can stargaze. Most such locations have overnight parking (sometimes with a fee); however, many do not allow overnight camping. There may or may not be toilet facilities.

Weather forecast

  • 16/06/24

    12° 11%
  • 16/06/24

    11° 10%
  • 17/06/24

    11° 11%
  • 17/06/24

    10° 6%

Weather forecast for Hamsterley (0.5 miles away) updated 16/06/24 at 04:00.




Events nearby

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  • Cygnus Observatory public open evening

    Sunday 16th June 2024 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

    Cygnus Observatory at Washington Wetland Centre, Washington, NE38 8LE (21.5 miles away)

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  • Cygnus Observatory public open evening

    Thursday 20th June 2024 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

    Cygnus Observatory at Washington Wetland Centre, Washington, NE38 8LE (21.5 miles away)

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  • Cygnus Observatory public open evening

    Sunday 23rd June 2024 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

    Cygnus Observatory at Washington Wetland Centre, Washington, NE38 8LE (21.5 miles away)

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  • Cygnus Observatory public open evening

    Thursday 27th June 2024 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

    Cygnus Observatory at Washington Wetland Centre, Washington, NE38 8LE (21.5 miles away)

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  • Durham Astronomical Society monthly meeting

    Friday 28th June 2024 from 19:30pm to 21:00pm

    Durham Botanic Garden, Durham, DH1 3TN (12.8 miles away)

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  • The Byre at Woodside Farm

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  • Doe Park Caravan Site

    Cotherstone, Barnard Castle, County Durham, DL12 9UQ, North East (8.6 miles away)

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  • Owl Cottage – Teesdale

    Middleton in Teesdale, Barnard Castle, County Durham, DL12 0RN (9.5 miles away)

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  • The High Force Hotel

    Alston Road, Middleton-in-Teesdale, County Durham, DL12 0XH (12.9 miles away)

    Go Stargazing Site, Stay & Gaze

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  • Langdon Beck Hotel – Teesdale

    Langdon Beck, Forest-in-Teesdale, County Durham, DL12 0XP, North East (14.8 miles away)

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