Doe Park Caravan Site
Cotherstone, Barnard Castle, DL12 9UQ, North East
Join experienced astronomers Richard Darn and Neill Sanders from Go Stargazing, plus friends, for a spectacular two-night star camp under the North Pennines dark skies.
The camp is perfect for novices and is suitable for people aged six and over. Telescopes will be provided, along with expert guidance, and you are welcome to bring your own equipment, too, including cameras (with tripods) and binoculars. There will also be astronomy-themed talks, solar observing and bottle rocket launching.
During the weekend, Saturn, Jupiter, Neptune and Uranus will all be in the sky, plus a big Moon, with its deep craters and high mountains (take a picture with your mobile phone!). You’ll also enjoy a laser-guided tour of the autumn constellations.
You will arrive on Friday night with a mulled wine reception at 7 pm – stargazing will be available (weather permitting) on Friday and Saturday night, depart on Sunday. Bring warm clothing and a red light torch (if you have one).
Costs as follows: pitch fees (electric £17 per night; non-electric £14 per night – caravans, camper vans, tents) plus £8.50 per person per night ‘astronomy charge’ (£7.00 for under 16s).
For all bookings please contact the venue on 01833 650302 or email [email protected].
This event is part of the North Pennines Stargazing Festival running from 22nd to 31st October 2021.
North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is organising this event
Please contact North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty directly for more details regarding this event or, if appropriate, contact the event venue.
Email: [email protected]
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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.
Fri 22nd Oct
Sat 23rd Oct
Sun 24th Oct
Local light pollution
The above demonstrates the estimated effect of light pollution - graphics created using Stellarium.