Solar System Walk & Astro Joe Workshop

Thursday 24th October 2019 from 10:00am to 18:00pm

South Tynedale Railway Station

Station Road, Alston, CA9 3JB, North West


Enjoy a day's worth of activities with local astronomer Astro Joe! Discover the planets on a gentle guided walk (2km round trip) along the South Tyne Trail with Astro Joe (bring wellies/boots and warm/waterproof clothing). Are they close together or far apart? How big are they, compared to each other?

After a short break we will reconvene in the Discovery Centre for a second activity. The second activity will be different depending on which of the three events you book on:

design, build and launch an air-powered paper rocket – using a straw launcher and a stomp rocket launcher (10am to 12noon);

or enjoy a Moon-themed art activity (1 to 3pm);

or talk about your favourite planets and other exciting things in our universe, alongside looking at some projections and images (4 to 6pm).

On all events children will be able to see and hold some real meteorites, including pieces from the Moon and Mars. All three events are suitable for children aged four to 11 years. All children must be accompanied.

This event is taking place as part of the North Pennines Stargazing Festival 2019 running from 23rd October to 3rd November 2019.

Corona virus

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This event is being organised by North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty 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!


Please contact North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty directly for more details regarding this event or, if appropriate, contact the event venue.

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