Yorkshire Dales Dark Skies Festival Starcamp 2019

Friday 1st March 2019 from 18:00pm to Sunday 3rd March 2019 12:00pm

Tan Hill Inn

Reeth, Richmond, DL11 6ED


Enjoy a family friendly weekend of stargazing at the Tan Hill Inn, an event taking place as the official "Starcamp" for the Yorkshire Dales and part of the National Parks Dark Skies Festival 2019.

Join enthusiastic and experienced astronomers from Go Stargazing who will guide you around the fabulous dark skies above this light-pollution free location set in a remote but accessible part of the Yorkshire. Immerse yourself in a sky full of stars with the Milky Way arching across from one horizon to the other all while exploring star clusters, nebulae and galaxies using large, powerful telescopes.

The event starts on the Friday evening with a presentation aimed at beginners offering a colourful introduction to astronomy and then heading outside for a laser guided tour of the skies and stargazing if weather permits. If the weather is poor there'll be an indoor "virtual" tour of the night sky where you will learn how to navigate the constellations and find objects of interest.

Saturday will be action packed starting with a bottle rocket competition! Spend the morning constructing your rocket and then set it off from the launchpad at the Tan Hill Cosmodrome. Also on Saturday if the Sun is shining it will be possible to safely observe our closest star in amazing detail using a special solar telescope. Saturday evening will include another astronomy related presentation and then (hopefully!) some more stargazing and live music offering indoor respite.

Prior booking for this event is required with tickets available from the Skiddle website. Please contact Tan Hill Inn separately if you would like to book a room or stay in their bunk barn. Overnight camping and caravans for a small fee payable when you get there.

- Event includes an astronomy related presentation or talk.

- Event will involve stargazing and observing the skies through telescopes weather permitting

- Event is a hosted at a dark sky location such as a remote campsite over several nights usually around a new moon when the skies are dark.


This event is being organised by Go Stargazing who should be contacted if you have any queries.


Tickets for this event can be purchased from the Skiddle website which can be accessed by clicking the button below. Please contact the Tan Hill Inn separately for all accommodation enquiries. Thanks!

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Location light pollution

This location is estimated to have light pollution levels similar to a dark site 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 Friday 1st March 2019

The below graphic shows if and when it will be dark at Tan Hill Inn 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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