Go starcamping!

Go starcamping!

Enjoy a stargazing break with family, friends and welcoming astronomers!

A “Starcamp” is an organised stargazing event that takes place at a time around a new moon when the skies are nice and dark for stargazing. Such events are often based at a remote campsite or caravan park and away from light pollution.

“Starcamping” offers a means of getting away from the city lights, away from light pollution, away from the hum-drum of day-to-day life and into a world where you can be at one with our Universe, literally!

Although Starcamps take place throughout the year the best events are held from Autumn through to Spring when fewer daylight hours allow for more stargazing time and the cold, crisp nights mean the skies above are settled making it perfect for observing, especially through telescopes.

Most of us will have to travel some distance to find a dark sky location, therefore, not only do Star-camps make an ideal short break, the journey is made all the more worthwhile when you see the Milky Way arching over you and thousands of stars visible to the naked eye. Staying over a couple of nights increases the chances you’ll get a break in the weather.

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The Milky Way above Kielder Forest Starcamp – photo by Robert Ince

What to expect

You’ll find friendly, experienced amateur astronomers on hand and keen to share their knowledge and passion for their favorite subject. Some of these events cater to families (such as The People’s Star Parties at Kielder) however most are aimed at more serious amateur astronomers wanting to make the most of their time under dark skies.

Members of the public are always welcome however those who do attend these types of events will likely be asked to abide by strict red light rules (no white light during dark) and no noise during the mornings (due to sleepy astronomers!)

It’s not necessary to rough it either! You’ll find campsites with pitches that have electric hook-ups for fan heaters and a warm room where you can make a cuppa. There’s often a pub nearby too! Star-camps are social events and you’ll undoubtedly make new friends, when you call it a night just snuggle up under the extra duvet you packed in addition to your sleeping bags! 😉

Going camping at any time when it’s likely to be chilly is not for the faint-hearted, however, for the more adventurous amongst you, this is perhaps the best way of experiencing stargazing, and such efforts are often incredibly rewarding!


Forthcoming Starcamps


August 2021

  • Dalby Forest StarFest 2021 (Cancelled until next year)

    Thursday 12th August 2021 from 17:00pm to Monday 16th August 2021 12:00pm

    Dalby, Thornton-le-Dale, Yorkshire, YO18 7LT

    More info

September 2021

  • Cambrian Mountains Stargazing Weekend

    Friday 3rd September 2021 from 16:00pm to Sunday 5th September 2021 12:00pm

    Rhiwdefeity, Staylittle, SY19 7BY

    More info

October 2021

  • Cambrian Mountains Stargazing Weekend

    Friday 1st October 2021 from 16:00pm to Sunday 3rd October 2021 12:00pm

    Rhiwdefeity, Staylittle, SY19 7BY

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  • Kelling Heath Star Party – Autumn 2021

    Monday 4th October 2021 from 12:00pm to Monday 11th October 2021 12:00pm

    Weybourne, Holt, NR25 7HW

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  • The People’s Star Party at Kielder – Autumn 2021

    Friday 29th October 2021 from 16:00pm to Sunday 31st October 2021 12:00pm

    Kielder Village, Kielder, Northumberland, NE48 1ER

    More info

November 2021

  • Breckland Skies Star Party – Autumn 2021

    Monday 1st November 2021 from 17:00pm to Monday 8th November 2021 12:00pm

    Hinton, Saxmundham, IP17 3QT

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  • Haw Wood Farm Astronomers Week – Autumn 2021

    Monday 1st November 2021 from 17:00pm to Saturday 6th November 2021 12:00pm

    Hinton, Saxmundham, IP17 3QT

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  • Galloway Gathering – Autumn 2021

    Tuesday 2nd November 2021 from 12:00pm to Sunday 7th November 2021 12:00pm

    Kirkinner, Newton Stewart, DG8 9DB

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  • Winterfest Astro Star Party 2021

    Tuesday 2nd November 2021 from 12:00pm to Saturday 6th November 2021 12:00pm

    Weybourne, Holt, NR25 7HW

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  • Kielder Forest Star Camp – Autumn 2021

    Wednesday 3rd November 2021 from 12:00pm to Monday 8th November 2021 12:00pm

    Kielder Village, Kielder, Northumberland, NE48 1ER

    More info
  • Cambrian Mountains Stargazing Weekend

    Friday 5th November 2021 from 16:00pm to Sunday 7th November 2021 12:00pm

    Rhiwdefeity, Staylittle, SY19 7BY

    More info

December 2021

  • Cambrian Mountains Stargazing Weekend

    Friday 3rd December 2021 from 16:00pm to Sunday 5th December 2021 12:00pm

    Rhiwdefeity, Staylittle, SY19 7BY

    More info

August 2022

  • Solarsphere Astronomical & Music Festival 2022

    Friday 19th August 2022 from 12:00pm to Monday 22nd August 2022 12:00pm

    Builth Wells, Llanelwedd, LD2 3RD

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September 2022

  • Kelling Heath Star Party – Autumn 2022

    Tuesday 20th September 2022 from 12:00pm to Tuesday 27th September 2022 12:00pm

    Weybourne, Holt, NR25 7HW

    More info

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