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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 2022

  • Dalby Forest StarFest 2022

    Thursday 18th August 2022 from 12:00pm to Monday 22nd August 2022 12:00pm

    Dalby Forest Adderstone Field, Thornton-le-Dale, YO18 7LT

    More info

September 2022

  • Herstmonceux Astronomy Festival 2022

    Friday 2nd September 2022 from 14:00pm to Sunday 4th September 2022 12:00pm

    The Observatory Science Centre, Hailsham, BN27 1RN

    More info
  • Wells and Mendip Star Camp

    Friday 2nd September 2022 from 19:00pm to Sunday 4th September 2022 12:00pm

    Nettwood Farm, Bristol, BS40 6DA

    More info
  • Kelling Heath Star Party – Autumn 2022

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

    Kelling Heath Holiday Park, Holt, NR25 7HW

    More info
  • Cambrian Mountains Stargazing Weekend – September 2022

    Friday 23rd September 2022 from 16:00pm to Sunday 25th September 2022 12:00pm

    Hafren Forest Hideaway, Staylittle, SY19 7BY

    More info
  • The People’s Star Party at Kielder – Autumn 2022

    Friday 23rd September 2022 from 16:00pm to Sunday 25th September 2022 12:00pm

    Kielder Campsite, Kielder, NE48 1ER

    More info
  • AstroCamp – Autumn 2022

    Saturday 24th September 2022 from 12:00pm to Tuesday 27th September 2022 12:00pm

    Cwmdu Campsite, Crickhowell, NP8 1RU

    More info

October 2022

  • North Pennines Stargazing Festival 2022 Starcamp

    Friday 21st October 2022 from 17:00pm to Sunday 23rd October 2022 12:00pm

    Doe Park Caravan Site, Barnard Castle, DL12 9UQ

    More info
  • Coll & The Cosmos Stargazing Weekend – October 2022

    Saturday 22nd October 2022 from 12:00pm to Sunday 23rd October 2022 13:00pm

    Isle of Coll - Coll Bunkhouse, Isle of Coll, PA78 6SY

    More info
  • Kielder Forest Star Camp – Autumn 2022

    Wednesday 26th October 2022 from 12:00pm to Monday 31st October 2022 12:00pm

    Kielder Campsite, Kielder, NE48 1ER

    More info
  • Haw Wood Farm Astronomers Week – Autumn 2022

    Friday 28th October 2022 from 17:00pm to Tuesday 1st November 2022 12:00pm

    Haw Wood Farm Caravan Park, Saxmundham, IP17 3QT

    More info
  • Star Glamp Weekend at Little Seed Field

    Friday 28th October 2022 from 18:00pm to Sunday 30th October 2022 12:00pm

    Little Seed Field Glamping, Ripon, HG4 3PU

    More info

November 2022

  • Cambrian Mountains Stargazing Weekend – November 2022

    Friday 18th November 2022 from 16:00pm to Sunday 20th November 2022 12:00pm

    Hafren Forest Hideaway, Staylittle, SY19 7BY

    More info
  • Galloway Gathering – Autumn 2022

    Monday 21st November 2022 from 12:00pm to Monday 28th November 2022 12:00pm

    Drumroamin Farm Camping & Caravan Site, Newton Stewart, DG8 9DB

    More info
  • Winterfest Astro Star Party 2022

    Thursday 24th November 2022 from 12:00pm to Monday 28th November 2022 12:00pm

    Kelling Heath Holiday Park, Holt, NR25 7HW

    More info
  • Star Glamp Weekend at Little Seed Field

    Friday 25th November 2022 from 18:00pm to Sunday 27th November 2022 12:00pm

    Little Seed Field Glamping, Ripon, HG4 3PU

    More info

December 2022

  • Cambrian Mountains Stargazing Weekend – December 2022

    Friday 16th December 2022 from 16:00pm to Sunday 18th December 2022 12:00pm

    Hafren Forest Hideaway, Staylittle, SY19 7BY

    More info

January 2023

  • Cambrian Mountains Stargazing Weekend – January 2023

    Friday 13th January 2023 from 16:00pm to Sunday 15th January 2023 12:00pm

    Hafren Forest Hideaway, Staylittle, SY19 7BY

    More info

February 2023

  • Cambrian Mountains Stargazing Weekend – February 2023

    Friday 10th February 2023 from 16:00pm to Sunday 12th February 2023 12:00pm

    Hafren Forest Hideaway, Staylittle, SY19 7BY

    More info

March 2023

  • Kielder Forest Star Camp – Spring 2023

    Wednesday 15th March 2023 from 12:00pm to Monday 20th March 2023 12:00pm

    Kielder Campsite, Kielder, NE48 1ER

    More info
  • Cambrian Mountains Stargazing Weekend – March 2023

    Friday 17th March 2023 from 16:00pm to Sunday 19th March 2023 12:00pm

    Hafren Forest Hideaway, Staylittle, SY19 7BY

    More info
  • Galloway Gathering – Spring 2023

    Saturday 18th March 2023 from 12:00pm to Friday 24th March 2023 12:00pm

    Drumroamin Farm Camping & Caravan Site, Newton Stewart, DG8 9DB

    More info

April 2023

  • AstroCamp – Spring 2023

    Saturday 22nd April 2023 from 12:00pm to Tuesday 25th April 2023 12:00pm

    Cwmdu Campsite, Crickhowell, NP8 1RU

    More info

August 2023

  • Cambrian Mountains Stargazing Weekend – August 2023

    Friday 11th August 2023 from 16:00pm to Sunday 13th August 2023 12:00pm

    Hafren Forest Hideaway, Staylittle, SY19 7BY

    More info

September 2023

  • Cambrian Mountains Stargazing Weekend – September 2023

    Friday 8th September 2023 from 16:00pm to Sunday 10th September 2023 12:00pm

    Hafren Forest Hideaway, Staylittle, SY19 7BY

    More info
  • AstroCamp – Autumn 2023

    Saturday 16th September 2023 from 12:00pm to Tuesday 19th September 2023 12:00pm

    Cwmdu Campsite, Crickhowell, NP8 1RU

    More info

October 2023

  • Kelling Heath Star Party – Autumn 2023

    Monday 9th October 2023 from 12:00pm to Monday 16th October 2023 12:00pm

    Kelling Heath Holiday Park, Holt, NR25 7HW

    More info
  • Kielder Forest Star Camp – Autumn 2023

    Monday 9th October 2023 from 12:00pm to Sunday 15th October 2023 12:00pm

    Kielder Campsite, Kielder, NE48 1ER

    More info
  • Cambrian Mountains Stargazing Weekend – October 2023

    Friday 13th October 2023 from 16:00pm to Sunday 15th October 2023 12:00pm

    Hafren Forest Hideaway, Staylittle, SY19 7BY

    More info

November 2023

  • Galloway Gathering – Autumn 2023

    Friday 10th November 2023 from 12:00pm to Thursday 16th November 2023 12:00pm

    Drumroamin Farm Camping & Caravan Site, Newton Stewart, DG8 9DB

    More info
  • Cambrian Mountains Stargazing Weekend – November 2023

    Friday 10th November 2023 from 16:00pm to Sunday 12th November 2023 12:00pm

    Hafren Forest Hideaway, Staylittle, SY19 7BY

    More info

December 2023

  • Cambrian Mountains Stargazing Weekend – December 2023

    Friday 8th December 2023 from 16:00pm to Sunday 10th December 2023 12:00pm

    Hafren Forest Hideaway, Staylittle, SY19 7BY

    More info

September 2024

  • Kelling Heath Star Party – Autumn 2024

    Monday 30th September 2024 from 00:00am to Monday 7th October 2024 00:00am

    Kelling Heath Holiday Park, Holt, NR25 7HW

    More info
  • Kelling Heath Star Party – Autumn 2024

    Monday 30th September 2024 from 12:00pm to Monday 7th October 2024 12:00pm

    Kelling Heath Holiday Park, Holt, NR25 7HW

    More info

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