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Stargazing in East of England

You’ll find miles of wide flat spaces in these counties: ideal for
stargazing and uninterrupted views of the horizon.

East of England includes the counties of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.

The best places to stargaze in Bedfordshire are to the north and west of Bedford – across the Great Ouse Valley.

You don’t have to travel far in Cambridgeshire to witness expansive dark skies. Wicken Fen is the National Trust’s oldest nature reserve. Also well worth a visit is the Cambridge Institute of Astronomy who hold regular public open evenings of their observatory.

Essex has plenty of places, with miles of dark coastline. Clacton-on-Sea is popular with the local astronomy club, and Abberton Reservoir is a favourite location for Essex Astronomical Society — it makes an ideal spot for Milky Way photography too!.

Kelling Heath Holiday Park hosts regular star parties where hundreds of astronomers meet under the dark skies of North Norfolk.



Stargazing events in East of England

  • East Essex Astronomy Club Meeting

    Saturday 22nd January 2022 from 18:45pm to 21:00pm

    Burnham-on-Crouch Village Hall, Burnham-on-Crouch, CM0 8EF

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  • Observing evening with St Neots Astronomy Association

    Saturday 22nd January 2022 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

    Paxton Pits Nature Reserve, Little Paxton, PE19 6ET

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  • Public observing with Sandy Astronomical Society

    Monday 24th January 2022 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

    Blunham Playing Fields, Blunham, MK44 3ND

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  • Orwell Astronomical Society meeting and observing

    Monday 24th January 2022 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

    Newbourne Village Hall, Newbourne, IP12 4NP

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  • Institute of Astronomy Public Open Night

    Wednesday 26th January 2022 from 18:45pm to 21:00pm

    Cambridge Observatory - Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge, CB3 0HA

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  • Piazzi Smyth Observatory Open Evening

    Wednesday 26th January 2022 from 19:30pm to 21:00pm

    Piazzi Smyth Observatory, Bedford, MK40 2LD

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  • Loughton Astronomical Society meeting & observing

    Thursday 27th January 2022 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm

    Theydon Bois Scout Hall, Epping, CM16 7EJ

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  • Breckland Observatory public open night

    Friday 28th January 2022 from 19:30pm to 22:30pm

    Breckland Astronomical Observatory, Near Attleborough, NR17

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  • Observing with DASH at Darsham Village Hall

    Sunday 30th January 2022 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

    Darsham Village Hall, Darsham, IP17 3QJ

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  • Stour Astronomical Society meeting and observing

    Tuesday 1st February 2022 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

    Cavendish Memorial Hall, Cavendish, CO10 8AD

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Stargazing locations in East of England

  • Athenaeum Observatory

    Angel Hill, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1LU

    Observatory

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  • Barrow Common – Brancaster

    Common Lane, Brancaster, PE31 8DB

    Dark Sky Discovery Site

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  • Bayfordbury Observatory

    Lower Hatfield Road, Bayfordbury, SG13 8LD

    Observatory

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  • Bedford Purlieus Woods Car Park

    Old Leicester Road, Peterborough, PE8 6NN

    Go Stargazing Site

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  • Breckland Astronomical Observatory

    Great Ellingham, Near Attleborough, NR17

    Dark Sky Discovery Site, Observatory

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  • Cambridge Observatory – Institute of Astronomy

    University of Cambridge, Cambridge, CB3 0HA

    Observatory

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  • EAARO Space Operations Centre

    Space Operations Centre - Building 1013, Alconbury Airfield, PE28 4XA

    Observatory, Private Venue

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  • Herringfleet Windmill Car Park

    Slugs Lane, Somerleyton, NR32 5QT

    Recommended Stargazing Site

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  • Kelling Heath Holiday Park

    Weybourne, Holt, NR25 7HW

    Dark Sky Discovery Site, Stay & Gaze

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  • Letchworth Observatory

    Standalone Farm, Letchworth Garden City, SG6 4JN

    Astronomical Society, Observatory

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Stargazing accommodation in East of England

  • Bumblebarn Bell Tents

    Sheringwood, Beeston Regis, NR26 8TS

    Stay & Gaze

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  • Haw Wood Farm Caravan Park

    Hinton, Saxmundham, IP17 3QT

    Stay & Gaze

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  • Kelling Heath Holiday Park

    Weybourne, Holt, NR25 7HW

    Dark Sky Discovery Site, Stay & Gaze

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