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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

  • Athenaeum Astronomy Association meeting

    Wednesday 17th August 2022 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

    Whepstead Community Centre, Whepstead, IP29 4TA

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  • North Essex Astronomical Society meeting

    Wednesday 17th August 2022 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm

    Henry Dixon Hall, Witham, CM8 3HR

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  • Community open night at Bayfordbury Observatory

    Thursday 18th August 2022 from 18:00pm to 20:00pm

    Bayfordbury Observatory, Bayfordbury, SG13 8LD

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  • North Norfolk Astronomy Society meeting and observing

    Thursday 18th August 2022 from 19:30pm to 22:00pm

    Binham Village Hall, Fakenam, NR21

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  • Loughton Astronomical Society meeting & observing

    Thursday 18th August 2022 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm

    Theydon Bois Scout Hall, Epping, CM16 7EJ

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  • Cambridge Astronomical Association speaker meeting

    Friday 19th August 2022 from 20:00pm to 21:30pm

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

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  • Stargazing at St Lawrence’s Church

    Friday 19th August 2022 from 20:00pm to 21:30pm

    St Lawrence's Church - Great Wadlingfield, Sudbury, CO10 0TJ

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  • King’s Lynn and District Astronomy Society informal meeting

    Monday 22nd August 2022 from 19:30pm to 21:00pm

    Tottenhill Village Hall, Tottenhill, PE33 0RS

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  • Orwell Astronomical Society meeting and observing

    Monday 22nd August 2022 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

    Newbourne Village Hall, Newbourne, IP12 4NP

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  • Community open night at Bayfordbury Observatory

    Thursday 25th August 2022 from 18:00pm to 20:00pm

    Bayfordbury Observatory, Bayfordbury, SG13 8LD

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Stargazing locations in East of England

  • Athenaeum Observatory

    Angel Hill, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 1LU

    Observatory

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  • Barrow Common – Brancaster

    Common Lane, Brancaster, Norfolk, PE31 8DB

    Dark Sky Discovery Site

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  • Bayfordbury Observatory

    Lower Hatfield Road, Bayfordbury, Hertfordshire, SG13 8LD

    Observatory

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  • Bedford Purlieus Woods Car Park

    Old Leicester Road, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, PE8 6NN

    Go Stargazing Site

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  • Breckland Astronomical Observatory

    Great Ellingham, Near Attleborough, Norfolk, NR17

    Dark Sky Discovery Site, Observatory

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  • Cambridge Observatory – Institute of Astronomy

    University of Cambridge, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB3 0HA

    Observatory

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  • EAARO Space Operations Centre

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

    Observatory, Private Venue

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  • Herringfleet Windmill Car Park

    Slugs Lane, Somerleyton, Suffolk, NR32 5QT

    Recommended Stargazing Site

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  • Kelling Heath Holiday Park

    Weybourne, Holt, Norfolk, NR25 7HW

    Dark Sky Discovery Site, Stay & Gaze

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  • Letchworth Observatory

    Standalone Farm, Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire, SG6 4JN

    Astronomical Society, Observatory

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Stargazing accommodation in East of England

  • Bumblebarn Bell Tents

    Sheringwood, Beeston Regis, Norfolk, NR26 8TS

    Stay & Gaze

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  • Haw Wood Farm Caravan Park

    Hinton, Saxmundham, Suffolk, IP17 3QT

    Stay & Gaze

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  • Kelling Heath Holiday Park

    Weybourne, Holt, Norfolk, NR25 7HW

    Dark Sky Discovery Site, Stay & Gaze

    More info