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Stargazing in North West England

With forests, fells, moors, mountains and beaches, there are plenty of
excellent dark skies in North West England, where you may see the Milky Way, shooting stars and maybe the Northern Lights!

The Forest of Bowland AONB is particularly worthy of special mention, being home to several Dark Sky Discovery Sites and regular public stargazing events.

Even near the city areas of Liverpool and Manchester, you’ll find dark sky pockets such as Delamere Forest. The Lake District has incredibly dark skies too, where light pollution in some areas is virtually non-existent. Take a torch!



Stargazing events in North West England

  • Manchester Astronomical Society weekly meeting at Godlee Observatory

    Thursday 11th August 2022 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

    Godlee Observatory, Manchester, M1 3NL

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  • High Legh Community Observatory group meeting

    Thursday 11th August 2022 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

    St John's Church - High Legh, High Legh, 6ND

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  • Preston and District Astronomical Society meeting

    Thursday 11th August 2022 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

    Deepdale Labour Social & Bowling Club, Preston, PR1 6RX

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  • Public observing at High Legh Community Observatory

    Friday 12th August 2022 from 21:00pm to 23:00pm

    High Legh Community Observatory, High Legh, WA16 6NS

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  • The Astronomy Centre Public Open Evening

    Saturday 13th August 2022 from 19:30pm to 23:00pm

    The Astronomy Centre, Near Todmorden, OL14 7HP

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  • Leighton Observatory Open Evening

    Wednesday 17th August 2022 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

    Leighton Observatory, Widnes, WA8 5QW

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  • Mid-Cheshire Astronomical Group meeting & observing (CANCELLED)

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

    Norley Parish Centre, Norley, WA6 8NE

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  • Salford Observatory open evening

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

    Salford Observatory, Chasely Fields, M6 7DZ

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  • Manchester Astronomical Society weekly meeting at Godlee Observatory

    Thursday 18th August 2022 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

    Godlee Observatory, Manchester, M1 3NL

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  • Public observing at High Legh Community Observatory

    Friday 19th August 2022 from 21:00pm to 23:00pm

    High Legh Community Observatory, High Legh, WA16 6NS

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Stargazing locations in North West England

  • Alston Observatory

    Alston Lane, Preston, Lancashire, PR3 3BP

    Observatory

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  • Beacon Fell Visitor Centre

    Beacon Fell, Preston, Lancashire, PR3 2NL

    Dark Sky Discovery Site

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  • Blea Tarn Car Park – Lake District

    Little Langdale, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 9PG

    Go Stargazing Site

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  • Bowness Knott Car Park – Lake District

    Croasdale, Ennerdale Bridge, Cumbria, CA23 3AU

    Go Stargazing Site

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  • Campfield Marsh Nature Reserve

    Bowness-on-Solway, Wigton, Cumbria, CA7 5AF

    Go Stargazing Site

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  • Caton Moor Windfarm

    Caton, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA2 9HF

    Aurora Viewpoint, Go Stargazing Site

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  • Crook O Lune Picnic Site

    Low Road, Halton Green, Lancashire, LA2

    Dark Sky Discovery Site

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  • Crummock Water Car Park – Lake District

    B5289 North of Buttermere, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 9XA

    Go Stargazing Site

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  • Delamere Forest Park – Forestry Commission

    Linmere, Northwich, Cheshire, CW8 2JD

    Recommended Stargazing Site

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  • Devoke Water

    Austhwaite Brow, Holmrook, Cumbria, CA19 1TJ

    Go Stargazing Site

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Stargazing accommodation in North West England

  • Bowland Wild Boar Park

    Chipping, Preston, Lancashire, PR3 2QT

    Stay & Gaze

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  • Broadrake Bunkbarn & Workshops

    Chapel-le-Dale, Ingleton, Lancashire, LA6 3AX, Yorkshire and The Humber

    Stay & Gaze

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  • Brookfield Guest House – Keswick

    Penrith Road, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 4LJ

    Stay & Gaze

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  • Cambridge House Hotel – Millom

    1 Cambridge Street, Millom, Cumbria, LA18 5BD

    Stay & Gaze

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  • Clerk Laithe Lodge

    Slaidburn Road, Newton in Bowland, Lancashire, BB7

    Stay & Gaze

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