Communicating the South Downs

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Dark Skies Festival

Friday 10 Feb – Sunday 26 February 2017

Celebrate our new International Dark Skies Reserve designation by joining star parties, talks and other family activities across the half term week. Including our special Stargazing South Downs event.

South Downs Dark Skies Festival

10 February 2017 to 26 February 2017

Look out for star parties, talks and other family activities across half-term during this two-week celebration of the South Downs becoming an International Dark Skies Reserve. Find events on our calendar by searching for ‘Dark Skies Festival’.

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Stargazing at Butser Ancient Farm with Hants Astro

10 February 2017 to 10 February 2017

As part of the South Downs National Park ‘Dark Skies at Night’ festival, Butser Ancient Farm are delighted to be hosting an evening of stargazing on Friday 10th February. Doors open at 7.30pm, when visitors can buy refreshments in our visitor centre, and at 8pm Dave Woods from Hants Astro will give a short introduction […]

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Magical evening of Stargazing at Kingley Vale Nature Reserve

10 February 2017 to 10 February 2017

Come and join us at Kingley Vale Nature Reserve as we celebrate the first night of the South Downs National Park’s Dark Sky’s Festival with a magical evening of activities. Enjoy stargazing with local astronomers, take a candle lit tour through the ancient yew trees. Enjoy storytelling, meet three owls from “hawkabout” and make some woodland crafts. […]

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Daytime planetarium at Birling Gap

11 February 2017 to 11 February 2017

Visit our daytime planetarium and learn about the wonders of space and the solar system. Join space communicator Melanie on a tour of the night sky in our mobile planetarium. Spot galaxies, planets and stars as you navigate through the universe.

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Stargazing night at Birling Gap

11 February 2017 to 11 February 2017

An evening gazing at the stars with our professional space communicator. Come and join us at Birling Gap for a night of space discovery. Listen to William Joyce, FRAS as he discusses “Could there be life elsewhere in the solar system?” in a fascinating illustrated talk, enjoy a warming stew, and then gaze at the […]

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Stanmer Park Stargazing Party

14 February 2017 to 14 February 2017

Join us to look to explore the night sky  with our powerful telescopes and local astronomy experts. Please check the website before travelling as this event will be weather dependant.

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Stargazing Lewes

15 February 2017 to 15 February 2017

Stargazing Lewes is a celebration of Astronomy held in the heart of Lewes at the Linklater Pavilion. In addition to telescope observing (if the weather is clear) we’ll have the University of Sussex inflatable planetarium along with talks, games, other activities, as well as the opportunity to ask astronomers any questions you have.

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Comet making workshop at Birling Gap

15 February 2017 to 15 February 2017

Have a go at making your own comet and learn about how they are formed. Join Melanie from Creative Space and learn what comets are and how they are formed. Then create your own in an icy astro comet bake-off. Using ingredients found in real comets to make your very own. Wear comfortable clothing, protective […]

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Comet making workshop at Birling Gap

15 February 2017 to 15 February 2017

Have a go at making your own comet and learn about how they are formed. Join Melanie from Creative Space and learn what comets are and how they are formed. Then create your own in an icy astro comet bake-off. Using ingredients found in real comets to make your very own. Wear comfortable clothing, protective […]

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Daytime planetarium at Birling Gap

17 February 2017 to 17 February 2017

Visit our daytime planetarium and learn about the wonders of space and the solar system. Join space communicator Melanie on a tour of the night sky in our mobile planetarium. Spot galaxies, planets and stars as you navigate through the universe.

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