Stargazing South Downs

10 February 2018

4.00pm to 9.00pm


No booking required

Event Cost

Free event


The South Downs Dark Skies Festival’s free flagship event, Stargazing South Downs, will include indoor talks and activities, a chance to meet some of the wildlife that loves the night, discover the secrets of taking stunning dark-sky photography, as well as stargazing.


  • stargaze with the Hampshire Astronomical Group and the South Downs Planetarium.


  • talks on nocturnal wildlife, stargazing and more;
  • enjoy virtual skies in the indoor planetarium show;
  • meet live bats with the Sussex Wildlife Trust;
  • astrophotography sessions (suggested donation £3 – booking essential);
  • activities from Novium Museum’s Tim Peake exhibition;
  • learn about barn owls and dissect an owl pellet;
  • explore the surface of the moon and discover its secrets;
  • Plus fun family activities and things to make.

Hot food and drinks will be available to buy.

Talks programme

5.15 – 5.45 Find out which animal come out once you are in bed – family friendly talk on Nocturnal Wildlife by Michael Blencowe of the Sussex Wildlife Trust

6.00 – 6.40 Dark Skies Dan of the South Downs National Park Authority on the importance of Dark Night Skies and what to look for

6.45 – 7.15 Dave Woods form Hants Astro – Easy Astro-Imaging using the Dark Sky Reserve

7.30 – 8.00 Nocturnal Wildlife by Michal Blencowe of the Sussex Wildlife Trust

Location Details


Midhurst Rother College, Midhurst, West Sussex

Organiser Details

Organiser's Name

South Downs National Park Authority

Organiser's Website

Organiser's Email

Organiser's Telephone

01730 819253