UK and Ireland star parties: a guide to the best stargazing events

Star parties are a great way of meeting fellow stargazers. Find out which events are occurring near you, and when.

Solarsphere is one of the UK's best known star parties, and takes place annually in August in the beautiful Welsh countryside. Credit: Pete Williamson
Published: May 29, 2019 at 9:35 am
Try 3 issues for just £5 when you subscribe to BBC Sky at Night Magazine today!

A star party is the best way immerse yourself in astronomy, whether you’re just starting out or have been observing the night sky for years. Star parties are an observer's best friend: a great way to share knowledge, get advice and mix with a wide range of people who share an interest in the astronomy hobby.


Luckily there are many stargazing events occurring across the UK and Ireland, and most of them are annual, meaning if you've missed this year's event you can put the following year's star party in your calendar.

Browse our list below to find one near you, and always check with organisers to confirm dates and details before planning your trip.

Have we missed your event? Let us know at

If you want to bring your telescope with you, you'll need something lightweight and portable. Read our guide to the best travel telescopes for astronomy.



Kielder Forest Star Camp

Where: Kielder Campsite, Kielder Forest Star Camp, Hexham
When: Early March and late October/ early November

North Yorkshire

Dalby Forest StarFest

Where: Adderstone Field, Dalby Forest, North Yorkshire
When: Late August/early September


Stargazers Lounge Star Party

Where: Lucksall Camping and Caravan Park, Hereford
When: Autumn


Spring Star Party / WinterFest Astro Star Party

Where: Kelling Heath, Holt, Norfolk
When: Early April and November


Dumfries & Galloway

Galloway Gathering

Where: Drumroamin Farm Camping & Caravan Site, Newton Stewart
When: Late February/early March and late October/early November


South Wales


Where: Cwmdu Caravan & Camp, Brecon Beacons Dark Sky Reserve
When: Late April and late September

Solarsphere Astronomical and Music Festival


Where: Penmaenau Farm, Builth Wells
When: Mid-August


County Kerry

Skellig Star Party

Where: Kerry Dark Sky Reserve, Ballingskelligs, County Kerry
When: Late August

County Mayo

Mayo Dark Sky Festival


Where: Mayo Dark Sky Park, Newport, County Mayo
When: Early November


Sponsored content