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.
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Kielder Forest Star Camp
Where: Kielder Campsite, Kielder Forest Star Camp, Hexham
When: Early March and late October/ early November
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
Spring Star Party / WinterFest Astro Star Party
Dumfries & Galloway
Where: Drumroamin Farm Camping & Caravan Site, Newton Stewart
When: Late February/early March and late October/early November
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
Skellig Star Party
Where: Kerry Dark Sky Reserve, Ballingskelligs, County Kerry
When: Late August
Mayo Dark Sky Festival
Where: Mayo Dark Sky Park, Newport, County Mayo
When: Early November