North West Astronomy Festival 2014

BBC Sky at Night Magazine headed to Runcorn for a weekend of astronomy fun

Several solar telescopes were set up outside to give everyone a great look at our nearest star

This weekend, 11-12 October, the North West Astronomy Festival returned to Runcorn in Cheshire and BBC Sky at Night Magazine was there to join in the fun.

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There was a whole array of events on offer, including presentations by some of the leading experts in astronomy, workshops, telescope surgeries and much more.

Vendors from all over the country were there, offering some great deals on everything from laser pointers to the biggest and best mounts and telescopes.

“It was a stunning event,” says Sue Davies from the Knowledge Observatory, who organised the festival.

“The feedback we’ve had from every single person was that it was the most amazing weekend.”

For many the highlight was the social supper, where double act Paul Abel and John Culshaw had the audience in stitches with their comedy banter.

The festival will return next year, bigger and better than ever.

“We’re looking to do something completely different on the Sunday next year,” said Davies.

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“We’re really going to pull something out of the bag.”