BBC Two's hugely popular programme, Stargazing Live, is back in 2013 and to mark its return the BBC and its partners are hosting a number of events designed to encourage everyone – from complete beginners to enthusiastic amateurs – to make the most of the night sky.


The free, ticketed events will take place from 8 January, bringing together astronomical societies, museums and discovery centres, country parks and local authorities.

These exciting events include planetarium shows, rocket making, astrophotography, the chance to view the stars via telescopes, as well as topical talks and discussions contributing to a national stargazing celebration.

Tuesday 8 January 2013
BBC Stargazing LIVE at University of Leicester
BBC Stargazing LIVE at Langton Star Centre, Canterbury
BBC Stargazing LIVE at Eden Project, Cornwall
BBC Stargazing LIVE at Newport Riverfront Theatre, Wales

Wednesday 9 January 2013

BBC Stargazing LIVE at Gibside (Rowlands Gill), Newcastle upon Tyne
BBC Stargazing LIVE at University of Birmingham
BBC Stargazing LIVE at Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
BBC Stargazing LIVE at Newbury Racecourse, Berkshire

Thursday 10 January 2013

BBC Stargazing LIVE at the Amex Stadium, Brighton
BBC Stargazing LIVE at Greenwich Maritime Museum, London

We'll be updating the list with more info on other BBC Stargazing LIVE events nearer the time.

Entry to all the events is free but many of them will require a ticket in advance.

Where tickets are required, they will be available from Friday 30 November at 6pm until midnight on Tuesday 11 December from the BBC Shows and Tours website at


Tickets will be allocated by random draw.


Keiron AllenFood writer