1 Shooting Star Supper (21/10/22) | Battlesteads Hotel & Restaurant
A clear night at the Observatory

Shooting Star Supper

Discover the origins of a shooting star whilst enjoying a tasty supper from Battlesteads restaurant.

Date & Time

Date Friday 21st October, 2022
Time 9:00pm to 11:00pm

Age Suitability

8 years and over.

Equipment Needed

If the skies clear and are ready for a great shooting star show, then you'll need to keep warm.  If you want to try to photograph a meteor then bring your tripod and DSLR for some top tips.


Ticket Prices

Adult £27.50
Concession £24.50
Family £75.50
A family ticket is valid for a group of 2 adults & 2 children.


Shooting stars can be seen at any time of the year at Battlesteads Observatory, so when you're visiting us it's always best to be looking up.  Shooting Star Suppers are planned on the dates of regular meteor showers every year. Battlesteads Observatory is the number one location in Northumberland to enjoy a shooting star supper in style; a perfect combination of award winning, locally sourced food and the dark skies of Northumberland.

The evening begins in the restaurant with one of our superb freshly made sandwiches, and homemade soup, (be sure to tell us of any dietary requirements when you book.)  Then the team will take you up to the observatory to start the astronomy part of the evening.  You'll be shown and be able to handle museum quality meteorites, be given an introduction on how to use binoculars properly and (weather permitting) use the observatory's powerful telescopes for stargazing. During your observatory visit, you'll be treated to an explanation of the origins of shooting stars, meteors, comets, asteroids and learn how to collect micrometeorites in your own back garden.

Using our 14 inch diameter large aperture telescope, dobsonians and binoculars our team will guide you around some of the fantastic wonders of the universe that can be seen from the dark skies of Northumberland and we'll settle down to watch the celestial firework show, (deckchairs are available to sit on too!)  If you'd like to learn a little bit about how to image shooting stars with a DSLR camera, our team will be on hand to give you some top tips.

During the winter months the observatory warm room is kept cosy and with free hot drinks available all year round; this simply is the best and most comfortable way to be introduced to the dark starry skies of Northumberland and the universe beyond.

It's important to note that most meteor showers fully peak after midnight and so, if the skies are clear you'll get the best out of the event if you're able to stay up late - why not book into one of the hotel's rooms?

All our events also include the chance to handle and investigate our extensive meteorite collection, which includes pieces of asteroids, the Moon and planet Mars.

As of yet, we're unable to control the weather, so observing the skies can only go ahead if it's clear but you'll be pleased to know that all events go ahead in any weather conditions.

Event Specific Information

The Orionids is an above average shower producing up to 20 meteors per hour at its peak, produced by comet Halley.  The shower runs annually from October 2 to November 7. It peaks this year on the night of October 21 and the morning of October 22. The thin, crescent moon will leave mostly dark skies for what should be a good show. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Orion, but can appear anywhere in the sky.

Other Dates & Times

This event type is also running on the following dates & times:

Date Time Details Book
Saturday 7th October, 2023 7:30pm View Details Book Now
Saturday 21st October, 2023 9:00pm View Details Book Now
Saturday 18th November, 2023 9:00pm View Details Book Now
Wednesday 13th December, 2023 9:00pm View Details Book Now
Thursday 14th December, 2023 9:00pm View Details Book Now
Friday 22nd December, 2023 9:00pm View Details Book Now
Wednesday 3rd January, 2024 9:00pm View Details Book Now
Sunday 21st April, 2024 9:30pm View Details Book Now

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