1 Summer Stargazing (04/07/23) | Battlesteads Hotel & Restaurant
Telescope in front of Dark Sky

Summer Stargazing

The nights are still full of stargazing fun. We'll be looking for summer double stars, the planets, star clusters and NLCs

Date & Time

Date Tuesday 4th July, 2023
Time 9:30pm to 11:30pm

Age Suitability

6 years and over.

Equipment Needed

No specialist equipment is needed for this event, although if you have a telescope or binoculars you are welcome to bring them.

Ticket Prices

Adult £22.50
Concession £19.50
Family £55.50
A family ticket is valid for a group of 2 adults & 2 children.


The summer is a great time to spot the constellations. Lighter summer skies give us the opportunity to see the brighter summer stars forming these ancient stellar patterns, and our GoTo telescope can seek out stars and double stars even during the twilight, (have you ever seen a Daytime Double Star?)  Once it's dark, we'll take you on our summer tour of night-time wonders and we'll show you planets and deep sky star clusters.

Between May and July, rare shimmering Noctilucent Clouds (NLCs) are also around and sometimes visible an hour or so after sunset. These thin clouds are seeded on the ashes of shooting stars at the edge of space and are so beautiful that they often get mistaken for the Aurora Borealis.

If the skies clear, we'll take a tour of the night sky with our 14 inch diameter large aperture telescope, our dobsonian telescopes and binoculars for each guest to use throughout the event.  In addition to looking for the planets, we'll also be looking for the best double stars and the brightest clusters. You can log onto our free WiFi to download stargazing apps and will give you tips on how to use them too.

Finally - why not start or end your evening with a drink on the observing decks whilst you enjoy the warm evening's stargazing - with a gin and tonic, craft beer, real ale or glass of wine from our extensive, award-winning bar*. (Often stocked with locally produced ales, gins etc, - drinks not included in ticket price.)  The observatory is part of the multi-award-winning Battlesteads Hotel site and is a 1 minute stroll down the path from the observatory.  Please drink responsibly.  

Observatory events are subject to adaptation to accommodate rare and breathtaking northern lights displays and these spectacular phenomena could unfold unexpectedly during this event.  So if the heavens come alive with the dancing Aurora Borealis, we will seamlessly weave them into our night's observing, ensuring an unforgettable experience for you.

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.

Observing the skies is weather dependent, but you'll be pleased to know that all events go ahead whatever the weather and we deliver exciting and interesting events every time.


Other Dates & Times

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

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