1 Summer Solstice Stargazing & NLC Hunting (20/06/20) | Battlesteads Hotel & Restaurant

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Summer Solstice Stargazing & NLC Hunting

For this special one-off event we'll be celebrating the summer solstice by hunting NLCs, summer double stars and after midnight - Jupiter rising.

Date & Time

Date Saturday 20th June, 2020
Time 9:30pm to Late

Age Suitability

Summer stargazers from 10-110 will enjoy this evening.

Equipment Needed

If all you bring is yourself and a thirst for knowledge then you'll have fun, no specialist equipment is needed for this event

Ticket Prices

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


Between May and July, rare shimmering Noctilucent Clouds are sometimes visible an hour or so after sunset. These thin clouds are seeded on the ashes of shooting stars at the egde of space and are so beautiful that they often get mistaken for the Aurora Borealis.  In the last couple of years, the summer solstice has been one of the best nights for NLC displays so fingers crossed.

Our GoTo telescope can seek out astronomical objects during the twilight whilst the sun is setting, have you ever seen a Daytime Double Star? As we take you on a tour around the night sky, you can also learn all about night sky mythology. Once it's dark, we'll take you on our summer tour of night-time wonders and as the night progresses we'll spot Jupiter rising in the East.

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.)

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.

*We believe that we're the only observatory in the world with its own bar! - (The bar is actually part of the multi-award-winning Battlesteads Hotel site and is a 2 minute stroll down the path from the observatory)

Please drink responsibly.  

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