The People's Star Party

Stargazing for beginners at Kielder Camp Site. An informal two night event where, weather permitting, you can observe the stars. October 18th & 19th 2019. Booking essential via our events page booking system on this page only. Please add the astronomers fee to your booking. Without it, any booking is not valid.

Prices for your accommodation & the Astronomers Fee can be found by clicking on the booking tab above [And below] this info. Date the booking: 18th October for two nights.

Our weekend itinerary

Our Astronomers have added two new exciting additions to the weekend. So a busy couple of days can be had, see below for Saturday's new agenda items in italics.

Friday: 7.00pm at the warm room on Kielder Campsite.

Welcome “Meet and Greet” with your hosting astronomers – we will have mulled wine and orange juice.

Stargazing if clear - from 8 until midnight.


Solar observing during the day given blue skies.

10.30 - 11.30am - water rocket build and launch. We meet at the warm room to build some water bottle rockets and later launch them

Please bring empty 2 litre plastic bottles – we will provide the materials for you to design - gaffer tape. TO THE STARS!!

Launching at High Noon.

Rocket 1

New addition: 12-5pm We will have use of Kielder castle for talks and planetarium shows – first come first served

2pm -3:30pm two colourful beginner's talks at Kielder Castle

New addition: 2:30pm Kielder Observatory have generously offered to do a free tour exclusively for star campers. You will need to make your own way up. [Out of the campsite, turn left, it takes 20 mins by car, follow the clearly marked road signs.]

7-12 midnight Stargazing if clear.

We are looking forward to meeting everyone at this sparkling event. We'll have plenty of equipment on hand, but please do bring along your own binoculars and telescope if you have them. Remember to bring a torch - one that can switch to red light is much better for astronomy as it's kinder on night vision. One like this is fine:

Staying warm is important so remember to dress in layers. We also have the warm room open 24/7. Don't forget to bring sturdy footwear. If you want to take a picture of the night sky and you have a camera, we'll try to help you.

Our astronomers for this event are:

Richard Darn, Rob Ince, Stuart Atkinson & Neill Sanders.

How about visiting the "Go Stargazing" website for more events?


They will be camping alongside you.

Telescopes reducedClear skies

This will be our 6th People's Star Party. A two night event: Friday and Saturday, October 18th & 19th 2019.

After five brilliant events our experienced astronomers Richard Darn, Rob Ince, Neill Sanders and Stuart Atkinson will once again be inviting beginners to experience Kielder's magnificent starry sky. See galaxies millions of light years away, gaze at the Milky Way, spot shooting stars and find out how to use telescopes. Viewing both nights when the sky clears and we'll also have colourful free talks and solar observing. We will provide telescopes and expert guidance, but bring your own equipment too and cameras with a tripod. Remember to use red lights if possible rather than white torches so we maintain our night vision and enjoy the heavens above. For more information on Richard and Rob, night-sky podcasts and calendar of astro events check out:

For an entertaining slant on the sky above and Mars pop across too Stuart's blog: Cumbrian Sky.

Stu's Blog: Cumbrian Sky. Click to view.

Stu14.16 reducedOn top of all this there will be practical sessions on astro-photography for beginners.

Orion in the Kielder Sky. Photo, kind permission: Stu Atkinson Kielder Star Camp October 18.

If you are wishing to attend we have some advice gleaned from our previous events:

We request visitors plan to arrive no later than 7.00 pm. If practical, can you take time off work to ensure this time frame?  The event starts at this time and tends to be disrupted by vehicle movement and lights.

This is not a Kielder Observatory event. This is an independently run weekend at Kielder Campsite by visiting astronomers.

If you wish to attend be aware it is a two day event and payment is in full using our booking system. [Terms and conditions apply]

Pitching fee for your selected accommodation. [Prices and availability found on our booking page]

Each booking incurs an astronomers fee of £17.00 per adult. £13.00 per child. 5-16 years old.

The event tends to start at approximately 7.00pm on the Friday with a brief intro from the event organisers. Richard and Rob. This is an event for the young, old, bold and novice. Feel free to ask questions throughout the event and dip in and out of the observing. No need to stay and gaze all the time.

The day time is your time; explore the local area or just relax. Kielder Castle is the venue for the colourful free talk and once again weather permitting solar observing.

Any further questions or info be sure to e-mail the campsite. E-mail on the Contact info.

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