Stars over the Howardian Hills – Ampleforth Village Hall

Feb 29, 2024 | News, News - Featured

Join us on Thursday 18 April 2024, 7.30pm to 9pm for a free talk at Ampleforth Village Hall on stargazing and the importance of keeping our skies starry!

It is part of an exciting dark skies project by the Howardian Hills Partnership to promote and protect our precious nocturnal environment. The event is free to people who live in the Howardian Hills National Landscape (North Yorkshire) or in nearby bordering areas.

Did you know that light pollution means that over 80% of people in the UK can no longer see the Milky Way? But we can and lots of other wonders too because of low light pollution. We want to keep it that way.

Besides explaining the finer points of dark sky friendly lighting, we’ll also take you on a magical journey through the cosmos using a special planetarium programme. Plus, we will offer tips on stargazing equipment.

Numbers are limited so please register to take part at

Alternatively contact event leader Richard Darn to reserve places: [email protected] Telephone 0775 367 0038.

Key points

  • The event is suitable for adults and for children over six years old, and it is perfect for novices. Warm refreshments and biscuits provided. Numbers will be limited.
  • Event goes ahead whatever the weather, unless conditions are hazardous.
  • Practical tips will be offered on choosing dark sky friendly lighting.
  • Free parking and toilets are available.
  • Remember you need to register to take part!

Photo credit: Comet Neowise over North Yorkshire – Richard Darne

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