Part of the 2021 Dark Skies Festival with the North York Moors National Park.
Enjoy a guided tour of the night sky, focusing on objects in our solar system (the moon and other planets) as well as stars that reside far away from Earth within our Milky Way galaxy. Use our telescope and binoculars to view a range of constellations and the objects that reside within them, including deep sky objects such as nebulae, star clusters and galaxies under some of the darkest skies in England in the heart of Dalby Forest.
Due to COVID restrictions we are limiting bookings to five individuals for these (plus our astronomer). We have carried our COVID risk assessment and believe that events are safe to run. After you book your ticket you will be emailed by us to provide contact details for a lead member of you party that we will hold for 21 days in case we need to pass it onto NHS Track and Trace. We will not use this info for any other purposes. Please wear a facemask and follow all current guidelines.
Wrap up warm as it can get very cold on a night but we have the facilities to make your own hot drinks but due to COVID please bring your own mug from home. If you have your own equipment please feel free to bring it, even a pair of binoculars and a blanket to lie on can be great.
We hope to have our indoor planetarium on standby so if the weather is poor and we can't see any stars, or if we get very cold we can come inside and warm up. If due to COVID restrictions the dome is out of use we can still take you on a virtual tour of the universe using our simulation software and projector. This means we will only cancel an event if Dalby is inaccessible due to weather conditions.
This event takes place at our Dalby Explorer Hub, located in the Courtyard at the opposite end of the carpark to the main visitor centre, if you park at the main visitor centre carpark and then follow signs for the Dalby Bike Hub/Courtyard you will find us (please note mobile phone coverage is very poor in Dalby Forest). If you don't have a Dalby Forest pass to cover your parking charge then we will give you a code on the night to use before you exit to give you free parking. We will have free hot drinks and snacks, and there are toilets. We do not recommend dogs attend these events. There is no lower age limit but we find children over the age of 7 get the most out of these events.
If you have any questions about this event please contact us.