March Star Camp: Stunning night sky observation at Bellingham Club Site
When: 13 Mar - 15 Mar 2020
Cost: £10.50 Adult
Ticket notes: Tickets are £10.50 per adult for both nights stargazing.
£7.50 per person for 1 night out of the 2.
Children aged 14 years and under are half-price.
Minimum age recommendation, 9 years.
Opening hours: 11am-11:30pm
Website: Visit website
Galaxies, Nebula, Star Clusters and More!
Join us for a weekend of stargazing on-site within the newest and largest Gold Tier Dark Skies park in Europe.
Weekends include an introductory talk on the Fri night given by the Starmakers Stargazing Events astronomers, night sky observing with the help of the experts and their telescopes, all with free hot drinks and a log-burning stove available in our refuge. Large telescopes will still be on site for the Sat night and a further talk given and/or telescope workshops held. More free hot drinks provided on Saturday, including a more 'fortified' offering.
Explore nebula, galaxies and star clusters or simply admire the Milky Way. The moon rise/set times give us a dark sky to see deep space objects through the scopes. The moon is only just waning from a Supermoon on 9th March. The moon does not rise until after 11 pm, but night owls should then have a superb chance to observe its surface through scopes. Astronomers are available way beyond midnight, or even later if skies clear later (they camp on the site too). You can come and go from your caravans/motorhomes/tents to the scopes as you please, or take warming breaks in our refuge, during the evening.
THE SITE WILL BE VERY DARK. All lights on the camping area will be blacked out or covered with red film by the site owners/managers. Camping units must have no external lighting and no white light must be shone on the site. We will have small amounts of red film to cover torches. There must be no leakage of white light from camping units at any time during the weekend. Note that it takes 20 minutes at least for the human eye to properly adjust to night vision after a dose of white light – hence the importance of limiting white light on the site – thank you!
ADVANCE NOTICE of future Star Camps: We hold 2 Star Camps per year in the darkest months: March and December.
December Star Camp is our Geminids Star Camp as we hold it (if possible) close to the Geminids meteor shower, the biggest meteor shower of the year. The moon rise/set times allow us to hold this star camp on the weekend of 11/12 Dec 2020, the Geminids peaking on Sun 13th, so there should be a good number of shooting stars that weekend! Note that on 21st Dec there is a rare conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn – they will appear as a double planet in the sky! Both planets should be visible on the Dec star camp dates, but not so close together in the sky. The large telescopes will leave the site on 14th Dec, but if you are here on 21st December and the sky is clear, we will use our own telescope to view the conjunction!
Pitches for Star Camp and Star Camp Tickets must be requested by phoning the Site direct and are limited to approx. 25 pitches (50 people places). No pitches will be available online or via the Call Centre. If you do manage to book a pitch by these routes, please phone us to add the Star Camp ticket or you will not be able to attend the astronomy events. Our phone number is 01434 220175. We look forward to hearing from you!
Note that the events are very popular with several regular attendees and usually sell-out weeks in advance.
Bellingham Camping and Caravanning Club Site
Brown Rigg, Bellingham, Hexham, Northumberland, NE48 2JY
Tel: 01434 220175
The location of our site is given on the Club's website. We are on the B6320, south side of Bellingham village, next to the Forestry Commission buildings. We are also on the South side of Bellingham Bridge.
Event details can change.
Please check with the organisers that the event is happening before making travel arrangements.