BBC Event (NOW OVER)

This year BBC Learning held a one-off spectacular event Friday 20 March at Leicester Racecourse which coincided with the solar eclipse.

The family friendly event was split into zones including Eclipse Central - eclipse related activities; Launch Pad - hands on 'train to be an astronaut' activities; Mission Control - images from across the solar system and the Astro Academy.

Partner Events

If you want to attend a Stargazing event this year, here are some of the activities happening around the UK to celebrate the night sky. Why not join fellow stargazers at a star party near you?

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Disclaimer: Activities are not organised by the BBC unless stated otherwise. Neither is the BBC responsible for the accuracy of the information provided. If you are under 18, ask your parent/guardian before taking part in any activity.

JODRELL BANK DISCOVERY CENTRE
21 and 22, 28 and 29 March, 11 am to 2.30pm (various times) - Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, Cheshire
The Moon and the eclipse: Join one of our fun and inspiring science shows to learn more about our moon. There will be rocket launches and demonstrations illustrating what it is like on the Moon.
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LIVERPOOL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY & WIRRAL RANGER SERVICES
28 March, from 7pm - Wirral Country Park & Visitor Centre, Wirral
Wirral Public Star Party: View with telescopes the king of the planets and the evening star in one night.
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MEXBOROUGH & SWINTON ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY

28 March, 5pm to 8.30pm - RSPB Old Moor, Barnsley
Join the team at Old Moor and the Mexborough and Swinton Astronomical Society for an evening of natural spectacle.
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LINCOLN ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY
27 and 28 March, 7.30pm to 9pm - Lincoln Observatory, Lincoln
Observing the night sky: See the Moon and Jupiter through a large telescope
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ORWELL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY

27 and 28 March, 7.30pm to 10pm - Orwell Park Observatory, Ipswich
Observatory open evenings
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NORWICH ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY
3 April and 4 April, from 7.30pm - Seething Observatory, Norfolk
New Horizons Pluto Arrival: Hear about this long travelled spacecraft and its discoveries about what was once the ninth Planet in our Solar System. You will get the chance to look around the Observatory facilities.
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NORTH ESSEX ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY WITH ESSEX WILDLIFE TRUST
28 March, 6pm to 10pm - Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre
An evening with Essex Wildlife Trust and North Essex Astronomical Society to look at the night sky through large telescopes at Abberton Reservoir.
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WYCOMBE ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY
27 and 28 March, 8pm to 10pm - Woodrow High House, Cherry Lane, Amersham
Stargazing Live With Wycombe Astronomical Society: Join us for a Public Observing event and a chance to look through our 11 inch Observatory based telescope as well as a huge range of members scopes.
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KERNOW ASTRONOMERS
27 March, 7pm - National Trust's Trerice House, Cornwall
Astronomy Event: displays and telescope making for children as well as several short talks on astronomy.
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COTSWOLD ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY
27 March, 7.30pm - Shurdington Social Centre, Cheltenham
Audio-visual extravaganza of Holst's The Planets Suite illustrated by images of the planets.
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WELLS & MENDIP ASTRONOMERS
28 March, 6pm to 10pm - Wells Town Hall, Somerset
Stargazing Live - Weird, Wonderful Worlds: Guest speakers, exhibitions and activities for all the family.
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8.30pm to 10.30pm - St. John's Church car park, Glastonbury, Somerset
Eclipse Watch: Observation of the eclipse through solar filters and eclipse glasses
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CHIPPING NORTON AMATEUR ASTRONOMY GROUP
28 March, 6pm to 10pm - Rollright Stones, Chipping Norton
Spring Moonwatch: Come and celebrate the newly awarded Dark Sky Discovery status with some observing.
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WORTHING ASTRONOMERS
27 and 28 March, from 7pm - Worthing Promenade
Stargazing Live: Come and join us on the prom where we will have a variety of telescopes set up for public use, with members on hand to answer questions and give advice.
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KENT WILDLIFE TRUST
28 March, from 8.00pm - Romney Marsh Visitor Centre, Kent
Stargazing on the Romney Marsh: All welcome to take part with local astronomers who will guide and inform about the night sky.
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MID-KENT ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY
28 March, 4.00pm to 9.30pm - Rainham School for Girls, Kent
Medway Space Spectacular – the BIG one: Truly amazing afternoon and evening. A range of educational and exciting astronomy stands including a 3.9 billion years old meteorite, rocket making and launching, space related talks plus and array of telescopes.
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3 April, 8.30pm to Midnight - James Irwin Observatory, Canterbury, Kent
Public observing session through our computer controlled 14” diameter telescope and other scopes setup outside. To find this event on our website click the “Show all Observing Evenings”.
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10 April, 7.45pm to 10.00pm - Bredhurst Village Hall, Kent
Mini Space Spectacular: Star-studded and packed event including a range of educational and exciting stands, a fun and educational talk, children's activities, a Telescope Workshop for those who need help with their telescope, plus observing through various telescopes.
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11 April, 7pm to 10pm - Oare Gunpowder Works, Oare Nr. Faversham, Kent
Space Spectacular and observing evening with indoor displays and tables of astronomy related subjects including meteorites and scale solar system.
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17 April, 8.30pm to midnight - James Irwin Observatory, Canterbury, Kent
Public observing session through our computer controlled 14” diameter telescope and other scopes setup outside. To find this event on our website click the “Show all Observing Evenings”.
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24 April, 7.45pm to 10.00pm - Bredhurst Village Hall, Kent
Craig Underwood presentation on Small Satellite Technology. Craig will review the history of satellite activities and describe the technologies that will revolutionise space exploration in the 21st Century.
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