BBC Event

This year BBC Learning is holding a one-off spectacular event on Friday 20 March at Leicester racecourse to coincide with the solar eclipse. The event will be open from 9am to 3pm and from 6pm to 9.30pm and will encourage astronomers old and new to look towards the sky.

This family friendly event is 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 - where you can grill people who are passionate about the mysteries of the universe.

All this as well as hands-on science, coding and stargazing. Admission is free, but the Astro Academy has a limited capacity and so is available on a first come first served basis. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

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?

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.

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WEST YORKSHIRE ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY

16 March, 6.30pm to 10pm - The Rosse Observatory, Pontefract

Open Evening: build and launch rockets, Planetarium shows and use of our telescopes.

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17 March, 6.30pm to 10pm - The Rosse Observatory, Pontefract

Astronomical Talk: 'Are we alone?' The Drake equation with audience participation.

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18 March, 6.30pm to 10pm - The Rosse Observatory, Pontefract

Astronomical Talk: 'Our unquiet star. What is space weather?'

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THE KINGSWINFORD SCHOOL

18 March, 6.00pm to 9.00pm - The Kingswinford School, Kingswinford


Star Party: A free evening to guide you through stargazing and explain the wonders of the sky at night. Many hands on activities aimed at families all age groups and levels.

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LETCHWORTH AND DISTRICT ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY

20 March, 8am to 11am - Letchworth Town Centre

Solar Eclipse Event: Come and use telescopes and eclipse glasses to safely view this rare event.

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KERNOW ASTRONOMERS

21 March, 7pm - St. Columb Major Academy, Cornwall

Astronomy Fair: displays and telescope making for children as well as several short talks on astronomy.

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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

20 March, 8.30am to 10:30am - Naunton Park and Imperial Gardens, Cheltenham.

Solar Eclipse: Come and watch the partial Solar Eclipse.

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23 March, 7.30pm - Nature in Art, Twigworth

Star Gazing Evening: Illustrated talk as well as observing the night sky.

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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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CHIPPING NORTON AMATEUR ASTRONOMY GROUP

16 March, 7.30pm - Methodist Church Hall, Chipping Norton

History of Astronomy: A talk by astronomical historian, Dr Alan Chapman.

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20 March, 8.30am to 10.30am - Chipping Norton Town Centre

Sun and Moon for Breakfast: Come and view the Solar Eclipse.

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21 March, 2.00pm to 10.00pm - Oxford University Department of Physics

Stargazing Oxford: An all day event in the company of Professional and Amateur astronomers. Activities and talks all day.

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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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THE HOLY CORSS SCHOOL ACADEMY

20 March, 6.30pm to 8.30pm - The Holy Cross School, New Malden

Tour of the night sky plus talk on solar eclipses followed by use of telescopes.

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ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY

20 March, 8.30am to 10.30am - Regents Park

Come and join the RAS and the Baker Street Irregular Astronomers to view the partial solar eclipse.

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COATS OBSERVATORY

17 March, 2pm to 4pm - Coats Observatory, Paisley

Solar Viewing Workshop: Safely observe the Sun through the special solar telescopes at the observatory.

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17 March 6.30pm to 9pm - Coats Observatory, Paisley

Wonders of the Night Sky: Jupiter and Venus will be well placed for observing and observatory staff will be on hand to answer any astronomy related questions.

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18 March 12 noon to 1pm - Coats Observatory, Paisley

Talk on Solar Eclipses: lunchtime talk on solar eclipses.

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18 March, 2pm to 4pm - Coats Observatory, Paisley

Solar Viewing Workshop: Safely observe the Sun through the special solar telescopes at the observatory.

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19 March, 2pm to 4pm - Coats Observatory, Paisley

Solar Viewing Workshop: Safely observe the Sun through the special solar telescopes at the observatory.

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19 March 6.30pm to 9pm - Coats Observatory, Paisley

Wonders of the Night Sky: Jupiter and Venus will be well placed for observing and observatory staff will be on hand to answer any astronomy related questions.

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20 March, 8.30am to 11am - Coats Observatory, Paisley

Solar Eclipse Viewing: Safely view the Sun through the solar telescopes at Coats Observatory as the Moon crosses in front.

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