Dark Skies Stargazing at Gilling Castle

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5.30pm - 8.30pm
Adult: £12.50; Child: £9.50

Join us as we take part in North York Moors National Park's Dark Skies Festival with a spectacular stargazing event at Gilling Castle!

Our astronomy guides Richard Darn and Neill Sander from Go Stargazing will take us on a journey of discovery through the Milky Way. Given clear skies, we should be able to see this elusive river of light arching overhead.

We’ll also have telescopes pointed at other wonders, such as the giant planet Jupiter and perhaps even Saturn with its amazing rings! The dark skies above the Howardian Hills will also reveal sparkling star clusters and even other galaxies so far away light takes millions of years to reach us.

We'll kick off the evening with rocket launching as the sun sets, and enjoy fun interactive talks on the wonderful night sky within the amazing setting of Gilling Castle's Great Chamber. There'll also be the chance to handle space rocks over four million years old.

  • This is a family event suitable for space buffs age 7+. All stargazing equipment is provided.
  • Refreshments are included in the ticket price (your choice of hot drink or squash as well as a mug of a soup and roll).
  • Wrap up warm, wear outdoor footwear, bring a torch - the area will be very dark - and binoculars if you have them.

Due to the historic nature of Gilling Castle some areas have restricted access, please call us to discuss any requirements.

Please note, children must be accompanied by an adult.

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