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Stargazing in Cornwall

International Dark Sky Week has grown to become a worldwide event and a key component of Global Astronomy Month.

Each year it is held in April around Astronomy Day. This year celebrations begin on Sunday, March 31, and run through Sunday, April 7, 2019.

Everybody can do something to stop light pollution!



Where to go Stargazing:

The National Trust recommends the following four locations:

Carnewas, Cornwall 
Officially accredited with Dark Sky Discovery status, Carnewas is one of the most popular destinations on the Cornish coast. The stunning view is hidden as you first come into the car park, but a short walk will show you why it's such a popular spot, and a beautiful place to look at the night sky.

St Agnes and Chapel Porth, Cornwall
Head to St Agnes and Chapel Porth, Cornwall before nightfall and you might be lucky enough to see some of the wildlife that lives at this breathtaking coastal site. When night comes, enjoy gazing at the star

Godolphin Hill, Cornwall
Godolphin Hill offers 360-degree views with no artificial lights close by, and plenty of native wildlife.

Trelissick, Cornwall
Beautifully positioned at the head of the Fal estuary, Trelissick Park commands panoramic views over the area. It is far enough away from the glow of nearby Truro to make this a great stargazing spot.

Other locations to consider:

  • Rinsey Cliff: Between Porthleven and Penzance
  • Trelissick Park, Trelissick Garden: Trelissick Gardens car park, near Truro
  • The Cheesering, near Minions: Bodmin Moor
  • Collifford Lake: Part of Bodmin Moor Wildlife Park
  • Siblyback Lake: Liskeard
  • The Lizard Point

Beaches: Find out where your nearest beach is here. The lack of light pollution near the shore will make stargazing a little easier.


What to take with you:

To go stargazing, all you need is to put yourself outside under a clear sky, but you can make a fantastic family evening of it with a bit of forward planning and preparation.

  • Warm Clothes
  • Snacks and drinks
  • Blanket or Beach Towel
  • Torch (the best option would be a red torch, you can buy a cheap LED torch that often has a red LED option)

  • The simplest of stargazing sessions needs no equipment at all, but if you have binoculars or telescopes, you will undoubtedly be able to see more.

Stargazing Apps for your phone or tablet:

Night Sky (iOS, Free) 

Night Sky allows users to quickly identify stars, constellations, satellites and planets as well as weather conditions for the coming night.

Sky Map (Android, Free)

Sky Map uses your phone's many sensors to calculate your geographical position and then display a detailed star map based on where your device is pointed. 


Stargazing Events in Cornwall:

Below you will find any stargazing events happening locally that you can join:

Cornwall Astronomy Society Meeting & Stargazing - Helston
Every second Tuesday of the month from 20:00 to 22:00 [Tuesday 9th April 2019]
£25 a Year, Call 01326 560533 for more info
Cornwall Astronomy Society (Kowethas Steronieth Kernow) is a friendly, relaxed group of amateur enthusiasts with interests in many areas of astronomy, cosmology, observing, astrophotography and telescope building. Our objectives are to foster the practice and enjoyment of astronomy, cosmology and related interests. We have two regular meetings a month.…

Sun and Stars at Carnewas (Bedruthan) with Kernow Astronomers - Wadebridge
Saturday 13 April 2019 from 19:00 to 22:00
FREE, No need to book.
Arrive before sunset for a chance to look at the sun safely through telescopes before it sets, then take a closer look at the moon, stars and planets as they come into view. Bring warm clothing and a torch. Free. No need to book. Meet…

Later this year:

Sun and Stars at Carnewas (Bedruthan) with Kernow Astronomers - Wadebridge
Saturday 10 August 2019 from 19:00 to 22:00
FREE, No need to book.
Arrive before sunset for a chance to look at the sun safely through telescopes before it sets, then take a closer look at the moon, stars and planets as they come into view. Bring warm clothing and a torch. Free. No need to book. Meet…

Stargazing at Trerice with Kernow Astronomers - Newquay
Saturday 7 September 2019
FREE, No need to book.
With displays, talks and telescopes Kernow Astronomers will guide you through our amazing Cornish skies (if clear). If the weather isn't co-operating then Kernow Astronomers will still be giving talks and displays in the barn restaurant where seasonal soup, yummy cakes and hot drinks will…

Millendreath's Stargazing Party - Looe
From September, every Thursday from 19:00-21:00
FREE, No need to book.
Black Rock Beach Bar presents the Millendreath Star Party hosted every Thursday by our very own astronomer and Beach Bar manager, Chris. Black Rock Beach Resort is one of the best south facing ‘Dark Sky’ venues in the UK. On a clear night the whole…01503 269338

Sun and Stars at Carnewas (Bedruthan) with Kernow Astronomers - Wadebridge
Saturday 5 October 2019 from 19:00 to 22:00
FREE, No need to book.
Arrive before sunset for a chance to look at the sun safely through telescopes before it sets, then take a closer look at the moon, stars and planets as they come into view. Bring warm clothing and a torch. Free. No need to book. Meet…

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