Had you ever heard of a Star Party? Does it give you visions of a mass of celebrities gathered in a club somewhere, or perhaps little girls dressed up in pretty dresses waving magic wands? Well until last week I’d never heard of one either, but it turns out it’s all about looking at and celebrating the amazing night skies.
Here in Norfolk we are truly spoiled with our big blue skies in the day and at night, well, you’ll easily get a crick in your neck when you look up and realise just how full our sky is of stars and other twinkly galaxies! Just drive into the countryside a little, perhaps combine it with a trip to a rural pub, as we did last week, visiting the Bannigham Crown (more of that in another blog) and stand and stare. We’ve recently been treated to a dazzling display of the Northern Lights as the Aurora Borealis painted the night sky over Norfolk. The phenomenon occurs when electrically-charged particles from the Sun enter the Earth’s atmosphere.
If you like the sound of some Norfolk stargazing then why not combine a short break to Norfolk with a trip to the star party at Kelling Heath? It’s within a 35 to 45 minute drive from all our properties, so an easy commute. They welcome day visitors free of charge; if you’re arriving after dark you park a reasonable distance away from the observing field, to prevent light pollution from car lights. There are facilities on site and trade stands which make it a complete event for all the family. You can even bring your dog – check the dog section on the FAQ pages of Kelling Heath
The main event is in September and is called the Autumn Equinox Sky Camp. The Autumn 2016 event is 30th September to 2nd October and we have short breaks available starting Friday 30th September for three nights or one week.
The Spring event is a smaller off shoot from the Autumn event, but is gaining in popularity. The Spring 2016 dates are Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th April. We have two breaks available for that period:
Friday 8th April in Tides – three nights £290, one week £440
Saturday 9th April in Beachscape – five night special £350
Dogs are welcome as always at £15 per break.
If you’d like to book for any of these short breaks, then please Contact Us here.
Here’s a video from Visit North Norfolk entitled The Stargazer, where Andrew tells us why Kelling Heath in North Norfolk is the perfect place for some celestial stargazing