• Cranborne Chase AONB, Shears Building, Stone Lane Industrial Estate, Wimborne, BH21 1HB  Tel: 01725 517417

Space themed half-term event

Feb 18, 2019
Cranborne Chase hosts ‘Star Fest’ weekend from 22-24 February


Calling all stargazers or anyone with a fascination with stars, planets or astronomy. Cranborne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), which is seeking International Dark Sky Reserve status, is hosting ‘Star Fest’, a weekend of family-friendly, space-themed events and activities from 22-24 February in Sixpenny Handley.

For anyone space-obsessed or for those looking to learn more about the sky at night, look no further.

Events on offer include:

- Space Detectives: interactive space workshops with Jo Richardson, UK Space Ambassador, Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society

- Planetarium: a family-friendly show for all ages

- Face painting

- Storytelling

- Stargazing with the Wessex Astronomical Society

- Astrophotography presentations

Star Fest takes place at Church Farm Caravanning & Camping Park, High Street, Sixpenny Handley, Dorset SP5 5ND. Events and activities start at 18.00 on Friday 22 February and again at 10.00 on Saturday 23 February and Sunday 24 February. For an up to date event timetable, more information and how to book an event visit www.chasingstars.org.uk, look on Twitter @cranbornechase, email: info@cranbornechase.org.uk or call 01725 517417.

Cranborne Chase AONB has embarked on an exciting project to become the first AONB in the UK to gain International Dark Sky Reserve status. Anyone can support the AONB’s quest by taking the Dark Skies Pledge at www.chasingstars.org.uk

Amanda Scott, of the Chasing Stars project at the AONB, said: “You can’t fail to be dazzled by this event. There is something for everyone, from stargazing novices and budding Tim Peakes to those with their own astronomy kit.

“Cranborne Chase is a fabulous place to stargaze. It has very low light pollution where sometimes up to 2,000 stars can be seen compared to more built-up areas where just 20 can be viewed through an orange glow. We want everyone to come and enjoy the night sky and the events on offer at this unique event.”