Stargazing Experience

Due to popularity, we are going to be adding more dates so please regularly check this page.

Discover the sky at night with this exclusive Stargazing Experience, which includes an overnight stay, Yorkshire breakfast, access to the Roof Top Spa for ‘Starbathing’, supper at Clocktower followed by an informative and engaging ‘Discovering Astronomy’ session with astronomer, Richard Darn, before venturing outside to explore the night sky.

Richard Darn, who helped establish Europe’s largest Dark Sky Park, will host the beginner-friendly ‘Discovering Astronomy’ session in Rudding Park cinema with its starlight ceiling. You will learn how to guide yourself around some of the more easily recognisable features of the night sky; constellations, features of the moon, the planets, aurorae and star clusters before venturing outside to observe the night sky where Richard will help newcomers find their way around using a high-strength telescope and the bare eye.  

Three dates are available, choose from:

Tuesday 26 November 2019
Distant suns and an icy giant

Roof Top Spa access           3pm – 6pm 
Two course supper              7pm
Discovering Astronomy       8.30pm – 10pm  (cinema and dark skies)   
                       
With the moon absent, lots of stars will be show and we’ll take you on a journey to discover these distant suns.  We’ll also attempt to spy the icy giant of Uranus in the distant depths of our own solar system.
Also available to purchase as a gift experience voucher (online only) Tuesday 26 November 2019

Tuesday 3 December 2019
Moon at its best 

Roof Top Spa access           3pm – 6pm 
Two course supper              7pm
Discovering Astronomy       8.30pm – 10pm  (cinema and dark skies)                           

A lovely first quarter moon will be one of our targets at this star party, with its craters, mountains and valleys being revealed using powerful telescopes. Plus we will reveal the delights of the early winter night sky. 
Also available to purchase as a gift experience voucher (online only) Tuesday 3 December 2019

Monday 16 December 2019
Glittering star clusters

Roof Top Spa access           3pm – 6pm 
Two course supper              7pm
Discovering Astronomy       8.30pm – 10pm  (cinema and dark skies)                           

The winter sky boasts some lovely sights including diamond like star clusters and colourful double stars - we will go in search of these distant wonders. 
Also available to purchase as a gift experience voucher (online only) Monday 16 December 2019

Sunday 5 January 2020
A Waxing New Year Moon 

Roof Top Spa access           3pm – 6pm 
Two course supper              7pm
Discovering Astronomy       8.30pm – 10pm  (cinema and dark skies)   
                       
The craters, mountains and valleys of the moon will be in view as we use powerful telescopes to reveal the secrets of our nearest neighbour. We'll also point out the winter constellations looking at their best and the planet Uranus will be well placed near the moon, ripe for observation.
Also available to purchase as a gift experience voucher (online only) Sunday 5 January 2020

Thursday 24 January 2020
Distant suns and an icy giant

Roof Top Spa access           3pm – 6pm 
Two course supper              7pm
Discovering Astronomy       8.30pm – 10pm  (cinema and dark skies)   
                       
A sky full of stars will be our New Year treat as we take a tour of winter’s dazzling star clusters and colourful double stars and keeps eyes peeled for satellites scurrying overhead. We'll also show you a galaxy, far, far away!
Also available to purchase as a gift experience voucher (online only) Thursday 24 January 2020

Events are perfect for novices and include a colour presentation and film in our comfortable cinema and chance to handle four billion year old space rocks. 

During their stay you can ‘Starbathe’ in the warming waters of the Spa Bath or Hydrotherapy Pool on the Roof Top Spa – a social space to  relax and soak under the stars. 

Why not enhance your experience?
Add a spa treatment (additional charge applies) where you can explore The Escape Zone and immerse yourself in the Visual Zone with its mesmerising stargazing time lapse footage or relax in the Sleep Zone with its starlight ceiling.

Start to reconnect with nature - read our Stargazing Story
Watch our Stargazing timelapse, kindly supplied by Martin Whipp, from Lime Tree Observatory. 

Valid: Tuesday 26 November 2019, Tuesday 3 December 2019, Monday 16 December 2019, Sunday 5 January 2020 and Thursday 24 January 2020.
Terms and Conditions: The rate is based on double/twin occupancy in a Ribston Wing Room. Single supplement £51 per room per night. Advance Purchase Rate and is subject to availability Observing the skies can only go ahead if it's clear but the event will go ahead in any weather conditions. Please also refer to our standard terms and conditions.

Per Room
£299