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:

Sunday 8 September 2019 - NOW FULLY BOOKED
Solar System night

Roof Top Spa access           3pm – 6pm 
Two course supper              7pm
Discovering Astronomy       8.30pm – 10pm  (cinema and dark skies)   
                       
We are going in search of the giants of the solar system and turning powerful telescopes on the magnificent rings of Saturn and cloud belts of Jupiter.  Both planets are well placed in the night-time sky, shining brightly above the southern horizon, and will reveal a wealth of detail weather permitting.  We will also spy the craters and mountains of the moon, discover more about the lovely Autumn constellations and enjoy a fascinating beginner friendly presentation on stargazing.
Also available to purchase as a gift experience voucher (online only) Sunday 8 September 2019 - NOW FULLY BOOKED

Sunday 17 November 2019 - NOW FULLY BOOKED
Near the peak of the Leonids meteor shower 

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

This star party is near the peak of one of the year's most famous meteor showers - the Leonids.  We'll keep our eyes peeled for lovely shooting stars arching overhead before burning up and also show you some of the wonders of the  Autumn night sky, including star clusters and galaxies. There will also be a fascinating beginner friendly presentation on stargazing with stunning images taken from North Yorkshire.
Also available to purchase as a gift experience voucher (online only) Sunday 17 November 2019 - NOW FULLY BOOKED

Thursday 5 December 2019 - NOW FULLY BOOKED
Winter moon and Christmas stars

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

The magnificent winter moon will be our target for a special Christmas star night.  We will show you how to take picture of its craters and mountains with your phone using a telescope and take you on a tour of the ancient lunar surface.  The sparkling winter constellations will also come under our gaze and we will have a fascinating beginner friendly presentation on stargazing, revealing the wonders of the North Yorkshire winter night sky.
You can also purchase these experience as gift voucher (online only) Thursday 5 December 2019 - NOW FULLY BOOKED

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: Sunday 8 September 2019, Sunday 17 November 2019 and Thursday 5 December 2019.
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