The Battlesteads Dark Sky Observatory, is an accessible, public astronomical observatory offering talks, activities, drop in sessions, stargazing and Astro courses to suit anyone from the absolute beginner to the professional.
Located at a Dark Sky Discovery Site in Wark and under very dark skies, the observatory offers the perfect compromise between the beautiful majesty of dark skies and the facilities offered by a 21st Century Countryside Village location:
- Luxury Astro Accommodation just metres away.
- Superb meals and snacks available, specialising in sustainable, locally sourced food.
- Free hot drinks and water available in the observatory Warm Room.
- Full mains electricity and wifi internet for all your Astro Equipment and Devices (laptops,tablets, smartphones).
- The road is open whatever the weather – even in midwinter snow, and we have plumbing!
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Restaurant / Cafe on site
Great fun for an absolute beginner like me!
Having never considered astronomy or start gazing since in the Girl Guides many years ago (!) we happened to be staying at the Hotel nearby and could not miss this opportunity. This is a small building, so the numbers are restricted, so booking is advised. Chris, the astronomer, who gave the talk (2 hours.... wrap up warm!) was knowledgeable, interesting, funny and had a wealth of enthusiasm for his subject. Everyone had a chance to look through the telescopes, and see some of the wonders of the night sky. Youngsters were encouraged to stand on steps and look as well, and all our questions were answered. There was a hot drinks machine as well (free) for those of us who felt cold. Great idea! Well done to the volunteers who run this attraction..... it was spot on.
Shooting Star Supper
This was a new experience for us and most enjoyable. We did this as an add-on to our break at the Battlesteads Hotel so we had soup and a sandwich included. Others participating where not all hotel guests. As a complete beginner I came away having seen some shooting stars and learnt a little of how to navigate the starry sky. Handouts were also provided to takeaway. Led by a relaxed and informative astronomer. There is a 'warm' room and free drinks as well as deckchairs to sit in whilst observing. We used mainly binoculars but also had a look through the large telescope. A unique opportunity.
So very brilliant
darronward, Greater London, United Kingdom
We went last night for the Star Gazing, it was brilliant. Roy who ran the session was excellent. His knowledge was great and delivered with such enthusiasm. His style is engaging, delivered with humour and tailored to individual interests and understanding. We saw so many stars, clusters and galaxies it was "out of this world". Thank you! We really recommend this place and look forward to coming back and next time we will book accommodation! Darron and Claire
What a great idea, and super friendly, enthusiastic staff
Regular T, London, United Kingdom
My good friend and I have long tried to get some photos of the night sky, so decided to make a fuss of ourselves and book a three night weekend at the hotel, along with an aurora talk, a deep sky talk and a special 1-to-1 Astro photography sessions with the observatory. Absolutely great fun, we were blessed with three almost completely clear nights, with great views of the stars. We saw nebulae, galaxies, and even took some images which we 'stacked' to produce a wonderful view of the sky. Roy and the team go out of their way to make it an engaging, fun and interesting topic, and many on the courses with us left with a new fascination for what's above their heads. Recommended highly, just wrap up warm!
SimonT262, London, United Kingdom
Unfortunately we had a wet night so could not see stars, despite that the presenter did a great job of explaining about starts and planets.