Cley Night Sky

Norfolk Coast AONB Dark Skies Festival September 2019

North Norfolk boasts some of the darkest skies in the country and is one of the few places in the UK where you can see the northern lights, or aurora borealis. To celebrate our incredible dark skies, the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is running a Dark Skies Festival between 6 – 22 September 2019, when you can enjoy a range of events along the coast. Booking is essential for all events – find out more and book your space here.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT NORTH NORFOLK'S DARK SKIES

Saturday 7th September 2019: Celestial wonders under dark skies in Norfolk.
A short, illustrated guide followed by the chance to see some of celestial wonders for yourself through several telescopes pointing at Saturn, Jupiter, a nine-day old moon plus several deep sky objects. A free event sponsored by Deepdale Backpackers and King's Lynn and District Astronomy Society.
Venue: Deepdale Backpackers Campsite, Burnham Deepdale. Time: 7.00-10.00pm.
Booking: To book a place and more information contact John Craythorne on 01945 701038 or Alan Gosling on 01553 774394. Please note this event is weather dependent, dress appropriately for the conditions.
Star Gazing

Saturday 7th September 2019: Stargazing at Kelling Heath Dark Sky Discovery Site.
Kelling Heath is one of two Dark Sky Discovery Sites in north Norfolk (Wiveton Downs is the second site) which means they meet the criteria of being away from local light pollution, have good sightlines of the sky and have good public access, including firm ground for wheelchairs.
At this event, there will be an introduction to basic astronomy, followed by a walk to the Dark Sky Discovery Site, laser constellation tour and telescope viewing. A free event sponsored by Kelling Heath Holiday Park and North Norfolk Astronomy Society.
Venue: Kelling Heath Holiday Park. Time: From 8.00pm.
Booking: Call Kelling Heath Reception on 01263 588181. Please note that this event is weather dependent, dress appropriately for the conditions.

Star Gazing

Tuesday 10th September and Tuesday 17th September 2019: Creatures of the Night.
See what has been found in moth and mammal traps which will be set each night as part of the ongoing survey work at Natural Surroundings and Kate Dougan from the AONB will talk about the importance of dark skies.
Venue: Natural Surroundings, Bayfield Estate, Glandford, Nr Holt. NR25 7JN. 
Time: From 10.00am. Cost: Free entry. Please dress appropriately for outdoor conditions.
See here for more information or email wildlife@naturalsurroundings.info.

Natural Surroundings

Tuesday 10th September 2019: RSPB Wild at Night.
Walk through the reserve with bat boxes, looking for moths and other wildlife that comes out in the dusk/evening. Venue: RSPB Titchwell Marsh. Time: 7.00-9.00pm
Cost: Adults £10, Child £5 with discounts for RSPB members.
Booking essential: Contact RSPB Titchwell Reserve: titchwell@rspb.org.uk or 01485 210779. Please dress appropriately for the conditions.

Titchwell Marsh

Wednesday 11th September 2019: Norfolk Wildlife Trust Cley Visitor Centre evening stroll and BBQ.
A glorious way to end your day. Enjoy an evening exploring the reserve followed by a barbecue on the terrace, which offers fantastic views across the marsh.
Venue: Cley Visitor Centre. Time: 6:30-9.00pm
Cost: £10 NWT members, £12 non-members.
Booking essential: 01263 740008. Please dress appropriately for the conditions.

Cley Marshes

Saturday 14th September 2019: Norfolk Wildlife Trust Bats at Cley-next-the-Sea.
James Goldsmith leads the evening event exploring the bats that live in the UK, how to identify different species, where they live and discusses their conservation status. You will then head to St Margaret's Church in Cley where infrared imaging equipment will help you see the bat population living there.
Venue: Meet at Cley Marshes Visitor Centre (short drive to church after theory session-own transport required). Time: 5.30-9.00pm
Cost: £16 NWT members, £19 non-members. Booking essential: 01263 740008.

NWT Cley Visitor Centre

Saturday 14th September 2019: An Introduction to the art of night walking with Dixe Wills.
Spend the evening discovering the AONB at night on a fascinating night walk with author and travel writer Dixe Wills. Starting at Blakeney, this seven-mile night walk will take you on a round trip to Wiveton Downs Dark Sky Discovery Site then back to Blakeney and across the Blakeney Freshes embankment. Along the way you will discover night walking, the joys of being outside in moonlight and starlight (and occasionally Venuslight and Marslight), the sights, sounds and smells of the dark. You will also receive handy tips on basic navigation at night using the stars as well as dos/don'ts for staying safe while walking at night. Time: 7.30-11.30pm.
Cost: £10 per person, participants must be at least 16yrs old and capable of easily walking seven miles, in the dark over uneven terrain.
Booking essential: Contact the Norfolk Coast Partnership on 01328 850530 or aonb@norfolk.gov.uk Wear sturdy shoes and dress appropriately for the weather conditions. Bring refreshments.

Blakeney Freshes

Sunday 15th September 2019: Nocturnal bird migration.
Simon Gillings from the British Trust of Ornithology will be giving a talk and demonstration of the work they do to monitor the nocturnal migration of birds by recording their flight calls.
Venue: Thornham Village Hall. Time: 7.00-9.00pm. Cost: Free
Booking essential: Contact the Norfolk Coast Partnership aonb@norfolk.gov.uk or on 01328 850530

Wednesday 18th September 2019: Splendours of the dark skies of the Norfolk Coast.
An opportunity to discover the celestial wonders of our night skies - a free event organised by King's Lynn and District Astronomy Society.
Venue: Barrow Common, Common Lane, Brancaster. Meet at Brancaster Staithe car park at 7.30pm. Time: 7.30-10.00pm. Cost: Free.
Booking essential: Contact John Craythorne on 01945 701038 or Alan Gosling on 01553 77439. Please note this event is weather dependent, dress appropriately for the conditions.

Brancaster Staithe

Friday 20th September 2019: Snapshot of the skies.
Mini walk through the reserve looking for moths and other wildlife that comes out in the dusk/evening followed by introduction to astro-photography with the King's Lynn and District Astronomy Society.
Venue: RSPB Titchwell Marsh. Time: 7.00-9.00pm. Cost: Adults £10, Child £5 with discounts for RSPB members.
Booking essential: Contact the RSPB Titchwell Reserve titchwell@rspb.org.uk or 01485 210779. Please dress appropriately for the conditions.

RSPB Titchwell

Sunday 22nd September 2019: Norfolk Coast AONB Dark Skies Festival Celebration.
Head to Binham Village Hall to celebrate all things dark skies related, reflect on the past two-week long festival and look forward to finding ways we can all contribute to keeping our dark landscapes dark.
Venue: Binham Village Hall. Time: 6.00-8.00pm. Cost: Free.
Booking is essential: Contact the Norfolk Coast Partnership on aonb@norfolk.gov.uk or 01328 850530.

Binham Village Hall