Dark Skies


With minimal light pollution, big open skies and dazzling starry displays the Lake District National Park enjoys some of the best stargazing opportunities in the UK.

Here at Near Howe, we have minimal light pollution and enjoy uninterrupted views of the stars on clear, dark nights. Therefore, we’re able to glimpse the Milky Way in all its glory along with sparkling star clusters.

You’re welcome to bring your own telescopes and binoculars, or why not book to join one of our dedicated stargazing weekends?

Stargazing Weekends

We’re really excited to be hosting three stargazing weekends over the winter:

  • 10th @ 5pm – 13th December 2021 @ 10am
  • 4th @ 5pm – 7th February 2022 @ 10am
  • 4th @ 5pm – 7th March 2022 @ 10am

We’ll be joined by Andy Gray, who is a keen astronomer and a science teacher for 20 years. He’s presented at the North Pennies Stargazing Festival since 2015 as well as other venues, so we’re delighted he’ll be joining us.

Andy will be talking about the stars, taking photos of the night sky as well as giving top tips on how to set-up and use a telescope. They’ll also be plenty of time for stargazing (subject to the weather). Download the weekend itinerary here….

Book for these dates via the website or call / email us.