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.

At Near Howe, we are lucky to enjoy uninterrupted views of the stars on clear, dark nights, being able to see the Milky Way in all its glory along with sparkling star clusters.

Experience the dazzling starry skies in the Lake District National Park with an expert astronomer at one of our dedicated stargazing events:

  • Friday 9th & Saturday 10th February 2024
  • Friday 1st March 2024
  • Friday 8th & Saturday 9th November 2024

Stargazing Events

What to expect

You’ll enjoy an inspiring astronomical presentation, ideally suited for beginners and novices, before heading outdoors for a laser guided tour of the constellations.

Using telescopes and binoculars you’ll be able to observe planets, galaxies, nebulae and star clusters (subject to the weather).

In poor weather, if there’s a gap in the clouds, we’ll get you outside straight away; otherwise, you’re welcome to join the outside section of a future stargazing event.

Expert Guide


We’ll be joined by Andy Gray, who is an astronomer and a science teacher for 20 years.

Andy’s presented at the North Pennines Stargazing Festival since 2015 as well as other venues, so we’re delighted he’ll be joining us.                                                                                                                                                     


Tickets are £25 per adult (plus booking fee), £15 per child (under 16) and include hot drinks and biscuits. We also offer accommodation packages, so do get in touch if you’d like to stay with us for the weekend. 

Book below or contact us directly. 

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Cancellations: Customers will receive a full refund if cancelled a week or more in advance or if Near Howe cancel the event due to unforeseen circumstances. Customers will receive a gift voucher for the full amount if cancelled less than a week in advance. Contact us by phone or email to cancel.