Upcoming Events

Stargazing evening at the Langton Arms near Blandford – all welcome

  Sat 22/01/2022
  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Cranborne Chase AONB is hosting a stargazing evening at The Langton Arms, Tarrant Monkton near Blandford on Saturday 22 January 2022 at 7pm Join our astronomers and learn more about our dark night skies in this International Dark Sky Reserve. Everyone is welcome and the event is free to attend but please ensure you book […]

Hedgelaying in progress

Introduction to Hedge Laying – one day course

  Sat 29/01/2022
  9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Introduction to Hedge Laying – free one day course Join us on this one day course at the Ancient Technology Centre run by qualified trainers from the Dorset Coppice Group as part of the Chase & Chalke Landscape Partnership Scheme.  There are two dates available: Thursday 20 January 2022 or Saturday 29 January 2022 (click […]

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StarFest 2022 – Full Timetable

  Mon 21/02/2022 - Sat 26/02/2022
  All Day

StarFest 2022 is the annual Dark Skies Festival organised by Cranborne Chase AONB International Dark Sky Reserve

Introduction to Stargazing with Steve Tonkin

  Mon 21/02/2022
  7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Steve Tonkin, astronomer and the Cranborne Chase AONB Dark Skies Advisor, will explain how to use Stellarium (app) and how to use a simple ‘Planisphere’ to help understand the night sky on Monday 21 February at 7.30pm via ZOOM — BOOK HERE to join the event. Plus find out what else is coming up during […]

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Constellation sketching and milky way model-making for kids

  Tue 22/02/2022
  4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Celestial arts and crafts as part of StarFest 2022 with Mary McIntyre Book here to join astronomer, Mary McIntyre for an afternoon of constellation sketching and tips on how to make a milky way model. Ideal for children at half-term looking for some new ideas on Tuesday 22 February at 4pm. The event can be booked […]

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Introduction to Astrophotography with DSLRs and Telescopes

  Tue 22/02/2022
  7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Learn more about astrophotography and pick up some great tips with Mary McIntyre Book here to join astronomer and astro-photographer, Mary McIntyre for an insightful evening that promises to inspire you to learn more about the tricks of the trade and how you can take better photos. The event is open to everyone and you […]

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Dark Sky Rangers for Kids – STARFEST 2022

  Wed 23/02/2022
  10:00 am - 11:15 am

Discover more about the night sky with Space Ambassador, Jo Richardson on Wednesday 23 February at 10am __ Your children can become Dark Sky Rangers as they join ‘In the Night Sky Live’ with Space Detectives. Perfect for Key Stage 1 / Key Stage 2 or home-schooled children. Tickets are £5 and can be booked direct […]

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The Right Light at Night with Steve Tonkin – online talk

  Wed 23/02/2022
  7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Learn more about using artificial light at night without harming the environment, with Steve Tonkin Cranborne Chase AONB’s astronomer discusses the issue of light pollution and how we can all help to reduce our energy use and potential on the environment when we need to use artificial light at night. Get some tips from Steve […]

Starry, Starry Nights Art Activities for Kids

  Thu 24/02/2022 - Fri 25/02/2022
  All Day

Starry, Starry Nights Art Activities for Kids (suitable for ages 4-11) at Coombe Bissett Village Hall – various sessions available Join our Chase & Chalke Landscape Partnership Scheme team and volunteers for a two-hour art workshop. This star, planets and dark skies inspired, hands-on art session promises to be a great fun. This event has […]

Deep Sky Observing for Absolute Beginners

  Fri 25/02/2022
  7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Join Steve Tonkin on Zoom for his special introduction to Deep Sky observing as part of StarFest 2022 Book your place here for Friday 25 February 2022 at 7.30pm The Moon and bright planets are obvious to the unaided eye and thus are common first targets for new stargazers, but the Deep Sky offers a […]

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Star Walk Stories – Adventures in the Night Sky with Lizzie Bryant

  Sat 26/02/2022
  7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Join Lizzie on a celestial quest for the myths and legends of the stars and constellations to be found in the February night sky You will be transported back in time as Lizzie draws on her love of dark skies and traditional sky knowledge, to bring you a fantastic night-time tale. Suitable for 7+/adults.  Book […]