Stargazing at Durlston

🗓️ Various dates throughout the year

Discover the wonders of the night sky at Durlston Country Park’s observatory.

Learn about the different constellations as they change throughout the year at Durlston’s regular programme of stargazing events led by a ranger and members of the Wessex Astronomical Society.

A stargazing session usually consists of a talk at the Learning Centre followed by the opportunity to observe the night sky through various telescopes, as well as the observatory dome’s telescope.

  • Cost – Sessions are £4 per person and there’s no need to book in advance

2023 Stargazing Sessions

Depending on the time of year you’ll be able to view the moon; planets including Saturn, Mars and Jupiter; star clusters and galaxies; the Orion Nebula; the Andromeda Galaxy and seasonal constellations.

  • Saturday 28 January – 7.30pm
  • Sunday 12 February – 7.30pm
  • Monday 27 February – 7.30pm
  • Friday 10 March – 7.30pm
  • Saturday 25 March – 7.30pm
  • Friday 14 April – 8.15pm
  • Sunday 23 April – 8.45pm
  • Saturday 12 August – 9pm
  • Friday 15 September – 8pm
  • Friday 22 September – 8pm
  • Saturday 7 October – 7pm
  • Saturday 4 November – 7pm
  • Friday 17 November – 7.30pm

Note that stargazing is weather-dependent – any cancellations will be posted online at either:

Join the Wessex Astronomical Society

If you want to get more involved in astronomy, you can join the Society.

Membership gives you access to regular meetings and guest speakers, as well as the benefit of the free loan of portable telescopes for your private use for up to a month at a time.

Joining fee

  • Adult – £20
  • Youth (aged 12 – 16) – £10
  • Child (under 12) – Free

To join, visit the Wessex Astronomical Society’s website: wessex-astro.org.uk/join/