South Downs National Park Stargazing Experience 2-Hours





Take a thrilling journey into outer space from the South Downs National Park with our 2-hour South Downs stargazing experience. We'll meet you at one of our dark sky stargazing sites on the South Downs with a large portable telescope, and whisk you off an an astronomical adventure to visit star systems, star clusters, nebulae and even distant galaxies far beyond our own. Along the way you'll get to see a myriad distant suns around which exoplanets could orbit; red supergiant stars on the verge of collapsing into supernovae, and the ghost rings of stars that have long since ceased to exist. If we have the moon and / or planets in the sky then we'll visit them too with the telescope. One voucher covers the recipient plus up to 15 family & friends.

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Enjoy an amazing adventure out among the stars from the South Downs National Park. We'll meet you at one of our stargazing locations at Bignor Hill nr Petworth, Devils Dyke nr Brighton or Butser Hill nr Petersfield for a private 2-hour stargazing experience. Our experienced astronomer will likely start with a laser-guided tour of the stars and constellations that we can see from the South Downs. You'll then get to use one of our big portable telescopes to explore the night sky. Along the way you'll see star systems, star clusters, nebulae and even distant galaxies far beyond our own. If the moon is in the sky then you'll be able to visit the lunar surface and see hundreds of craters in incredible detail with your own eyes. Planets too are visible at certain times of the year. If you've always wanted to see Saturn close up in a big telescope, or get a glimpse of Jupiter's amazing banded atmosphere, our 2-hour South Downs stargazing experience gives you the perfect opportunity!

In the 2-hour South Downs stargazing experience gift box you get:

  • 2-hour stargazing experience gift voucher for our South Downs National Park locations valid for 2 years from month of issue, with possibility to extend for a further year free of charge

  • Instructions on how to use the voucher

  • Map and postcode for South Downs stargazing locations

The stargazing experience gift box is professionally crafted to make for a lovely present for a family member or friend. Inside the gift box they'll find a professionally printed stargazing voucher with details about the stargazing experience and how to use the voucher. The South Downs stargazing experience is suitable for individuals, couples, families and small groups. All children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Voucher recipient may have up to 15 friends and family members share in the experience at no extra charge.

When can the voucher be used?

The voucher recipient can choose a week night or weekend night for their stargazing experience any time of the year. The only times we do not run are 24 - 31 December, and when our astronomer is already booked.

What if it is raining or cloudy?

Naturally cloud and rain is always a threat. When using the voucher to book the stargazing experience we recommend that you choose 2 or 3 nights initially on which you’d be happy for us to run the experience. If it is cloudy / raining on all selected nights then we’ll simply roll the experience forward to an alternative date that works. We can keep rolling the experience forward until we are able to run the stargazing for you.



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65th Birthday 18mths late
David & Anne O'C

A really great treat in our garden from Seb who provided us with a thrilling tour of the night sky, supported by very informative narration. 2 hrs went by really quickly.

Fantastic 50th Birthday gift
Mat Benzie

I was bought this as a birthday gift and it was amazing! Seb was great at getting a suitable slot arranged and Nick who was our guide to the night sky was fantastically knowledgable and enthusiastic. The views through the telescope of the Orion nebula and various star clusters were pretty amazing too.
Would totally recommend this to anyone with an interest in the night sky!

Birthday Gift
Katie & Jake

We had such an amazing night, everything was well organised and co-ordinated by Seb and Nick was an fantastic guide who had endless knowledge of the night sky! Thanks again!

Dianne & John Mitchell

I was bought this experience as a gift before the pandemic and Seb was so helpful and kept our voucher open until we could use it. Nick was our guide on the night and we found him to be friendly and extremely knowledgeable. The views through the telescope are breathtaking. He didn't mind keep readjusting the telescope so that you could all have a good look at the night sky. It was really enjoyable, thoroughly fascinating and I would highly recommend this very different experience to anyone. Thanks again Seb and Nick.

Unforgettable Experience
Samantha and Niven

Extremely well given tour of the night sky by Nick who was incredibly entertaining, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. We explored constellations, binary star systems, planets, star clusters and the life cycle of stars.
Seeing the rings of Saturn and the bands of Jupiter were a particular highlight.
There was also a fascinating historical element with how the night sky was used by ancient cultures.
We would highly recommend, we can't wait to go again.


What a fantastic night and a wonderful experience thanks to Nick who was very enlightening and knowledgeable. The views through the telescope was amazing especially the view of Saturn ????.
Thanks again

Jenny Scott

Three years late, but so worth the wait. With crystal clear skies, Nick gave us a thoroughly accessible and fascinating tour of our universe. Saturn's rings - wow! Thanks Nick.


Last night (18/01/2023) Nick took us on a guided tour of the night sky. The experience was amazing. Nick was full of knowledge and left none of our questions unanswered. His passion is very obvious and infectious. Certainly an evening we won't forget!

Unique Birthday Gift
Rebecca Jones

What a wonderful night, the 2 hours flew by even though we were in freezing temperatures with numb toes! Seb was great at keeping us informed of the weather to ensure we stood the best chance of clear skies and Nick is clearly passionate about what he does, he was so engaging and friendly. it was astounding looking through the telescope but learning about what we were looking at was just as interesting. I can't recommend this experience enough if you want to learn more about star constellations, the difference between young and old stars and just a gentle reminder of how tiny we really are! Thank you so much Seb and Nick :)

On Butser Hill for my Birthday Present
Dave Severn

We had a great night yesterday with our celestial guide Nick. The two hours whizzed by as he extremely knowledgeably and entertainingly described the main features on view with the aid of his telescope. We all learnt a lot.
Thanks Nick (for the experience) and Seb (for the organisation).

Christmas Gift.
Jon & Julie Garrod

Just had a fantastic time looking at the stars and planets from Butser Hill around midnight in June (5/6/23).
Nick was very informative about what we could see and answered all our questions. Thank you Nick for making the whole stargazing experience special and thank you Seb for organising the experience and ensuring we had clear skies.
Would thoroughly recommend this experience to others.


Nick was our guide for a tour of the night sky. He was funny, professional and so incredibly knowledgeable! Both Nick and Seb were accommodating in finding an appropriate location for our group as we had a wheelchair user (who didn't come in the end, but it was no trouble for them).

The 2 hours flew by. We were able to see Saturn and its rings, Jupiter, clusters of stars, binary stars and the life cycle of stars and much more. Nick was quick at locating these and giving us excellent and informative narration behind each of them.

Would definitely recommend and we will be using these guys again some day!

Michael Smith

Can i just say, wow! What an experience i had last night! Nick was incredible! So imformative and explained everything so well and in a way the average person can understand it! The night ran so smoothly from the moment we met him, and the sky stayed so clear.
Thank you!


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