Event Diary

Gain an out of this world experience at stargazing events

DON'T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK, 25 September 2019

Join the AONB and Bournemouth University for a day of interactive workshops, the chance to explore the night sky with Bob Mizon and his mobile planetarium, and help us investigate the value and benefits of our dark night skies. Everyone is welcome: book via Eventbrite.

Stargazing Evenings

Our stargazing evenings have proved incredibly popular, with many night sky enthusiasts turning up to find out about some of the hundreds of spectacular constellations in the pristine night skies above Cranborne Chase AONB. Local astronomers from Wessex Astronomical Society will be there to share their knowledge and impart their enthusiasm. These events are family-friendly.

We are currently finalising our 2019/2020 programme of stargazing evenings, and the first has been arranged at Damerham (a new stargazing venue for us!) on 27 October - thank you to Damerham Parish Council for inviting us - see below. Watch this space as we add more stargazing evenings to the list.

Additional information: all stargazing events commence at 7pm and last for around two to two-and-a-half hours, depending on weather conditions. The cost for adults is £5 each (cash or cheque on the night/includes a free tea or coffee), with no charge for children. Please book in advance, tel: 01725 517417, or email:

Upcoming Events (including stargazing evenings)

Wednesday 25 September 2019, 9.30am to 3pm     Don't Be Afraid of the Dark - a day of dark sky exploration. See above.

Sunday 27 October 2019, 7pm: Stargazing evening, Damerham, West Park Community Meadow (meet at Damerham Village Hall, SP3 3HD).

Tuesday 17 December 2019, 7pm: Stargazing evening, Ashmore Village Hall, Ashmore, Dorset SP5 5AL

Wednesday 25 March 2020, 7pm: Stargazing evening, New Remembrance Hall, Charlton, Dorset SP7 0PL