Event Diary

Gain an out of this world experience at stargazing events

The Cranborne Chase AONB’s stargazing evenings are proving incredibly popular, with numerous night sky enthusiasts turning up at New Remembrance Hall in Charlton in October and Semley Village Hall in November to listen to the experts pointing out some of the hundreds of spectacular constellations in the pristine night skies above the Cranborne Chase AONB.

If you missed those events, there are plenty more in our special stargazing series, during which astronomer and Cranborne Chase AONB Dark Skies advisor Bob Mizon regales the audience with stories of the astronomical wonders above their heads, while the AONB’s director Linda Nunn details developments concerning the Cranborne Chase AONB’s bid for prestigious International Dark Sky Reserve status.

Afterwards, the audience join Bob and members of the Wessex Astronomical Society outside for a spectacular stargazing experience.

Upcoming Events

The series of stargazing events during 2018/2019 will be on:

  • Thursday 15 February 2018 at Ansty Pick Your Own (Ansty PYO & Farm Shop, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP3 5PX)
  • Thursday 15 March 2018 at Sutton Veny Village Hall (High Street, Sutton Veny, Wiltshire BA12 7AP)

All 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:

Annual Planning Seminar 2018

This year's annual planning seminar is entitled: Dark Night Skies: Achieving Community Benefits - Working in Harmony in an AONB

Date: 20th March 2018
Time: 9:30 coffee; 10am start – 4:15 finish
Location: Dinton Village Hall, SP3 5EB
Tickets: Tickets cost £48 [including VAT] and include lunch and refreshments provided by local caterer Mary Yorke.

To attend, download a booking form below and return the completed form to Shirley Merrick, email: or by post to Cranborne Chase AONB, Shears Building, Stone Lane Industrial Estate, Wimborne, Dorset BH21 1HB.

Booking forms now available

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Achieving tangible benefits from dark night skies will be the message delivered at this seminar. A quintet of inspirational and distinguished speakers will reveal why dark night skies are vital for human and animal wellbeing, how a darker environment can lead to boundless benefits, and how you can help the AONB to achieve prestigious International Dark Sky Reserve status for the benefit of all.  For full details please see the news release on the AONB Website.