South Downs National Park Stargazing Experience 1-Hour




Experience the wonders of the night sky with an astronomer as your guide. Our private 1-hour stargazing experience gift box entitles the recipient plus up to 15 guests of their choosing to an amazing space adventure from the South Downs National Park. Your adventure begins with a laser-guided tour of the stars and constellations that we can see from one of our stargazing spots on the South Downs. You'll then get to see ancient star systems, sparkling star clusters, wispy nebulae and the light from distant galaxies far far away with your own eyes using one of our large portable telescopes. If we have the moon and / or planets in the sky then we'll visit them too with the telescope.

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Discover some of the best sights in the night sky through a telescope with our 1-hour South Downs stargazing experience. We'll meet you at one of our stargazing locations in the South Downs National Park for a memorable adventure among the stars. Our private 1-hour stargazing experiences are available at Bignor Hill nr Petworth, Devils Dyke nr Brighton and Butser Hill nr Petersfield. Your stargazing experience includes a laser-guided tour of the stars and constellations that we can see from the South Downs National Park, and views through one of our large telescopes of star systems, star clusters, nebulae and distant galaxies far beyond our own. This is a private stargazing experience run exclusively for the voucher recipient plus any family members and friends they wish to invite to share in the experience.

In the 1-hour South Downs stargazing experience gift box you get:

  • 1-hour stargazing experience gift voucher for our South Downs National Park locations valid for 2 years from month of issue

  • Instructions on how to use the voucher

  • Information about the stargazing locations we use on the South Downs, plus maps and directions

Our stargazing experiences make for ideal birthday and Christmas gifts for anyone with an interest in space or the night sky. Our astronomer will give the background story to each object viewed in the telescope, and make your stargazing adventure a fun and entertaining experience.  The 1-hour South Downs stargazing experience is suitable for individuals, couples, families and small groups. It's great for kids too. 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?

You have 2-years from date of issue to use the stargazing voucher inside the gift box. We run stargazing experiences from the South Downs all year round, so you're welcome to book for a week night or weekend night anytime of the year. That said we don't run 24 - 31 December, and the voucher recipient will need to book in advance to secure a slot on our busy timetable. We recommend booking 8 - 12 weeks in advance for best choice of dates.

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.


We are open for business. All orders will be processed and dispatched within 1 - 2 working days. We have restarted our private stargazing experiences at locations in England and Wales for individuals, couples, families and small groups from the same household or different households using safe social distancing and hygiene measures to ensure your complete safety.  



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South Downs National Park Stargazing Experience 1-Hour
Mark and Emma Beal

Thank you Seb and Nick for an amazing night viewing the planets, stars and galaxies from Butser Hill tonight. Fantastic views of the moon, Jupiter and Saturn as well as many other stars and galaxies. Totally blown away by what we saw and the knowledge you have that you shared with us. It was the perfect present for my Dad which we all enjoyed with him. It took a few attempts to arrange a date with clear skies but it was so worth the wait.


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