Marlborough Dark Skies Fest

Marlborough Town Council and the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty are hosting the first Marlborough Dark Skies Fest in October.

Marlborough will be the location for a jam-packed programme of events from 2nd – 4th October which will weave science and art together to celebrate the night sky.

BBC’s The Sky At Night presenter, Prof Chris Lintott, will be speaking and there will tours of the Blackett Observatory – the world’s oldest computerised telescope at Marlborough College.

Events across the weekend (which will mostly be free) will stretch throughout the day and night in a variety of indoor and outdoor venues across the town; these will include:

  • Stargazing, Moon-watching and Solar Astronomy
  • Interactive Planetarium
  • Astrophotography and astronomy using your phone
  • Wildlife at night
  • Talks from astronomers, Dark Skies representatives and local enthusiasts
  • Themed dinners
  • Interactive workshops for all ages
  • Exhibitions throughout the weekend, including Airbus Space & Defence, the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), the Commission for Dark Skies and many more.

– with an equal offering for children, teenagers and adults alike.

Look out for festival news via:

Marlborough Town Council
https://www.marlborough-tc.gov.uk/darkskiesfest

The North Wessex Downs
https://www.northwessexdowns.org.uk/dark-skies
@northwessexdowns on facebook and instagram

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