In honour of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, Harrogate hotel Rudding Park is running a season of fascinating stargazing experiences for guests. Begin with some starbathing in the roof top spa before enjoying supper at their restaurant, Clocktower, followed by the main event: a ‘Discovering Astronomy’ session in the hotel’s cinema with astronomer Richard Darn – who helped establish Europe’s largest Dark Sky Park. You’ll learn all about the features of the night sky: constellations, the moon, the planets and the stars, before venturing outdoors to put your skills into practise using a high-strength telescope.
At the first event, Solar System Night, Richard will take guests on a hunt for the giants of the solar system. Guests will discover more about the autumn constellations, and spy the craters and mountains of the moon. At the second event, which takes place near the peak of one of the year’s most famous meteor showers, you’ll witness shooting stars, star clusters and galaxies. The final event in December, meanwhile, will focus on the winter moon – Richard will teach guests to take pictures of its craters and mountains with their phones using a telescope.
Set in 300 acres of landscaped gardens and woodland in Harrogate, Rudding Park is a beautiful country hotel, complete with 60 bedrooms, two restaurants, a private cinema and two golf courses.
Rudding Park, Rudding Ln, Follifoot, Harrogate HG3 1JH
8 September (Solar System Night), 17 November (Near The Peak Of The Leonids Meteor Shower) and 5 December (Winter Moon and Christmas Stars). Rooftop spa access from 3-6pm, two-course supper from 7pm, Discovering Astronomy from 8.30-10pm.
£299 per room based on double occupancy. For more information and to book visit ruddingpark.co.uk
N.B. Observing the skies can only take place if it’s clear, but the event will go ahead in any weather conditions.