Stargazing events in the Brecon Beacons National Park, November 2012

As you may know, stargazing in the Brecon Beacons is of enormous importance for the National Park Authority who are currently applying for Dark Sky Status.  Villages and local businesses are celebrating and putting on a number of events including the two below.  Do book early as the events are always very popular.

Stargazing in Talybont, the Brecon Beacons -Friday 9th November 2012 – 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

Brecon Cottages Telescope ©

Where more appropriate to hold a Stargazing Event than the Star Inn, Talybont-on-Usk?

At least if you fail to spot any stars on 9th November than at least you can have a few beers afterwards to help increase the chances…

So come and join the Usk Astronomical Society for a spot of stargazing.  Visitors will be given the opportunity to use a selection of telescopes under the guidance of stargazing experts from the University of Glamorgan.

There will be a blow up planetarium to help visitors get a great grasp of what they are looking at.  Some real meteorites will be on hand for everybody to inspect. The evening will consist of an interesting talk, followed by exploring Milky Way with experts.

The evening will end with a tasty baked potato supper and some musical entertainment.  Tickets are just £10.00.

Brecon Beacons Holiday Cottages have several self-catering cottages in and near Talybont-on-Usk as well as throughout the national park (several that have telescopes if you can’t make these events). Visit their website or drop them a line on 01874 676446

Stargazing in Crai – Friday 16th November

To celebrate this small village in the heart of the Brecon Beacons gaining its very own Dark Sky Discovery Site the village is hosting a Stargazing Extravaganza on FRIDAY 16th November. Watch the build up to the Leonid Meteor Shower (weather permitting)with expert guidance and equipment provided by Dark Sky Wales.

An opportunity to experience the Dark Sky Wales Planetarium and find out about, stars, constellations and planets.

Plus ‘make and take’ activities for children, storytelling for all ages, bar, Cawl supper, hot chocolate with Hot dogs for children.  Alternatives suitable for vegetarians available.

The event is based in the village hall, planetarium and on the Dark Sky Site and take place throughout the evening from 6.30pm.

£10/adult, £5/child or £25/family (2+2)

Special Offer: book either Bryniau Pell or Nyth y Wennol Cottage for two nights to include Friday 16th November and receive a complimentary family pass

For more information and to follow the exciting happenings in Crai, join them on Facebook!/CraiValley


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