We are regularly asked by organisations to provide assistance with astronomy related topics, as well as running public star parties throughout the observing season.
Please see further information regarding our outreach offer on this page.
As a small local charity, we cannot always fulfill requests as we have a limited number of volunteers.
Currently, we run regular public stargazing nights in Dalby Forest, which is where our observatories are located.
These ‘Public Viewing Nights’ are held at 8pm on the 1st Friday of October, November, February and March each year – see our Event Calendar.
On clear nights, the public can expect to see countless stars overhead as the Milky Way is visible from this location, as well as galaxies, planets and nebulae through the society’s array of telescopes.
On cloudy nights, we offer an indoor talk and/or virtual tour of the night sky as well as a chance to see the telescopes in the observatories.
We regularly attract crowds of 50-70 people on these nights, and have previously attracted a group of 500 members of the public, when we ran an event in conjunction with the BBC ‘Stargazing Live’ programme.
We do not charge a fee for attending our events and no booking is required, however entry to Dalby Forest is charagable at all times and managed by way of a Pay-on-Exit automated barrier system installed in Summer 2017.
We hope to be able to provide attendees of our event with a one-time-use code which will entitle them to a reduced rate when paying to leave the Forest after the event.
Our astronomers are all volunteers who give up their time for free to share their passion for astronomy with the community.
We encourage guests to make a donation to the society to allow us to keep providing these events for free to the community and to help us maintain the equipment, observatories and other overheads.
A suggested donation would be £3 per adult, £1 per child.
For our current schedule of public observing sessions, please visit our events calendar.
Scouts & Guide Groups
We are happy to assist local Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Brownies and Guides with practical work towards their Astronomy / Space Activity Badges.
We have helped numerous groups with the badges in the past few years, either at Dalby Forest or at their own premises.
We are happy to discuss your requirements and arrange with you to help with these badges.
Again, we offer this help for free but encourage a donation to the society to help cover our running costs.
A suggested donation for Scout and Guide groups would be £1 per head.
We have provided assistance to local schools with their astronomy aspects of the National Curriculum, including classroom based discussions and evening star parties with pupils and parents.
We have limited availability to attend schools for this type of outreach due to our volunteer members having to fit society engagements around their personal employment, however we are happy to discuss requests and see if we can assist, or offer alternatives.
A donation to the society would be appreciated for any assistance given in line with other types of outreach offered.
Talks for other Community Groups
We have visited local WI and U3A groups to give talks on astronomy and are happy to consider visiting your group to give a talk on a topic that interests your members.
Please contact us for the range of topics we can speak about and we will endevour.
to meet your needs.
For providing a speaker to your group, we would require you to cover the speaker’s personal travel costs and would encourage an additional donation to the society.
We have attended several other community events previously to promote astronomy and the society.
Some examples of previous outreach work include Ayton Gala, Sci-Fi Scarborough, Dalby Explorer Day, Family Fun Day for St. Catherine’s Hospice, and the 1st Yorkshire Fossil Festival.
Dalby Explorer Day 2017