StarFest 2016

16th Annual StarFest

4th – 7th August 2016

Adderstone Field, Dalby Forest, North Yorkshire

Twitter / Facebook users can use the official hashtag #DalbyStarfest16

Star Trails by Georgina Pearson during Satrfest 2013

Star Trails by Georgina Pearson during Starfest 2013

Guest Speakers

Stuart Atkinson (Eddington AS) – Title TBC

We invite you to attend our annual star camp for three nights of stargazing and astrophotography in the wonderful surroundings of our “Milky Way” class Dark Sky Discovery Site of Dalby Forest.

Attendees at Starfest during the Astromind quiz

For anyone who hasn’t been to our star camp before, this is an annual event which is well attended by over 100 amateur astronomers from around the country.   Astronomers travel to the forest to take advantage of the wonderful dark sky, as many other areas of the country suffer from urban light pollution, making observing and imaging deep sky objects far more difficult than under a dark sky.

Please note this is not a general public stargazing event; for our public events please see our events calendar.  This is a gathering of serious amateur astronomers and astronomical societies, but our regular attendees are a friendly bunch and are happy to chat and help those attending for the first time.  The field at Adderstone is well drained and we can accommodate caravans, motor homes and tents.  However, there is no hard standing, shower facilities or electrical hook-ups: this is camping at its most basic!  We hire private port-a-loos for the weekend which are emptied and cleaned, and there is a facility for disposing of chemical toilet waste from caravans.  Running drinking water is available at the top of the field at the water taps, and we switch on the hot water urn in the marquee each morning for that first cuppa of the day.

The fees for 2016 are:

£30 for adults (£35 for early arrivals on Thursday)

£10 for children (5-15)

£0 for under five’s

Gary Fildes of Kielder Observatory speaking at Starfest 2013

Gary Fildes of Kielder Observatory speaking at Starfest 2013

Due to a planned change in the way the public access the forest, and the way we are charged by the Forestry Commission, we are being asked to collect a £4 toll charge for each vehicle. This £4 charge allows unrestricted access in and out of the forest for the duration of your stay.

As for previous years, we are able to accommodate early arrivals for those who have a long way to travel and for members who wish to take advantage of an extra night on the Thursday night (4th August).  Please note that no one will be allowed entry to the camp site until after 12pm on the Thursday and the additional night needs to be arranged and paid for in advance.

The Triangulum Galaxy (Messier 33) imaged during Starfest 2012 by Juergen Schmoll

The Triangulum Galaxy (Messier 33) imaged during Starfest 2012 by Juergen Schmoll

Friday night is the official start to Starfest and this has always been a “wine and nibbles” welcome.  However, since the 10th Anniversary it has become customary for us to hold a hog roast buffet, and we shall be organising this again for those who wish to partake.  The hog is carved and served on site with apple sauce, stuffing and a variety of condiments.  This has become one of the highlights of the weekend in recent years!  Hog roast tickets are to be paid at the time of booking and will be £7 each.  A vegetarian option will be provided if indicated on the booking form.  The £7 includes wine or fruit juice.

Grovers of Northallerton at Starfest 2013

Grovers of Northallerton at Starfest 2013

We will have trade stands in the marquee on Saturday, a range of talks throughout the weekend (itinerary to be confirmed nearer the time, but some exciting plans this year!), our annual rocket building competition (that this year will include both children and adult prizes) and of course the Astro Pub quiz on the Sunday evening.

Places are limited and this is a popular event, so book early to avoid disappointment.  No admission will be granted to individuals or groups who arrive without a confirmed booking.  Please complete and send your booking form (PDF) (.DOC) with payment (cheques made payable to Scarborough and Ryedale Astronomical Society) to:

Scarborough & Ryedale Astronomical Society
c/o Mell Jeffery FRAS
11 Chestnut Grove
Norton on Derwent
North Yorkshire
YO17 9BZ

For any queries relating to Starfest please contact Mell (full details on the booking form) (PDF) (.DOC).

We look forward to welcoming you.