StarFest 2020

19th Annual StarFest

Thurs 20th August – Mon 24th Aug 2020

Adderstone Field, Dalby Forest, North Yorkshire

Twitter / Facebook users can use the official hashtag #DalbyStarFest19

Star Trails by Georgina Pearson during Satrfest 2013

Star Trails by Georgina Pearson during StarFest 2013

Guest Speakers: TBC
Trade Stall Attendees:

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.  

StarFest 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 have qualified First Aiders on site, hire private port-a-loos for the weekend which are emptied and cleaned, there is a facility for disposing of chemical toilet waste from caravans and we switch on the hot water urn in the marquee each morning for that first cuppa of the day.
Running water is available at the top of the field.

The registration fees for 2019 are:

£40 per person (Friday to Sunday) or £45 per person for early arrivals (Thursday to Sunday)
Children (5-15 years): £10 per child
Under 5’s: Free

A new option is available this year for those unable to camp or attend the full event:

Visiting Site only (No camping, entering and leaving forest by car)
Adults: £10 per person per night
Children (5-15 years): £5 per child
Under 5’s: Free

REGISTRATION FEES ARE REDUCED BY 50% PER PERSON FOR SARAS MEMBERS (excluding Visiting Site option & Vehicle Toll Charge)

Stuart Atkinson of Eddington Astronomical Society, one of our guest speakers at StarFest 2018

Stuart Atkinson of Eddington Astronomical Society, one of our guest speakers at StarFest 2018

Due to the automated entry/exit barrier system installed in Dalby we are require an extra £5 toll charge per vehicle attending the event.

This £5 charge allows unrestricted access, per vehicle, in and out of the forest for the duration of the event.

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 (20th 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 with a “wine and nibbles” welcome with an opening Welcome delivered by Honorary S&RAS President John Harper FRAS.


Attendees gathering for the official StarFest 2018 Welcome 


We plan to have trade stands in and around the marquee on Saturday once again, a range of talks throughout the weekend (itinerary to be confirmed nearer the time), our annual rocket building competition (that this year will include both children and adult prizes) and of course the Astro 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) (.DOCX) (.DOC) with payment (cheques made payable to Scarborough and Ryedale Astronomical Society) to:

Scarborough & Ryedale Astronomical Society
c/o Neil Graham
33 Overgreen View
North Yorkshire
YO13 0HZ

If you wish to pay via BACS or for any other queries relating to StarFest please contact Neil Graham (full details also on the booking form)

We look forward to welcoming you back to Dalby, whether it be your 1st StarFest or your 19th.