StarFest 2022

Scarborough & Ryedale Astronomical Society

Annual ‘StarFest’ Star Party

18th – 22nd August 2022

Adderstone Field, Dalby Forest, North Yorkshire

Guest Speakers:
Trade Stall Attendees: Grovers of Northallerton

Our annual star camp finally returns, after 2 years of cancellations. for three nights of stargazing and astrophotography in the wonderful surroundings of our “Milky Way” class Dark Sky Discovery Site of Dalby Forest.

Star Trails by Georgina Pearson at Adderstone Field during StarFest 2013

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 on our website:

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.
We have had attendees with zero prior knowledge but a desire to learn, who have thoroughly enjoyed the event and returned in subsequent years.

The field at Adderstone is well drained & 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 StarFest 2022 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

Sunday night is the last night of StarFest and the site must be vacated before 12pm on Monday 22nd August.

Also available 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

The booking form is linked at the bottom of this page

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

Due to the automated entry/exit barrier system installed in Dalby we also require an extra £5 toll charge per vehicle attending the event, this includes those attendees not camping.

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


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

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.


Triangulum Galaxy (Messier 33) imaged by Juergen Schmoll at Adderstone Field during StarFest 2012

The Friday night (19th August) is the official start to StarFest with an opening Welcome gathering accompanied by “wine and nibbles”.

Attendees gathering for the official StarFest 2018 Welcome 

As in previous years, we hope to have trade stands in and around the marquee on Saturday (Attendees TBC), a range of talks throughout the weekend (itinerary to be confirmed nearer the time), our annual rocket building competition (both children and adult categories and 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.

We look forward to welcoming you to Dalby, whether it be your first StarFest or you are a returning guest.

Booking Forms: (.DOCX / .DOC / .PDF)
Payment details are contained within the booking form.