Stargazing South Downs

Stargazing South Downs

Take advantage of this free Stargazing South Downs event, within walking distance of Rosebud Holiday Cottage

South Downs Night Sky Events: Friday 9 February – Sunday 25 February Two weeks of fun with parties, talks and family activities taking place across the South Downs National Park to celebrating the wonderful dark night skies.


15 February 2020 from 4.00 pm to 8.00 pm


No booking required

Event Cost

Free event

Stargazing South Downs Details

Help celebrate 10 years of the South Downs National Park at this free family event. Activities include:

  • Indoor planetarium shows
  • Virtual Reality Experience of our dark night skies
  • Giant ‘sky at night’ colouring wall
  • Nocturnal wildlife
  • Outdoor stargazing (if the conditions are right)

Designated an International Dark Sky Reserve in 2016, the South Downs National Park is one of the best places in the UK to enjoy the sight of constellations, planets and distant galaxies.

The South Downs National Park Authority organise events throughout the year. Check what’s on when you plan to visit

Chichester Planetarium

To learn more about the night sky you can also visit the Planetarium in Chichester.

South Downs Planetarium 100 seater auditorium provides an opportunity to view 4,500 stars, planets, Sun and Moon. These are projected onto 10.8 metre dome. An astronomer will be there providing an expert commentary.

Relax and explore the past, present and future of the universe and the magic of the night sky in warmth & comfort!

  • Admission: Adults £7:00. Children 6 to 16 years £5:00.
  • Not Suitable for children under 6 years of age.
  • Duration About 70 minutes

Find out more on the Planetarium web site

Read about other places to visit and things to do in our  Sussex Blog

Brighton Half Marathon

The Brighton Half Marathon race takes place each year in February. It is one of the first major half marathons in the running calendar and is now one of the most popular races in the UK.

brighton half marathonThe flat course provides a great introduction for novice runners and a fantastic training run for those working up to a full marathon distance.

Last year just under 8,000 runners took part in the event. It passes several of the city’s landmarks along the 13.1-mile route, including the Royal Pavilion, piers and Hove beach huts

The 13.1-mile race starts at Madeira Drive. Runners turn right at the Sea Life Centre towards Blind Veterans UK, further along the coast in Ovingdean. After that runners make a sharp turn on the road before the Greenways Roundabout. This brings them back west towards Brighton taking in cliff top and panoramic city views

A Wheelchair Race, Relay and Youth Races are also part of this event which, in 2020, is celebrating 30 years of running.

You can see maps of the full course and the race village here. The race start time is 9am…

Read more about Brighton 

Steyning Stinger Marathon

Find out about the Steyning Stinger Marathon

This annual event is held every year on the first Sunday in March. It goes over the South Downs, with four steep hill climbs or ‘stings’!


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