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Stargazing - Overnight on Orford Ness

The coastal location of Orford Ness offers some truly wonderful views of the night skies, affected only by the ports of Felixstowe to the South and Rotterdam faintly in the East. Join us for an overnight event gazing at the stars on Orford Ness.

  • Booking essential

This is an overnight event. Arriving on Saturday and departing on Sunday.

The night will be run by experienced amateur astronomers who are also members of the Norwich Astronomical Society. Bring your own scope, binoculars, telescopes or use equipment provided by Chris and Tatyana to identify stars and planets in our sky.

Targets will include Galaxies, Open Clusters, Double Stars, Globular Clusters and Planetary nebulae, and with moonrise at around midnight, we might be able to get views of the waning moon too as that rises.

Guaranteed to be an interesting and educational night on Orford Ness.



Event ticket prices

Ticket typeTicket category
All Member£60.00
All Non-Member£67.50

The basics

Booking details

Call 0344 2491895 Booking essential. In the event of extreme weather the event may be cancelled or rescheduled.


Not suitable for children.

Meeting point

Check in at the Quay office at 4.30pm. Crossing from Orford Quay on Saturday at 5pm by boat. Return is 9:30am on the Sunday . Park in the Riverside pay and display car park (not NT).

What to bring and wear

Bring food and bedding for your stay - a fully equipped shared kitchen is available. Accommodation is in shared bunk house rooms. Dress for sudden weather changes. Only bring equipment you can carry.


Access via our ferry and steep, sometimes, slippery steps. Please contact us for more information.

Upcoming events


Walk with Us 

Rediscover nature and walk your way to better wellbeing on one of our volunteer-led group walks.

Event summary

29 Feb 2024
10:30 to 12:00

Easter egg hunt at Orford Ness 

This spring, treat the whole family to a world of adventures at Orford Ness on an Easter trail.

Event summary

29 Mar to 1 Apr 2024
10:00 to 17:00
+ 3 other dates or times

Young Ranger Day 

Aged 5-12? Want to get up close to the nature that calls Orford Ness home? Then come along to our Young Ranger event and learn how our Rangers care for this amazing place.

Event summary

3 Apr to 28 Aug 2024
10:00 to 14:00
+ 4 other dates or times

True or False? Mysteries of Orford Ness 

Join us for a walk on Orford Ness to discover some of the tales that have been told about this unique section of Suffolk Coast. True or False we will leave you to decide!

Event summary

9 Apr 2024
09:30 to 12:30