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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.

Times

Prices

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.

Suitability

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.

Accessibility

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

Upcoming events

Event

Suffolk Day 2024 

Help us celebrate Suffolk Day, with an exclusive day on Suffolk's Secret Coast for Suffolk residents.

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on
21 Jun 2024
at
09:50 to 10:00
+ 6 other dates or times
Event

Orford Ness Half Day Trailer Tour 

Take a leisurely guided tour of the Ness in our 24 seat passenger trailer, including access to the Cold War Atomic Weapons Research Establishment area, normally 'off-limits' to visitors.

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on
22 Jun to 26 Oct 2024
at
09:30 to 12:30
+ 9 other dates or times
Event

Walk With A Ranger 

Want to get a closer insight into why Orford Ness is designated a National Nature Reserve and how our management strategy ensures we protect this fragile landscape? Then join one of our Rangers on a walk through this unique landscape.

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on
26 Jun to 18 Sep 2024
at
09:30 to 12:30
+ 1 other date or time
Event

Island of Secrets Walk 

Join us on a walk past the usual 'no entry' signs into the heart of the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment area and learn about these fascinating buildings.

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on
13 Jul to 13 Oct 2024
at
09:30 to 12:30
+ 3 other dates or times