Alvaston Park's 50th Anniversary Star Party

Star Gazing at Alvaston Park

Tue 19 Dec 2023

Alvaston Park welcomes back for the 14th year a heavenly evening of stargazing on Saturday 20 January, 4.30pm to 8.30pm. This family event is for novices and experienced stargazers, as astronomy knowledge and tips are shared in a fun way. 

The Star Party activities are free and kicks starts the 50th Anniversary celebrations of Derby and District Astronomical Society who are bringing along their high-powered telescopes yo explore the wonders of the night sky, outdoor projection on the rear of the pavilion and talk, along with the ‘world famous’ moon globe. 

The event also welcomes back the family favourites including star walk led by Beyond the Pencil, who bring science, arts and creativity together, along with craft activities including stomp rockets, starry stories, astronomy-themed crafts, visit the Alvaston Pirate model boat display and much more.

Refreshments are available throughout the evening at the Waterside Café, including hotdogs, jacket potatoes, hot drinks and star themed foods.

Katie Smith, Alvaston Park Friends said:

We are excited to be returning again this year for our annual Stargazing event at Alvaston Park, exploring the wonders and mysteries of the night sky, so wrap up warm and come along and join in the fun!

Councillor Hardyal Dhindsa, Derby City Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Streetpride, said:

I'm thrilled about the 50th Anniversary celebration launch of the Derby and District Astronomical Society at Alvaston Park's mesmerizing Star Party. This collaborative event unites communities for an engaging evening under the stars, blending astronomy, arts, and science.

This fantastic event goes from strength to strength each year, and in its 14th year continues to bring communities together to enjoy the world of astronomy in a fun and active way.

The event is a partnership between Derby City Council’s Parks Team and Alvaston Park Friends. There is a mixture of indoor and outdoor activities, so visitors are advised to wrap up warm, wear appropriate footwear for outdoors and bring a torch.