Looking at the stars

For centuries our ancestors have observed the dark star strewn skies, they created constellations, and imbedded celestial beliefs within the evolution of our society. The starry skies have enriched our cultural heritage and they continue to inspire the work of artists, songwriters and poets.

Dark night skies are a special quality of the AONB and contribute to the areas sense of tranquillity and remoteness. A combination of clear night skies and low levels of light pollution make Dorset one of the best places in the country for stargazing. However, views of the stars are at threat from increasing volumes of light pollution caused by artificial light.

Star gazing

Durlston Country Park near Swanage is a Dark Sky Discovery Site, host to a number of stargazing activities, and a telescope observatory supported by members of the Wessex Astronomical Society.

Details of the stargazing events can be found on the Durlston Country Park website, also visit the Dark Sky Discovery Site website for more information about the night sky and to find your local stargazing site.