Stargazing in South Downs National Park
Stargazing – a simple yet intriguing and inspiring evening activity. The hope that a shooting star might pass, or that there will be a full moon, or seeing who can spot the biggest star – there’s so much excitement and interest in observing dark skies. We recommend stargazing between October and March, which is known as ‘observing season’ as this is the time from when clocks go back, and day light hours begin to fade and nights become longer.
In the West of the South Downs National Park, YHA South Downs is another great spot for observing cosmos and constellations. Over two weeks in February, the Dark Skies festival takes place and celebrates the skies with parties, talks, group observations and other family activities. You don’t have to wait for a festival to admire the remarkable starry sights, with the Dark Skies boxes you can observe the skies from the hostel grounds for a magical evening.
You can find out more about the festival here.
Other things to do nearby
Soak up the history and culture of this vibrant city by pedalling between Brighton's iconic landmarks. We now sell tours at reception for groups of two or more people. Suitable for ages 13 and up.
Packed full of video games, thrill rides and shops - if you're looking for the very best of English seaside entertainment, you'll find it here!
A true shopper's paradise jam packed with independent shops and boutiques, this maze of twisting alleyways, twittens and catcreeps has everything you need for unique gifts and fashion.
This extraordinary building was designed for George IV and has an unforgettable style of architecture!
Set at the heart of Brighton's cultural quarter (in the garden of the Royal Pavilion!) this museum and gallery is home to a huge collection of amazing objects.
Once a slum area, now Brighton's hippest bohemian and cultural quarter - don't miss out on over 400 indie shops, cafes and vibrant entertainment venues!
Revisit your childhood at one of the finest toy museums in the world! Families and the young at heart will gaze in wonder at over 10,000 toys and models.
The world's oldest operating aquarium is right on the sea-front! With amazing exhibits, you can see how fish and marine creatures live beneath the waves, plus there are plenty of opportunities t
Want a REALLY good time? Head to one of the best comedy, cabaret and music venues in the south!
Join Julian for his unique take on the "Brighton Story" with a guided tour around the historic town.
The South Downs National Park is on the doorstep of Brighton, so why not leave the city behind and get back to nature in the beautiful countryside?
Wild Park is situated just to the north east of Brighton city centre and is home to a selection of short, well crafted trails for both downhill riders and freeriders.
Cycling is the best way to see the city of Brighton as it has been selected as one of the UK's Cycling Towns.
Powerboat rides, dinghy sailing, yacht sailing and powerboat training are all available at the Brighton Marina Watersports Sea Sailing School, located just east of Brighton city centre.
Visit Beachy Head and the Seven Sisters with their dramatic white cliffs and gently undulating downs.
Take a journey back in time, this heritage steam railway runs through the glorious Sussex countryside - a great day out. Visit the Bluebell Railway website