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
YHA South Downs is right on the South Downs Way, ideal for either long distance walkers wishing to tackle the whole thing or for those wishing just to cherry pick the sections with the stunning views,
Just 8 minutes away on the train is Lewes, County Town of Sussex with a Norman Castle and cobbled streets. Visit the imposing, 1000- year-old Lewes Castle to enjoy panoramic views across the sur
Various watersports are available from Newhaven Marina or from Piddinghoe Pond, both a short distance from the hostel.
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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?
Join Julian for his unique take on the "Brighton Story" with a guided tour around the historic town.
22 miles Eastbourne is just over 20 miles from Brighton, so why not catch the bus and explore some of its famous attractions?
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.
10 miles Glide around the Carousel like Mary Poppins, Climb the Helter Skelter to see the Isle of Wight or Relax in a Deck Chair. Visit the website
One of Brighton’s best known and most recognisable attractions, Brighton pavilion is a symbol of regency grandeur and a representation of Britain’s strong ties with India.
This extraordinary building was designed for George IV and has an unforgettable style of architecture!
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!