Alex Valentine
16th January 2023

Gazing up at a bright starry night is one of the most magical views you can have, and aren't we lucky that in Herts, you needn't travel far to marvel at a beautiful clear sky! If you're lucky enough to live in the glorious countryside where you can look up, see the skies and ponder over the existence of the universe, we've rounded up some of our favourite spots for some stargazing. If you're stuck on a cloudy night, fear not - we've gathered up some of our favourite starry night shots from Instagram, so we can enjoy them whatever the weather. Make a wish!

Letchworth and District Astronomical Society meeting

Every month, with the exception of December, the Letchworth & District Astronomical Society meets at Standalone Farm on the last Wednesday of the month

These gatherings offer the chance to learn more about the Society and its open observation sessions, as well as to hear a guest speaker discuss an interesting astronomical topic.

Chiltern Canal Boats

Watch the stars from the bow of your own narrow boat, as you ride through the Wendover Arm Canal. Take a self-drive narrowboat voyage to the Grand Union Canal to get away from it all, reconnect with nature, and see a different scene every day.

Hertford Astronomy Group

Attend the Hertford Astronomy Group's welcoming meetings, which are often held in the Lindop Building at the University of Hertfordshire. From September through June, these seminars take place on the second Wednesday of each month and include a lecture by a guest speaker.


Bengeo Hertford

You have to hand it to the photographers in Herts - they make our job so easy! How could anyone resist star gazing on a clear night in Hertford when you can spot this? A sky full of twinkling stars is just what we need to feel inspired this autumn


St Ippolyts

We're at risk of becoming an @mark_and_willowdog fan page, but this photo was just too good not to share with you! A charming church backlit by a star scattered sky... a dreamy setting, wouldn't you agree?


Brocket Hall

Catch a falling star and put it in your pocket, save it for a rainy day... make a wish everyone, as this amazing shot of a shooting star over Brocket Hall makes for the most perfect photo! You only need to look out of your window to see one this autumn - keep checking the astronomy calendar, and keep an eye on the night sky...

A night under canvas

Be it tent or motorhome, there’s nothing like camping under the stars, hot chocolate in hand, marshmallows toasting on the camp stove. Surrounded by countryside, The Camping and Caravanning Club’s Theobalds and Hertford club sites are perfect for a spot of star gazing wih the family!
Twinkle twinkle

Space exploration           

Did you know our very own Stevenage has been right at the centre of space exploration for decades? Stevenage’s Airbus Defence and Space Facility has been a part of some of Europe’s biggest space missions, from building the satellite for the Mars Express, Europe’s first Mars exploration mission, to designing and producing Gaia, which conducted a census of a billion stars in the galaxy – now that’s impressive! 
One small step