Join us on a voyage through the solar system. Take your seat in our spaceship (some imagination required) and prepare for launch! Blending puppeteering with animation and shadow puppetry, this is a family-friendly event and we encourage you to ask lots of space-themed questions.
Once our voyage is over, we'll head out onto Dartmoor for a short walk to watch one of the most spectacular meteor showers of the year. Telescopes and other stargazing equipment will be on hand so you can take some time to look at star clusters, galaxies and nebulae.
It'll be a chilly evening so wear lots of warm layers, hats, gloves, etc, but it'll be worth it. The Geminids are one of the most spectacular meteor showers of the year. Entering our atmosphere at a slower speed than other annual meteor showers, they generally burn brighter and for longer creating long arcs of vivid colours across the sky.
CLOUDY SKIES PLAN: If the weather isn’t favourable, we will stay inside for more fun and games.
Adults £15 Children £10
WHAT TO WEAR/BRING: Sturdy walking boots; plenty of warm layers and thermals (blankets & even a sleeping bag can be handy for warmth if we sit out awhile!); snacks, hot flask/drink, waterproof jacket & trousers, (head)torches with red film covers or rear bicycle lamps
MEETING PLACE: Haytor Visitors Centre on B3387, 3 miles west of Bovey Tracey, Postcode TQ13 9XT.
Dartmoor National Park Authority (DNPA) has generously agreed to use of the visitors centre for our evening together, and part of your ticket booking fee will go towards their 'Donate for Dartmoor' fund.
CANCELLATION: This event will go ahead whatever the weather. Sorry no refunds if you are unable to attend.
DARTMOOR SKIES is a charity that aims to inspire people about astronomy and science. 50% of the event profits go towards their funding and equipment - http://dartmoorskies.org
THE CLOCKWORK MOTH create dark, comic shadow-puppetry shows which have toured the UK. Based on Dartmoor, they are inspired by nature - https://www.theclockworkmoth.com
(Please note that you are free to watch the meteor shower wherever there is public access on the moor. This is an organised event with a guided walk, talks, and telescopes to look at other objects, stars, and planets in the night skies, for which there will be a fee)