Welcome to Festival 18

This year is our 6th North West Astronomy Festival

The 6th North West Astronomy festival has quite a different flavour to previous years and to many other national events, as we get back to grassroots astronomy. With the support of the North West Group of Astronomy Societies (NWGAS) and Astronomy Now magazine, we want to focus on local and regional astronomy and stargazing opportunities. We have exhibitions, activities and talks about accessible astronomy including dark skies, starting out in stargazing, astrophotography and meteorites.

Saturday would not be complete without our Saturday Social Supper with live music, food and a fair bit of hilarity - not to be missed.  The day closes with our awesome raffle, an event that has become a performance in its own right - make sure you buy your tickets during the day.

Tickets for all presentations (including the evening presentation with Chris Lintott) are available on the door from 10.00 am. The Saturday Supper is now sold out.

Main Festival Programme 2018

10.00 am Festival Opens

11.00 am Will Gator

1.30 pm Julian Onions

3.30 pm Astro Question Time

4.30 Raffle

5.00 pm Main Hall Closes

7.00 pm Chris Lintott

 8.00 pm Social Supper

Timetable for free entry NWGAS talks in the Willow Room

 10:15 - 10:45 Collecting Meteorites - Paul Cannon

11:15 - 11:45 Observing Jupiter - Mark Hadley

12:10 -12:40 My Journey into Astrophotography - David Tolliday

12:50 - 13:20 The Northern Lights - Frank Spooner

13:40 - 14:10 - So, You Want to be a Telescope Driver? - Mike O’Hare

14:40 -15:10 Photographing the Night Sky - Dave Beesley

15:20 - 15:50 Making a Start in Amateur Astronomy - Patricia Stevens

16:10 -16:40 Choosing Your First Telescope - Brian Corfield

16:50 - 17:20 My Journey into Astrophotography - David Tolliday

17:30 - 18:00 Photographing the Night Sky - Dave Beesley

18:10 - 18:40 The American Eclipse 2017 - Chris Sweetman