Dark Skies in Norfolk
Updated: May 8, 2019
Fancy doing a bit of star gazing?
Norfolk & Suffolk is one of the best places in the country for stargazing because of its low light pollution and Somerleyton Meadows is the ideal place to set up base.
There are over 150 Dark Sky Discovery Sites across the UK and are designated (by the UK Dark Discovery Partnership) as such for their distinct lack of light pollution.
This allows for stunning celestial views of the Milky Way and constellations such as Orion as well as their accessibility for people of all ages and abilities.
North Norfolk is one of the best places in the country for stargazing because of its low light pollution and Somerleyton Meadows Glamping Retreat is the ideal place to set up base.
Due to its uncommonly dark skies, much of Norfolk & Suffolk has also become one of the best places to spot the aurora borealis, otherwise known as the Northern Lights. Astronomers and photographers flock to the coast at the early hours of the morning just to catch a glimpse of this rare phenomenon.
In recognition of the incredible dark skies on the coast, two sites within north Norfolk's Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty have been awarded Dark Sky Discovery Site status.
Wiveton Downs and Kelling Heath Holiday Park have both met the strict criteria set by the UK Dark Sky Discovery Partnership, meaning these sites are away from local light pollution, have good sightlines of the sky and have good public access, including firm ground for wheelchairs.
Closer to us, in Suffolk, there is the Suffolk Nature Reserve in Blythburgh, Halesworth, IP19 9NB.
This location's rural setting means it benefits from dark skies depending on the time of the year and lunar cycle.
Designated as a Dark Sky Discovery Site this location is accessible by members of the public and are officially recognised as excellent places to stargaze. Such locations often have free overnight car parking, some have toilet facilities however rarely allow overnight camping.