First event cancelled on Saturday 17 March: Stargazing in the Park

It is with regret that the South West Herts Astronomical Society has cancelled the first Stargazing in the Park event on Saturday 17 March due to the Amber weather warning.

Published: Tuesday, 6th March 2018

Follow the South West Herts Astronomical Society on Facebook for updates on whether the Sunday 18 March Stargazing event can go ahead.


We are hosting the Stargazing in the Park events to mark the 50th anniversary of the South West Herts Astronomical Society.

Space rocks will be among the rare exhibits displayed in the Cassiobury Park Hub from 7.30pm to 9.30pm during the events - currently scheduled for Sunday 18 March and Saturday 24 March. A replica of British astronaut Tim Peake’s Sokul space suit, on loan by the UK Space Agency, will be displayed, as will the Astronomical Society’s real meteorite samples.

Peer through telescopes and explore the wonders of our night sky during this unique experience as the season changes from winter into spring. Space engineer Ian Stotesbury and other astronomical experts will be on hand to answer all of your questions. Ian has been involved in the manufacture, test and launch of a number of spacecraft for both public and private sector customers.

Deputy Mayor of Watford, Cllr Peter Taylor, said: "I'm really looking forward to going to this event with my family. It is great that we will have experts from South West Herts Astronomical Society in Cassiobury Park to show us the wonders of our solar system. I'm sure that it will be a fascinating evening – and it's free too!"

There will be children’s activities from Watford Community Housing and also refreshments at the Stargazing in the Park events.  The events will go ahead whatever the weather, as most of the activities will be held indoors at the Cassiobury Park Hub. No need to book in advance – just turn up.

See all of our latest free and low-cost events in Cassiobury Park, and learn more about the South West Herts Astronomical Society.

Cassiobury Park in the dark


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