Top 5 stargazing spots in the Isle of Wight

Prepare to look up at the stars, and study their beauty, on a clear, winter’s night. One of the most amazing places to wrap up warm and lay under the stars is on an Isle of Wight holiday. Ideal for family holidays, or just the two of you, stargazing is one for everyone to enjoy.

The options are endless for where you can get the best view on the lovely Island, but here are five of the best spots!

 

Freshwater Bay

Here you can combine the delightful sandy beach, with the perfect stargazing opportunity! Feel the sand giving you a comfortable cushioning or the pebbles beneath your feet, as there are a variety of different places on the beach to choose from. You may even be able to hear the river Yar flowing, giving you a beautiful soundtrack behind the shining stars!

 

Newchurch

Ideal for actual events, there is an observatory situated in the southeast region of the Island, with stargazing sessions hosted by the Vectis Astronomical Society, featuring a range of stargazing events to suit all. Whether you’re a seasoned stargazer, or want to try something new while you’re on holiday, this could become your newest and brightest hobby!

 

Culver Down

If you’re looking for a quieter location to stargaze, maybe for just the two of you, this is the perfect choice! With little light pollution blocking the vision of the stars, you’ll be able to see thousands in the sky, especially with Culver Down’s high panoramic sea views. You can look at the stars reflecting beautifully on the water too. With plenty of car parks available, you could even cosy up in there instead, especially on those common windy nights.

 

Brighstone

Perfect for those who love a walk, this gorgeous little village gives you a great opportunity to see stars, while staying active. With a number of paths that can take you to the coastal cliffs, or a variety of beaches, you can spot new stars along the way! See where each new path will take you, and what constellations they may reveal.

 

Compton Bay

This is one of the island’s favourite beaches, and rightly so – its beauty is breath-taking! As well as stargazing, you could travel to Hanover Point (which isn’t too far) and spot some dinosaur fossils, as well as footprints. If this wasn’t amazing enough, the beach is greatly recommended for star gazing. With its two mile stretch of sand, giving you the perfect distance, it’s an amazing place to wish upon a star.

With all of these stargazing opportunities and more to discover, it explains why this Island is a perfect choice for taking some time out to chill and gaze at the stars! You can even access a variety of maps and a handy array of top tips, so you know exactly what you’re looking at in the night sky.

Find your favourite star, and potentially see a meteor shower on your next holiday to the Isle of Wight!




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