Stargazing at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard 2020

  • 29 January 2020
  • 18:00 - 21:30
  • Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Victory Gate, Portsmouth, PO1 3LJ
  • FREE
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Second release tickets will go live at midday (12pm) on Friday 24th January

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An evening of astronomy, stargazing, space activities, cosmology chat and talks at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, with activities taking place on board HMS Warrior 1860 and in Action Stations.


Join astrophysicists and cosmologists from the University of Portsmouth's Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation, navigation experts from the National Museum of the Royal Navy, amateur astronomers from Hampshire Astronomical Group, space engineers from Airbus Defence and Space, and more tbc at this free event, exploring navigation through space and time.

During the event you will have the opportunity to take a look through a telescope, learn how sailors navigate by the stars, and find out more about our Universe.

Short talks will be given throughout the night on topics within stargazing, cosmology and space.

There will be a range of activities to suit all ages, with plenty to do and see whether it's clear or cloudy!

Free general admission tickets will be available from 10am on Sunday 29th December 2019, and will be available for three entry times - 6pm, 7pm, and 8pm. 

Entry is only guaranteed in the hour following the entry time of your ticket, but once you are inside the event you are welcome to stay until it ends at 9.30pm (please note that some activities on board HMS Warrior will begin to shut down from 9pm). In previous years attendees have typically spent around 1.5 hours at the event.

Please contact us if you would like to enquire about making a group booking.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Can I come to the event on the night without a ticket?

A: No, unfortunately not. While the event is free, you must have a Stargazing at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard 2020 ticket to access the event for the evening. 


Q: Do I need to order tickets for every time slot if I want to stay for the whole event duration?

A: No, once you've entered the event you're welcome to stay for as long as you'd like until it ends at 9.30pm. Please note that some activities on HMS Warrior will begin to shut down from 9pm.


Q: I already have a Portsmouth Historic Dockyard Full Navy ticket / NMRN National Membership, do I still need to book a Stargazing at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard 2020 ticket?

A: Yes. Full Navy tickets and National Membership (or any other regular PHD tickets) are not valid for this event so you will have to book a separate Stargazing at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard 2020 ticket if you wish to attend.


Q: Is there a waiting list?

A: No. If any tickets become available, we will do another ticket release. Keep an eye on our twitter and facebook (UoPCosmology) as we'll announce any further ticket releases there.


Q: I can't come anymore, do I need to cancel my tickets? 

A: Yes please. If you can no longer come along on the evening please cancel your tickets so that someone else who is waiting for availability can have them. You can cancel your order by logging in to eventbrite. 


Q: Are there public toilets on site?

A: Yes, there are public access toilets in Action Stations on the ground floor at the back of the building.


Q: Are there refreshments for the public?

A: The cafe on HMS Warrior 1860 will be open, serving both hot and cold drinks during the evening.


Q: Where can I park?

A: The public Portsmouth Historic Dockyard car park is open 24 hours. Alternatively the Gunwharf Quays car park is a 5 minute walk from the Historic Dockyard. Please note that charges are in place at both sites.


Q: Is the event accessible for people who use wheelchairs or with a restricted mobility?

A: We recommend that you contact us in advance of the event if you have accessibility queries so we provide the relevant information to your specific needs. Generally, Action Stations is fully accessible to visitors who use wheelchairs. There is a lift between the ground and first floor. HMS Warrior floats in Portsmouth Harbour and is accessed by a ramp. Tides make the gradient of the ramp steep at high tide. At low tide the gradient of the ramp is less steep, but the entry point to the ramp becomes steeper. Access to the lower decks of HMS Warrior is via a series of steep stairs with rope bannisters. There is a stair lift available between the upper deck and the main gun deck. This is suitable for visitors with some mobility who are able to transfer themselves to the stair lift. Wheelchairs must be left on the upper deck for visitors wishing to use this. There is a manual wheelchair available for visitors to use on the main gun deck. Please contact us in advance if you will require the use of the stair lift.


Q: How will you use my information once I've booked tickets?

We have collected your contact information so that we can send you your tickets, but also so that we might ask you your opinions about our event. We will keep your contact information on file for six months after the event, and only anticipate sending you one follow-up email related to an evaluation survey from the event. If you do not wish to complete this, you don’t have to! After this time all personal data will be removed from our lists. Responses to the optional questions about postcode and connection to the University of Portsmouth will be used as part of our evaluation of the event.




This Stargazing at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard event is a collaboration between the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation at the University of Portsmouth, and HMS Warrior 1860 and Action Stations at the National Museum of the Royal Navy.

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