Star Gazing in Kent

Caitlin Minter

2nd November 2020

Star light, star bright. First star I see tonight, I wish I may, I wish I might. Have this wish I wish tonight. When everything feels up in the air, it's a good time to take a deep breath and look at the stars of Kent. No we're not talking about Orlando Bloom (although that wouldn’t be a bad thing)! We're talking about the big balls of flaming gas that light up the night’s sky, twinkling away until day.

So, whether you’re lucky enough to live nearby to one of our favourite stargazing locations and need only peer out the window at those big skies, or you fancy losing a few hours to Instagram, searching for the best shots of our starry locations, prepare for some beautiful sights. 

A Natural Phenomenon

Imagine settling in for the evening after a day exploring North Kent, a warming mug of coffee in hand and the world at your feet. Yes, literally the world at your feet; Elmley is the only place in the UK where you can spend the night within a National Nature Reserve, snuggled up in one of five custom made luxurious Shepherds Huts. With views like these, it's definitely one to remember for the future! In the meantime, be sure to check out @elmleynature on Instagram. 

Twinkle twinkle…

An Astronomer’s Animal Adventure

While we can't book up a night away under the starts just yet, we're dreaming about the time when we can spend the night in The Bubble at Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve. After a day of animal excursions, exploring the 600 acre reserve, this spot in nature is the ultimate star gazing retreat. A luxurious bubble bath, a cosy king size bed and 180 degree panoramic views...we can't wait to settle in for the night, but for now, we'll settle for a scroll through Instagram. 

The life of a star…

Dungeness

The UK's only desert couldn't be a better place for seeing some of the most amazing starry nights. Dungeness is unlike anywhere else, and when you can see a sky brimming with sparkling stars all the way over the sea, open landscape and endless skyline, it's certainly a sight for sore eyes. Just check out @visitkent on instagram to see us sharing some of the best photographs of these amazing skies!

The Battle of Britain Memorial

The National Memorial to the Few at Capel-le-Ferne, which honours the men who fought the Battle of Britain, is not just an evocative place by day but an inspirational site at night. Photographer and friend of the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust, Greg Esson, took this beautiful shot on an evening in mid-September. Made up of 31 individual pictures, taken two minutes apart, this view shows the movement of the stars which surround the pole star 'Polaris', which is almost exactly the point in the sky around which the Earth appears to rotate on its imaginary spindle through the North and South poles. While you may not be able to see the view for yourself right now, Greg raises money for the Trust through the sale of his amazing photography, so you can enjoy this view from the comfort of your living room, hot chocolate in hand. 

Knole

Set in almost 1000 acres of medieval parkland, Knole is one of the best places to escape to, from the glaring lights of the city. The land is a site of special scientific interest and is home to over 500 deer, so you’re more than likely to have some furry star gazing friends. For those of us not lucky enough to live nearby, we'll take a peek at Instagram and prepare to be starstruck. 

Star light, moon light…