Star Gazing in Kent
Star light, star bright. First star I see tonight, I wish I may, I wish I might. Have this wish I wish tonight. With the nights drawing in it’s the perfect time to see the stars of Kent. And, no I’m not talking about Orlando Bloom (although that wouldn’t be a bad thing), nor am I talking about the cute chocolate stars with the faces on. I’m talking about the big balls of flaming gas that light up the night’s sky, twinkling away until day.
So, whether you’re a Casanova, looking to woo someone; an astronomy fan looking for their next constellation; or just simply want to enjoy some of nature’s natural beauties, let me take you on a journey of the best places to see the stars in Kent…
When you gaze up at the sky, surround yourself with nature in The Bubble at Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve. Fill your day with animal excursions, exploring the 600 acre reserve before sinking into a luxurious bubble bath, or climb into the cosy king size bed to gaze at the constellations. Offering 180-degree views with transparent walls, this staycation will make you feel at one with nature.
Set in almost 1000 acres of medieval parkland, Knole Park 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. So wrap yourself up warm, lay down your blanket and prepare for a screening of the stars like no other.
Keeping to the theme of Space did you know that the Gazebo at Sissinghurst Castle is built to the same dimensions as the Apollo 11 lunar module? The Gazebo was Nigel Nicolson’s private summer office where he wrote masterpieces such as ‘Portrait of a Marriage.’ It was also built the same year as the moon landing! Now how’s that for a bit of star trivia?
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. You can spend a night in one of the five custom made luxurious Shepherds Huts and see the stars from the comfort of your own bed!
Want to get up close and personal with the stars? Well then you better get yourself down to Monkton Nature Reserve, home to two of Thanet’s observatories. The Monkton Stargazers hold a number of public viewing events every year and members can get in for free! The main observatory houses a 12” reflecting telescope so you can view starts in their proto phase.
If you’re making a break of your trip to Kent why not stay in a seafront property with panoramic views of the sparkling night’s sky over the sea? Kent and Sussex’s Vause at Sea cottage offers just that where you can watch the night’s sky from the balcony. Once you’re finished gazing far and beyond you can watch the stars of Hollywood on a 75” screen in the cinema room and yes it has a full surround sound system too!