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Outdoor Event, Sat 14 Sep 2019

Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre

Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre


Join Essex Wildlife Trust and North Essex Astronomical Society to look at the night sky through large telescopes at Abberton Reservoir.

NEAS members will give talks throughout the evening.

Booking essential. Please call 01206 738172 to reserve your place.

Please note the event will run whatever the weather.
If you own a telescope and need help with it, you are welcome to bring it along and we will try to assist you. Unfortunately this is not always possible on busy nights when the sky is clear due to the numbers attending.

You are responsible for your equipment and will need carry it from the public car park. We are unable to assist with transporting your equipment and accept no liability for any damage that may be caused to it. Only our members are covered by public liability insurance at our events, so please be aware of this before letting other members of the public use your telescope.

Red lights will be put in place around the car park and path to the telescopes. Please refrain from using torches as this ruins the excellent dark sky conditions around the centre. No flash photography please unless you want to see grumpy astronomers!

Our volunteers may use safe laser pointers to show you things in the sky, but members of the public are not permitted to use their own pointers at our events. If you are seen using a laser pointer you will be asked to return it to your vehicle or leave the event.

No dogs are are permitted other than registered assistance dogs.

Please supervise your children at all times, our volunteers cannot take responsibility for them.

No eating, drinking or smoking around the telescopes please.

Gift shopOn-site light refreshmentsPublic toilets

Children welcome

Event details

Dates Times
Sat 14 Sep 2019 19:30 to 22:30


Requested donation £5 per adult, £3 per child

Booking essential

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Abberton Reservoir


Church Road,


See location of Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: TL 962184  Lat: 51.83003 Long: 0.84717

Take the B1026 from Colchester and follow it for about 5 miles to Abberton


  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome