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BAS Star Party


This year, BAS will be holding its autumn star party at Haw Wood Farm Caravan Park from Friday September 6th 2013. You are welcome to come earlier and stay later if you wish.

The site is just off the A12 at Hinton, about 5 miles ESE of Halesworth via the A144. It is a very good dark sky site and has been awarded the Science and Technology Facilities Council’s highest Milky Way rating as a Dark Sky Discovery Site. Naked eye visibility is 5.73, averted vision 5.99 and the best SQM reading is 21.75

The S&TFC web site shows information and the exact location:

One of the roadways can be used as hard standing for telescopes if required.

“The sky was clear & very dark and Orion was on a par with views from Tenerife…”
“The Milky Way was at least as good as the best I’ve seen from anywhere in England.”


Bookings should be made directly to David Wiggins or Sue Orman at Haw Wood Farm.

Haw Wood Farm Caravan Park, Hinton, Saxmundham. IP17 3QT.

Phone: 01986 784 248



Pitches are £10 per night with hook up.

The shop on site will open as required and can provide the basics plus sandwiches and coffee by request.

The site is dog friendly and well behaved dogs are welcome.


For those that like to do something in the day there are many footpaths in Dunwich forest only minutes away. If you take the path through the reed beds you may be lucky enough to hear the bitterns booming. This path joins the long distance Coast Path and the Sandlings Walk.

Dunwich Beach is only 10 minutes away, and RSPB Minsmere and Westleton Heath are just 15 minutes away.

Also 15 minutes away are Walberswick and the Blythe Estuary offering riverside walks and a walk to Southwold.