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Hunstanton cliffs at night

The new, bookable Hunstanton Observatory

The new Hunstanton astronomical observatory, solar powered and with a visitor interpretation panel of the night sky is a venue-for-hire which can be booked by tourism businesses to provide observation of the night sky using telescopes and binoculars (there are no dedicated telescopes stored at the venue space), for astrophotography (the practice of photographing objects in the night sky), and other similar visitor experiences celebrating the night sky and clifftop landscape.

The Hunstanton Observatory
Off Lighthouse Close, Hunstanton PE36 6EL
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The venue is primarily designed for local tourism businesses to hire the Observatory space in collaboration with astronomy, wildlife or other relevant leads to provide their visitors with unforgettable bookable clifftop experiences – especially during out-of-season times to support all-year-round tourism, though the space is bookable all-year-round for suitable events. We strongly recommend event organisers book at least 1 month in advance of the date they require, and it is currently completely free to book the venue for periods of single day/night uses during this trial period.

The Observatory venue also provides a great opportunity for other night-time activities such as nocturnal wildlife observation, as well as activities such as solar astronomy (observing and photographing the sun), wildlife watching, educational events and classes (the 10-man venue contains a large flat screen for presentations), surveying hub and environmental awareness events.

The astronomical observatory building itself features a rolling roof, whereby the entire roof of the building is able to be rolled away onto the adjacent support structure in order to permit viewing the sky from inside the building. The roof is rolled away only whilst the observatory is in use and is otherwise locked closed. The building is now bookable online by appropriate event organisers.

Booking Form for Events, Activities and Class Organisers – to book the Observatory venue for your event

The Hunstanton Observatory Booking Form

The Guidelines & Terms of Hunstanton Observatory bookings need to be read before booking, and can be found here.

Please do get in touch with us if you are a tourism business needing inspiration and local contacts to help make your Hunstanton Observatory event happen!

Hunstanton Observatory
A couple watching the sunset at Hunstanton Beach in West Norfolk

Events at the Hunstanton Observatory

The observatory venue can host a wide variety of events – not just for stars and the night sky!
Some events at the Hunstanton Observatory for 2024 include:

Nature’s Glow: A Biofluorescent Night Walk
Tuesday, April 2 · 20:00 – 21:30 Link to event.

An exploration of the skies in Old Hunstanton
Wed, 10 Apr 2024 19:30 – 22:00 Link to event.

Night Exploration and Norfolk Tales
Fri, Apr 12, 19:00 Link to event.

Stargazing and Storytelling
Mon, Apr 15, 20:00 Link to event.

The creation of the Hunstanton Observatory has been made possible by the EXPERIENCE project.  This is a European Union funded initiative of €23.3 million co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (€16 million) through the Interreg France (Channel) England Programme. EXPERIENCE supports local tourism and hospitality businesses across Norfolk in developing new, low-environmental impact, off-season tourism experiences.

Discover more about Hunstanton

Hunstanton Green with the family arcade in the centre of the shot.

Attractions in Hunstanton

Young or old, families will find plenty to do in Hunstanton. Check out the famous red and white striped cliffs and enjoy the traditional seaside attractions.
Hunstanton Green with the family arcade in the centre of the shot.

Leisure and Entertainment in Hunstanton

The seaside resort offers something the whole family to enjoy including a theatre, Alive Oasis sports and leisure centre, a crazy golf course, and so much more.
Hunstanton Green with the family arcade in the centre of the shot.

Beach Guide

There is a fantastic selection of tranquil beaches to explore throughout west Norfolk, from Heacham and Old Hunstanton to Brancaster and, further east, Holkham…
Hunstanton Green with the family arcade in the centre of the shot.


The elegant resort of Hunstanton is the ideal base to enjoy Norfolk’s superb coastline and is renowned for its unique striped cliffs and magnificent sunsets…