At AstroSoc we’re looking forward to seeing you at our BBC Stargazing Live events, and hope you enjoy the activities that we and all our partners put on. Please remember that this is a ticketed event only! If you don’t have a ticket, please see here.

In order to try and make your experience as enjoyable as possible, please take a moment to read this additional information. On arrival if please make your way to Physics West (R8 on University maps). Please note that the events open at 5pm and 11am for the two days respectively, early arrivals may not gain entry until then.

With luck the skies will be clear on the two events and therefore this means that some of the activities are outdoors. Please consider the weather on the day/evening and make sure you are dressed appropriately in order to keep warm, dry and comfortable. The observation through telescopes can only take place if the weather conditions permit.  After 4.00pm areas of the campus will be dark. Temporary additional lighting is being  provided, but is minimal owing to the nature of the event. You may wish to bring a torch with you, to help you move around safely outdoors.

Indoors we will be offering a number of events including

  • Learning activities such as planetarium shows, science talks, performances for families (Bang!)
  • Workshops such as telescope surgeries, crafts, code-breaking
  • Hands-on activities with air rockets, egg drop mars landers, mars rover racing, gravitational waves and mathematical fun

All activities at the event are free, but owing to available venue space and/or for safety reasons, some of them (the planetarium for example) have very limited numbers.  These activities will be ticketed separately on site. These activities will be

  • Planetarium Shows
  • Talks
  • Bang!

Distribution of tickets will be staggered throughout the event and take place in or next to the activity location.  We apologise if this means you are unable to access a particular activity that interests you, but hope you will go on to enjoy everything else on offer.

We will have tea and coffee available, and there may be some available from independent providers who are permanently on campus (and who will charge!).   We anticipate these areas getting very busy, and our advice is that you bring some drinks with you. NO FOOD IS AVAILABLE ON SITE. You will need to bring your own, if needed. Please do not take food or drink into the activity areas.

Event parking is available on campus, at the South Car Park and at Pritchatts Road Car Park, and is free after 16.30. We have also arranged for the North Car Park, (normally only open to ID holders), to be opened to visitors to this event. We cannot guarantee you a space, so you may wish to consider using public transport if it’s practical to do so. There are regular bus and train services to the University, which continue to operate after the event has closed. Both drop off approximately five minutes from the campus. For further information on how to get to the University using public transport log on to the University website.  Please check bus and rail websites , or contact the service provider on the day, to make sure your service is operating as normal.

Anyone with mobility issues who will require a disabled parking spot, please contact the venue Manager, Sean Elvidge prior to the event. Please e-mail him at  s.elvidge@poynting.bham.ac.uk

Please note that this event is not being filmed for the BBC Two Stargazing Live programme, and the programme hosts and experts will not be in attendance. Though a photographer will be at the event taking pictures for the BBC website and social media. If you are not happy for your or your family’s image to be used in this way, please tell the photographer at the time.

The event as a whole is primarily aimed at adults, and families with children aged seven and over.  You will find the event guides here:

and we hope it helps you to decide which activities are most suitable for you.

Thank you, and we hope to see you there!