Stargazing date ideas

By January 30, 2014AUTUMN, ROMANCE, WINTER

Bedruthan Steps, just moments along the coast from us, has been awarded Dark Sky Discovery status making this beautiful stretch of coast the perfect place for gazing up at the stars.

Stargazing together is deeply romantic, free and, in this over-digitised age of ours, delightfully disconnected – leaving you and your lover free to reconnect with each other. So log off, pack up your stargazing kit and let Mother Nature take your breath away.

To see the best of the night sky

  1. Know your lunar cycles. The skies are darkest before a full moon. Moonless nights are best for spotting meteors and enjoying the magnificence of the Milky Way.
  2. Pack a picnic, a blanket and warm clothes. For true romance a bottle of wine or flask of hot chocolate is a must.
  3. Binoculars are handy but optional. There’s up to 4,000 stars can be seen by the naked eye, or borrow our Swarovski binoculars if you like.
  4. Make sure you have plenty of time. Locating constellations can be hard, but persevere. Astronomy teaches patience, humility and calm.
  5. A map of the night sky. You don’t need any astronomical knowledge to enjoy stargazing, but hunting for constellations can be a big part of your romantic adventure. Find a free, printable night sky map here.

What to do

  1. Check which constellations are visible and plan which ones to look for here.
  2. Spread out your waterproof ground sheet, lie back, look up and relax. Give your eyes 20 minutes to adjust to the dark, be patient and don’t try too hard. Slowly, very slowly, your eyes will start joining dots together and a planet or constellation, star cluster or even a galaxy will appear to you.
  3. Remember to wish on shooting stars.

For some Scarlet romance our Twilight Retreat is a two-night break of stargazing from the hotel’s cliff top hot tubs, candlelit dinners, walks on the beach and time in the spa –  read more here.