Please read details on booking below
The above four days are the period when Yellow and Red fields will be reserved exclusively for the star party. Toilet block lights in Yellow & Red field will be blocked out as per usual during this period. These pitches will be available to astronomers at the reduced rate of £13 for a standard pitch and £14 for a premium pitch, a slight increase from this year purely to cover increased costs for the site such as electricity etc. In addition, for those wanting to stay longer you can take advantage of this reduced rate up until Friday 19th April.
An increasing number of Astronomers are arriving before the start of the main period. In 2013 there is an issue because of the way New Moon (Wed 10th April) falls such that the main weekend for the Star party is the second weekend after Easter which coincides with the revised school holidays. This should happen no more than once every 4 years. If the weather is favourable the camp site is likely to be very busy with normal campers during this period. Nonetheless, Kelling Heath management are happy for astronomers to enjoy the reduced rate from as early as Monday 8th April but anyone taking advantage of this must accept that you are likely to be amongst normal campers. You will not be able to complain about lighting at night time or noise in the morning. This situation will end come the reserved event on the 11th. We did consider moving back to March but it would be early March and the weather has proved unreliable in the past so we have decided to stay with April.
To help the situation Kelling Heath will try and avoid letting the first 50 pitches in Red (301 – 350) to normal campers during the extended period, reserving them for Astronomers so that those arriving early can be together. This will be known as the ‘Long stay designated area.’ If the site fills up and some of these pitches have not been taken up by astronomers then they will have to let them go but will keep these 50 to the last. It’s your choice whether you go for this area or stick to your normal location.
You will be able to book for the 2013 Spring Star Party from Tuesday 17th April 2012 either by phone (01263 588181) or in person at Kelling Heath reception quoting ‘Star Party’. But to make efficient use of the Long stay designated area initially bookings for this area will only be accepted for the period Monday 8th April to Sunday 14th April 2013 i.e. 7 nights at the reduced rate of £13 per night. From Monday 23rd April 2012 you will be able to book any pitches that are left in this area for whatever period you wish.There is no easy way around this and you will never satisfy everyone but we the organisers, Norwich AS and Kelling Heath Management believe this is the best and fairest option.