Stargaze at historic site

Would-be stargazers are invited to explore the night sky from an historic Peak District mine.

The event on Wednesday, August 31 will take place at Magpie Mine, near Sheldon.

The National Park Authority with Nottingham Trent University are offering 20 free places for people who have little or no knowledge of astronomy to get clued up.

John Tanner, a research officer for the Peak District National Park Authority and keen astronomer, said: “This promises to be an unusual event – Magpie Mine has a fascinating past, which people will hear about, but it has been chosen for this event because it is in an extremely dark location well away from streetlights and other sources of light pollution.

To book call 01629 816200 or email