THE North Pennines Stargazing Festival is just one month away.

Running from October 23 to November 3, the North Pennines Stargazing Festival spans the Autumn half term and offers a full programme of fun and informative events.

There are events at venues across County Durham, with half-term activities from solar system walks to moon art workshops and family stargazing events.

Several events in the 2019 programme celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moment in 1969 when man first landed on the surface of the moon. As well as moon talks and family moon trails, there are moon-themed planetarium show at Barnard Castle.

In Weardale visitors can take photographs of the night sky at the other side of the world, with Gary Lintern’s remote astrophotography workshop at the Durham Dales Centre in Stanhope.

The ever popular Skywatch at Killhope returns for the third year with an opportunity for families to view the night sky with the support of Sunderland Astronomical Society.

There is also a Skywatch event at Nenthead Mines and a photographic exhibition of the dark skies of the North Pennines.

Further information can be found on the website at – booking is essential for most events.