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With the introduction of Stargazing Live at the start of the year, a programme fronted by Professor Brian Cox, people young and old have gone space-mad, searching for new forms of life in the outer reaches of the universe.
The series has been linked to a 500% increase in telescope sales on Amazon – it seems everyone is looking for that patch of darkness without light pollution to indulge in their new pastime.
Scotland boasts some of the best stargazing opportunities. Dumfries and Galloway even has a specially designated Dark Sky Park, and is gearing up for a spectacular meteor shower known as Lyrids, which is due to happen on 21 and 22 April.
For those wanting to indulge in the art of stargazing in the Big Smoke, Islay whisky distillery Bowmore whisky is bringing a touch of Scotland’s Darkness to the city in an event celebrating its whisky.
Entitled Magic Happens on the Darkest Nights, the action will take place in a Dickensian townhouse in Shoreditch, where experts from the Kielder Forest Star Camp Observatory, based in Northumberland, will give a talk. Joining them will be master chocolatier Paul A Young, pop-up culinary experts Hidden Dining and Gideon Reeling, who organises interactive theatrical experiences. They will all be playing on guest’s senses with the help of taste, sound, storytelling, darkness and blindfolds.
Magic Happens on the Darkest Nights takes place on 25 and 26 April. Buy tickets here.