2021 Competition Winning Itinerary

Winning weekend entry for the Business Collaboration Category by Dr John Mason

Day 1: Morning

Visit Selsey

Visit Selsey the much-beloved home town of the unforgettable BBC TV astronomer Patrick Moore. See his blue plaque at 39 West Street, one of a number of interesting blue plaques on the Selsey Heritage Trail,  or hear Dr John Mason give his annual Patrick Moore Memorial Lecture at the Town Hall as part of the Selsey Walking Festival (returning in 2022).

Top Tip

Plan ahead for 2022 …If you are visiting the week of the May bank holiday, you can join John’s fascinating annual night sky walk from Selsey Bill round to East Beach.

An image of Selsey beach with boats in the foreground

Day 1: Afternoon

Book a bespoke 2 hour stargazing walk with legendary local astronomer Dr John Mason *

As it’s getting dark – 9 or10pm (depending on the time of year) John Mason will take you up on the Downs or down on a local beach. John will choose a dark sky site as close as possible to where you are staying. John will tailor your stargazing experience according to your interests. It may be a night walk taking in and talking about the night sky or a guided tour of the night sky with telescopes. Prices range between £100-£150.

* Contact the Planetarium directly to book this unique experience

Top Tip

Choose a weekend when there is either no moon or a crescent or half moon and a clear sky, if possible. Wrap up wamly. Even a summer evening can be cold at 11pm.

Day 2: Morning

Have coffee or lunch at a celestial pub

Sticking with the celestial theme why not have a relaxed morning and have a coffee, or something more substantial at one of the following local, and on theme, pubs?

The Star – Petworth
Star & Garter – East Dean
The Half Moon – Petersfield
Seven Stars – Stroud, nr Petersfield
The Moon – Storrington
The Star Inn – Steyning
The Rising Sun – Upper Beeding (Good for Lunch/Supper)
The Fox Goes Free – Charlton
The Cricketers – Duncton

Good for afternoon tea
The Forge – Slindon
The Aerodrome Cafe – Goodwood Airfield
Wellies Cafe – West Stoke

South Downs Planetarium

Day 2: Afternoon

Watch a show at the South Downs Planetarium

Located in Chichester we can highly recommend on of our 1 hour shows.

All Shows listed on the Planetarium website at https://www.southdowns.org.uk/

Top Tip

Advance booking essential.


Places to Visit

The Star and Garter The Star & Garter

The Star & Garter is a gorgeous country pub, which nestles in the South Downs National Park at the heart of the Goodwood Estate. Located in the charming Downland village of East Dean, our 18th century, flint and brick, country…

South Downs Planetarium South Downs Planetarium

Come and explore the Universe in our comfortable, well equipped star theatre. We present new public shows every month (each lasting about an hour). Special shows for private groups and tailored shows for schools and colleges. Free parking. Easy access…

An image of fishing boats and nets on Selsey beach Selsey Blue Plaque Heritage Trail

The Selsey Heritage Trail is made up of three different self-guided walks exploring the Blue Plaques in and around Selsey, highlighting the places where important people in history lived and worked as well as the locations of significant events. The…