ASTRONOMY MASTERCLASS DATES ON THE ROOF TOP AT VARSITY HOTEL & SPA AND DINNER IN THE RESTAURANT
Taking place from the unique vantage point of the hotel’s breath-taking rooftop garden, our popular masterclass series will allow attendees to enjoy unparalleled views of the night sky over Cambridge.
On Tuesday 14th January we will look at the birth places of stars in the sword of Orion, some expanding star clusters and then back home to our own moon too which will be in the constellation of Gemini and just short of full.
On Tuesday 25th February Jupiter will be perfectly placed for us high in the south, as will the constellations of Taurus, Gemini and Auriga. The moon will not be up for this session, and this will allow us to search for some fainter objects such as galaxies, clusters and nebulae which the winter skies have to offer.
Paul Fellows, Chairman of the esteemed Cambridge Astronomical Association (CAA) and Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, will host each master class and give guests a guided tour of skies, utilising high powered laser pointers to pick out and explain the most beautiful and interesting celestial objects.
Attendees will also observe directly through telescopes for a deeper look into the cosmos, whilst the nature and mysteries of the stars, planets, moons and galaxies that can be seen overhead are explained.
Guests will begin the evening at the hotel’s restaurant, The River Bar Steakhouse & Grill, to dine on a sumptuous two course meal with a glass of bubbly. Head Chef Angus Martin’s hearty menu of 28 day aged steak, fresh fish, gourmet pies and other earthly delights will provide the perfect preparation for an evening above the Cambridge skyline.
For those concerned with the unpredictable British weather, the master class can be brought inside for a unique indoor presentation of the night sky, with a live question and answer session.
The event can be enjoyed by both guests and locals, with tickets costing just £49 for each date, which includes the astronomy master class and a two course meal accompanied by a glass of fizz on arrival. Guests need to arrive at The River Bar Steakhouse and Grill at 6.45pm for a 7pm start; dinner is served first, followed by the master class at around 8.30pm.
Tickets can be booked by ringing 01223 30 60 30
The Varsity Hotel & Spa
24 Thompson's Lane