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Windmill Lodges – the Ideal Location for Seeing Stars

Suffolk’s clear skies make it the ideal place for a spot of stargazing. Why not learn all about the subject at a special weekend which we are offering at Windmill Lodges?

In a new addition to our short breaks in log cabins, we have now organised our first Get started in Astronomy and Astrophotography Weekend, with talks for our visitors on Friday 6 and Saturday 7 October.

This will include a one-hour talk from David Murton, chairman of the Orwell Astronomical Society (Ipswich) on first steps in astronomy, and a separate session where he will introduce you to the delights of astrophotography. Both talks start at 7pm.

Stargazing in Suffolk

The night sky is harder to see in urban areas, where there is a lot of noise and light pollution. Increased use of streetlights, floodlights and home security lights mean that stars and planets can easily become obscured.

This is far less of a problem in rural areas of Suffolk, where there are fewer distractions.  Windmill Lodges, with its peaceful location in the attractive setting in the village of Saxtead Green, is particularly suitable for budding astronomers. The site also has a large area where telescopes can be set up, with great views of a wide surrounding area.


David’s talk on the Friday, starting at 7pm, will be entitled ‘What you need to know to get you started with astronomy’. He will point out what you can see in the dark skies and hopefully inspire you to continue stargazing as a hobby, showing that it can be easy and needn’t cost a lot. He tailors his talks to his audience’s knowledge and aims to make his presentations fun as well as informative.

Orwell Astronomical Society (Ipswich), also known as OASI, is now celebrating its 50th year. It has more than 100 members who hold regular sessions observing the skies above us and they also go on regular trips to see astronomical events. They are also keen to pass their interests on to others, so are highly experienced in giving talks to members of the public.


Astrophotography involves capturing the sky on camera. This can mean taking pictures of large areas, individual stars, and unusual celestial events like comets and meteor showers.  David will be using standard equipment during his presentation, which is called ‘Beginning astrophotography’, showing what results you can get with your own cameras.

Assuming the skies are clear enough, the session on the Saturday, starting at 7pm and lasting around an hour, will also be a practical one. It will involve a short walk to Saxtead Green’s windmill, which should offer a picturesque backdrop to your photos.

Windmill Lodges

There will be no charge for the talks for guests who are staying at any of the cabins at Windmill Lodges, but you should pre-book either online or by telephone.

Even if you can’t make it to the special weekend, you can still enjoy watching Suffolk’s famous wide-open night skies when you do visit.

Windmill Lodges is the ideal location if you want to get away from it all and recharge your batteries. We offer short breaks in log cabins with their own private hot tubs, fully equipped kitchens and lounges, plus free Wi-fi and TVs. We are just a couple of miles from the market town of Framlingham and our site is also within easy reach of Suffolk’s Heritage Coast, including the resorts of Aldeburgh and Southwold.

If you would like to reserve a place on our Dark Skies Weekend, or are interested in booking a holiday with us, click here to check availability.