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Volunteer at a BBC Stargazing Event!

Help out at a live televised event featuring Professor Brian Cox and Dara Ó Briain

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BBC Stargazing is a campaign which brings people closer to the stars through a January TV broadcast featuring Professor Brian Cox and Dara Ó Briain. Various events and activities are run throughout the country to celebrate astronomy and let people learn a little more about what is beyond our planet. 


The event is taking place Wednesday 9th January at University of Cambridge Institute of Astronomy (open to the Public from 6pm to 7.30pm, then 8pm to 9.30pm), but volunteers are needed from 5pm to 10pm. The venue is just on the outskirts of Cambridge city centre. For directions please follow this link -

The event will be ticketed for 1,000 people, and include lectures, activities and stargazing for families and people of all ages. It should be a busy, but very fun event. 


Volunteers are needed on the night to make sure that the event goes smoothly, and that visitors have a fun, enjoyable night.

Roles available –

·        Stewarding (indoors and maybe a couple outdoors depending upon weather)

·        Meeting and greeting in the reception areas

·        Activities volunteers helping children and families to engage with activities

·        Parking volunteers

For all roles volunteers need to be friendly, cheerful and helpful, able to direct people to where activities and lectures are happening and make sure that visitors are greeted by a smiling face.

Roles will be allocated at the briefing session, although we encourage volunteers to let us know what roles they are interested in filling (by indicating role on the registration form).

For more information contact the Cambridge Volunteer Coordinator, Kerry Bell, by email:


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