Take a trip on the dark side!

Forest rangers are going over to the dark side by staging a week’s activities to celebrate the woods at night from 25th to 29th October.

Experts from Mansfield and Sutton Astronomical Society will share views of the night sky using powerful telescope on 28th October from 7.30pm, in Sherwood Pines Forest Park, near Clipstone.

A spokesman for the organisers said: “Light pollution has robbed many local folk of their view of the sparkling heavens, but light relief from the orange glow exists in the dark beauty spot.

“Jupiter – the largest planet – will swing into view and there’ll be a tour of the constellations and a colourful talk to get people hooked on astronomy.”

Entertainment for children includes lantern making and decorating (25th/26th), coaching on night-time navigation with a qualified orienteering coach (6pm, 25th), a spooky twilight walk (5.30pm, 26th) and a session on fire lighting and campfire cooking (3.30pm, 27th).

l Booking is required for all events on 01623 822447 and the cost is £5 (£7 for campfire session).

All children must be accompanied by an adult.