The Horncastle Astronomy Weekend (HAW) is a weekend of astronomical talks and observing originally based at Fortuna, Horncastle Business Centre (formally Horncastle College) at Horncastle in Lincolnshire. September 2015 it was held at the Twin Lakes Conference Centre just north of Horncastle and since September 2016 it is held at Minting Village Hall. The astro weekend is aimed at anyone interested in any aspect of astronomy, space and space flight with a mix of guest speakers from across the UK and occasionally from abroad. These consist of both professional speakers and knowledgeable amateur astronomers offering their expertise to the audience. The talks are always set at a level that most people can understand and are, most often than not, entertaining as well as informative. Since 1986 HAW has been organised by Lincolnshire astronomer Paul L Money based in Horncastle itself.
Although originally established as a residential course by the British Astronomical Association, in recent years the emphasis has been on opening out the format and encouraging non residential attendance for those local enough to travel, in addition to the regular residential attendance. However due to Lincolnshire County Council removing the on site accommodation at the College from January 2011, HAW attendance became only non residential. The full range of talks and activities still take place with most regulars booking local B&B and holiday cottages so they can still attend. If you wish to book a place and require accommodation then let us know and we can send a list of B&B and holiday cottages out to you.
Due to the COVID-
As well as this web site HAW now has a Facebook page so do visit it often for updates and click ‘like’ :-
HAW 2021 (HAW48) will hopefully (Pandemic depending) take place from Fri evening, Sept 10th to Sunday lunchtime Sept 12th and will take place at Minting Village Hall, Bricken Field Lane, Minting, LN9 5RX
All meals can now be booked individually giving greater freedom to choose to have some, all or even none of the offered meals. Catering for recent years was Sue Kind tableware and was a great success and Sue will be providing the catering for HAW from now on.
The Astro weekend cost is divided between the cost of attending for the talks/activities and for the meals. All meals have tea/coffee supplied as part of the price however the break time drinks/refreshments will be provided by the Minting Village Hall and charged on an individual basis. A Saturday only option (9am to 11:00pm) is also available which still includes all main meals/tea/coffee and talks for the Saturday.
If you wish to attend then you have to book via Paul so go to the contact page button above for details on how to request a booking form and menu. Forms will not be available until May or June 2020. Only official booking forms sent out by Paul may be used, photocopies are not acceptable unless by prior arrangement.
© Paul L Money/ Astrospace 2021