Don’t Miss The Solar Eclipse

We want to help everyone stay safe during tomorrow’s partial solar eclipse.

With this being the first time in 15 years since the last partial solar eclipse was experienced in the UK we must remember that it is extremely important to not look directly at the the darkened sky. Even with sunglasses, they will not offer the level of protection needed.

In Dorset we will experience a partial eclipse as the Moon passes in front of the Sun starting at 8.30 am tomorrow with the skies clearing by 10.30am. The safest way to view an eclipse is with a pinhole projector.  Follow this simple tutorial from to allow you to still  view the eclipse, whilst ensuring your eyes are protected.


One of the easiest safe ways to watch a Solar Eclipse is with a DIY pinhole projector, using two sheets of card, 

Project with 2 pieces of card

When using any kind of pinhole projector, you should stand with your back towards the sun. Do not look at the Sun through the pinhole or through the paper.

You need:

  • 2 pieces of stiff white cardboard, like two paper plates.
  • Or, 2 sheets of plain white paper – the kind you use for printing is perfect.
  • A thumbtack or a sharp pin.

What to do:

  1. To make a quick version of the pinhole projector, take a sheet of paper and make a very small hole in the middle of it using a pin or a thumbtack. Make sure that the hole is round and smooth.
  2. With your back towards the Sun, hold one piece of paper above your shoulder allowing the Sun to shine on the paper.
  3. The second sheet of paper will act as a screen. Hold it at a distance so that an inverted image of the Sun is projected on it through the pinhole.
  4. To make the image of the Sun larger, move the screen further away from the pinholed sheet.


The solar eclipse is set to be an exciting end to the week. Although our weekends are always eventful here at Athelhampton, being one of the best wedding venues in dorset, as well as a fantastic Sunday Lunch destination. What better way to work off your meal than a leisurely stroll around our beautiful grounds.

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