A new clifftop observatory, which will let stargazers scan the skies over the Norfolk coast, opens for the first time this weekend.

Hunstanton Observatory will provide a venue for night sky observation using telescopes and binoculars, and for astrophotography.

The new building, on the pitch and putt course off Cromer Road, features a rolling roof that enables the sky to be seen from inside.

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Alan Gosling, chair of King’s Lynn and District Astronomy Society, said: “As a society promoting astronomy we welcome new opportunities for people to learn about the stars and enjoy the wonders that are to be found in the night sky.

“The design and location of the observatory mean that it can also be used by a variety of groups for many purposes, such as nature and geography activities, and we wish it every success.”

A photography competition is being held to celebrate its opening. The winning shot will be displayed inside the building.

For further information about the launch event, photo competition and bookings, go to www.hunstantonobservatory.co.uk.