Payment in full is required in advance, at the time of booking.
Where payment is made by cheque, manually by Paypal or by some other off-line method, the payment must be received within two weeks of booking. PDDS may cancel any bookings where cheques are not received in this time.
All pitch fees are as listed in the PDDS Store. In the event of an error in our pricing, you will have the option to pay any additional amount owing or to cancel for a full refund less any payment provider fees.
Peak Star Party is a "rain or shine" event. However, cancellations are allowed subject to the following terms:
- All cancellations made more than six weeks before the star party will be refunded in full less a £25 cancellation fee per pitch and any booking fees (e.g. Paypal).
- Cancellations within six weeks of the star party (after Sunday 1 September for PSP2013) cannot be refunded.
- The only exception is for groups we are trying to support charitably (e.g. schools and youth groups) where we will minimise cancellation fees.
Peak Star Party reserves the right to sell on any cancelled pitches.
Unlike some other star parties, we cannot allow pitch transfers as we have to be very careful which vehicle types are booked onto which pitches. This follows discussions with the site owners after a few camper-vans had to be moved when the ground was too soft in 2012. This also makes it more fair if there is a waiting list for a certain type of pitch as we can reallocate it to the person at the top of the list.
Site Rules & Star Party Etiquette
PDDS and the site owners expect all visitors to abide by the Site Rules and Star Party Etiquette guidelines. We will ask anybody breaking the rules or guidelines to amend their behaviour may ask anybody who persists in their behaviour to leave the Star Party.
Wherever possible, PDDS will attempt to make suitable alternative arrangements rather than cancel the Star Party.
In the unlikely event that PDDS are forced to cancel Peak Star Party, we will refund all bookings in full, less any committed payments (e.g. to the site owners or to presenter expenses) which will be divided equally on a pro-rata basis between all bookings.
Insurance & Liability
PDDS will have third party liability cover, equipment cover and employee liability cover in place for the duration of Peak Star Party.
PDDS will include a brief Health & Safety presentation in the Welcome Talk on the first evening of the Star Party; at least one attendee from each pitch is expected to attend this briefing.
PDDS make reasonable endeavours to ensure the safety and security of the site but can accept no liability for loss or damage to any attendee's equipment, or personal injury except as covered by the Third Party Liability insurance.
All attendees are therefore advised to ensure they have suitable and appropriate insurance cover in place for the duration of Peak Star Party.
As the different pitch types sell out, we will be able to add people who want one of these pitches to a waiting list. We typically have a small percentage of cancellations from early September onwards and we will re-allocate these pitches to people in the order listed below.
|Motorhome||Camper Van||Caravan||Tent (wth EHU)||Tent (no EHU)|
Following on from the hugely popular 2011 and 2012 bottle rocket competitions, we are proud to dedicate two hours of Saturday afternoon to the 2013 competition!
Helped by our friends at Chesterfield Astronomical Society (http://www.chesterfield-as.org.uk/), we will be running three competitions with under- and over-16s classes:
Best Dressed Rocket
The rocket with the best appearance in its flight-ready condition.
- Under 16s: prizes available for first, second and third places
Over 16s : one prize for the best dressed rocket
The bottle rocket that achieves the best combination of height, duration and elegance in flight
- Under 16s: prizes available for first, second and third places
- Over 16s : one prize for the best dressed rocket
- All rockets must be constructed using a single standard fizzy (carbonated) drinks bottle of up to two litres, with a standard screw top. Bottles from non-fizzy drinks have not been pressure tested by the manufacturer and MUST NOT be used as they are likely to explode.
- If you remove the label from the bottle, please bring it with you so the safety officer can confirm it is a fizzy drinks bottle.
- No multi-stage rocket of any kind may be used in this competition.
- It is not permitted to make any adaptation to the pressure vessel that may compromise its strength. This includes sanding the surface to make things stick to it better, using a hot glue, super glue or other glue that reacts with the bottle plastic, puncturing or cutting the bottle in any way and so on. The event organisers will check all bottles before-hand and any bottle that shows signs of bubbling, melting, cutting, sanding, puncturing or any other damage will be disqualified. Any team with a disqualified rocket will be given another bottle (while available) and will be able to re-enter if they can build the new rocket in the time available.
- No rocket may have any sharp points or cones other than at the back of the fins. If on doubt, a standard bottle top will be placed of the suspect area and, if the rocket touches the bottle top on the inside, the rocket will be disqualified.
- All rockets will be launched by a team member and an event marshal using standard Rokit launching equipment, water and air. No other propellant, liquid or gas may be used.
- All marshals and team members involved in the launch shall wear safety spectacles or safety goggles at all times when the bottle rocket is being pressurised.
- All launches shall take place from designated launch areas, with all spectators and team members not directly involved in the launch behind a barrier tape 20m from the launch areas.
- All rockets MUST pass the safety check before they can enter any part of the competition.
- All rockets passing the safety check will be scored for the Best Dressed Rocket competition by a panel of invited judges.
- This scoring is based purely on aesthetic grounds and flight capability will not be included.
- At the end of the competition, rockets will be ranked in each age group to give a single winner for the over-16s and first, second and third places for the under-16s.
- In the event of a tie, the judges may wish to see rockets again.
- After being scored in the Best Dressed Rocket competition, each rocket must be filled to the desired level using water provided by the organisers, then taken to the designated launch area by ONE team member. The team may choose to fill the bottle to any level with water.
- The team member and launch official will prepare the rocket for launch using standard Rokit launch equipment and pumps.
- Each launch will be observed by a panel of invited judges who will assess the height reached and duration of each flight; scores will be awarded for both aspects of the flight by all judges.
- At the end of the competition, the average scores for each rocket will be calculated to give a single winner for the over 16s category and first, second and third places for the under 16s.
- In the event of a tie, a "launch-off" between the tied rockets may be required. This will be subject to the original safety check and any rocket that fails the safety check will score zero in the launch-off.
- This is a special prize that will be awarded to the rocket or team that offered the most entertainment in looks or performance. There is no set criteria for this and all judges will be involved in choosing the winner.
|MARS Field||SATURN Field||NEPTUNE Field|
|1||Astronomy Shed||1||Paul Cannon||1||Craig Ward|
|2||Tom McGovern||2||Julian Humphrey||2||David Jones|
|3||Philip Sampson||3||Mark Payne||3||David Jones|
|4||Paul Collins||4||Janet Weedon||4||Stephen Russell|
|5||UKAI||5||Phil Taylor||5||Andrew Marrison|
|6||UKAI||6||David Ellis||6||Paul Simkin|
|7||UKAI||7||Brian Woosnam||7||Paul Hackett|
|8||Carl Kimberley||8||Amber Hornsby||8||Andrew Bolton|
|9||Peter Simkins||9||Chris Howe||9|
|10||Stephen Page||10||Chris Howe||10|
|11||Tina Paramore||11||Chris Howe||11|
|12||Peter Blinston||12||Adam Whittall||12|
|13||Patrick Pearson||13||Peter Davison||13||James Pels|
|14||Craig Dawes||14||Steven Best||14||Jeff Hopton|
|15||Keith Thompson||15||Daniel Kenealey||15||Simon Instone|
|16||Simon Griffiths||16||Calvin Hall||16||Peter Butcher|
|17||Keith Downs||17||17||Owen Gwynne|
|18||Steve Watts||18||18||Alan Ledbury|
|19||Margaret Mills||19||19||Simon Fletcher|
|21||Nick Cox||21||Graham Morecraft|
|22||Pat Mika||22||Wendi Crow|
|26||Andrew Butler||26||Cheadle School|
|27||Nigel Campbell||27||Mark Turner|