Dalby Forest Visitor Centre

Dalby Forest, Thornton-le-Dale, North Yorkshire, YO18 7LT


Location description

Located in the heart of Dalby Forest this location benefits from fantastic dark skies and two observatories hosting stargazing events run by Scarborough and Ryedale Astronomical Society.

Location event organiser

Scarborough & Ryedale Astronomical Society organises stargazing events at this location.

Dark sky discovery site

Designated Dark Sky Discovery Sites are locations accessible by members of the public and are officially recognised as excellent places to stargaze. They often have free overnight car parking, some have toilet facilities however rarely allow overnight camping.


Location has an observatory that is accessible to the public by prior arrangement or during public events.

Tonight's weather forecast

Weather forecast for Dalby Forest (0.10 miles away) updated 25/05/17 at 06:00.

Light pollution

This location is estimated to have light pollution levels similar to a rural setting based on satellite data from CPRE.

Dark site
The above demonstrates the estimated effect of light pollution - graphics created using Stellarium.

When to stargaze at Dalby Forest Visitor Centre

This location's rural setting means it benefits from dark skies depending on the time of the year and lunar cycle. In the calendar below where you can see stars indicates when the skies will be dark and the best time to stargaze. Yellow areas show the adverse effects of daylight (bold) and moonlight (faded). Hover over a day to see darkness times or click on a date for more information.

Forthcoming events at this location

Public Stargazing at Dalby Forest

Friday 6th October 2017 from 20:00pm to 21:30pm
Astronomy Presentation, Observing (if clear)

Public Stargazing at Dalby Forest

Friday 3rd November 2017 from 20:00pm to 21:30pm
Astronomy Presentation, Observing (if clear)


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When to visit

The best time to visit Dalby Forest Visitor Centre can be found on this dark skies calendar.

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