National Parks Dark Skies Festival 2018

The 3rd annual National Parks Dark Skies Festival this year runs from the 9th to 25th February 2018.

The festival celebrates the wonderful dark skies that can be seen across a number of regions across our country including the North York Moors, Yorkshire Dales, South Downs and (new for this year) Northumberland national parks. During the festival numerous astronomy related activities take place, ranging from night time walks with Forest Rangers to stargazing evenings with experienced astronomers, all of which can be enjoyed by families, amateur astronomers of any level and even more experienced stargazers! The festival also includes a number of daytime events for children to take part in over the half term holidays.

Below we’ve listed a selection of stargazing events we know are taking place — check back frequently as more events will be added as they are scheduled — even better sign up to receive email notifications

For more information about the festival including a comprehensive list of all of the different events taking place visit the official Dark Skies Festival website. A complete list of events for the South Downs is available on their site.

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Yorkshire Dales National Park

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