National Parks Dark Skies Festival 2019

 

The National Parks Dark Skies Festival 2019 takes place from 15th February through to 3rd March and features numerous astronomical related activities and events celebrating the dark skies that can be found over the North York Moors, Yorkshire Dales and South Downs.

We’re featuring a selection of events from this festival which include practical stargazing — for a full list of events see the official website.

Dark Skies Festival 2019 Events Map


North York Moors National Park

Gaze and Graze at The Farmhouse Goathland

Orchard Farm - Goathland, Goathland, YO22 5JX

The Farmhouse is blessed with beautiful night skies and we are delighted to offer our ‘Gaze & Graze’ evening combining a sumptuous outdoor dinner with an evening with your very own expert astronomer, Richard Darn.The North York Moors...

Friday 15th February 2019 from 19:00pm to 22:15pm

Night Time Photography Workshop

Helmsley Walled Garden, Helmsley, YO62 5AH

When the sun sets and the stars come out, our skies are transformed. Once you understand the basics of how your camera operates and the best times to observe, then spectacular images unfold.So come and spend an evening with Steve Bell at...

Friday 15th February 2019 from 19:00pm to 22:00pm

Our Place in the Universe

Castle Howard Estate, York, YO60 7DA

Be spellbound by Dr Tim O’Brien of the University of Manchester’s Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics. Join the award winning astronomer for an engaging talk on astronomy and the night sky, plus you’ll get the chance to ask him all your...

Friday 15th February 2019 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Night Time Photography Workshop in Whitby

Whitby Youth Hostel, Whitby, YO22 4JT

Join local photographer Richard Burdon and learn how to shoot stunning night images of streets, buildings and the stars. The workshop will begin at Whitby YHA tearooms and you’ll spend 2-3 hours visiting a variety of interesting locations around...

Saturday 16th February 2019 from 19:00pm to 22:00pm

Stargazing at Newlands Farm

Newlands Farm - Cloughton, Scarborough, YO13 0AR

Enjoy a guided tour of the night sky, focusing on objects that reside far away from Earth within our Milky Way galaxy and even beyond, best observed through a large telescope. View a range of constellations and the objects that reside within them,...

Tuesday 19th February 2019 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Night Time Photography Workshop at Castle Howard

Castle Howard Estate, York, YO60 7DA

Join local photographer Steve Bell at the wonderful location of Castle Howard and learn how to shoot stunning night images. The workshop will begin at 7pm with a presentation and instructional workshop. You will then have time to absorb all you've...

Thursday 21st February 2019 from 19:00pm to 22:00pm

Dark Skies Festival Stargazing at Sutton Bank

Sutton Bank, Near Thirsk, YO7 2EH

Come to our Sutton Bank National Park centre and enjoy the Dark sky Festival in the dark area of Sutton Bank! We will be your guides along an incredible journey through the constellations and along the Milky Way, showing you how to find all sorts of...

Friday 22nd February 2019 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

A Romp through the Universe!

Cropton Cabins Holiday Park, Wrelton, YO18 8ES

Join Astronomer Richard Darn for a fabulous voyage through the Universe along with stargazing experts who will bring along powerful telescopes and space rocks four billion years old!Cropton Forest is one of the darkest spots in the North York...

Saturday 23rd February 2019 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Night Time Photography Workshop in Whitby

Whitby Youth Hostel, Whitby, YO22 4JT

Join local photographer Richard Burdon and learn how to shoot stunning night images of streets, buildings and the stars. The workshop will begin at Whitby YHA tearooms and you’ll spend 2-3 hours visiting a variety of interesting locations around...

Saturday 23rd February 2019 from 19:00pm to 22:00pm

Stargazing Evening with Yorkshire Astronomical Society

Yorkshire Arboretum, Malton, YO60 7BY

Join the team from Yorkshire Arboretum to explore the wonders of the night sky, including star clusters, nebulae and galaxies, under the expert guidance of members of the York Astronomical Society. If the skies are not visible because of bad...

Saturday 23rd February 2019 from 19:00pm to 22:00pm

Stargazing at Ryedale Folk Museum

Ryedale Folk Museum, Kirbymoorside, YO62 6UA

Enjoy a guided tour of the night sky, focusing on objects that reside far away from Earth within our Milky Way galaxy and even beyond, best observed through a large telescope. View a range of constellations and the objects that reside within them,...

Monday 25th February 2019 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Stargazing at Newlands Farm

Newlands Farm - Cloughton, Scarborough, YO13 0AR

Enjoy a guided tour of the night sky, focusing on objects that reside far away from Earth within our Milky Way galaxy and even beyond, best observed through a large telescope. View a range of constellations and the objects that reside within them,...

Tuesday 26th February 2019 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Stargazing at Sutton Bank

Sutton Bank, Near Thirsk, YO7 2EH

Enjoy a guided tour of the night sky, focusing on objects that reside far away from Earth within our Milky Way galaxy and even beyond, best observed through a large telescope. View a range of constellations and the objects that reside within them,...

Thursday 28th February 2019 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Saving the Dark Film Screening and Stargazing

Yorkshire Arboretum, Malton, YO60 7BY

The North York Moors National Park and partners are delighted to announce four exclusive screenings of this thought-provoking film during the Dark Skies Festival 2019, and the Yorkshire Arboretum is proud to be chosen. The screening will start at...

Friday 1st March 2019 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

Public Stargazing in Dalby Forest

Dalby Forest Visitor Centre, Thornton-le-Dale, YO18 7LT

The Scarborough and Ryedale Astronomical Society will once again be bringing their Public Stargazing event to Dalby Forest. Come and see the stars, planets, nebulae and galaxies under one of the darkest skies in the country. This event is taking...

Friday 1st March 2019 from 20:00pm to 21:30pm

Night Time Photography Workshop in Whitby

Whitby Youth Hostel, Whitby, YO22 4JT

Join local photographer Richard Burdon and learn how to shoot stunning night images of streets, buildings and the stars. The workshop will begin at Whitby YHA tearooms and you’ll spend 2-3 hours visiting a variety of interesting locations around...

Saturday 2nd March 2019 from 19:00pm to 22:00pm

Yorkshire Dales National Park

Dark Skies Festival Planetarium Shows - Skipton

St Andrews Church Hall - Skipton, Skipton, BD23 2JE

Experience a virtual tour of the night sky in an indoor, state of the art digital planetarium. This immersive experience will allow you to travel thousands of years into the past or future, explore the constellations and zoom in on planets and their...

Saturday 16th February 2019 from 10:00am to 17:00pm

Dark Skies in Barbon

The Churchmouse at Barbon, Barbon, LA6 2LL

The Yorkshire Dales National Park remains one of the darkest places in England and we are excited to celebrate this with our Dark Skies Event. Dark Skies Guru, Stuart Atkinson will be explaining the skies above and hopefully, we can get outside to...

Saturday 16th February 2019 from 19:30pm to 22:30pm

Dark Skies Festival Planetarium Shows - Kirkby Lonsdale

Lunesdale Sports Centre, Kirkby Lonsdale, LA6 2HJ

Experience a virtual tour of the night sky in an indoor, state of the art digital planetarium. This immersive experience will allow you to travel thousands of years into the past or future, explore the constellations and zoom in on planets and their...

Sunday 17th February 2019 from 10:00am to 17:00pm

Super Moon Evening at Simonstone

Simonstone Hall, Hawes, DL8 3LY

Explore the "Super Moon" on the Simonstone Terrace with experienced astronomer Richard Darn; viewing the moon at its closest and appearing at its largest. This event is taking place as part of the National Parks Dark Skies Festival 2019.

Sunday 17th February 2019 from 18:00pm to 19:30pm

Knight Under The Stars at Bolton Castle

Bolton Castle, Leyburn, DL8 4ET

Join astronomer Neill Sanders and friends for a night exploring the dark skies above Bolton Castle. Enjoy a welcome drink of mulled wine and cosmic canapés prepared by Fairhursts Catering which will set the scene for an introductory beginners talk...

Saturday 23rd February 2019 from 18:30pm to 21:30pm

Dark Skies Festival Planetarium Shows - Leyburn

The Garden Rooms at Tennants, Leyburn, DL8 5SG

Experience a Planetarium virtual tour of the night sky on 24th February 2019. With two different sessions available – ‘We Are Aliens; The Search for Extra Terrestrial Life’ and ‘Tim Peake; Space Station Tour’ – this awe-inspiring...

Sunday 24th February 2019 from 10:00am to 17:00pm

Lime Tree Observatory Open Evening (Half Term Special)

Lime Tree Observatory, Grewelthorpe, HG4 3DA

Join experienced astronomers at the Lime Tree Observatory for an evening exploring the fabulous dark skies above the Nidderdale AONB. Enjoy a presentation on a variety of astronomical topics then head into the observatory for observing through...

Tuesday 26th February 2019 from 18:00pm to 20:00pm

Lime Tree Observatory Open Evening (Half Term Special)

Lime Tree Observatory, Grewelthorpe, HG4 3DA

Join experienced astronomers at the Lime Tree Observatory for an evening exploring the fabulous dark skies above the Nidderdale AONB. Enjoy a presentation on a variety of astronomical topics then head into the observatory for observing through...

Wednesday 27th February 2019 from 18:00pm to 20:00pm

A Beginners Night Sky in Malham Village

Malham Tarn Estate - National Trust, Settle, BD24 9PT

Enjoy a journey with Malham Tarn Rangers and let them introduce you to the wonders of the night sky. Booking essential. This event is taking place as part of the National Parks Dark Skies Festival 2019.

Saturday 2nd March 2019 from 19:00pm to Saturday 23rd November 2019 21:00pm

South Downs National Park

The Observatory Science Centre Open Evening

The Observatory Science Centre, Hailsham, BN27 1RN

Visit the fantastic facility that is the Observatory Science Centre at Herstmonceux for an evening looking through some of the country's largest telescopes. An astronomical presentation in the planetarium will take place if the weather is poor....

Saturday 16th February 2019 from 18:30pm to 23:00pm

The Observatory Science Centre Open Evening

The Observatory Science Centre, Hailsham, BN27 1RN

Visit the fantastic facility that is the Observatory Science Centre at Herstmonceux for an evening looking through some of the country's largest telescopes. An astronomical presentation in the planetarium will take place if the weather is poor....

Friday 22nd February 2019 from 18:30pm to 23:00pm

The Observatory Science Centre Open Evening

The Observatory Science Centre, Hailsham, BN27 1RN

Visit the fantastic facility that is the Observatory Science Centre at Herstmonceux for an evening looking through some of the country's largest telescopes. An astronomical presentation in the planetarium will take place if the weather is poor....

Saturday 2nd March 2019 from 18:30pm to 23:00pm


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