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

Stars in the Sky at Ravensdale

Ravenscar Visitor Centre - National Trust, Staintondale, YO13 0NE

To mark the North York Moors National Park’s Dark Skies Festival, the National Trust and Scarborough and Ryedale Astronomical Society invite you to gaze at stars and planets over the Yorkshire Coast. Wrap up warm and bring a torch (preferably red...

Tonight from 19:30

22/02/19
18:00
11°
4%

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

23/02/19
18:00
10°
7%

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

23/02/19
18:00
11°
4%

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

23/02/19
18:00
10°
4%

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

25/02/19
18:00
5%

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

26/02/19
18:00
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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

Stargazing Party at Fyling Hall School

Fyling Hall School - Whitby, Whitby, YO22 4QD

Join Mark Dawson from the Whitby & District Astronomical Society on the front lawn at Fyling Hall School, perfectly placed facing the sea. Boarding students from the school will also be enlisted to help out with a scaled solar system demonstration...

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

Astronomy, Stars and Supper

Endeavour Wharf - Whitby, Whitby, YO21 1DN

Enjoy a 2-course dinner (tea/coffee included) with presentations from renowned astronomer Richard Darn. Learn about Captain Cook’s amazing discoveries and how he observed the transit of Venus in 1769 from Tahiti. Cloud cover permitting, one...

Saturday 2nd March 2019 from 18:30pm to 21:00pm

Dark Skies Stargazing at Danby

The Moors National Park Centre, Near Whitby, YO21 2NB

Come and explore the wonders of the winter night sky with members of the Whitby & District Astronomical Society on hand to guide you around the heavens. If conditions are not conducive for observing outside, the universe will come indoors with a...

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

Dark Skies Stargazing at Sutton Bank

Sutton Bank, Near Thirsk, YO7 2EH

Come to Sutton Bank to once again join enthusiastic members of The York Astronomical Society for a night of stargazing. There will be a talk in the cafe followed by sky observing using a range of telescopes of all shapes and sizes. Although the moon...

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

Yorkshire Dales National Park

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

23/02/19
18:00
10°
5%

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

24/02/19
18:00
8%

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

26/02/19
18:00
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Yorkshire Dales Dark Skies Festival Starcamp 2019

Tan Hill Inn, Richmond, DL11 6ED

Enjoy a family friendly weekend of stargazing at the Tan Hill Inn, an event taking place as the official "Starcamp" for the Yorkshire Dales and part of the National Parks Dark Skies Festival 2019.Join enthusiastic and experienced astronomers...

Friday 1st March 2019 from 18:00pm to Sunday 3rd March 2019 12:00pm

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 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....

Tonight from 18:30

22/02/19
18:00
16%

Stargazing Evening with Hants Astro

Butser Ancient Farm, Chalton, PO8 0BG

As part of the South Downs National Park ‘Dark Skies at Night’ festival, we are delighted to be hosting an evening of stargazing on Friday 22nd February. Doors open at 7.30pm, when visitors can buy hot and cold drinks in our visitor centre,...

Tonight from 20:00

22/02/19
18:00
4%

Introduction to Astronomy at Selbourne Field Studies Centre

Gilbert White Field Studies Centre, Alton, GU34 3JU

Eplore the night sky with this introductory astronomy night, including a short topical talk on astronomy and an exploration of the night sky lead by Graham Bryant from the Hampshire Astronomical Group showing you highlights to look out for in your...

Monday 25th February 2019 from 18:00pm to 22:00pm

25/02/19
18:00
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Night Hike and Stargazing

Harting Down - National Trust, South Harting, GU31 5PN

Night Hike followed by stargazing. This event is taking place as part of the National Parks Dark Skies Festival 2019.

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

25/02/19
18:00
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Goodwood Star Party

Goodwood Counters Car Park, Goodwood, PO18 0QE

Come to the South Downs National Park star party at Goodwood where you can look through telescopes with experts who will guide you around the night skies. With astronomers from the South Downs Planetarium and the South Downs National Park. This is...

Tuesday 26th February 2019 from 18:30pm to 20:30pm

26/02/19
18:00
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Winchester Hill Star Party

Old Winchester Hill Nature Reserve, Near Corhampton, SO32 3LJ

Visit the Old Winchester Hill (main car park) for a star party with astronomers from Hampshire Astronomical Group and the South Downs National Park Authority who will guide you around the cosmos. Note that this event is weather dependent -- please...

Thursday 28th February 2019 from 18:30pm to 20:30pm

Stargazing at Pulborough Brooks

RSPB Pulborough Brooks, Pulborough, RH20 2EL

Experience the lovely Pulborough Brooks Nature Reserve by night at this Stargazing Party! Located within the South Downs Dark Skies Reserve Pulborough Brooks is a great place to admire the star-studded skies and spot constellations and planets....

Friday 1st March 2019 from 19:00pm to 20:30pm

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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