National Parks Dark Skies Festival 2020

The National Parks Dark Skies Festival 2020 takes place from 14th February through to 1st March and features numerous astronomical related activities and events celebrating the dark skies that can be found over the North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales. A companion festival “Stargazing South Downs” takes place at a similar time from 7th February to 23rd February.

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

Dark Skies Festival 2020 Events Map


North York Moors National Park

Stargazing Safari at Lord Stones

Lord Stones Country Park, Chop Gate, TS9 7JH

Rewilding Adventure will take you on a galactic journey across the North York Moors under the gaze of the New Moon when the skies are at their darkest. Enjoy two hours of stargazing as you learn about the stats, galaxies, meteors and satellites that...

Friday 21st February 2020 from 17:30pm to 19:30pm

21/02/20
18:00
7%

Dalby Stargazing with Hidden Horizons

Dalby Forest Courtyard, Thornton-le-Dale, YO18 7LT

Join the team from Hidden Horizons and enjoy a guided tour of the night sky and observing distant objects in our Milky Way galaxy using large telescopes. These events are ideal for beginners including families -- if you have your own telescope you...

Friday 21st February 2020 from 18:30pm to 20:30pm

21/02/20
18:00
9%

Night Time Photography Workshop with Richard Burdon

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...

Friday 21st February 2020 from 19:00pm to 22:00pm

21/02/20
18:00
7%

Night Time Photography Workshop with Steve Bell

Castle Howard Estate, York, YO60 7DA

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 21st February 2020 from 19:00pm to 22:00pm

21/02/20
18:00
5%

Chris Lintott: The Crowd & The Cosmos

Helmsley Arts Centre, Helmsley, YO62 5DW

Chris Lintott (BBC Sky at Night) needs your help! Modern telescopes are producing more data than astronomers can cope with, and in this talk Lintott will explain how you can join more than a million volunteers in sorting out galaxies, hunting for...

Friday 21st February 2020 from 19:30pm to 21:00pm

21/02/20
18:00
8%

Dalby Stargazing with Hidden Horizons

Dalby Forest Courtyard, Thornton-le-Dale, YO18 7LT

Join the team from Hidden Horizons and enjoy a guided tour of the night sky and observing distant objects in our Milky Way galaxy using large telescopes. These events are ideal for beginners including families -- if you have your own telescope you...

Friday 21st February 2020 from 20:30pm to 22:30pm

21/02/20
21:00
22%

Dark Skies Stargazing at the Rugged Outdoors

The Rugged Outdoors, Helmsley, YO62 5JN

As part of the Dark Skies Festival in the North York Moors the team at Rugged Outdoors are hosting this stargazing event at their dark sky location just outside of Helmsley, this in collaboration with volunteers from the Teeside Astronomical...

Saturday 22nd February 2020 from 17:30pm to 23:00pm

22/02/20
18:00
17%

Dalby Stargazing with Hidden Horizons

Dalby Forest Courtyard, Thornton-le-Dale, YO18 7LT

Join the team from Hidden Horizons and enjoy a guided tour of the night sky and observing distant objects in our Milky Way galaxy using large telescopes. These events are ideal for beginners including families -- if you have your own telescope you...

Saturday 22nd February 2020 from 18:30pm to 20:30pm

22/02/20
18:00
15%

Dark Skies at Danby Star Party

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

Whitby Astronomical Society invite you to … observe the majestic winter canopy of stars from the heart of the North York Moors. Visit some of winter’s wonders, from stellar nurseries and brilliant galactic clusters, to supernova remnants and...

Saturday 22nd February 2020 from 18:30pm to 20:30pm

22/02/20
18:00
18%

Dalby Stargazing with Hidden Horizons

Dalby Forest Courtyard, Thornton-le-Dale, YO18 7LT

Join the team from Hidden Horizons and enjoy a guided tour of the night sky and observing distant objects in our Milky Way galaxy using large telescopes. These events are ideal for beginners including families -- if you have your own telescope you...

Saturday 22nd February 2020 from 20:30pm to 22:30pm

22/02/20
21:00
18%

Dark Sky Stargazing with Rewilding Adventure

Cod Beck Reservoir Car Park, Northallerton, DL6 3AL

Enjoy a dark sky stargazing experience with the team from Rewilding Adventure at this fabulous dark sky location. The car park near Cod Beck reservoir is also known as the "Sheep Wash" car park and it's location well away from nearby light pollution...

Sunday 23rd February 2020 from 17:30pm to 19:30pm

23/02/20
18:00
4%

Night Time Photography Workshop with Steve Bell

Castle Howard Estate, York, YO60 7DA

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...

Sunday 23rd February 2020 from 19:00pm to 22:00pm

23/02/20
18:00
6%

Dark Sky Stargazing at the Lion Inn with Rewilding Adventure

Lion Inn - Blakey Ridge, York, YO62 7LG

Enjoy a dark sky stargazing experience with the team from Rewilding Adventure at the stunning dark sky location of the Lion Inn at Blakey Ridge. This event takes place as part of the National Parks Dark Sky Festival 2020 which runs from 14th...

Monday 24th February 2020 from 17:30pm to 19:30pm

24/02/20
18:00
14%

Moon Rise Viewing at Runswick Bay with Rewilding Adventure

Runswick Bay - Top Car Park, Saltburn, TS13 5HT

Join the team from Rewilding Adventure from their vantage point at Runswick Bay as they observe Earth's closest natural satellite rise from the Eastern horizon. This event takes place as part of the National Parks Dark Sky Festival 2020 which...

Tuesday 25th February 2020 from 18:30pm to 20:30pm

In Search of the Elusive Aurora

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

Join us on a journey that begins with the history of the social and cultural impact of the Northern Lights through to our scientific understanding of the Aurora today. Learn how they are created, how to find them, which apps to use and some hints...

Wednesday 26th February 2020 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

Dalby Stargazing with Hidden Horizons

Dalby Forest Courtyard, Thornton-le-Dale, YO18 7LT

Join the team from Hidden Horizons and enjoy a guided tour of the night sky and observing distant objects in our Milky Way galaxy using large telescopes. These events are ideal for beginners including families -- if you have your own telescope you...

Wednesday 26th February 2020 from 20:30pm to 22:30pm

Dalby Stargazing with Hidden Horizons

Dalby Forest Courtyard, Thornton-le-Dale, YO18 7LT

Join the team from Hidden Horizons and enjoy a guided tour of the night sky and observing distant objects in our Milky Way galaxy using large telescopes. These events are ideal for beginners including families -- if you have your own telescope you...

Friday 28th February 2020 from 18:30pm to 20:30pm

Terrington Stargazing - Dark Skies Festival 2020

Birkdale Farm - Mowthorpe, York, YO60 6QE

We are staging an exciting stargazing evening as part of the Dark Sky Festival 2020 in the beautiful village of Terrington in the Howardian Hills. The wonders of the spring sky will be glimpsed with powerful telescopes, including galaxies far, far...

Friday 28th February 2020 from 18:45pm to 21:00pm

Night Time Photography Workshop with Richard Burdon

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...

Friday 28th February 2020 from 19:00pm to 22:00pm

Night Time Photography Workshop with Steve Bell

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 28th February 2020 from 19:00pm to 22:00pm

Stargazing Party at Fyling Hall

Fyling Hall School - Whitby, Whitby, YO22 4QD

For a second year running Fyling Hall School have teamed up with Whitby & District Astronomical Society to host a stargazing party - free of charge! The evening starts with a scaled solar system demonstration before stargazing on the front lawn....

Friday 28th February 2020 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Dalby Stargazing with Hidden Horizons

Dalby Forest Courtyard, Thornton-le-Dale, YO18 7LT

Join the team from Hidden Horizons and enjoy a guided tour of the night sky and observing distant objects in our Milky Way galaxy using large telescopes. These events are ideal for beginners including families -- if you have your own telescope you...

Friday 28th February 2020 from 20:30pm to 22:30pm

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...

Saturday 29th February 2020 from 19:00pm to 22:00pm

Dalby Stargazing with Hidden Horizons

Dalby Forest Courtyard, Thornton-le-Dale, YO18 7LT

Join the team from Hidden Horizons and enjoy a guided tour of the night sky and observing distant objects in our Milky Way galaxy using large telescopes. These events are ideal for beginners including families -- if you have your own telescope you...

Saturday 29th February 2020 from 20:30pm to 22:30pm

Yorkshire Dales National Park

Dark Skies Stargazing at Wensleydale Ice Cream Parlour

Wensleydale Ice Cream Parlour, Leyburn, DL8 3AS

Join experienced astronomers from Go Stargazing and explore the wonders of the dark skies above this fantastic location in mid-Wensleydale. Event includes an introduction to astronomy presentation and observing through large telescopes (weather...

Tonight from 18:00

20/02/20
18:00
58%

Wharfedale by Night

The Tennants Arms Hotel, Kilnsey, BD23 5PS

Enjoy a guided interpretive stargazing opportunity in Kilnsey in the Yorkshire Dales National Park with Dark Sky Festival Guide Dr Chris Higgins. On Friday February 21st and Saturday February 22nd guests and visitors have the chance to stargaze...

Friday 21st February 2020 from 18:00pm to 21:00pm

21/02/20
18:00
98%

Go Stargazing at Tan Hill Inn

Tan Hill Inn, Richmond, DL11 6ED

Join astronomers from Go Stargazing for an evening exploring the fabulous dark skies above the world famous Tan Hill Inn. You’ll enjoy a laser guided tour of the constellations and observe distant galaxies, nebulae, star clusters using powerful...

Friday 21st February 2020 from 21:00pm to 23:00pm

21/02/20
21:00
98%

Space Documentary, Pizza and Stargazing Night

The Dalesbridge, Ingleton, LA2 8AZ

Visit The Dalesbridge for an evening of Dark skies activities and Astronomy... Astronomy documentaries from 6pm on the big projector screen in the bar (title to be confirmed), kids space crafts, family space scavenger hunt on site (bring a torch)...

Saturday 22nd February 2020 from 17:30pm to 22:30pm

22/02/20
18:00
52%

Wharfedale by Night

The Tennants Arms Hotel, Kilnsey, BD23 5PS

Enjoy a guided interpretive stargazing opportunity in Kilnsey in the Yorkshire Dales National Park with Dark Sky Festival Guide Dr Chris Higgins. On Friday February 21st and Saturday February 22nd guests and visitors have the chance to stargaze...

Saturday 22nd February 2020 from 18:00pm to 21:00pm

22/02/20
18:00
55%

Night Sky Walk at Malham Cove

Malham Car Park, Skipton, BD23 4DA

On a clear night the big, open skies of the Yorkshire Dales let you see thousands of sparkling stars. Join us to look at the night sky with an expert. Take a journey to explore our local star, the Sun, together with eight planets and learn about...

Saturday 22nd February 2020 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

22/02/20
18:00
53%

The Pie at Night - Stargazing with Martin Whipp and Steak Pie Supper

Fairhursts at Berry's Farm Shop and Cafe, Leyburn, DL8 4UH

Enjoy an evening of stargazing with Martin Whip, the Director of the Lime Tree Observatory, under some of the darkest skies in the UK, here in Berrys, Leyburn. Come and enjoy a warming supper and a presentation, before stepping outside for some star...

Saturday 22nd February 2020 from 19:00pm to 22:00pm

22/02/20
18:00
59%

Astrophotography/Night Time Landscapes Photography Workshop

Ribblehead Viaduct Car Park, Carnforth, LA6 3AS

As part of the Yorkshire Dales Dark Skies Festival join The Flat Capped Photographer or Yorkshire Photo Walks for a photography workshop like no other. With the Ribblehead Viaduct as our subject and the night’s sky as our backdrop we will learn...

Saturday 22nd February 2020 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

22/02/20
18:00
57%

Dark Sky Exploring at Stump Cross Caverns

Stump Cross Caverns, Harrogate, HG3 5JL

In conjunction with the 5th Dark Skies Festival-Join us for a night in space with experienced astronomers Richard Darn and Chris Higgins as we take a journey through the solar system and into the distant universe. Powerful telescopes will spy our...

Monday 24th February 2020 from 19:00pm to 22:00pm

24/02/20
18:00
61%

Astro & Night Photography at Little Seed Field

Little Seed Field Glamping, Ripon, HG4 3PU

An introductory class to night photography skills. Hosted by David Kirtlan, with astronomy by Martin from Lime Tree Observatory. Grab your camera and headlamp and join us for an evening of photographing the starlit sky. In case of cloud cover, there...

Thursday 27th February 2020 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Spring Star Party at Keld

Keld Resource Centre, Richmond, DL11 6LJ

Join experienced astronomer Richard Darn from the Go Stargazing team for a stunning view of the spring night sky in the ultra dark village of Keld in Upper Swaledale. This event is part of the National Parks Dark Sky Festival 2020 and we'll take you...

Thursday 27th February 2020 from 19:30pm to 22:00pm

Family Star-Glamp at Little Seed Field

Little Seed Field Glamping, Ripon, HG4 3PU

Join astronomers from Go Stargazing for this family friendly stargazing weekend at the wonderful location of Little Seed Field. Experience the fabulous dark skies above Nidderdale with a laser-guided tour of the constellations and observing...

Friday 28th February 2020 from 19:00pm to Sunday 1st March 2020 12:00pm

Go Stargazing at Tan Hill Inn

Tan Hill Inn, Richmond, DL11 6ED

Join astronomers from Go Stargazing for an evening exploring the fabulous dark skies above the world famous Tan Hill Inn. You’ll enjoy a laser guided tour of the constellations and observe distant galaxies, nebulae, star clusters using powerful...

Friday 28th February 2020 from 21:00pm to 23:00pm

Stargazing at Brimham Rocks with York Astronomical Society

Brimham Rocks - National Trust, Harrogate, HG3 4DW

The open countryside is the perfect place to see the amazing night sky and to gaze at the natural beauty of the stars and constellations above. We've teamed up with York Astronomical Society who'll be bringing along their telescopes and expert...

Sunday 1st March 2020 from 18:00pm to 21:00pm

Night Sky at Malham Tarn

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

On a clear night the big, open skies of the Yorkshire Dales let you see thousands of sparkling stars. Take a journey to explore our local star, the Sun, together with eight planets and learn about their moons together with the smaller bodies; the...

Saturday 14th March 2020 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

South Downs National Park

Stargazing South Downs - Lewes

Lewes Town Hall, Lewes, BN7 2QS

Help celebrate 10 years of the South Downs National Park and enjoy the dark skies above the region at this free family event with activities including indoor planetarium shows, virtual reality experience and outdoor stargazing if weather...

Tonight from 16:00

20/02/20
18:00
1%

Stargazing at Deadwater Valley Trust

Deadwater Valley Trust - Hogmoor Inclosure, Bordon, GU35 9HL

Please join The Deadwater Valley Trust to discover the wonders of the night sky. Two sessions one from 6.30pm and one from 7.30pm meeting at the Hogmoor Inclosure car park GU35 9HL. An informative presentation from Farnham Astronomical Society...

Friday 21st February 2020 from 18:30pm to 20:45pm

21/02/20
18:00
10%

Stargazing Party at Pulborough Brooks

RSPB Pulborough Brooks, Pulborough, RH20 2EL

Experience this lovely nature reserve by night at their very own 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. We’ll...

Friday 21st February 2020 from 19:00pm to 20:30pm

21/02/20
18:00
9%

Stargazing Evening with Hants Astro

Butser Ancient Farm, Chalton, PO8 0BG

Join astronomers from Hants Astro for an evening of stargazing at the fabulous location of Butser Ancient Farm. Doors open at 7.30pm where visitors can buy hot and cold drinks in our visitor centre, then at 8pm Dave Woods from Hants Astro will give...

Friday 21st February 2020 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

21/02/20
18:00
10%

Dark Skies Festival at British Airways i360

Brighton Seafront - i360, Brighton, BN1 2LN

Updated 14/02/20 @ 09:30 this event has been postponed until 23/02/20 due to bad weather. Astronomers from the South Downs National Park Authority, Sussex University and Brighton Astro will be setting up their powerful telescopes on the seafront...

Sunday 23rd February 2020 from 18:30pm to 20:30pm

23/02/20
18:00
10°
50%

Stargazing Party at Pulborough Brooks

RSPB Pulborough Brooks, Pulborough, RH20 2EL

Experience this lovely nature reserve by night at their very own 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. We’ll...

Friday 20th March 2020 from 19:00pm to 20:30pm


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