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

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 14th February 2020 from 18:30pm to 20:30pm

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 14th February 2020 from 20:30pm to 22:30pm

Astro-Evening Sleepover at Partridge Farm Pods

Partridge Nest Farm Pods and Cottage, Whitby, YO22 5ES

Join renowned astronomer Richard Darn from the Go Stargazing team for a night on the moon in the company of glittering stars with a special Dark Sky Festival sleepover at Partridge Nest Pods.The campfire will be lit and after a welcome hot...

Saturday 15th February 2020 from 18:00pm to 22:00pm

Exploring The Dynamic Universe with Professor Andy Newsam

Castle Howard Estate, York, YO60 7DA

Join Professor Andy Newsam on the evening of Saturday 15th February as part of the 2020 Dark Skies Festival, organised by the North York Moors National Park.Andy is Professor of Astronomy Education at Liverpool John Moores University and...

Saturday 15th February 2020 from 18:30pm to 21:30pm

Dark Skies at Sutton Bank with York Astronomical Society

Sutton Bank Visitor Centre, 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.Wrap up warm...

Saturday 15th February 2020 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

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...

Saturday 15th 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...

Wednesday 19th February 2020 from 18:30pm to 20:30pm

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 19th February 2020 from 20:30pm to 22:30pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Knight Under the Stars at Bolton Castle

Bolton Castle, Leyburn, DL8 4ET

Come and enjoy an evening exploring the dark skies above the fabulous Bolton Castle with experienced astronomers from Go Stargazing. Following a short presentation you'll be given a laser guided tour of the night sky where you will learn how to...

Saturday 15th February 2020 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

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The Swaledale Night Sky

Low Row Institute - near Reeth, Reeth, DL11 6NE

Local astronomer and astrophotographer Paul Clark will take you on a journey through the night time year in Swaledale. Time lapse videos and images of the glorious Yorkshire Dales night sky. Donations towards a new roof to the Low Row Institute....

Tuesday 18th February 2020 from 19:30pm to 22:00pm

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

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

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 - Midhurst

Midhurst Rother College, Midhurst, GU29 9DT

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...

Saturday 8th February 2020 from 16:00pm to 20:00pm

Stargazing South Downs - Petersfield

The Festival Hall - Petersfield, Petersfield, GU31 4EA

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...

Tuesday 18th February 2020 from 16:00pm to 20:00pm

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...

Thursday 20th February 2020 from 16:00pm to 20:00pm

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


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