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North York Moors Dark Skies Festival 2022

North York Moors Dark Skies Festival 2022

Friday 18th February 2022 from 18:00pm to Sunday 6th March 2022 23:00pm

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

The North York Moors Dark Skies Festival in 2022 takes place from Friday, 18th February to Sunday, 6th March.

The festival is run in collaboration with the Yorkshire Dales National Park and includes a range of events that help celebrate the region’s fantastic dark skies. With venues spanning the entire park, you can enjoy stargazing with experienced astronomers, learn how to take photos of the night skies and experience wellbeing and mindfulness.

The International Dark-Sky Association awarded the North York Moors National park with prestigious Dark Sky Reserve status in 2020 to recognise the low levels of light pollution and amazing dark skies.

Here we feature a selection of stargazing events as part of the festival. Please see the official North York Moors Dark Skies Festival website for a complete schedule.

Photo: The Milky Way over Ravenscar by Steve Bell

Map of events


List of events

  • Night Navigation Experience with Large Outdoors

    Thursday 17th February 2022 from 18:30pm to 20:00pm

    Blacksmiths Arms - Lastingham, Lastingham, YO62 6TN

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  • Stargazing at Dalby Forest – Dark Skies Festival

    Thursday 17th February 2022 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

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

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  • North York Moors Dark Skies Festival 2022

    Friday 18th February 2022 from 18:00pm to Sunday 6th March 2022 23:00pm

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

    More info
  • Stargazing at Dalby Forest – Dark Skies Festival

    Friday 18th February 2022 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

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

    More info
  • Sutton Bank White Horse Dark Skies Walk

    Saturday 19th February 2022 from 17:00pm to 20:30pm

    Sutton Bank Visitor Centre, Near Thirsk, YO7 2EH

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  • Twilight to Moonlight – wellbeing for women

    Saturday 19th February 2022 from 18:00pm to 20:30pm

    Gilling Castle, Gilling East, YO62 4HP

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  • Dark Skies walk at Robin Hood’s Bay

    Saturday 19th February 2022 from 19:00pm to 22:00pm

    Robin Hood's Bay Car Park, Whitby, YO22 4QN

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  • Whitby Night Photography

    Saturday 19th February 2022 from 19:00pm to 22:00pm

    Whitby Youth Hostel, Whitby, YO22 4JT

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  • Stargazing at Dalby Forest – Dark Skies Festival

    Saturday 19th February 2022 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

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

    More info
  • Dark Skies walk at Sutton Bank

    Sunday 20th February 2022 from 19:00pm to 22:00pm

    Sutton Bank Visitor Centre, Near Thirsk, YO7 2EH

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Stay and gaze nearby

  • Rawcliffe House Farm

    Stape, Pickering, YO18 8JA (4.3 miles away)

    Stay & Gaze

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  • Middlehead Cottages – Stape

    Stape, Pickering, YO18 8HY (4.4 miles away)

    Stay & Gaze

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  • Noelle’s Cottages – Middleton Hall

    Middleton Hall, Pickering, YO18 8NX (4.7 miles away)

    Stay & Gaze

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  • Cropton Cabins Holiday Park

    Cropton, Wrelton, YO18 8ES (6.5 miles away)

    Stay & Gaze

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  • Rose Cottage – Malton

    Thorpe Bassett, Malton, YO17 8LU (8.8 miles away)

    Stay & Gaze

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  • Pheasant’s Roost Shepherd’s Hut

    Thorpe Bassett, Malton, YO17 8LU (8.8 miles away)

    Stay & Gaze

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