Stargazing in North York Moors Dark Sky Reserve

Stargazing in North York Moors Dark Sky Reserve

The North York Moors National Park was awarded International Dark Sky Reserve status in 2020, in recognition of both their fantastic dark skies and their commitment to keeping them that way! The region is host to Dalby Forest and the annual Starcamp that takes place there as well as a number of dark sky discovery sites. The National Park runs a dark skies friendly scheme where local accommodation providers are encouraged to support Astro-tourism. It’s well worthy of a visit, both by day and of course by night!

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Stargazing events in North York Moors Dark Sky Reserve

  • North York Moors Dark Skies Festival 2024

    Friday 9th February 2024 from 18:00pm to Sunday 25th February 2024 23:00pm

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

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  • Robin Hood’s Bay Dark Skies walk; a smugglers paradise

    Friday 23rd February 2024 from 17:30pm to 19:30pm

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

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  • Magical Moonlight Coastal Walk

    Friday 23rd February 2024 from 20:00pm to 23:00pm

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

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  • Magical Moonlight Coastal Walk

    Friday 23rd February 2024 from 20:00pm to 23:00pm

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

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  • Full Moon Walk in the North York Moors

    Saturday 24th February 2024 from 18:45pm to 21:45pm

    Sutton Bank Visitor Centre, Near Thirsk, YO7 2EH

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  • Observing Night at the Bruce Observatory

    Sunday 25th February 2024 from 19:15pm to 21:15pm

    Bruce Observatory - Whitby School, Whitby, YO21 1LA

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  • Walking with The Long Dead Stars

    Sunday 25th February 2024 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

    Blakey Ridge Car Park, Church Houses, YO62 7LQ

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  • Dark Skies Weekend in the North York Moors

    Friday 1st March 2024 from 14:00pm to Sunday 3rd March 2024 12:00pm

    The Fox & Hounds - Ainthorpe, Whitby, YO21 2LD

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  • Public Stargazing in Dalby Forest – March 2024

    Friday 1st March 2024 from 20:00pm to 21:30pm

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

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  • Dark Skies Festival Night Walk – Lastingham

    Saturday 2nd March 2024 from 18:45pm to 21:45pm

    Blacksmiths Arms - Lastingham, Lastingham, YO62 6TN

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Stargazing locations in North York Moors Dark Sky Reserve

  • Blakey Ridge Car Park

    Blakey Bank, Church Houses, North Yorkshire, YO62 7LQ

    Aurora Viewpoint, Go Stargazing Site

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  • Boggle Hole Car Park

    Mill Bank, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4UQ

    Go Stargazing Site

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  • Bruce Observatory – Whitby School

    Prospect Hill, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 1LA

    Astronomical Society, Observatory

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  • Byland Abbey Car Park

    Byland, Coxwold, North Yorkshire, YO61 4BD, Yorkshire and The Humber

    Go Stargazing Site

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  • Chop Gate Village Hall Car Park

    Chop Gate, Great Broughton, Cleveland, TS9 7JW

    Recommended Stargazing Site

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  • Clay Bank Car Park – Forestry Commission

    Great Broughton, Middlesbrough, Cleveland, TS9 7JA

    Go Stargazing Site

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  • Cod Beck Reservoir Car Park

    Whorlton, Northallerton, North Yorkshire, DL6 3AL

    Go Stargazing Site

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  • Dalby Forest Visitor Centre

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

    Astronomical Society, Dark Sky Discovery Site, Observatory

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  • Danby Lodge National Park Centre

    Lodge Lane, Danby, North Yorkshire, YO21 2NB

    Dark Sky Discovery Site

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  • Goathland Viewpoint Car Park

    Goathland, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO22 5NL

    Go Stargazing Site

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Stargazing accommodation in North York Moors Dark Sky Reserve

  • Carlton Grange – Helmsley

    Carlton, Helmsley, North Yorkshire, YO62 5HH

    Stay & Gaze

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  • Carlton Lodge – Helmsley

    53 Bondgate, Helmsley, North Yorkshire, YO62 5EY

    Stay & Gaze

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  • Coast and Camplight

    Low Rigg Farm, Stainsacre, North Yorkshire, YO22 4LP

    Stay & Gaze

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  • Cropton Cabins Holiday Park

    Cropton, Wrelton, North Yorkshire, YO18 8ES

    Stay & Gaze

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  • Easterside Farm

    Hawnby, Helmsley, North Yorkshire, YO62 5QT

    Stay & Gaze

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