See Moor Stars at the Dark Skies Festival

by Handymag

The North York Moors is a stargazer’s paradise, with some of the best night skies in the country.

In an urban area, you’ll be lucky to see 20 stars on a clear night, but in an area of low light pollution, such as our National Parks, you could see as many as 2,000!

2020 is the year space travel becomes a reality, but you don’t need to leave Earth to do it! Join us for our own nebula adventure as we explore the cosmos for the fifth Dark Skies Festival, teaming up once again with the Yorkshire Dales, and bringing headline acts and celestial events from 14 February to 1 March.

Delve deep into space with over 100 events across 17 days, including stargazing safaris, night navigation tours, talks from leading UK astronomers, runs and bike rides in the dark, ghost walks, night zips, stay and gaze experiences and photography workshops that will spark your imagination.

Especially for this year, join us for an evening with BBC Sky at Night presenter, Professor Chris Lintott as he explains how you can join more than a million volunteers in sorting out galaxies, hunting for planets around other stars… and counting penguins!

The National Park Centres at Sutton Bank and Danby will also be hosting a programme of daytime workshops and activities for families to enjoy, including moonrock geocache, galactic treasure hunt, stargazing crafts and young artist starry night workshop. Check out the night and day trail at Dalby Forest too.

Most events require advanced booking. For more information head to

The Dark Skies Festival runs from 14 February to 1 March at venues across the North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales National Parks as well as the Nidderdale and Howardian Hills Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

*Photo copyright Russ Norman 

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