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Northern Lights at Saltwick Bay Credit Andy Dawson PhotographyNorthern Lights at Saltwick Bay Credit Andy Dawson Photography

Dark Skies Festival 2020

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

Dark Skies Festival 2020

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 on for our own nebula adventure as we explore the cosmos for the fifth Dark Skies Festival, teamed once again with the Yorkshire Dales, bringing headline acts and celestial events from 14 February to 1 March.

Highlights for 2020 Festival include:

  • Special talk at Castle Howard: Exploring the dynamic universe by Professor Andy Newsam, Liverpool John Moores University
  • BBC The Sky at Night presenter, Chris Lintott will talk about his recently published book - ‘The Crowd & The Cosmos - Adventures in the Zooniverse’
  • Go Ape! Night Zip
  • Yoga, dark skies and mindfulness experiences
  • Stay and gaze experiences 
  • Dark Skies gravel biking challenge with Yorkshire True Grit
  • A multimedia, indoor planetarium pop-up experience, a 360 degree journey through the stars
  • Moonrock geocache, galactic treasure hunts, Young Artist Starry Night Workshop and other crafty activities at our visitor centres
  • Stargazing safaris
  • Ghost walks through Robin Hood's Bay
  • Dark Runs and Night Navigation Expeditions
  • Photography workshops
Check out the 2020 Dark Skies Festival leaflet