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

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Dark Skies Fringe Festival (21 - 30 October 2022)

It's our third year celebrating the Fringe Festival. An extra addition in the calendar due to so many of you loving February's main event. As ever we'll be joining our friends in the Yorkshire Dales National Park to put on a great show. As always it's a pleasure to showcase just how special our dark skies are.

In December 2020, we were designated International Dark Sky Reserve status. Did you know our combined area of the North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales represents the largest protected area in the UK and one of the biggest in Europe? Now that's got to be something to celebrate!

We'll keep you updated

Plans are now underway to make sure we have another star-studded line up of events and activities. We'll post any updates on social media and via the Dark Skies Festival website.

Stargazing event at Gilling Castle by GoStargazing

Book dark skies friendly accommodation

Plan in advance and make a holiday of it. There's lots to see and do during the day too! Take a look at dark skies friendly accommodation. They're businesses who've gone the extra mile to provide equipment and facilities so you can enjoy stargazing where you're staying.

Thanks to those who make it possible

We wanted to take the opportunity to say thanks to all the wonderful individuals and activity providers who get involved every year and make our Dark Skies Festivals such a success! You help to share the awe and amazement of seeing a sky full of stars.

Milky Way above Harome by Steve Bell