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Yorkshire’s Dark Skies Festival 2020

February 14 2020 - March 1 2020

Dark Skies Festival Helmsley star trail
Dark Skies Festival Helmsley star trail | Steve Bell


Yorkshire’s annual Dark Skies Festival will return for 2020, with over 100 spectacular events and activities revolving the skies and space. Whether you take an interest in the unearthly, or share a curiosity towards the stars, there will be something to intrigue everyone at this unique 17-day long festival.

Hosted by the North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales National Parks, and taking place across the half term holiday, visitors will have the chance to explore the cosmos like never before through a range of enthralling talks and workshops, from stargazing and crafting, to after-dark cycling and an enthralling virtual space travel experience.

Spend an evening talking all things astronomy with Andy Newsam, Director of the National Schools’ Observatory and professor of Astronomy Education and Engagement at Liverpool John Moores University, as he discusses the future of telescope technology, or take a starlit trip through the beautiful countryside using the National Parks’ intricate system of guided pathways.

If you’re looking to entertain the little ones, take them on a planet trail through the rural Yorkshire Dales, or get creative by constructing an array of space-inspired crafts.

At the North York Moors, there will even be a chance to re-energise and strengthen the mind under the stars with a special Adventures for the Soul yoga session, as well as a chance to connect with loved ones at a romantic Valentine’s retreat, comprising of a hot-tub inclusive cottage stay and complimentary bubbles!

In the South Downs, go stargazing in Petersfield, discover the ‘Seven Wonders of The Solar System’ at the South Downs planetarium, or delight in a ‘star party’ on the Brighton seafront, where you can moongaze alongside an array of local astronomers.

From stargazing safaris to night navigation expeditions and more, celebrate the beauty of the stars and skies at this one-of-a-kind festival.


14 February – 1 March 2020


The festival will take place across an array of locations spanning the North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales National Parks




February 14 2020
March 1 2020
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Yorkshire Dales National Parks
Yorkshire, United Kingdom + Google Map

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