National Parks remain some of the darkest places in England and we are excited to celebrate this with our Dark Skies Festivals. Exmoor National Park, Europe's first Dark Sky reserve, is holding its first Dark Sky Festival in October 2017. Whilst the Yorkshire Dales, North York Moors and South Downs will be running their festival again in February 2018.
Our Dark Skies festivals are all about discovering, learning and enjoying the dark and the stars you can see as a result. This could mean getting out for an activity such as cycling, walking, running or caving at night, attending a stargazing party, or taking part in a daytime event, learning more about star constellations or making a rocket.
There are events for families, first-time star gazers and those wishing to expand their knowledge or astro-photography skills further. We work with local astronomy clubs and other star loving organisations to help you discover the wonder of the night skies above your National Parks.
Exmoor National Park is recognised as one of the finest landscapes in the UK. Its deep valleys, high cliffs, wide open moorlands and clear streams provide inspiration and enjoyment to locals and visitors. What's less well known is that Exmoor is also an amazing place to marvel at the full wonders of the night sky.
When the sun sets in the North York Moors, another breathtaking view emerges – a sky full of stars! The low levels of light pollution and dark skies of the National Park are one of the things that makes it such a special place. Come and join in our star-filled festival of fun and learn more about the magic above us, with events suitable for all ages.Events in the North York Moors
We think our star-studded skies overhead are as valuable as our beautiful rolling landscapes and, with properly dark skies in the South East of England under threat, our International Dark Sky Reserve status is a statement that the skies of the South Downs are worth protecting.Events in the South Downs