Milky Way over Ravenscar by Steve Bell

Dark Skies Festival 9 February - 25 February 2024

We're delighted to be showcasing our ninth Dark Skies Festival - full of activities and opportunities to appreciate the wonders of the night sky.

The North York Moors is one of only 21 locations in the world to be recognised for pristine, dark skies. We're an International Dark Sky Reserve, awarded by DarkSky (formerly International Dark-Sky Association).

This two week long festival has an events programme jam packed full of exciting after dark adventures for the full family to explore. So, get prepared for the wonders of what's to come in our ninth Dark Skies Festival, taking place in February 2024...

So, what are you waiting for? Tis the season to look up and marvel at the thousands of sparkles in the sky. There's stay and gaze packages to spend a night under the stars, all manners of night walks, stargazing aplenty, daytime adventures and craft activities, bat-box making, mindful experiences and much more. See our exciting programme below.

Extend your visit and book dark skies friendly accommodation so you can explore during the daytime too!

22nd Nov 2023 10:30 am - 22nd Nov 2024 4:00 pm

Constellation Rubbing Trail at Danby Lodge National Park Centre

Come and try our new permanent Dark Sky themed rubbing trail at Danby Lodge National Park Centre.

Explore the grounds and find the constellation rubbing plaques, use your brass...

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22nd Nov 2023 10:30 am - 22nd Nov 2024 4:00 pm

Constellation Rubbing Trail at Sutton Bank National Park Centre

Come and try our new permanent Dark Sky themed rubbing trail at Sutton Bank National Park Centre.

Explore the grounds and find the constellation rubbing plaques, use your brass...

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9th Feb 2024 - 25th Feb 2024

Stargazing in Dalby Forest

Join Astro Dog for a magical evening of stargazing in Dalby Forest.

Astro Dog offer exciting, interactive, stargazing sessions in the enchanting setting of Dalby Forest. Dalby Forest is a designated...

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9th Feb 2024 - 25th Feb 2024

Stargazing from Monket Cottage

5-star luxury self-catered accommodation nestled in the middle of the North York Moors National Park, offering a great base to view the night sky.

Book now: Stargazing stays at Monket...

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9th Feb 2024 4:00 pm - 25th Feb 2024 11:00 am

Star Gazing at Alum House Luxury B&B

Book your starry stay at Alum House Luxury B&B this Dark Skies Festival!

Guest rooms are equipped with loungers, blankets, pillows, binoculars, hot chocolate and additional Dark...

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9th Feb 2024 6:00 pm - 25th Feb 2024 9:30 pm

Eat under the Stars at Carr House Farm

Dine under the stars at Carr House Farm this Dark Skies Festival.

Enjoy a three course meal under the stars, either outdoors or indoors looking up through our rooms...

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24th Feb 2024 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Magical Moonlit Meander- full moon experience for women SOLD OUT

Join Adventures for the Soul for a magical moonlit night experience for women. This will be a wonderful opportunity to switch off, slow down and take time out for you....

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24th Feb 2024 5:30 pm

Hole of Horcum Dark Skies walk

The Hole of Horcum also known as the Devil’s Punchbowl is a spectacular natural amphitheatre scooped out of Levisham Moor. Legend says that the hole was formed when the giant...

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24th Feb 2024 7:00 pm

Stargazing in Dalby Forest with Astro Dog

Join Astro Dog for a magical evening of stargazing in Dalby Forest.

Astro Dog offer exciting, interactive, stargazing sessions in the enchanting setting of Dalby Forest. Dalby Forest is a designated...

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24th Feb 2024 9:45 pm

Stargazing in Dalby Forest with Astro Dog

Join Astro Dog for a magical evening of stargazing in Dalby Forest.

Astro Dog offer exciting, interactive, stargazing sessions in the enchanting setting of Dalby Forest. Dalby Forest is a designated...

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25th Feb 2024 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Walking with The Long Dead Stars

Experience a dark skies walking arts experience in Blakey Moor together with Electronic Dance Poets Claire Hind and Robert Wilsmore.

Walk to embody the dark skies following a...

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