Milky Way over Ravenscar by Steve Bell

Dark Skies Fringe Festival 22 - 31 October 2021

Alongside the Yorkshire Dales National Park we're delighted to be celebrating Fringe Festival this month. It's another opportunity in the year for you to get out and appreciate the starry skies of our International Dark Sky Reserve.

As always we've got a varied programme for you to enjoy our dark skies in many ways. From night zips in Dalby forest and night navigation on the moors, to children's trails at our National Park Centres and astrophotography workshops. Find out all about the Light Spectacular on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway and don't miss the Illuminated Abbey at Whitby. There's stargazing sessions aplenty and new ways for you to connect with the stars on mindful experiences.

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

22nd Oct 2021 - 30th Oct 2021

Dalby Forest Stargazing with Hidden Horizons

Enjoy a guided tour of the night sky, focusing on objects in our solar system (the moon and other planets) as well as stars that reside far away from Earth...

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22nd Oct 2021 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Evening Adventure Walk on the Cleveland Way

Come and walk with us over the moors at night. We'll take you on the famous Cleveland Way, across Hasty Bank to the Wainstones and then return through the woods...

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22nd Oct 2021 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Sutton Bank - Myths, Legends and Folklore

Once described by James Herriot as the finest view in England, what better place to start your dark skies adventure. Heading off across Roulston Scar, where ancient tribes dating back...

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23rd Oct 2021 - 31st Oct 2021

Light Spectacular

Marvel at our heritage carriages, decorated with thousands of lights, before departing from Pickering Station for an awe-inspiring journey. Let our voiceover man and DJ-Mix of music get you in...

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23rd Oct 2021 - 31st Oct 2021

Illuminated Abbey at Whitby Abbey

Cast light on a dark history! See Bram Stoker's inspiration in a new light as Whitby Abbey is bathed in dramatic illuminations once again. Have your camera at the ready...

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23rd Oct 2021 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Dark Skies - Walking in Heartbeat country

Surrounded by high moors and interlaced with cascading streams and waterfalls, Heartbeat Country is a walker’s paradise. You will experience Mallyan Spout Waterfall, which at over 60 feet, is the...

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23rd Oct 2021 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Night Navigation Experience - Learn how to go walking at night!

Join one of our expert leaders for a fun few hours navigating in the hills, moorlands and woods long after the sun has gone down.

Meeting in the lovely Blacksmiths Arms...

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23rd Oct 2021 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Sundown Zip at Go Ape Dalby

Nothing quite beats the rush of adrenaline stepping off a platform in the dark, zipping through the forest in the pitch-black autumn night air. What are you waiting for? Book...

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23rd Oct 2021 6:45 pm - 8:45 pm

Dark Skies at Danby SORRY. SOLD OUT.

SOLD OUT. Don your hats and coats and come outside to experience the magnificent night sky as it transitions from summer to autumn. View Jupiter and Saturn, a rising gibbous...

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23rd Oct 2021 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Whitby Night Photography

Join local photographer Richard Burdon and learn how to shoot stunning night images of streets, buildings and the stars. The workshop will begin at Whitby YHA tearooms and you’ll spend...

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24th Oct 2021 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Helmsley and Rievaulx - The Cistercian Walk

This is a 7 mile circular walk linking ancient monuments set within the beautiful North York Moors. Starting in the charming Yorkshire market town of Helmsley, we head off through...

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24th Oct 2021 5:15 pm - 7:45 pm

Twilight to Moonlight - wellbeing for women experience

You’ll begin with a nurturing, nature meander at twilight and end being bathed by moonlight. While out, you’ll hear owls hooting, smell woody scents and see beautiful bats awaken from...

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24th Oct 2021 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Robin Hood’s Bay Ghost Walk

Journey through the narrow streets and alleyways of Bay as you listen to tales of the strange and supernatural mingling with ancient legends, smugglers, shipwrecks, spiritual mysteries and rip roaring...

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25th Oct 2021 10:30 am - 31st Oct 2021 10:30 am

Nocturnal Animal Treasure Hunt - daytime activity

Which animals come out at night and why? Follow our deep, dark trail and solve the clues to claim your prize.

Drop in any time between 10.30am – 3pm

Minimum age: 4...

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25th Oct 2021 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Online event - Beginner's Guide to the Night Sky

Enjoy a whirlwind tour of the skies with an astronomer from Go Stargazing.

Learn how to find your way around the night time sky, including identifying constellations and their brightest stars....

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26th Oct 2021 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Stargazing at Gilling Castle

Our astronomy guides Richard Darn and Neill Sanders from Go Stargazing will take us on a journey of discovery through the Milky Way. Given clear skies, we should be able...

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26th Oct 2021 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

North York Moors National Park: Our dark skies journey

In December 2020, we celebrated our designation as an International Dark Sky Reserve status.

Join Mike Hawtin, our Dark Skies officer, who’ll rewind five years and share some of the key...

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27th Oct 2021 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Robin Hood’s Bay Ghost Walk

Journey through the narrow streets and alleyways of Bay as you listen to tales of the strange and supernatural mingling with ancient legends, smugglers, shipwrecks, spiritual mysteries and rip roaring...

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27th Oct 2021 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Online event - Beginner's Guide to the Night Sky

Enjoy a whirlwind tour of the skies with an astronomer from Go Stargazing.

Learn how to find your way around the night time sky, including identifying constellations and their brightest stars....

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28th Oct 2021 10:30 am - 4:00 pm

Nature Adventures - All Things Nocturnal (daytime activities)

For families- Discover more about the night sky and all things nocturnal whilst enjoying trails, storytelling, creative activities and looking through a real-life telescope.

28th Oct 2021 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Twilight moors

Join us for a guided walk along the tops of the Cleveland Hills. Starting mid-afternoon and walking towards sunset, as the land changes to the twilight moors. Being high up,...

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28th Oct 2021 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Night Awe Walk

Walking at night is an incredibly powerful way of reconnecting you to nature. It calms the mind right down. On this Night Awe walk you'll be exploring Wass, Byland Abbey...

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28th Oct 2021 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Night Navigation Experience - Learn how to go walking at night!

Join one of our expert leaders for a fun few hours navigating in the hills, moorlands and woods long after the sun has gone down.

Meeting in the lovely Blacksmiths Arms...

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29th Oct 2021 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Robin Hood's Bay - A Smuggler's Paradise

This coastal walk starts and finishes in Robin Hood's Bay, the busiest smuggling community on the Yorkshire coastline during the 18th century. With countless tales of thieves, rogues and smugglers,...

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29th Oct 2021 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Online event - Beginner's Guide to the Night Sky

Enjoy a whirlwind tour of the skies with an astronomer from Go Stargazing.

Learn how to find your way around the night time sky, including identifying constellations and their brightest stars....

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30th Oct 2021 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Dark sky meander at Dalby

First, there'll be warming drinks and delicious hot food. We'll then take you on a short, sensory night- time walk. Why? Because it's fun! Walking at night is such an...

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30th Oct 2021 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Evening Adventure Walk on the Cleveland Way

Come and walk with us over the moors at night. We'll take you on the famous Cleveland Way, across Hasty Bank to the Wainstones and then return through the woods...

Read More

30th Oct 2021 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Helmsley and Rievaulx - The Cistercian Walk

This is a 7 mile circular walk linking ancient monuments set within the beautiful North York Moors. Starting in the charming Yorkshire market town of Helmsley, we head off through...

Read More

30th Oct 2021 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Sundown Adventure at Go Ape Dalby

Encounter the forest at sundown as you test your skills on our Adventure course.

Clamber across crossings and feel the crisp evening breeze as you soar through the air into the...

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30th Oct 2021 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm

Robin Hood’s Bay Ghost Walk

Journey through the narrow streets and alleyways of Bay as you listen to tales of the strange and supernatural mingling with ancient legends, smugglers, shipwrecks, spiritual mysteries and rip roaring...

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30th Oct 2021 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Dark Skies at Sutton Bank SORRY,SOLD OUT.

EVENT SOLD OUT. York Astronomical Society are here to show us the night sky in all its glory. Enjoy an evening of illustrated talks and stargazing (weather permitting) at Sutton...

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31st Oct 2021 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Hole of Horcum - Levisham circular walk

When the moon is full, the landscape glows with an eerie sense of the eternal. It’s like walking into your dreams. Ridges and hilltops make good night walking, the open...

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31st Oct 2021 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Robin Hood’s Bay Ghost Walk

Journey through the narrow streets and alleyways of Bay as you listen to tales of the strange and supernatural mingling with ancient legends, smugglers, shipwrecks, spiritual mysteries and rip roaring...

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