Milky Way over Ravenscar by Steve Bell

Dark Skies Festival 18 February - 6 March 2022

Alongside the Yorkshire Dales National Park we're delighted to be celebrating our seventh Dark Skies Festival. A wonderful opportunity to get out and appreciate the starry skies of our International Dark Sky Reserve.

As always we love to welcome back the annual favourites such as night zips at in Dalby Forest, ghost walks in Robin Hood's Bay, stargazing and trails at the National Park Centres, mindful meanders, astrophotography workshops and night navigation experiences.

This year we're pleased to welcome new, exciting additions that include a dark skies exhibition, mindful night walk in Whitby, dark skies run, art workshops and new moon gatherings.

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

18th Feb 2022 - 26th Feb 2022

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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18th Feb 2022 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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18th Feb 2022 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Dark Skies exhibition - Opening night

The Inspired by...gallery is delighted to host two exhibitions for this year's Dark Skies Festival.

Enjoy canapés and a dark skies mocktail on arrival and spend time in the gallery to...

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18th Feb 2022 6:45 pm - 9:45 pm

Dark Skies walk at Lastingham

A truly dark sky is a sight to behold and where better to enjoy this special experience than on the open moorland above Lastingham where the skies are huge, the...

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19th Feb 2022 - 3rd Apr 2022

Dark Skies exhibitions at Inspired by... gallery

For the first time the North York Moors National Park’s Inspired by… gallery has commissioned two artists to produce new bodies of work that not only celebrate the night sky...

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19th Feb 2022 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Sutton Bank - White Horse

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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19th Feb 2022 6:00 pm - 8:30 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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19th Feb 2022 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Nocturnal Adventure at Keldy

Discover the forest by night. Venture out with the Forest Ranger stalking through the woodland to try and catch a sound or glimpse of wildlife with your night vision equipment...

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19th Feb 2022 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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19th Feb 2022 7:00 pm

Astro-photography at Castle Howard

Steve Bell is a dark skies and landscape photographer based in Helmsley on the edge of the North York Moors National Park. He has worked with the BBC’s National History...

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19th Feb 2022 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Mindful night walk in Whitby

Join us for a guided walk featuring stargazing, wildlife, historic views of Whitby by night and more!

It's a family event for all ages!

Refreshments will be included afterwards.

Places are limited so...

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19th Feb 2022 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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19th Feb 2022 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Dark Skies walk at Robin Hood's Bay

Join us for a fabulous walk from the iconic Robin Hood’s Bay to Ravenscar to experience the coastline of the North York Moors National Park, a designated International Dark Sky...

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20th Feb 2022 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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20th Feb 2022 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Nocturnal Adventure at Cropton

Discover the forest by night. Venture out with the Forest Ranger stalking through the woodland to try and catch a sound or glimpse of wildlife with your night vision equipment...

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20th Feb 2022 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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20th Feb 2022 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Dark Skies walk at Sutton Bank

Enjoy the very special experience of walking at night accompanied by the expansive dark skies above the lofty escarpment of Sutton Bank in the North York Moors.

...

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21st Feb 2022 - 6th Mar 2022

Constellation trail - daytime activity

Use our star key to work out the constellations and navigate your way around the trail. Fun for all the family.

Drop in any time between 10.30am – 3pm

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22nd Feb 2022 (all day)

Inspired by... Dark Skies printed lantern workshop

Print workshop with Dark Skies artist Helen Peyton. Make a paper lantern using relief printing techniques inspired by the night sky.

For adults and children. All children to be accompanied by...

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22nd Feb 2022 4:45 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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22nd Feb 2022 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 Feb 2022 11:00 am - 11:45 am

Inspired by... The Starry Night - children's art workshop

Be inspired by Vincent Van Gogh's famous painting and create your own starry work of art! You'll also find out what to look for in our very own beautiful winter...

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23rd Feb 2022 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Nocturnal Adventure at Cropton

Discover the forest by night. Venture out with the Forest Ranger stalking through the woodland to try and catch a sound or glimpse of wildlife with your night vision equipment...

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23rd Feb 2022 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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23rd Feb 2022 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Dark Skies walk at Sutton Bank

Enjoy the very special experience of walking at night accompanied by the expansive dark skies above the lofty escarpment of Sutton Bank in the North York Moors.

...

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23rd Feb 2022 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Astro-photography at Castle Howard

Steve Bell is a dark skies and landscape photographer based in Helmsley on the edge of the North York Moors National Park. He has worked with the BBC’s National History...

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24th Feb 2022

Dark skies art workshops at Helmsley Arts Centre

Join us for 1, 2 or 3 mega, messy, crafty, painty, foldy, sticky, papery FUN art workshops.

We’re running three sessions through the day full of brilliant art activities that you...

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24th Feb 2022 2:00 pm - 7:30 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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24th Feb 2022 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Nocturnal Adventure at Keldy

Discover the forest by night. Venture out with the Forest Ranger stalking through the woodland to try and catch a sound or glimpse of wildlife with your night vision equipment...

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25th Feb 2022 - 27th Feb 2022

Dark Skies and Warm Fires Weekend

Enjoy a weekend of wonder on a two night stay with dinner, bed & breakfast at this 4 star inn. On the first evening there will be an expert speaker...

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25th Feb 2022 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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25th Feb 2022 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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25th Feb 2022 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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25th Feb 2022 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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26th Feb 2022 - 6th Mar 2022

CPRE Star Count 2022

Become a ‘citizen scientist’ and take part in our Star Count, a cosmic census to map light pollution.

We’ll be asking you to choose a clear night between 26 February -...

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26th Feb 2022 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Yoga, night meander and mindful stargazing

Join the team from Adventures for the Soul and guest teacher Mark Westmoquette on this eye-opening and awe-inspiring event. Enjoy a grounded yoga and qigong session, followed by a night...

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26th Feb 2022 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Hole of Horcum - Levisham circular 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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26th Feb 2022 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Nocturnal Adventure at Keldy

Discover the forest by night. Venture out with the Forest Ranger stalking through the woodland to try and catch a sound or glimpse of wildlife with your night vision equipment...

Read More

26th Feb 2022 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...

Read More

26th Feb 2022 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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26th Feb 2022 6:45 pm - 8:45 pm

Dark Skies at Danby

As part of our Dark Skies Festival, join us for an evening of stargazing with Whitby & District Astronomical Society.

Come and explore the majestic winter sky...

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26th Feb 2022 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Dark Skies at Sutton Bank - SOLD OUT

Sorry, this event has sold out!

Spend a night under the stars with York Astronomical Society. Enjoy an evening of illustrated talks and stargazing at Sutton Bank National Park Centre. Recently...

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26th Feb 2022 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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27th Feb 2022 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Dark Skies - Hutton le Hole, Ana Cross, Lastingham

Hutton le Hole is one of North Yorkshire’s most charming and most visited villages. Stone houses dotted around a village green where sheep graze freely.

Ana Cross or Ainhowe Cross (according...

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27th Feb 2022 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Nocturnal Adventure at Cropton

Discover the forest by night. Venture out with the Forest Ranger stalking through the woodland to try and catch a sound or glimpse of wildlife with your night vision equipment...

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27th Feb 2022 6:45 pm - 9:45 pm

Dark Skies walk at Lastingham

A truly dark sky is a sight to behold and where better to enjoy this special experience than on the open moorland above Lastingham where the skies are huge, the...

Read More

27th Feb 2022 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Astro-photography at Castle Howard

Steve Bell is a dark skies and landscape photographer based in Helmsley on the edge of the North York Moors National Park. He has worked with the BBC’s National History...

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1st Mar 2022 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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1st Mar 2022 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Night time photography at Gilling Castle

Join experienced photographer John Arnison, as he shares his tips and techniques on how to photograph at night. Utilising the beautiful woodland setting of Gilling Castle, John will guide you...

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2nd Mar 2022 2:30 pm - 7:30 pm

New Moon Gathering

We will welcome back the spring foraging season with an easy afternoon walk, uphill, through this beautiful forest. Foraging along the way, we will stop off in the forest to...

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2nd Mar 2022 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Nocturnal Adventure at Cropton

Discover the forest by night. Venture out with the Forest Ranger stalking through the woodland to try and catch a sound or glimpse of wildlife with your night vision equipment...

Read More

2nd Mar 2022 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Dark Skies walk at Sutton Bank

Enjoy the very special experience of walking at night accompanied by the expansive dark skies above the lofty escarpment of Sutton Bank in the North York Moors.

...

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3rd Mar 2022 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Nocturnal Adventure at Keldy

Discover the forest by night. Venture out with the Forest Ranger stalking through the woodland to try and catch a sound or glimpse of wildlife with your night vision equipment...

Read More

3rd Mar 2022 6:45 pm - 9:45 pm

Dark Skies walk at Lastingham

A truly dark sky is a sight to behold and where better to enjoy this special experience than on the open moorland above Lastingham where the skies are huge, the...

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4th Mar 2022 5:00 pm - 8:30 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...

Read More

4th Mar 2022 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

4th Mar 2022 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Dark Skies walk at Sutton Bank

Enjoy the very special experience of walking at night accompanied by the expansive dark skies above the lofty escarpment of Sutton Bank in the North York Moors.

...

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5th Mar 2022 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Owl pellet investigation

Join the Ryevitalise team to investigate what our hungry owls have been scoffing during the night! You'll get up close and personal with an owl pellet, learn how to dissect...

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5th Mar 2022 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Hole of Horcum - Levisham circular 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...

Read More

5th Mar 2022 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Nocturnal Adventure at Keldy

Discover the forest by night. Venture out with the Forest Ranger stalking through the woodland to try and catch a sound or glimpse of wildlife with your night vision equipment...

Read More

5th Mar 2022 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...

Read More

5th Mar 2022 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...

Read More

5th Mar 2022 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Night time photography at Gilling Castle

Join experienced photographer John Arnison, as he shares his tips and techniques on how to photograph at night. Utilising the beautiful woodland setting of Gilling Castle, John will guide you...

Read More

6th Mar 2022 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,...

Read More

6th Mar 2022 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Nocturnal Adventure at Cropton

Discover the forest by night. Venture out with the Forest Ranger stalking through the woodland to try and catch a sound or glimpse of wildlife with your night vision equipment...

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6th Mar 2022 6:30 pm - 9:30 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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6th Mar 2022 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Dark Skies walk at Robin Hood's Bay

Join us for a fabulous walk from the iconic Robin Hood’s Bay to Ravenscar to experience the coastline of the North York Moors National Park, a designated International Dark Sky...

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