Saturday, 08.02.20

Kilnsey Full Moon Trail Rides

Inspired by the Dark Skies Festival in February we launch our Full Moon Horseback Rides together with the Kilnsey Trekking Centre. These full moon rides are a peaceful, magical and unique experience! Mount up as the sun sets and the moon rises. Follow the lead of an experienced guide through the moon lit woodlands and […]

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Friday, 14.02.20 to Sunday, 01.03.20

The Starry Cafés of Grassington, Threshfield, Hebden and Burnsall

The National Park is a place where stunning star-filled skies, free from light pollution, can be found.  You’ll also find welcoming cafés serving delicious cakes, biscuits and warming drinks, whatever the time of year. Call into many of the cafés in or near Grassington during the Dark Skies Festival (14 Feb to 01 Mar 2020) and […]

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Friday, 14.02.20 to Sunday, 01.03.20

Dark Skies Planet Trail

The Yorkshire Dales National Park is a place where you can find stunning star-filled skies, free from light pollution. Learn fun facts about the planets in our solar system along the self-guided Planet Trail. The Planet Trail is in Freeholder’s Wood, which is just a few metres away from Aysgarth Falls National Park Centre. The […]

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Friday, 14.02.20 to Sunday, 01.03.20

Ingleborough Estate Nature Trail – Step through our solar system

Discover the planets of our solar system as you follow the Planet trail through the woodland of the Ingleborough Estate to Ingleborough Cave. Learn mind-blowing facts as you travel millions of miles, through the cosmos, towards the Sun. This Planet trail is part of the Yorkshire Dales Dark Skies Festival, celebrating our fabulous night skies. […]

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Friday, 14.02.20 to Sunday, 01.03.20

Stargaze from the Temple Folly

As part of this year’s Dark Skies Festival, we are offering our unique 18th century temple folly as the perfect romantic place for couples to stay. Stargaze from the stone balcony, or while relaxing in the outdoor wood-fired couples hot tub, or sat at the fire pit with toasting marshmallows. The Temple enjoys magnificent views […]

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Friday, 14.02.20 to Monday, 02.03.20

Romantic Stargazing breaks

Enjoy a short break with some of the best dark skies around, what better way to enjoy them than in your very own wood fired hot and a glass of bubbly and the most luxurious holiday cottage to relax in. 3 night stays (Fri – Mon) £525 4 night stays (Mon – Fri) £525 Price […]

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Friday, 14.02.20 to Sunday, 01.03.20

Dark Skies Festival at The Tan Hill Inn

We will have a number of events running throughout the Dark Skies Festival. Please check our Facebook page for more information on specific events / dates & times.    

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Friday, 14.02.20

Dark Skies Festival – Canoeing (or bad weather alternative) & Star Gazing with How Stean

Canoeing – Glide along Scar House Reservoir surrounded by the moon and stars during the Yorkshire Dales & Nidderdale AONB Dark Skies Festival. Ever thought of having a go at stargazing in Yorkshire? Did you know there are 88 different constellations of stars? Scar House is 1 of 3 places in the Nidderdale AONB which is […]

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Saturday, 15.02.20 to Saturday, 22.02.20

Dark Skies Themed Exhibition

Come along to this truly wonderful exhibition of young people’s artwork on the theme of dark skies to be held in The Orchard Gallery at Hudson House in Reeth from 15 February to 22 February. Opening hours 10.00 to 15.30.

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Saturday, 15.02.20

Pitch Black Challenge Ride

Part of the Yorkshire Dales #DarkSkiesFestival we are hosting a PITCH BLACK Challenge ride. Can you defeat the dark and follow the rise of the moon. All routes are off road and require a Mountain Bike to complete. Two levels of ride: 1/2 moon challenge 8 miles suitable for riders that have experience of off […]

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Saturday, 15.02.20

Dark Skies at Bolton Castle

Come and enjoy two hours of stargazing with the help of our experienced astronomers. Get an insight of how to navigate the constellations and see incredibly distant objects through large telescopes and gain a greater appreciation of the dark skies. Dress appropriately for the weather and bring a hot drink to help keep you warm.

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Saturday, 15.02.20

Dark Skies Festival – Canoeing (or bad weather alternative) & Star Gazing with How Stean

Canoeing – Glide along Scar House Reservoir surrounded by the moon and stars during the Yorkshire Dales & Nidderdale AONB Dark Skies Festival. Ever thought of having a go at stargazing in Yorkshire? Did you know there are 88 different constellations of stars? Scar House is 1 of 3 places in the Nidderdale AONB which is […]

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Monday, 17.02.20

Children’s Guide to The Solar System

As part of the Dark Skies Festival, join the astronomers at the Lime Tree Observatory for a child-friendly guide to our own celestial neighbourhood. If the weather is good, we’ll get the telescopes out afterwards for a look at the night sky. PLEASE NOTE: This is a ticketed event. Tickets must be purchased beforehand from […]

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Monday, 17.02.20

Nightscape Photography with Pete Collins

This event is part of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and Nidderdale A.O.N.B. Dark Skies Festival. Join Ingleton Stargazing group for a talk with Pete Collins on how he captures his stunning nightscape images in our lovely part of the Yorkshire Dales, with it’s iconic structures and landscape all around us at Broadrake. We are […]

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Tuesday, 18.02.20

Wonders of the Dark: stargazing & caving at Ribblehead

Join us for our family-friendly evening celebrating the wonders of the Yorkshire Dales by dark. The evening will kick-off just before sunset at our activity barn near Settle, where you will be kitted out in your own, warm and cozy caving equipment before setting off for Ribblehead – home of the famous Ribblehead Viaduct. The […]

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Tuesday, 18.02.20

Children’s Guide to The Solar System – Second Night

As part of the Dark Skies Festival, join the astronomers at the Lime Tree Observatory for a child-friendly guide to our own celestial neighbourhood. If the weather is good, we’ll get the telescopes out afterwards for a look at the night sky. PLEASE NOTE: This is a ticketed event. Tickets must be purchased beforehand from […]

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Tuesday, 18.02.20

Wensleydale Stargazing with Astronomer Richard Darn

Join us at Low Mill Askrigg for stunning views of the night sky in the heart of the Dales. As part of the Dark Sky Festival we’ll take you on a magical tour using powerful telescopes to spy distant galaxies, sparkling star clusters and fabulous double stars.  Plus we’ll keep eyes peeled for shooting stars. There […]

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Tuesday, 18.02.20

Swaledale Night Sky

Local astronomer and astrophotographer Paul Clark will take you on a journey through the night time year in Swaledale using time lapse videos and images of the glorious Yorkshire Dales night sky.  Ticket fee and donations towards a new roof to the Low Row Institute, please give generously.  Refreshments will be available – donations to […]

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Wednesday, 19.02.20

Sunseekers Bike Ride

Children Bike Ride as part of the National Park Darks Skies Festival. Follow the solar system trail in search of the sun! Suitable for balance bikes and beginners. This is a short traffic free route along a footpath (we have sought landowners and NP permission to access on bikes) to Cotterforce fall. Meet at the […]

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Wednesday, 19.02.20

Wonders of the Dark: stargazing & caving at Ribblehead

Join us for our family-friendly evening celebrating the wonders of the Yorkshire Dales by dark. The evening will kick-off just before sunset at our activity barn near Settle, where you will be kitted out in your own, warm and cozy caving equipment before setting off for Ribblehead – home of the famous Ribblehead Viaduct. The […]

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Thursday, 20.02.20

Dark Skies event at Wensleydale Ice Cream Parlour

Book in advance to hear a ‘Dark Skies’ astronomer explain some of the wonders of the dark skies we can experience gazing up to the sky in mid-Wensleydale from Hardbanks Barn. Tickets are £6, including refreshments with a dark skies theme, use of our warming log burner and the opportunity to ask questions of our astronomer […]

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Thursday, 20.02.20

Go Wild! for our Dark Skies Festival

The Yorkshire Dales National Park is a place where you can find stunning star-filled skies, free from light pollution. Get creative and learn about the starry skies of the Yorkshire Dales and the animals that live underneath them at our FREE, family drop-in, Go Wild! session at Dales Countryside Museum on 20 February. Booking is not required. […]

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Thursday, 20.02.20

Wonders of the Dark: stargazing & caving at Ribblehead

Join us for our family-friendly evening celebrating the wonders of the Yorkshire Dales by dark. The evening will kick-off just before sunset at our activity barn near Settle, where you will be kitted out in your own, warm and cozy caving equipment before setting off for Ribblehead – home of the famous Ribblehead Viaduct. The […]

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Friday, 21.02.20 to Saturday, 22.02.20

Wharfedale by Night – Sorry this event is now fully booked.

Wharfedale by Night. Our Dark Sky Festival Guide, Dr Chris Higgins, offers a guided interpretive stargazing opportunity in Kilnsey in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. On Friday February 21st and Saturday February 22nd guests and visitors have the chance to stargaze using quality telescopes, binoculars, and other stargazing equipment. Discover an evening of storytelling that […]

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Friday, 21.02.20

Dark Skies Festival – Canoeing (or bad weather alternative) & Star Gazing with How Stean

Canoeing – Glide along Scar House Reservoir surrounded by the moon and stars during the Yorkshire Dales & Nidderdale AONB Dark Skies Festival. Ever thought of having a go at stargazing in Yorkshire? Did you know there are 88 different constellations of stars? Scar House is 1 of 3 places in the Nidderdale AONB which is […]

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Saturday, 22.02.20

Dark Skies 2020; Space Documentary, Pizza & Stargazing Night

Part of the Yorkshire Dales Dark Skies festival 2020; join us at The Dalesbridge for an evening of Dark skies activities and Astronomy   Astronomy documentaries from 6pm on the big projector screen in the bar (title to be confirmed) Kids space crafts Family space scavenger hunt on site (bring a torch) Free star wheel […]

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Saturday, 22.02.20

Pizza Planet Party

Children’s Event as part of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Dark Skies Festival 2020. Create homemade pizza planets and whilst they cook take part in Rocket Making and launching. Then tuck into your solar system creation Places must be booked £10 per child inc ice cream pudding.

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Saturday, 22.02.20 to Sunday, 23.02.20

Wharfedale by Night – Sorry this event is now fully booked.

Wharfedale by Night. Our Dark Sky Festival Guide, Dr Chris Higgins, offers a guided interpretive stargazing opportunity in Kilnsey in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. On Friday February 21st and Saturday February 22nd guests and visitors have the chance to stargaze using quality telescopes, binoculars, and other stargazing equipment. Discover an evening of storytelling that […]

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Saturday, 22.02.20

Night Sky Walk at Malham Cove – Sorry, this is event is now fully booked.

On a clear night the big, open skies of the Yorkshire Dales let you see thousands of sparkling stars. Join us to look at the night sky with an expert. Take a journey to explore our local star, the Sun, together with eight planets and learn about their moons together with the smaller bodies; the […]

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Saturday, 22.02.20

The Pie at Night

As part of the Dark Skies Festival 2020, we are delighted to announce an evening star gazing with Martin Whip,  the Director of the Lime Tree Observatory, Grewelthorpe, under some of the darkest skies in the UK, here in Berrys, Leyburn.  Come and enjoy a warming supper and a presentation, before stepping outside for some star […]

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Saturday, 22.02.20

Astrophotography/Night Time Landscapes Photography Workshop

As part of the Yorkshire Dales Dark Skies Festival join The Flat Capped Photographer or Yorkshire Photo Walks for a photography workshop like no other. With the Ribblehead Viaduct as our subject and the night’s sky as our backdrop we will learn how to take photographs in the landscape after dark. Learn how to master […]

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Saturday, 22.02.20

Dark Skies Festival – Canoeing (or bad weather alternative) & Star Gazing with How Stean

Canoeing – Glide along Scar House Reservoir surrounded by the moon and stars during the Yorkshire Dales & Nidderdale AONB Dark Skies Festival. Ever thought of having a go at stargazing in Yorkshire? Did you know there are 88 different constellations of stars? Scar House is 1 of 3 places in the Nidderdale AONB which is […]

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Sunday, 23.02.20

The Dark Skies Planetarium Experience

The Dark Skies Planetarium Experience 23 February from 10am Cosmos Planetarium is a state of the art, fully digital, 360° immersive cinematic theatre experience. Session 1: ‘CAPCOM GO! The Apollo Story’ (30 minutes) Session 2: ‘Webb Space Telescope’  (30 minutes) Each show is followed by 30 minutes of astronomy related fun activities. Tickets: £6 per […]

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Sunday, 23.02.20

Raydale Campingbarn’s Night Run Adventure

This will be an off-road night run, of about 14k. Participants must be familiar with night running, have their own headtorch and appropriate equipment. Hot chocolate will be provided mid-run. Booking is essential. A mandatory kit list will be provided upon online booking. The cost of this night run is £3.

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Monday, 24.02.20

Starry Bedtime Stories with The Stripey Badger

Come along to The Stripey Badger Bookshop and Cafe in Grassington’s main square for our children’s bedtime reading event – held as part of the Yorkshire Dales Dark Skies Festival. This is a free event but booking is essential. Contact T: 01756 753583 or E: info@thestripeybadger.co.uk Pyjamas and blankets optional.    

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Monday, 24.02.20

Zip Wire – Shooting Star

Become a shooting a star as you fly through the night sky on our Zip Wire. There will be complimentary warming soup available back at Low Mill. Zip Wire The session will be led by fully qualified instructors, no previous experience is necessary. Equipment will be provided. Adults and children over 9years old are welcome.  […]

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Tuesday, 25.02.20

Nocturnal Navigation of Semerwater by Canoe

Wrap up warm and join us on a nocturnal exploration of Semerwater by canoe, in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. We will stop in centre of the lake to have an exceptional uninterrupted view of the Dales Dark Sky. There will be complimentary warming soup available after the session. The session will […]

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Wednesday, 26.02.20

Swaledale Festival’s Semerwater Saunter

Come and experience Raydale and Semerwater, as you’ve never seen them before – in the pitch darkness! This is a challenging night-hike along rough and muddy tracks. Hot choc refreshment provided by www.raydalebarn.co.uk The walk will be only be suitable for adults, and all participants must have their own headtorch and mandatory kit list. This […]

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Thursday, 27.02.20

Spring Star Party, Keld – by Richard Darn

Join us for a stunning view of the spring night sky in the ultra dark village of Keld in Upper Swaledale. This event is part of the Dark Sky Festival and we’ll take you on a magical tour using powerful telescopes to spy distant galaxies and sparkling star clusters. There will also be colourful talks […]

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Friday, 28.02.20 to Sunday, 01.03.20

Star Glamp

Join us for a family weekend of glamping, stargazing and campfires.  In collaboration with our colleagues at ‘Go Stargazing’, we are excited to welcome you to our luxury, octagonal, glamping cabins nestled in the hills of Nidderdale.  This event includes a two night stay in our cabins for up to four guests, supper on the […]

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Friday, 28.02.20

Askrigg Camping’s Run the Night

This is an offroad night-run, of about 14k. Experience of running on rough terrain in the dark is essential, as is the mandatory kit and own headtorch. The cost of this run is £3. Booking is essential.

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Friday, 28.02.20

Night Navigation

See the valleys, hills and fells of the Yorkshire Dales like never before. If you’ve ever got caught in the dark at the end of your walk or worry what to do if the mist comes down, then this Night Navigation evening is the course for you! OUTLINE OF THE EVENING 6pm: Meet at the village […]

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Friday, 28.02.20

How to Take Photos After Dark

As part of the Yorkshire Dales Dark Skies Festival Yorkshire Photo Walks will be in Grassington on the evening of Friday 28th February to teach you how to take photographs after dark. Participants will learn how to create long exposures, photograph light trails and experiment with different locations in and around the town, including Linton […]

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Friday, 28.02.20

Dark Skies Festival – Canoeing (or bad weather alternative) & Star Gazing with How Stean

Canoeing – Glide along Scar House Reservoir surrounded by the moon and stars during the Yorkshire Dales & Nidderdale AONB Dark Skies Festival. Ever thought of having a go at stargazing in Yorkshire? Did you know there are 88 different constellations of stars? Scar House is 1 of 3 places in the Nidderdale AONB which is […]

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Saturday, 29.02.20

How to Photograph Waterfalls After Dark

Hardraw Force is on of the most iconic waterfalls in the Yorkshire Dales but how many people can say they have photographed it after dark? As part of the Yorkshire Dales Dark Skies Festival Yorkshire Photo Walks will be offering people this unique opportunity. With permission from the landowner to access this beautiful waterfall after […]

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Saturday, 29.02.20

Dark Skies Festival – Canoeing (or bad weather alternative) & Star Gazing with How Stean

Canoeing – Glide along Scar House Reservoir surrounded by the moon and stars during the Yorkshire Dales & Nidderdale AONB Dark Skies Festival. Ever thought of having a go at stargazing in Yorkshire? Did you know there are 88 different constellations of stars? Scar House is 1 of 3 places in the Nidderdale AONB which is […]

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Sunday, 08.03.20

Kilnsey Full Moon Trail Rides

Inspired by the Dark Skies Festival in February we launch our Full Moon Horseback Rides together with the Kilnsey Trekking Centre. These full moon rides are a peaceful, magical and unique experience! Mount up as the sun sets and the moon rises. Follow the lead of an experienced guide through the moon lit woodlands and […]

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Wednesday, 08.04.20

Kilnsey Full Moon Trail Rides

Inspired by the Dark Skies Festival in February we launch our Full Moon Horseback Rides together with the Kilnsey Trekking Centre. These full moon rides are a peaceful, magical and unique experience! Mount up as the sun sets and the moon rises. Follow the lead of an experienced guide through the moon lit woodlands and […]

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Friday, 08.05.20

Kilnsey Full Moon Trail Rides

Inspired by the Dark Skies Festival in February we launch our Full Moon Horseback Rides together with the Kilnsey Trekking Centre. These full moon rides are a peaceful, magical and unique experience! Mount up as the sun sets and the moon rises. Follow the lead of an experienced guide through the moon lit woodlands and […]

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