Twistleton Scar - photographer Cr. Danny Lawson

Dark Skies Festival 09 - 25 February 2024

View the Yorkshire Dales in a different light.

We are now officially an International Dark Sky Reserve as awarded by DarkSky International (formally the International Dark-Sky Association) and we’re delighted to bring you our fabulously dark and starry skies.

With an array of Festival events and Dark Sky Friendly places to stay in the Yorkshire Dales, you’ll find lots of opportunities to linger, look up and marvel at the beauty of our amazing night skies.

The Yorkshire Dales have decided to not put resources into putting together a Fringe Festival this year, but will be back in February 2024 for the Dark Skies Festival.

We're looking forward to seeing you!

Thursday, 14.12.23

Broughton by Night

Join us for lights out and appreciate our magnificent night skies About this offer Experience the celestial wonders like never before at Broughton Sanctuary. Join us for an enchanting journey […]

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Monday, 15.01.24

Broughton by Night

Join us for lights out and appreciate our magnificent night skies About this offer Experience the celestial wonders like never before at Broughton Sanctuary. Join us for an enchanting journey […]

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Tuesday, 06.02.24

Broughton by Night

Join us for lights out and appreciate our magnificent night skies About this offer Experience the celestial wonders like never before at Broughton Sanctuary. Join us for an enchanting journey […]

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Friday, 09.02.24 to Sunday, 25.02.24

Dark Skies Planet Trail at Aysgarth Falls National Park Visitor Centre

The Yorkshire Dales National Park is a place where you can find the most wondrous star-filled skies, free from light pollution. Learn fun facts about the planets and star constellations […]

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Friday, 09.02.24 to Sunday, 11.02.24

Romantic stay for two, at Stay Lambing Live Cottage

Enjoy the dark skies from your very own private wood fired hot tub, don’t worry if it’s cold outside as fluffy dressing gowns and slippers are provided as well as […]

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Saturday, 10.02.24

Beginners’ Guide to the Night Sky with Richard Darn at Grassington Bunk Barn

Here at Grassington Bunk Barn have the wonderful opportunity to host an evening of stargazing with expert Astronomer Richard Darn. Spotting ancient constellations and finding distant galaxies. This is a […]

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Monday, 12.02.24

Yorkshire Dales by day and by night

  Join Mountain Goat for a tour of the Yorkshire Dales most famous areas around Wensleydale and Swaledale. Enjoy views of Aysgarth Waterfalls and quaint villages before a stop at […]

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Monday, 12.02.24

Café under the Stars

Explore the wonders of the late winter and springtime night sky! Arrive early at the newly extended Dales Bike Centre cafe with pizza specials, cake and hot drinks available from […]

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Tuesday, 13.02.24

Dark Skies Crafting Fun

Dark Skies crafting fun with Jane Included in the museum admission price. A drop in activity

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Tuesday, 13.02.24

Festival Star Party Keld

Join us for a stunning view of the early spring night sky in the ultra dark village of Keld in Upper Swaledale. This event is part of the Dark Sky […]

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Wednesday, 14.02.24

Beginners Guide to the Night Sky and Rocket Making

Take a journey through the Cosmos with stargazing expert Richard Darn. From spotting ancient constellations to finding galaxies, this is a fun, practical session to take your astro knowledge on […]

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Thursday, 15.02.24

Bike ride and pizza planet making

Join us for our Dark Skies Bike ride and pizza planet making afternoon event.   Please book via Stage1Cycles  

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Friday, 16.02.24

Dark Skies Crafting Fun

Come and enjoy an afternoon of Dark Skies Crafting fun with Jane. Included in museum admission. Drop in activity.    

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Friday, 16.02.24 to Sunday, 18.02.24

Romantic stay for two, at Stay Lambing Live Cottage

Enjoy the dark skies from your very own private wood fired hot tub, don’t worry if it’s cold outside as fluffy dressing gowns and slippers are provided as well as […]

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Saturday, 17.02.24

Ride, Shine, Dine

  As part of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Dark Skies Festival we are hosting a night ride. You will have the opportunity to use a fantastic Exposure MTB light […]

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Monday, 19.02.24

Yorkshire Dales by Day and by Night

  Join Mountain Goat for a tour of the Yorkshire Dales most famous areas around Wensleydale and Swaledale. Enjoy views of Aysgarth Waterfalls and quaint villages before a stop at […]

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Wednesday, 21.02.24

Moon and Stars Biscuit Decorating

Moon and stars biscuit decorating with Helen at the Firebox Cafe   Included in museum admission  

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Friday, 23.02.24 to Sunday, 25.02.24

Romantic stay for two, at Stay Lambing Live Cottage

Enjoy the dark skies from your very own private wood fired hot tub, don’t worry if it’s cold outside as fluffy dressing gowns and slippers are provided as well as […]

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Friday, 23.02.24 to Sunday, 25.02.24

Yoga, Hike, Stars and Live Music

Yoga, Hike, Stars & Live Music 23rd – 25th February 2024 Meet lots of like minded souls Explore the Dales on foot with a local 7km hike taking in ascents, […]

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Saturday, 24.02.24

Dark Skies Festival – Experience the Night Sky with Richard Darn

A dark skies presentation and celestial experience of a guide to the night sky with Richard Darn. We’ll go in search of wonders in the night sky as the winter […]

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Wednesday, 06.03.24

Broughton by Night

Join us for lights out and appreciate our magnificent night skies About this offer Experience the celestial wonders like never before at Broughton Sanctuary. Join us for an enchanting journey […]

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