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Lanterns at Colvend, Dark Skies Festival 2017 Stephen Garnett Photography

Dark Skies Festival

The stunning dark sky of the National Park, so free from light pollution, is one of its very special qualities. And we are thrilled to have been designated a Dark Sky Reserve by the International Dark Sky Association.

We had the best time in February celebrating our sixth Dark Skies Festival with the North York Moors National Park. Due to restrictions, we hosted a fully virtual programme, bringing dark skies to many homes throughout the country – and the world! We were astonished by your reaction and the thousands of viewers who tuned in to watch. Thank you if you got involved. We’re already looking at how we can include virtual events in future Festivals.

We’re delighted to confirm the dates for this October’s Fringe Festival which will be 22 to 31 October 2021. Last year’s debut event went down a storm and we’re itching to show you our dark skies in person. We’ll be working behind the scenes between now and then to bring you an epic line up of events to get you out and about under the starry skies of the Yorkshire Dales.

The dates for our next main Dark Skies Festival will be 18 February to 6 March 2022 so look out for details listed on the Festival website


When the time allows, why not take a look at our Dark Sky Friendly businesses page with lots of fantastic accommodation and activity providers to choose from and you can come and discover the beauty of the dark skies here in the Yorkshire Dales for yourselves. You can also stay with accommodation and activity providers that offer specific activities, facilities, information or services to enhance your star gazing experience during your stay. Learn more about our ‘Dark Sky Friendly Businesses’ here.

If you have stars in your eyes, you can read more about stargazing in the National Park or download our top tips brochure.