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Lanterns at Colvend, Dark Skies Festival 2017 Stephen Garnett Photography

Dark Skies Festival

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The stunning dark skies of the National Park, so free from light pollution, are one of its very special qualities.

The Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors National Parks – together with Nidderdale AONB – are teaming up to hold our sixth annual Dark Skies Festival from 12 February to 28 February 2021, with loads of great activities for all to enjoy.

Look out for details listed on the Festival website in the next few months.

The theme for 2021 is nocturnal wildlife and we’re working on a line up to provide a fascinating insight into our precious wildlife when the sun goes down. We hope to reveal the importance of dark skies and how being free from light pollution plays a crucial role to many species’ existence. Keep a watchful eye, events are to be released shortly.

If you are interested in any of these wonderful events and want to make your stay in the Yorkshire Dales longer, why not take a look at our Where to stay page with lots of fantastic accommodation providers to choose from. You can also stay with accommodation 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.