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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.

Our Dark Skies Festival 2022 was a great success! From 18 February to 6 March local businesses in and around the Yorkshire Dales National Park hosted various events to help visitors get you out and about under the starry skies of the Yorkshire Dales!

Information on all the events that took place were plotted on our Dark Skies Festival Map.

Activities included an opportunity to do some stargazing with expert astronomers at some of the best locations in the Park, night-time fell running, night-time photography, night-time canoeing and mindful stargazing. There was also plenty of family friendly fun such as rocket making, nocturnal wildlife talks and planet trails.

A starry night over a road leading to Ribblehead
Copyright Matthew Savage

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 stargazing experience during your stay. Learn more about our ‘Dark Sky Friendly Businesses’.

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