Lanterns at Colvend, Dark Skies Festival 2017 Stephen Garnett Photography

Dark Skies Festival

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

To celebrate, the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors National Parks – together with Nidderdale AONB – are teaming up to hold our fifth annual Dark Skies Festival from 14 February to 1 March 2020, with loads of great activities for all to enjoy.

Find the full programme on our special dark skies website or via our events list.

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.

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

Stop the spread

Invasive Non-Native Species and diseases threaten the landscapes and wildlife of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and can impede access to and enjoyment of our wild places. Please help us to stop the spread of Invasive Non-Native Species and diseases to and within Yorkshire Dales National Park by making sure that you check, clean and dry all clothing, footwear and equipment before and after your visit, and when moving between sites. Find out more here.

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