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 – teamed 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 2020 programme on our special dark skies website or via our events list. A sixth Dark Skies Festival is planned for February 2021 and details will be listed on the Festival website in the next few months. 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. Running a cohesive programme of inspirational, participatory activities and obtaining Dark Sky Reserve status are both objectives agreed by the Authority and a wide range of local partner organisations in the National Park Management Plan 2019-24.