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Lanterns at Colvend, Dark Skies Festival 2017 Stephen Garnett Photography

Dark Skies Festival

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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.

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, this year with a virtual twist.

Look out for details listed on the Festival website

The theme for 2021 is nocturnal wildlife and we’re working on a virtual 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.

We would love to hear what you think of any Festival events you are able to watch, by completing our survey.  You can also win up to £400 off your stay at one of our Dark Sky Friendly Businesses in the North York Moors or the Yorkshire Dales National Park.


When the time allows, why not take a look at our Where to stay page with lots of fantastic accommodation 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.