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Dark Skies Festival 2023

Friday 10 February, 2023 - Sunday 26 February, 2023

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The stunning dark sky of the National Park, 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 2023 line-up of star-studded events and activities takes place from 10 – 26 February 2023. Head to our Dark Skies Festival website to see the fabulous events local businesses are holding to help you experience the best of the Yorkshire Dales night sky.   Download our 2023 Dark Skies Festival map to see the locations of events.

Local businesses from in and around the Yorkshire Dales National Park will be hosting various events to help visitors get under the starry skies of the Yorkshire Dales. Activities last year 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.

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

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Friday 10 February, 2023
Sunday 26 February, 2023
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0300 456 0030