The Dark Skies Festival offers the chance to learn more about the night sky. The National Parks and many of the surrounding areas offer the chance to stargaze, away from the light pollution of our larger towns and cities. We’re lucky enough to live so close to many of the events that will be happening in this years festival which runs from 15th February to 3rd March.
Discover more about the skies above us and join in with the activities listed below (booking is essential for most activities).
Star Gazing By Canoe With How Stean Gorge
How Stean Gorge | Lofthouse, Upper Nidderdale (to Scar House Reservoir, HG3 5SW)
Stage 1 Cycles, Station Yard, Burtersett Rd, Hawes DL8 3NT
February 16th 2019 2:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Funds will be raised for Swaledale Mountain Rescue team through this Big Moon challenge ride.
2.30pm: Children’s 5 mile Crescent Moon Ride (return to hot chocolate) 4.30pm: 10 miles, Half Moon ride and 15 miles Full moon ride for Lunar Lunatics. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult or remain with the instructors.
Brymor Ice Cream, High Jervaulx Farm, Masham HG4 4PG
February 19th 2019 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Brymor Ice Cream will be screening of the film ‘Saving The Dark’ followed by the chance to learn more about the skies with a stargazing session with astronomer Richard Darn. Brymor has also made the special Dark Skies Galaxy Delight ice cream flavour!
Dark Skies – Knight Under The Stars At Bolton Castle
Bolton Castle, Skipton DL8 4ET
February 23rd 2019 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Mulled wine and canapes available. The night will start with a beginners talk and the chance to ask questions. Guests can then use binoculars and telescopes to view distant galaxies and learn more about the night sky. There will be a chance to hold a four-billion-year-old rock from outer space.