Eyes to the skies in festival

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Guided tours of the winter night sky, space-themed crafting sessions and treasure hunts, plus a star party are just some of the events lined-up during the Dark Skies Festival which begins this weekend across the North York Moors National Park

At Ravenscar, expert astronomer Andy Exton will be leading a three-hour tour of the night sky, helping visitors discover the Milky Way, star clusters and galaxies in constellations including the famous Orion the Hunter.

Meanwhile at Boggle Hole families will be able to join in the fun by making rockets and planet pom poms, as well as enjoying open telescope sessions.

The YHA is also holding a space-themed deck chair cinema evening tomorrow.

At Robin Hood’s Bay, visitors can join one of the ghost walks and be taken on a journey back in time to the heyday of smuggling and the spiritual mysteries that have become legend.

Families should also make a beeline for The Moors National Park Centre at Danby if they want to take part in a space-themed treasure hunt, create and race model moon buggies, or make balloon rockets and glittering galaxies during the Star Party on February 22.

Visit www.darkskiesnationalparks.org.uk for information and booking.