Stellar line-up planned for Dark Skies Festival

Star trails at Whitby Pier. Picture by Mark Bulmer / Ebor Images, York.
Star trails at Whitby Pier. Picture by Mark Bulmer / Ebor Images, York.
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A new dark skies festival is set to provide an out of this world experience with a stellar line-up of events.

The Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors National Parks have launched the region’s first joint Dark Skies Festival which will run during half-term (15-21 February).

With 30 events organised across 13 locations within the National Parks, visitors will be treated to an array of activities that will enable them to learn more about the wonders of the celestial world and find out how some of Yorkshire’s most beautiful spots can be enjoyed at night.

A spokesperson for the event said: “Budding astronomers can become expert stargazers and make their own telescope during an afternoon’s session at Sutton Bank National Park Centre, or join a dark skies activity trail at the Dalby Forest Visitor Centre.

“For a new perspective of the coast, families can head to Ravenscar for a stargazing safari in the company of Hidden Horizon’s expert astronomer who will provide a fun way of spotting constellations and planets with the help of a powerful telescope.

“For a different experience using infra-red equipment, visitors will be able to gain a nocturnal insight into the countryside and wildlife activity after-dark during a night vision guided walk at Forest Holidays Keldy Cabins.”

For a full programme schedule and booking details please go to www.northyorkmoors.org.uk/darkskies or www.yorkshiredales.org.uk/stargazing.