Using York as your base get out and explore the natural beauty of the North York Moors National Park. Escape the city crowds and discover centuries of history and breath-taking landscapes right on the doorstep of York.

Dark Skies Festival

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The annual Dark Skies Festival will be returning on 18 February – 6 March 2022, so get your binoculars ready to expand your knowledge or start your stargazing journey. There will be a superb programme of events to get you out and about under the starry skies of the North York Moors.

Annual favourites such as night zips at in Dalby Forest, ghost walks in Robin Hood's Bay, stargazing and trails at the National Park Centres, mindful meanders, astrophotography workshops and night navigation experiences. This year exciting new additions include a dark skies exhibition, mindful night walk in Whitby, dark skies run, art workshops and new moon gatherings.

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The Grand, York's Dark Skies Package

The Grand’s partnership with the stargazers of North York Moors provides the ideal experiential winter stay, whether a staycation or travelling to visit the sights of Yorkshire. Relax and unwind with an two course meal and one-night stay in the luxury of The Grand, York. Escape to the North York Moors and enjoy an unforgettable stargazing experience with your friends and family.

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North York Moors National Park

Robin Hoods Bay from Ravenscar

From dramatic coastlines and picturesque dales to enchanting forests and striking heather moorland, you’ll find a relaxing haven worth discovering. Take a stroll in the quaint market towns and villages, picture postcard Helmsley and Pickering are home to fine North Yorkshire produce, art and independent shops.

Experience vintage train travel at its finest and revisit the age of steam as you embark on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, weaving through amazing scenic landscapes. With some of the darkest skies in the UK, the North York Moors is an International Dark Sky Reserve, and the beautiful starry skies are a must see. Every February the Dark Skies Festival, celebrates all their twinkling glory, where you can go on a stargazing night time trail or join one of the many astronomy talks. 

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Get lost amongst one of the many stately homes, atmospheric ruins, abbeys and gardens. Castle Howard, Rievaulx Abbey and Helmsley Castle offer the chance to take a look into the past. If you’re looking for adventure, grab a mountain bike and cycle the trails at Sutton Bank and Dalby Forest, where you’ll be wowed by some of the finest views in the country. Take the time to sit back relax and while away in the luxurious surroundings of the Feversham Arms Hotel and Verbena Spa, get pampered and treat yourself to a treatment or two.

North York Moors

With too much to see in one day, extend your stay in York - go beyond the city walls and combine the city break with a rural escape to the North York Moors National Park.

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