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Dark Skies Festival


The Old Vicarage, Bondgate, Helmsley, Bondgate, Helmsley, York, North Yorkshire, YO62 5BP

Tel: 01439772700

Dark Skies Festival


Look up and look out. Discover more about the sky above you.

The North York Moors National Park is a stargazer's paradise, with some of the best night skies in the country and we're excited to celebrate this at our annual Dark Skies Festival. For 2019 the theme for the festival is The Moon, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. As well as Moon gazing and talks by renowned astro experts there will be even more stargazing events and outdoor activities.

Events and activities (many suitable for all ages) include:

- Our Place in the Universe Talk by Dr Tim O'Brien, University of Manchester's Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics
- Go Ape! Night Zip
- Dark Skies gravel biking challenge
- A multimedia, indoor planetarium pop-up experience, a 360 degree journey through the stars
- Moonrock geocache, astro treasure hunts, rocket workshops and other crafty activities
- Whitby and the Cosmos Exhibition
- Ghost walks through Robin Hood's Bay
- Dark Run in Dalby Forest
- Saving the Dark Film Screening
- Photography workshops
- Astronomy talks, advice, stargazing and moon gazing evenings

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