An unmissable 17-day festival that has something for everyone, from an action-packed flight on a zip wire at night or a romantic stargazing safari. With the vast open spaces of the moors and the low pollution levels, the National Parks in Yorkshire will let you see the stars as you have never done before, with some of the best night skies in the UK.
Amanda from the Dark Skies Festival team tells us more: “While 2020 is being trumpeted as the year that space travel becomes a reality, the fifth Dark Skies Festival, held jointly by the North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales National Parks, will show just how much visitors can enjoy the cosmos without leaving planet Earth.
“The festival, which coincides with the February half-term holidays, will comprise more than 100 events including virtual space travel courtesy of pop-up planetariums, stargazing safaris using powerful telescopes, after-dark runs and bike rides as well as talks and crafting sessions that fire the imagination.
“Along the coast, visitors can enjoy one of the atmospheric ghost walks in Robin Hood’s Bay to learn more about the myths, legends and smugglers antics within the village or join a stargazing party at Fyling Hall School in Fylingthorpe where the Whitby & District Astronomical Society will take them on a tour of the solar system. Alternatively, they can head further up the coast to Runswick Bay for a stargazing safari or learn night photography skills with Richard Burden in Whitby.
“Further inland, there are plenty of stargazing evenings at North York Moors beauty spots such as Dalby Forest, Blakey Ridge or the Moors National Park Centre at Danby. Thrill-seekers can head to Go Ape in Dalby Forest to plunge into the darkness attached to a zip wire, enter the True Grit 50-mile off-road cycling event at Newburgh Priory near Coxwold; compete in the 5km night run in the magnificent grounds of Castle Howard, or go for a walk while learning after-dark navigation skills.
“For families, there are a host of other daytime and early evening events including moonrock geocaching, starry crafting sessions and walks with a ranger to discover more about the nocturnal animals that inhabit the moors and forests.”
Yorkshire’s Dark Skies Festival is happening between 14th February to 1st March 2020 at various locations across both the North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales National Parks.
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