Dark Skies Cumbria

Light up February with a spectacular array of online events celebrating the wonders of our night sky

Live events over 17 evenings in February give you the opportunity to explore our dark skies with astronomers, astrophotographers, authors, filmmakers, lighting and design professionals, performers, poets and outdoor adventurers.

Book Now for individual event information and booking options. We've also produced this handy little leaflet which you can download as a reminder of what's in a line-up which we think is out of this world!

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Saving Our Night Skies

Cumbria's dark skies allow us to see the natural wonder of the stars, but are also critical for the health wildlife and our own natural well-being. Sadly light pollution in Cumbria is increasing each year, threatening to obscure our view of the stars and blinding and confusing animals so they can’t feed or find a mate. We need urgent action now to stop light pollution. Stargazers, photographers, wildlife lovers and local communities… please help.


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The Lake District and Cumbria offers some of the most spectacular and precious skyscapes in England and we want you to join us on an interstellar adventure. Download our Dark Sky Discovery Pack and get started today!

7pm Saturday 13 February

In this event Martin will talk about some of the nocturnal wildlife, both large and small, that occupies the twilight zone and beyond into the darkness, as well as looking at the challenges that are posed by light pollution.  What are the impacts for the natural world of the night being blighted by light?

Martin is the director and senior guide, of Northern Experience Wildlife Tours and a director of Astroventures; wildlife guide, photographer, astronomer, poet, and deeply in love with the sea, sky, and moorland – preferably turbulent and awe-inspiring, dark and cloudless, and bleak and exposed respectively.

This will be a live online presentation via Zoom. Please sign up using the booking button below and we will email you links and instructions for joining the session. (Please check your spam email box if you don't receive a confirmation email).

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Martin Kitching, Nocturnal Wildlife event

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