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!

(View / Download Festival Line-Up - pdf)

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!

7.30pm Sunday 7 February

This talk will be led by astrophotographer and astronomer Gary Lintern. He’ll be looking at how to get the best from your camera when shooting in the dark. Gary will cover how to shoot anything, especially landscapes, in dark conditions, and he will also pay special attention to photographing the moon and stars. Lastly he’ll also discuss how to use apps and free software to plan night shoots. To get the best results you will need to be using a DSLR or a mirrorless camera. Content will be aimed at interested older children and adults.

Gary's websites: www.stargazingnights.co.uk and www.photographyexperiences.co.uk

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 it).

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Gary Lintern Astrophotography

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