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.


Or you can give by text to 70085. Just message DARKSKIES along with your chosen donation amount (eg DARKSKIES 5 to donate £5). Standard message rates apply.

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 Sunday 14 February

Harriet and Rob Fraser – Poetry, stories, journeys and night images 

‘Under a single sky, our spirits are starlight’ Harriet and Rob Fraser of somewhere-nowhere will transport you to the nocturnal world of mountains with photographs and poetic reflections from nights under the stars. Harriet and Rob regularly camp out in high and isolated places. It’s always worth it, even on the coldest of nights. Their love of witnessing the night sky has filtered into many of their art and poetry projects and in 2021 they’re continuing their habit with monthly moonwalks.

Harriet and Rob Fraser are environmental artist researchers collaborating as somewhere-nowhere. Their projects explore the nature and culture of rural spaces, using walking, research, conversations and the practice of pausing to bring together the knowing and feeling of place. Photography, poetry and landscape installations speak of environmental and cultural issues in rural spaces, and share knowledge from environmental sciences. The Frasers’ projects, workshops, exhibitions and books consider value systems and complexity, without losing sight of the wonder of the natural world. They encourage debate and collaboration between disciplines, and promote active participation in caring for the planet, beginning with local solutions. They have exhibited and presented across the UK and in America; and are founders of the newly established PLACE Collective at the UK’s Centre for National Parks and Protected Areas. They live in Cumbria.

Langstrath Birch beneath the Milky Way

Glencoyne pine. All images: Rob Fraser

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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