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 Wednesday 10 February

Jeremy Hunt, of Cockermouth Astronomy Society, will be talking about Dark Sky Imaging - Astrophotography - particularly taking pictures of deep sky objects such as nebulae and galaxies.  He will cover some basics and show some typical examples of what can be achieved by a beginner, as well as showing some more sophisticated techniques that more advanced photographers can aim for.

Jeremy Hunt is a mechanical engineer by profession, a project manager by day, and an astrophotographer by night.

Growing up in the Lake District, the skies were dark and full of stars, but often cloudy. But never tiring of the challenge those clouds posed, he snatched as many clear spells as he could to capture the night sky on film. These days, he uses digital cameras and maximises imaging time with three telescopes shooting concurrently from his back-garden observatory.

He has been associated with the Cockermouth Astronomy Society for many years, and is keen to engage and enthuse new people in astronomy and photography by giving lectures, teaching imaging classes and running an astronomy club at his local primary school.

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 an email).

Images: Jeremy Hunt

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