Dark Skies Cumbria

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!

8pm onwards, Tuesday 23rd April 2024

Voluntary community lighting switch-off in Keswick, around the Lake Road, Crow Park area. Street lights will be turned off from 8pm. 

The Big Switch Off - An evening to highlight the stars and raise awareness about saving electricity.

Rearranged from February, our Big Switch Off is now taking place in the Lake Road area, Keswick on Tuesday 23rd April from 8pm.

The Big Switch Off begins from 8pm onwards, and we’re encouraging as many residents and businesses in Keswick as we can to join in and turn off their lights overnight to see what a difference it makes to our view of the stars.

In partnership with the National Trust, there will be Dark Sky activities in Crow Park, Keswick, from 8pm onwards, including stargazing and night time photography, and a 'Stargazing and Forest Bathing' session.  

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Find out more about our dark skies work here: Dark Skies Cumbria | Home | Friends of the Lake District

Photo: the Milky Way by John Macfarlane.