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 21 February

From bedding down in caves, to sleeping on summits, and camping on cliffs, adventurer and award-winning travel writer and author Phoebe Smith spends a huge amount of her time out on the fells when the sun goes down. As such, she's witnessed some of nature's most breathtaking phenomena from her tent - from the Milky Way, to the Northern and Southern Lights, meteor showers, blood moon and more. She's travelled extensively around the world in search of the ultimate place to spend the night and in this talk shares some of her experiences with incredible photographs and inspiring stories.

But more than just pretty pictures, she also explains why it's key to protect Dark Skies, as they are key to getting people invested in the outdoors and in turn, to convincing them that our natural world is one worth protecting for future generations. All this and some top tips for a comfortable wild camp and some of the best spots from which to watch the stars...

Phoebe Smith is an award-winning travel writer, photographer, presenter and broadcaster (specialising in adventure, walking, solo travel and wildlife conservation). She is host of the monthly Wander Woman Podcast and author of 10 books including Wilderness Weekends and Extreme Sleeps: Adventures of a Wild Camper. She is co-founder of the #WeTwo Foundation which works with underprivileged young people to change their lives through adventure.

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 booking confirmation).

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