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!

7.30pm Monday 8 February

Who took the very first picture of the night sky? What was it of and when was it taken? Join us for the incredible story of how photography changed our view of the heavens for ever.  This fascinating talk is full of extraordinary characters, amazing stories and incredible scientific breakthroughs.

Astronomer Richard Darn recently helped the North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales become international dark sky reserves having previously been part of the team that saw Northumberland become England’s first dark sky park in 2013. He has appeared on BBC Sky at Night, BBC News and Stargazing Live and is a regular on BBC local radio.  He has staged hundreds of public stargazing events across the UK and his passion remains undimmed for a clear starry sky.  He also helped launch the Kielder Observatory and co-founded the Kielder Forest Star Camp.

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).


Photo: Andromeda Galaxy by Richard Darn

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