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!

Saturday 6 February 7.30pm

Watch our Dark Skies Ambassador and filmmaker Terry Abraham’s amazing footage of the fells including the night skies, and listen to him sharing his passion and belief that the Lake District is just as beautiful at night as it is by day, in interview with Jack Ellerby, Dark Skies Project Officer. His stunning imagery will make you feel part of the experience as he shares insights into his award-winning 'Life of a Mountain' series.

Terry Abraham, is an Independent Outdoors Broadcaster and Photographer, Professor of Practice, at the University of Cumbria, and a Patron of Friends of the Lake District. Terry Abraham's stunning film ‘Helvellyn – The Life of a Mountain’, the third in his mountain trilogy, was launched in autumn 2020.

This will be a film show 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).

Images: Terry Abraham

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