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 Thursday 18 February

In her book Dark Skies, a nature narrative, Tiffany Francis explores nocturnal landscapes and investigates how our experiences of the night-time world have permeated our history, folklore, science, geography, art and literature. Tiffany travelled through different nightscapes across the UK and beyond. She experienced 24-hour daylight while swimming in the Gulf of Finland and visited Norway to witness the Northern Lights and speak to people who live in darkness for three months each year. She hiked through the haunted yew forests of Kingley Vale and embarked on a nocturnal sail down the River Dart.

In this interview/question and answer session, she will be talking about our connection with wildlife and the landscape after dark, as well as how artificial lighting is affecting nature and our own natural rhythms. 

Tiffany Francis-Baker is a nature writer and illustrator from the South Downs National Park in Hampshire. Her third book Dark Skies was published in 2019, when she was also a writer-in-residence for Forestry England. 

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 a confirmation email.)

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Tiffany Francis Dark Skies Book event

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