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.


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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!

Here at Friends of the Lakes District we’re working hard to celebrate and protect Cumbria’s Dark Skies. It’s a bold mission and one which we’re tackling with the help of many businesses in Cumbria.

We think conserving our Dark Skies and working to create a dark sky reserve will help to boost business for all in Cumbria – especially those in the tourism sector, so we’d love your help to turn this into a reality.

If we all do our bit in reducing light pollution, we can ensure our Dark Skies will be enjoyed by generations to come.

Download our Astro Tourism pack here (pdf)

Mark your calendar with some Dark Skies fun!

We’re delighted to bring you the first ever Cumbria Dark Skies Festival which will take place on Friday 21 – Sunday 23 February 2020.

We’ve been busy working to pull together an exciting array of dark sky events for all the family to enjoy – we hope you’ll find there’s something for everyone!

Cumbria Dark Skies Festival events

The exciting three-day programme is delivered in partnership with Cumbria Tourism and Forestry England and will see events running across the Lake District and wider Cumbria area.

So, what are you waiting for? Grab the family and make the most of the very first Dark Skies Festival. Check out the full event listings here:  https://www.friendsofthelakedistrict.org.uk/news/cumbria-dark-skies-festival

Cumbria Dark Skies Festival is a partnership of Friends of the Lake District, Cumbria Tourism, Forestry England and the Lake District National Park.