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!

It’s just two short weeks until the very first Cumbria Dark Skies Festival, 21-23 February 2020.

Here at Friends of the Lake District we’ve been working hard with our partners, Cumbria Tourism and Forestry England, to pull together a full programme of events for all the family across this exciting three-day celebration of dark skies.

The response we’ve had from the public so far has been incredible – many activities are getting booked up fast, so if you’d like to attend, be sure to book your tickets or reserve spaces for your chosen events soon.

We’re passionate about protecting and enhancing Cumbria’s dark skies, so seeing people have such a positive response to the festival programme is amazing.

As many of you may know, we’re working hard to achieve ‘Dark Sky Reserve’ Status by 2022. As part of this, we’re pleased to be able to continue to educate the wider public on the small steps we can all take to protect our dark skies from light pollution, safeguarding them for generations to come.   

To find out more about the full Cumbria Dark Skies Festival programme along with booking information, visit https://www.friendsofthelakedistrict.org.uk/news/cumbria-dark-skies-festival