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.


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!

When the lights go off people get to see thousands of stars in the night sky above.  This year Keswick joins Ambleside and Grasmere for a Big Switch Off, when street lights will go off and we're asking people to switch lights off to save energy and see more stars. 

Download the Cumbria Dark Skies Room Brochure here

We've created a new 2024 'Cumbria Dark Skies room brochure' for hotel and B&B guests to encourage them to step outside, look up and be wowed by how many stars they can see.  While there are lots of phone apps out there, sometimes it’s nice to have something physical in your hands.  The handy sized booklet is there for accommodation businesses to give to their guests so they can make the most of their stay, but also take home with them.

It contains information on the Cumbria Star Count (6 - 13 February) as well as the Keswick Big Switch Off on 8 February, and Ambleside and Grasmere Big Switch Off on 9 February, and also star gazing tips, showing the common constellations and stars to look out for.

For more information about the Cumbria Dark Skies project, and to join our dark skies mailing list, email [email protected]