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!

A short film of the Big Switch Off in Ambleside and Grasmere on 23 February 2023 from 7pm - to save energy and see more stars.

Organised by Friends of the Lake District’s Dark Skies Cumbria project, residents and businesses took part by turning off their own lights, along with over 200 street lights switched off by Cumbria County Council's lighting engineer team.

Friends of the Lake District’s Jack Ellerby, the Dark Skies Officer for Cumbria said: “Momentum is building with more people and businesses taking part each year in the Big Switch Off, to save energy and see more stars. In the two communities, I’d say 50% more lights were off this time in Ambleside than last year and 95% more across Grasmere."

Thanks to Jonny Gios for producing the film for us, Cumbria County Council’s lighting team for making the event such a success by switching off street lights, plus Ambleside Action For A Future, Grasmere Village Society, Lakes Parish Council and South Lakeland District Council, who all worked together with Friends of the Lake District Dark Skies Cumbria project on the Big Switch Off.