October Half-Term is the time for both North Pennines and Yorkshire Dales Dark Skies virtual festivals.

North Pennines Stargazing Week

Stargazing Week goes online: Friday 23 October to Sunday 1 November

In 2020 it has not been business as usual, and the continuing impact of COVID-19 means that North Pennines AONB is running a very different stargazing experience for 2020. Instead of the usual festival, it is launching ‘North Pennines Stargazing Week’ running throughout the October half-term holiday, from Friday 23 October to Sunday 1 November. There will be a star-studded programme of virtual events, how-to guides and online content to immerse you in the glorious dark skies of the North Pennines AONB.

Visit its website for more information – Look out for:

  • virtual events exploring the dark skies of the North Pennines AONB
  • children’s activities
  • interviews with experts
  • guides to stargazing – where to go and how to do it
  • online exhibition
  • daily stargazing tips


Yorkshire Dales Virtual Dark Skies Week

This October YDNPA will be holding a Virtual Dark Skies Week from 23 October to 1 November as a taster for its Dark Skies Festival in February (12 to 28 February).

It is co-hosting a variety of online events in partnership with the North York Moors National Park and Go Stargazing, led by astronomers and aimed at anyone with an interest in the night sky!

All these events are FREE OF CHARGE and will take the form of a Zoom meeting that will also be streamed LIVE to the Go Stargazing Facebook page.

There will also be a self-guided Planet Trail displayed in Freeholders Wood at Aysgarth Falls National Park Centre.

Visit its website for more information: