National Parks remain some of the darkest places in Great Britain and the Dark Skies Fringe Festival is all about discovering, enjoying, and learning about the dark and the stars you can see as a result.
There are events for families, first-time stargazers and those wishing to expand their knowledge or astrophotography skills further.
The fringe festival that is taking place on the North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales later this year is the second of its kind and came about after the huge success of February’s annual Dark Skies Festival.
Speaking to us about the event, organisers said: “The public’s interest and intrigue in dark skies increases every year and we wanted to give visitors another opportunity to experience and learn more about the National Park’s incredible night sky. This will be the first time we’re hosting the Fringe Festival as an International Dark Sky Reserve. Such a designation means we have been recognised to have exceptional starry skies. More importantly, it’s a guarantee that this incredibly precious nightscape is protected for future generations.
“Due to light pollution in many towns and cities, you will not see more than a handful of stars. On a clear night in the North York Moors or Yorkshire Dales, you can expect to see up to 2,000. It’s a sight that will take your breath away. It’s possible to see the Milky Way with a naked eye when looking up anywhere in either National Park. Expect an action-packed programme for the Fringe Festival, from star-gazing sessions and night navigation to nature safaris and ghost walks. If you can’t make it to either National Park for the Festival, we’ll be hosting virtual events so you can appreciate and enjoy our dark skies from the comfort of your living room. We’ll look forward to seeing you in person another time!”
Whitby Goth Weekend, Whitby Folk Week and Whitby Regatta
Dates of event: Whitby Goth Weekend (29 – 31 October 2021), Whitby Folk Week (20 - 26 August 2022), Whitby Regatta (2022 dates TBC)