Northumberland Dark Skies Festival
Home to England’s first and largest Dark Sky Park (certified by the International Dark Sky Association), Northumberland is now home to its very own Dark Skies Festival.
From 12th February to 21st February 2021, the Northumberland Dark Skies Festival will be hosted by various Dark Skies enthusiasts from some of our most well-known experience providers based in Northumberland.
The Northumberland Dark Skies Festival has a wide range of events and activities to see and do; from fireside chats with local astronomers to night sky guides and interactive live streams.
Due to the current national restrictions regarding Covid-19 in England, the Northumberland Dark Skies Festival will take place largely online however we do hope we might be able to provide the opportunity for some of you to experience Northumberland’s darkest skies under the cold crisp air. If the current restrictions change, watch this space for in-person events happening at one of the many venues dotted around Northumberland.
For now, as we stay at home, there are lots of ways you can get involved with dark skies from the comfort of your sofa, including the annual CPRE Star Count and Kielder Observatory’s astrophotography art project – Escape Velocity (funded by Northumberland County Council) which will take place during the Dark Skies Festival and will encourage children to take photographs of the dark skies using mobile phones.