The North York Moors is a designated International Dark Sky Reserve, home to some of the darkest skies in the UK. As there is so much light pollution elsewhere, places where the darkness of night is preserved are vitally important, both to wildlife and to stargazers.
Every year, the Dark Skies Festival celebrates the night’s sky, and the main festival is returning early next year 2022, 18 February – 6 March. In the meantime, the Dark Skies Fringe Festival will be taking place later this month, 22 – 31 October.
Here are some of the highlights: