North York Moors unveils exciting programme for Dark Skies Festival
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North York Moors unveils exciting programme for Dark Skies Festival

The Dark Skies Festival 2022 will take place from February 9 to 25 within the International Dark Sky Reserves of both the North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales National Parks. The festival will feature artists who have come up with creative ways for people to enjoy the pristine dark skies and create their own pieces of art inspired by the experience.

One of the highlights of the festival is a walk after dark along Blakey Ridge with electronic dance poets Claire Hind and Robert Wilsmore. Participants will listen to the duo’s creative score, “The Long Dead Stars,” and will be encouraged to write their own material using performance writing techniques.

Other activities include starry night watercolour workshops, photography workshops, and experiencing how NASA uses underground cave systems to train astronauts. There will also be dark skies themed trails for children and astronomy evenings at various locations.

Additionally, there will be cycling events, night runs, and dark skies walking adventures. Dark skies-friendly accommodation will also be offering special “Stay and Gaze” packages.

The festival will feature a variety of events that appeal to all ages. The events are individually priced, and some are free. For more information about the festival program and individual event booking details, visit