Dark Skies Festival

South Downs (11 – 27 February 2022)

In 2021, the Dark Skies Festival was all about the personal experience of the night skies where you live, learning about the constellations, the history and folklore that goes with them, and the nocturnal wildlife that depends on them. Organisers found out why looking at the stars is so good for our mental well-being and what we can all do to protect them into the future.

Dark Night Skies

In May 2016 the South Downs National Park became the newest International Dark Sky Reserve (IDSR). It has since been joined by others and is now part of a family of 19 IDSR’s around the world.

We think our star-studded skies overhead are as valuable as our beautiful rolling landscapes and, with properly dark skies in the South East of England under threat, this is a statement that the skies of the South Downs are worth protecting.

We celebrate this designation every year at our Dark Skies Festival with two weeks of cosmic fun including star parties, talks and family activities.

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