🌌Dark Skies 🌌

As the nights get darker and the days get shorter, we can take advantage more and more of the wonderful stargazing opportunities our county has to offer. In order to celebrate this, over the next two weeks, Cumbria Dark Skies Festival will be taking place, with a wide variety of events on offer to gaze at the stars!

Here are a few of our favourites from the list, but you can see the full line up here!


  • Dark Skies UV Rockpooling. 6-8pm, Monday 8 November 2021. Parton Beach, Parton, CA28 6NY. ‘The rockpools at Parton are full of weird and wonderful marine life and there is no better way to explore their world than when they are heading out hunting in the cover of darkness. Under the UV light we’ll see shimmering seaweeds, twinkling stinging cells and eerie luminescent prawns. And if we are lucky we may even see some of the rocky shore’s more elusive critters such as star fish, sea urchins and velvet swimming crabs.’ More here.


  •  Moonwatch with Eddington Astronomical Society. 6.30-9pm, Friday 12 November. Playing fields of Kirkbie Kendal School, Lound Road, Kendal, LA9 7EH. ‘Come along and see the moon through the telescopes of the Eddington Astronomy Society of Kendal. Members of the Astronomy Society will be on hand to explain what you are seeing to help you get the most out of your visit. You may be able to see the mountains and craters on the moon, the smooth lunar seas, maria, and notice the lack of craters which indicate they are younger than other regions. If you are lucky, you might even get to see evidence of ancient flowing lava and vast fault lines that indicate the moon was once geologically active and not the dead world we see today. It is also possible that you might be able to look at the planet Jupiter and see its cloud belts and several moons.’ More here.


  • Dark Sky Canoeing on Coniston Water. 3.15-6.15pm, Saturday 13 November 2021. Cost: £49.00 ‘The guided canoe tour will start in the daylight, giving you time to get to grips with paddling the canoe. We will find a secluded bay enjoy a hot brew and watch as the sun sets over the magnificent mountain scenery. Once the sun has set, we will continue our canoe journey stopping along the way to look up and marvel at the stars, identify some constellations and see the beauty of the Milky Way.’  More here.


Keep an eye out as there are still more events and details to be announced!

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