Dark Skies Festival

Buriton is a special place in the South Downs International Dark Skies Reserve

Buriton is one of only a handful of ‘Dark Skies Discovery Sites’ in the National Park – which is why everyone is encouraged to minimise unnecessary external lighting and ensure that any lights only send light downwards (not up or out). 

The National Park's on-line Festival in February 2021 highlighted people’s personal experiences of starry skies, and how to make the most of the view from your garden or on a local walk.

If you missed any of the fascinating events you can watch a number of  videos here. Features in the Festival included:

  • live tours of the night sky from the South Downs Planetarium
  • learning about the wildlife that comes out at night
  • exploring how the night sky boosts our well–being and the sense of our place in the universe by live interviews with authors Jo Marchant and Tiffany Baker
  • a new short film on the journey to become an International Dark Skies Reserve
  • show casing the winning photographs from the astrophotography competition
  • a big Dark Skies Quiz, running throughout the fortnight, with the opportunity to win a telescope
  • Pinterest boards on Gardening for Nocturnal Wildlife and the Folklore of the constellations
  • short films and tips about what we can do to preserve our Dark Night Skies.