Dark Skies Festival (Friday 12 - Sunday 28 February)

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). 

An on-line Festival will highlight people’s personal experiences of starry skies, and how to make the most of the view from your garden or on a local walk.

Full details of the programme for can be found on the National Park’s website, here, and if you've missed any of the fascinating events you can watch some videos here. Features include:

  • 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.