Dark Skies Festival

DNS 2023

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 South Downs National Park's Dark Skies Festival starts on Saturday 4 February and runs through to Friday 17 February

The festival will feature a host of events including nocturnal wildlife walks and stargazing parties.

The festival programme can be viewed by using this link.  There are a number of live events and there’s a short video about the festival, too.

There’s also a special digital Dark Skies Discovery Pack which includes top tips on where to stargaze, what to see in the night sky, a nocturnal wildlife field guide, downloadable colouring sheets of the planets, top tips on making your garden more wildlife friendly and, some of the folk stories and tales connected to the night sky.

Buriton is included as one of the best places to stargaze in the South Downs (take a look at the special video about our recreation ground) but others are also suggested.

Embrace the darkness!