Dark Skies Festival: February 10th to 18th

Dark Skies

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 popular Dark Skies Festival returns from 10 to 18 February with an action-packed line-up of events.

Despite being located in the bustling south east, the South Downs remains one of the darkest areas of England, offering immense views of the universe on a clear night.

One of only 21 International Dark Sky Reserves, the darkness is essential for wildlife to thrive as so many animals and plants rely on the natural rhythm of daylight into night-time.

This year the focus is on Taking Action for Nature and Climate as well as stargazing – with information about our nocturnal wildlife and how everyone can play their part to protect our Dark Night Skies.

Among the special events will be an evening at the Queen Elizabeth Country Park (with a ‘Walk the Planets’ trail, telescopes, storytelling and owl displays) on Thursday 15 February.

Online there will be a range of useful films giving tips on stargazing and other information: see here.

The complete festival programme can be found here with full booking details.

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 via this web-page) but others are also suggested.

Embrace the darkness!