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With England in a national lockdown, the Government advice is to stay at home. Find information here on how to enjoy the National Park virtually, and how our services are operating during this time.

Dark Skies Festival

Dark Skies Festival

South Downs Dark Skies Festival 2021 – ‘My Dark Skies’

February 12 – 28 2021

Over the summer we saw our iconic landscapes and their wildlife play a pivotal role in bolstering our sense of well-being.

As the nights draw in we will be able to draw comfort and inspiration from the exceptional nightscapes of the South Downs too, where it is still possible to see the wonder of Milky Way from the darkest spots of the National Park.

During the two-week South Downs Dark Skies Festival we will be providing talks and tips on how you can experience the wonderful starscapes the South Downs National Park for yourself, where to go and what to do to make the most of your night adventure.

Learn about the nocturnal wildlife and what you can do to help it, and how to play your part in safeguarding our dark night skies for the next generation to enjoy in the same way as we can.

An important part of this year’s festival is an astrophotography competition, launching at the end of October and judged in time for the winning shots to be shown throughout the Festival Fortnight in February.

Keep an eye on our website for more details nearer the time.


" The Downs...too much for one pair of eyes, enough to float a whole population in happiness. "