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South Downs Dark Skies Festival 2019

Friday 15 February – Sunday 3 March 2019

Over two weeks of cosmic fun with star parties, talks and family activities taking place across the South Downs National Park celebrating our wonderful dark night skies.

Stargazing South Downs – 2019 Roadshow

Our popular, free, Stargazing South Downs event will be going on tour during February half term week to   venues in West Sussex, East Sussex and Hampshire. No matter what the weather is outside, you can still come and learn about the amazing dark skies in our National Park.

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the moon landings this year’s events will include indoor planetarium shows, a giant ‘dark night skies’ colouring wall, a chance to dress up as an astronaut against the backdrop of the moon, talks about the moon, the stars and nocturnal wildlife, science demonstrations, and, if the night is clear, the opportunity to go outside and take part in some moongazing with the experts.

Stargazing South Downs dates and venues

Saturday 16 FebruaryMidhurst Rother College, Midhurst, West Sussex, 16:00 – 20:00

Monday 18 FebruaryFestival Hall, Petersfield, Hampshire, 16:00 – 20:00

Wednesday 20 FebruaryThe Town Hall, Lewes, 16:00 – 20:00

All the above events are free to attend with no booking required.

Other Dark Skies Festival events

There are many other events taking place across Hampshire, West Sussex and East Sussex during the Dark Skies Festival, including planetarium shows, moongazing, night-time walks, and puppet shows. View a complete list of all Dark Skies Festival events.