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South Downs Dark Skies Festival 2020

Friday 7 February – Sunday 23 February 2020

Now in its fourth year the South Downs Dark Skies festival celebrates the wonderful night skies of our National Park with two weeks of star parties, talks and family activities.

Designated an International Dark Sky Reserve in 2016, the South Downs National Park is one of the best places in the UK to enjoy the sight of constellations, planets and distant galaxies and we aim to keep it that way for future generations to enjoy.

2020 also marks the 10 year anniversary of the South Downs becoming a National Park and throughout the festival we’ll be suggesting 10 actions you can do to protect our night skies.

Stargazing South Downs – 2020 Roadshow

Our popular – and 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.

This year’s events will include indoor planetarium shows, a giant ‘dark night skies’ colouring wall, talks about the planets, 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 8 FebruaryMidhurst Rother College, Midhurst, West Sussex, 16:00 – 20:00

Saturday 15 February  – Steyning Grammar School, Steyning, West Sussex, 16:00 – 20:00

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

Thursday 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 and moongazing, night-time walks.

    View a complete list of all Dark Skies Festival events.