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Dark Skies Welcome

The South Downs National Park Authority is keen to support opportunities that benefit the local economy and invite you to join our Dark Skies Welcome scheme.

The star-studded skies overhead are as valuable as the beautiful rolling landscapes of the South Downs and in 2016 the South Downs National Park became the world’s 13th International Dark Sky Reserve (IDSR).

Our Dark Skies Welcome scheme helps you to attract new visitors interested in stargazing, astrophotography, nightscape walks, nocturnal wildlife and Dark Skies events, and to extend the tourism season during the winter and spring seasons when the dark nights are longer.

What’s in it for me?

Will you offer a warm welcome to Dark Skies visitors?  This is how the scheme can benefit you:

  • You can directly target and attract visitors interested in our Dark Skies.
  • A free listing in the Dark Skies Welcome online directory on the South Downs National Park website, which includes a short business profile.
  • Free use of the Dark Skies Welcome branded icons and artwork which you can use on your own website and promotional materials.

Learn More/Sign Up