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Win a telescope as Dark Skies Festival swings into action!

February 7, 2020

Our Dark Skies Festival returns with an extended line-up this month – and we’re offering the chance to win a telescope!

The flagship free event, Stargazing South Downs, is being extended this year to include a new roadshow in Steyning, joining Lewes, Midhurst and Petersfield.

The festival runs from February 7 to 23 and includes events across the length and breadth of the National Park. Now in its fourth year, the festival celebrates the National Park’s International Dark Sky Reserve status, which was awarded in 2016.

Visitors to Stargazing South Downs will be able to enjoy indoor planetarium shows, an incredible VR experience exploring the Milky Way, nocturnal wildlife displays, talks by Dark Skies experts and a giant colouring wall of the solar system. And, if the night’s sky is clear, there will be moongazing and stargazing outside.

To see the full line-up of events across the National Park visit

We’re also offering the chance to win a deluxe Skywatcher 90 AZ3 telescope, so you can get out in the South Downs this year and see the wonders of the sky for yourselves!

To be in with a chance of winning this fantastic prize, all you need to do is sign up to the South Downs newsletter before 29 February 2020. Anyone who signs up as a new member of this newsletter during February will automatically be entered but to make sure our existing readers don’t miss out you can also enter by emailing us at the address below before 29 February 2020.

To enter the draw email us with the subject “Embrace the Darkness” to

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