Dark Skies 2020, with Rewilding Adventure

Star trails about Dalby Forest Credit Classlane Media_NYMNP

Although the days are short, and darkness comes earlier, Rewilding Adventure are looking forward to Winter as there is a beauty to be appreciated in the darkness of the skies. Our Dark Skies activities will be happening between Sunday 12th January and Wednesday 22nd April 2020- with the North York Moors National Park’s Dark Skies Festival smack bang in middle- happening between 14th February and 1st March.

What’s Happening?

We have 15 Dark Skies: Stargazing events planned, and 5 Moon Rise Viewing events. We’re at the whim of the Earth’s rotation, the moon’s orbit and the hours or sunset- making sure we have darkness, a moon rise or no moon means that we only have a few opportunities to get the best conditions! WE have planned them so there is a wide geographic spread- so hopefully there’s an event near to you!

Proud to hold the Dark Skies Friendly status form the North York Moors National Park!
  • Dark Skies: Stargazing: as the moon orbits the Earth it wanes from a full moon down to a New Moon– for one night(or day) each month there is no moon apart from a tiny sliver; it’s the nights that close to the New Moon that offer a truly dark sky- with typically just 0%-3% light- or 100% darkness! Our events are planned so we can access an area that is very little light pollution and to take place on the night of new moon- so we have the best chance of seeing the stars, galaxies, meteors and satellites that decorate the skies above us.
  • Moon Rise Viewing: we aren’t gong to give the secret away as to what we look for when planning these events- but we will be at a vantage point where we can see the horizon when the moon rises!

When’s this happening?

Moon Rise over Runswick Bay

January 2020:

  • Sunday 12th: Moon Rise Viewing: Runswick Bay, Top Car Park, 5.30pm-7.30pm
  • Thursday 23rd: Dark Sky: Star Gazing: Lord Stones Country Park, 5.30pm-7.30pm
  • Friday 24th: Dark Sky: Star Gazing: Great Ayton, meet in the High Street, near the Oak Pub (minibus to Gribdale), 5.30pm-8.00pm
  • Saturday 25th: Dark Sky: Star Gazing: Osmotherly, Sheep Wash Car Park, 5.30pm-7.30pm
  • Sunday 26th: Dark Sky: Star Gazing: Lion Inn, Blakey Ridge, 5.30pm-7.30pm

February 2020:

  • Monday 10th: Moon Rise Viewing: Saltburn, 5.30pm-7.30pm
  • Tuesday 11th: Moon Rise Viewing: Runswick Bay, Top Car Park, 7.30pm-9.30pm
  • Friday 21st: Dark Sky: Star Gazing: Lord Stones Country Park, 5.30pm-7.30pm
  • Saturday 22nd: Dark Sky: Star Gazing: Great Ayton, meet in the High Street, near the Oak Pub (minibus to Gribdale), 5.30pm-8.00pm
  • Sunday 23rd: Dark Sky: Star Gazing: Osmotherly, Sheep Wash Car Park, 5.30pm-7.30pm
  • Monday 24th: Dark Sky: Star Gazing: Lion Inn, Blakey Ridge, 6pm-8pm
  • Tuesday 25th: Dark Sky: Star Gazing: Runswick Bay, Top Car Park, 6.30pm-8.30pm
Milky Way and Perseid Meteor shower above Sutton Bank (c) Russ Norman Photography_NYMNP

March 2020:

  • Tuesday 10th: Moon Rise Viewing: Robin Hood’s Bay, top car park, 6.30pm-8.30pm
  • Wednesday 11th: Moon Rise Viewing: Runswick Bay, Top Car Park, 7.30pm-9.30pm
  • Sunday 22nd: Dark Sky: Star Gazing: Great Ayton, meet in the High Street, near the Oak Pub (minibus to Gribdale), 6.00pm-8.30pm
  • Monday 23rd: Dark Sky: Star Gazing: Lion Inn, Blakey Ridge, 6.30pm-8.30pm
  • Tuesday 24th: Dark Sky: Star Gazing: Osmotherly, Sheep Wash Car Park, 7pm-9pm
  • Wednesday 25th: Dark Sky: Star Gazing: Lord Stones Country Park, 7pm-9pm

April 2020:

  • Tuesday 21st: Dark Sky: Star Gazing: Lord Stones Country Park, 8pm-10pm
  • Wednesday 22nd: Dark Sky: Star Gazing: Lion Inn, Blakey Ridge, 8pm-10pm

What if it’s cloudy?

Let’s face it, there’s always the possibility of it being cloudy! If it is, we will still head out and see if we can spot any nocturnal wildlife- as well as experiencing the darkness in a wild and remote place!

How do I book?

All evetns cost £15 per person. To secure your places just email bookings@rewildingadventure.co.uk letting us know which activities you’d like, the dates and how many spaces; you will then receive a booking email confirming the activities, as well as directions, suggested clothing, payment details etc. If you have any questions feel free to ring 07799141373

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