Bowland Dark Skies Festival

6th January 2020

Night sky image by Robert InceThis February half-term we have a selection of exciting events to help you celebrate some of the darkest skies in England – right here in the Forest of Bowland.

Last year's events were extremely popular so we'd recommend early booking!

17th February

Pop-up Planetarium – Knowle Green
1pm, 2pm or 3pm

Step inside the pop-up planetarium for a journey through space – without leaving the ground! Discover the wonders of the planets and stars with amateur astronomer, and professional scientist, Robert Ince. Great for families with children eight years and over.

Booking essential. 

Tel: 01200 448000 or email sandra.silk@lancashire.gov.uk
£2.50 per person

18th February

Tales from a Dark Forest Night – Gisburn Forest

7pm to 8.30pm

Join us in the forest where we'll be keeping cosy in the yurt as we listen to night-time tales with local storyteller, Sue Allonby. Great for families with children eight years and over.

Booking essential. 

Tel: 01200 448000 or email sandra.silk@lancashire.gov.uk

£3 per child (adults come free)

20th February

Free Family Nature Event: Creatures of the Night - Barley

4pm to 6.30pm

Have a go at owl pellet dissection then come on a nature walk to discover what night-time creatures we can hear – or see!  Aimed at families with children four to 12 years old.

Booking essential.

Visit: www.pendlehillproject.com/what's-on

Free

21st February

Film Screening: A Grand Day Out – Downham

1.30pm to 2.30pm or 3pm to 4pm

Come along and enjoy night-sky crafts then join Pendle Social Cinema for this family-friendly animation of Wallace and Gromit's adventure to find cheese on the moon!

Booking essential.

Tel: 01200 448000 or email sandra.silk@lancashire.gov.uk
£2.50 per person

23rd February

Dark Skies Stargazing – Bleasdale

7.30pm to 9.30pm

Join Robert Ince for an evening of stargazing. Robert will be your guide on an incredible journey through the constellations and along the Milky Way. Weather permitting there will be powerful telescopes to gaze through, when Robert will show you how to find the night sky's wonders for yourself. The evening includes colourful talks and videos, plus friendly advice on how to get started in this wonderful hobby.

Booking essential.

Visit: https://gostargazing.co.uk/organiser/robertince/

£15/£7.50

Beacon Fell South night sky by Robert InceWhy not combine your dark sky adventures by staying for a few days in one the AONB's Dark Sky Friendly Businesses? We have thirteen in Bowland – all quality accommodation providers – geared up for your star gazing visit.
Further Information: www.forestofbowland.com/Star-Gazing

Images by Robert Ince

Banner image by Steven Kidd