Dark Skies Festival 2022

We're really looking forward to welcoming you to our fourth Dark Skies Festival, which will be taking place during the half-term holiday - Saturday 12th to Sunday 20th February, 2022.

Find all the details and booking information below!

(Please note that under 18s need to be accompanied and not all events are suitable for children.  Face to face events will be subject to any coronavirus guidelines/restrictions which may be in place at the time.)

Image by Matthew GreenhalghLive Moon Watch (FULLY BOOKED)

Saturday 12th February

7.30pm – 9.30pm

Rimington, near Clitheroe

Join local astronomer, Robert Ince, under Pendle Hill's beautiful dark skies, to find out all about this familiar, yet intriguing celestial object.

We'll start with an indoor presentation, where we'll hear about the features found on the moon's surface and find out how the moon changes its appearance during the month.  Weather permitting we'll then head outside to take a look through powerful telescopes and binoculars.

If the weather is poor, we'll have colourful images and videos and Robert will answer you moon-themed questions!

Suitable for adults and accompanied children of 10 years and over.

Booking essential. For more information or to book a place please email sandra.silk@lancashire.gov.uk

£5 per person


Live Moon Watch (Virtual)Stocks Reservoir

Sunday 13th February

7.00pm – 8.00pm

ONLINE

If you can't make it to the face-to-face event on the 12th, this is a great chance to see a live transmitted show of our moon from the comfort of your own home.  If the weather is poor, Robert will have plenty of colourful images and videos to share.

Booking essential. Please book via TryBooking at: https://www.trybooking.co.uk/BILY

Free, but donations to Champion Bowland following the event are welcomed https://www.championbowland.org.uk/index.php/donate


Exploring the Universe with RobotsImage credit NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS.

Monday 14th February

2pm – 3pm 

ONLINE

Join Lancaster University's, Dr Chris Arridge, for a fascinating look into the world of space exploration.

How do spacecraft work? How do we send a spacecraft on a three billion km journey to the edges of the solar system? Are the spacecraft and probes we now send to other planets in our solar system in any way like the probes we first sent into space? In this talk we look at the history of how we have explored our solar system.  We will look at the Mars Curiosity and Perseverance landers, the Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn and it's largest moon Titan, future missions to Jupiter, and the challenges of exploring the outer edges of our solar system.

Suitable for families with accompanied children 8 years +

Booking essential. Please book via TryBooking at: https://www.trybooking.co.uk/BIMB

Free, but donations to Champion Bowland following the event are welcomed https://www.championbowland.org.uk/index.php/donate


Discovering Bowland's BatsBat image

Tuesday 15th February

2pm – 3pm

ONLINE

Join us for this family-friendly online event all about bats! 

We'll start with a crafty, join-in-at-home activity before handing over to The Bat Lady herself – aka Gail Armstrong.

Gail has fascinated us on the subject of these amazing, night-flying mammals before, so we're delighted to welcome her back for this special event during the Bowland Dark Skies Festival.

Booking essential. Please book via TryBooking at: https://www.trybooking.co.uk/BIOJ

Free, but donations to the Bat Conservation Trust following the event are welcomed https://www.bats.org.uk/support-bats/donate


St James & Milky WayAn Introduction to Smartphone Night Sky Photography

Wednesday 16th February

7.00pm – 8.00pm

ONLINE

If you've ever tried to capture the ethereal beauty of the night sky on camera and wished you had a bit more know-how, this may be just the event for you.

Join Robert Ince for an online introduction to astrophotography using smartphones. Learn how to use your phone to capture the night skies including the Milky Way, the moon and even aurora.

Booking essential. Please book via TryBooking at: https://www.trybooking.co.uk/BIOK

Free, but donations to Champion Bowland following the event are welcomed https://www.championbowland.org.uk/index.php/donate


Bowland Dark Skies Festival – Free Family Nature Event (SOLD OUT)Owl pellet dissection

Waiting list at www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/the-ernest-cook-trust-33570219027    

Thursday 17th February

12.30pm – 2.30pm

Barley

Join Alison Cross, Outdoor Learning Officer with the Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership, on this family-friendly owl pellet dissection activity and discover what local barn owls eat! Plus, have a go at some natural bird crafts too.

Activities aimed at 6 - 14-year-olds. See booking website for more details. Parent/carer must accompany children at all times.

For further information please email: PendleHill@ernestcooktrust.org.uk

Booking essential Please note bookings will only be taken 3 weeks prior to event date, to allow for the current guidelines and Covid-19 restrictions to be put in place. Booking information available herehttps://www.pendlehillproject.com/whats-on "
Free


Dark Sky Crafts

Bowland Dark Skies Festival – Free Family Nature Event (BOOKING FAST)

Thursday 17th February

4pm – 6.30pm

Barley

As day moves to night, join Alison from the Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership Scheme for a family-friendly owl pellet dissection activity, followed by a nature walk listening for creatures of the night. Plus, have a go at some dark sky-themed crafts!

Activities aimed at 6 - 14-year-olds. See booking website for more details. Parent/carer must accompany children at all times.

For further information please email: PendleHill@ernestcooktrust.org.uk

Booking essential Please note bookings will only be taken 3 weeks prior to event date, to allow for the current guidelines and Covid-19 restrictions to be put in place. Booking information available herehttps://www.pendlehillproject.com/whats-on "
Free


The Right Light at NightHarrisend Fell

Thursday 17th February

7.00pm – 8.30pm

ONLINE

Light pollution was first identified as a problem by astronomers, but its consequences reach far wider.

Join Steve Tonkin, Dark Sky Advisor with Cranborne Chase AONB (an International Dark Sky Reserve), as he continues his quest to raise awareness about this issue.

Steve's talk explains how it is now widely recognised that artificial light at night, especially bright white light, can have profoundly negative effects on human health and how the effects on wildlife have been devastating, leading directly to the death of millions of birds each year and being the major driver of the insect apocalypse.

Steve believes that the solutions are at hand, are simple to implement, will have a net saving (of money, energy use and carbon emissions) and will not compromise security or our ability to safely work, travel and play at night. We need to act now before it is too late.

Booking essential. Please book via TryBooking at: https://www.trybooking.co.uk/BIOU

Free, but donations to Champion Bowland following the event are welcomed https://www.championbowland.org.uk/index.php/donate


Stargazing (FULLY BOOKED)

Friday 18th February

7.30pm – 9.30pm

Venue TBC

Wrap up warm and 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, whilst also showing you how to find all sorts of heavenly objects for yourself. Weather permitting, he will show some of the sky’s wonders through powerful telescopes and binoculars and will attempt to answer your questions on life, the universe and everything!

And if the weather doesn't co-operate there will be colourful talks, videos and hands on help with telescopes, together with friendly advice on how to get started in this wonderful hobby.

Suitable for adults and accompanied children 10 years and over.

Booking essential. For more information or to book please email sandra.silk@lancashire.gov.uk

£5 per person


Forest Moon Bathing (FULLY BOOKED)Image by Steven Kidd

Saturday 19th February

6pm – 8.30pm

Gisburn Forest 

Join Stacey McKenna-Seed, from Rewilding Outdoor Therapy, for a magical evening of forest moon bathing.

Stacey is an outdoor counselling therapist whose approach focuses on the mind-body-nature connection to empower and build resilience. On this dark skies event you'll experience the atmospheric surroundings of Gisburn Forest after the sun has dipped.

The Japanese practise of Shinrin-yoku is the simple method of being calm and quiet amongst trees, observing nature whilst engaging the senses. It can help de-stress and boost health and wellbeing in a natural way.

And as it may be a little chilly after dark in February!, we'll be able to warm up afterwards around the stove in the yurt, thanks to the Forestry England team.

(This event is not suitable for children.)

Booking essential. For more information or to book please email sandra.silk@lancashire.gov.uk

£10 per person


Aurora Watch (FULLY BOOKED)Aurora Watch

Sunday 20th February

7pm – 8pm

ONLINE

Join us for a livestream from the Arctic Circle where, weather permitting, our expert guide Matt Robinson will show us the Northern lights live! If the weather is poor or the lights are shy Matt will show colourful images and videos and have an impromptu talk.

A great way to round off our fourth Bowland Dark Skies Festival!

Booking essential. Please book via TryBooking at: https://www.trybooking.co.uk/BIQT

Free, but donations to Champion Bowland following the event are welcomed https://www.championbowland.org.uk/index.php/donate