Online Events & Learning

Join us for one of our online events and discover the fascinating Forest of Bowland from the comfort of your own sofa!

(Under 18s will need to be accompanied at all our online events.)

For the full Festival Bowland events programme, please go to:

Bowland Dark Skies Festival: Planet WatchDark Skies far planets image_Robert Ince

Sunday 12th February, 7 - 8pm


Join Robert Ince, of Stargazing Events, for an online real time viewing session of the planets and some other telescope sites. 

Robert will, weather permitting, be broadcasting   his telescope's viewpoint via Zoom, hoping to show Venus, Jupiter and Mars, and whatever else we can capture. 

If the weather doesn’t play ball, Robert will show clips taken previously and explain what we can see for ourselves under clear skies.

Free, but booking essential via TryBooking. Please book at this link

Bowland Dark Skies Festival: The Preston ObservatoryDeepdale Observatory_Jeremiah Horrocks Institute archive

Monday 13th February, 7 - 8pm


The origins of a Municipal Astronomical Observatory in Preston came from the Preston Scientific Society, which founded in 1876 with an active astronomical section.

The Society convinced the Preston Corporation to fund a large astronomical instrument for public use with the opening of Deepdale Observatory in 1881. The observatory, which still houses the historic 8 inch Cooke Refractor, relocated to Moor Park in 1927 and was renamed the Jeremiah Horrocks Observatory.

Following his highly enjoyable talk last year, Graham McLoughlin of Preston and District Astronomical Society joins us once again - this time for a look at the history of what could be the oldest public observatory in the UK.

Free, but booking essential. Please book via TryBooking at this link

Bowland Dark Skies Festival: Family StorytellingMoon_Matthew Greenhalgh

Tuesday 14th February, 6 - 6.30pm


What could be better on a dark night than hitching a ride to the moon?

If this sounds like fun, join us online as local storyteller, Sue Allonby, shares traditional tales on a moon theme as part of our Bowland Dark Skies Festival.

Story-lovers from four to 104 are welcome to tune in, but remember that all under 18s need to be accompanied by an adult.

Free but booking essential. Please book via Trybooking at this link


Bowland Dark Skies Festival:  An Introduction to Smartphone Night Sky PhotographyMilky Way_Robert Ince

Wednesday 15th February, 7 - 8pm

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 his popular 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:

The Folly!The Folly_Settle_credit Stephen Garnett

Thursday 9th March, 7 - 8pm


One of the Yorkshire Dales' only Grade 1 listed buildings, The Folly is an unmistakable landmark in the centre of Settle.

Built in the late 17th century, the building has been variously a residence, a farm - and even a fish and chip shop!

Now owned and managed by the North Craven Building Preservation Trust (and home to the Museum of North Craven Life) this fascinating building has had a varied history.

Join us online as we discover its past and hear about some of the exciting plans for the future.

Free, but booking essential. Please book via TryBooking at this link:

Introduction to the Garstang Walking Festival and a Guide to the Forest of BowlandBleasdale Church_Forest of Bowland AONB

Wednesday 22nd March, 6 - 7pm


Join Wyre Council to discover what walks and activities are on offer and get a flavour of what you may discover during the Festival.   

Booking essential. To Book on this online event and receive your Zoom link, please email .  


Working with Watercourses in the Forest of BowlandSmithy Beck_Wyre Rivers Trust

Wednesday 5th April, 7 - 8pm


Did you know that the River Wyre flows entirely within Lancashire?

The source of the river sits in the Bowland fells, where the Marshaw Wyre and the Tarnbrook Wyre are formed.  It then flows south through Garstang before turning sharp north west and completing its 28-mile journey at Morecambe Bay.

Find out more abut the Wyre Rivers Trust within the Forest of Bowland and the work they do to improve water quality, create better habitats for wildlife and raise awareness of the issues in the Wyre catchment.

This is your chance to hear about their latest projects, find out about the varied volunteer opportunities available and ask any questions you may have.

Booking essential. Please book at



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