South Downs Planetarium
& Science Centre
The Place for Space

South Downs National Park Dark Skies Festival

Thurs, 13th February 18:00 21:00pm


Goodwood - Counters gate car park. SU897113 (Nearest postcode PO18 0QE)

Designated an International Dark Sky Reserve in 2016, the South Downs National Park is one of the best places in the UK to enjoy the sight of constellations, planets and distant galaxies and we aim to keep it that way for future generations to enjoy.

2020 also marks the 10 year anniversary of the South Downs becoming a National Park and throughout the festival we’ll be suggesting 10 actions you can do to protect our night skies.

A picture of Stargazers


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Important Information:

For this event, weather permitting, telescopes will be sited a short walk from the car parking area. The ground may be uneven in places so please take great care.


If you bring a torch or flashlight with you please make sure that it is pointed downwards towards the ground at all times. It is in everyone’s interest for their eyes to be dark adapted.


The observing evening will be for 4 hours and there will be sufficient telescopes to enable everyone to view the objects on display, but some queuing is inevitable.

If the weather is wet or cloudy, there may be periods when observing is impossible, although it is usually possible to observe the Moon when there are gaps in the clouds.


This event is suitable for children age 6 and upwards, but please note that no unaccompanied minors must be accommpanied by a responsible adult.

Close supervision of minors is required at all times