Dark Skies Festival Activities & Pizza Evenings

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Dark Skies Festival – The Yorkshire Dales & Moors Dark Skies Festival is back for 2022, from the 18th February – 6th March. How Stean Gorge are proud to be hosting our Dark Skies Activities once again and also hosting our very popular Pizza Nights on the Saturday evenings throughout the festival.

The Yorkshire Dales National Park has now officially been granted the status of an ‘International Dark Sky Reserve’. Making it one of the best places in the world to view the skies above.


Dates are now available book for the 2022 Dark Skies Festival 


Come star gazing by Canoe with How Stean Gorge

Saturday 19th

Friday 25th & Saturday 26th Feb

Friday 4th & Saturday 5th March

Friday 11th & Saturday 12th March

Glide and paddle your rafted Canoe along Scar House Reservoir surrounded by the moon and stars (weather permitting)

Ever thought of having a go at Star Gazing? Scar House Reservoir is 1 of 3 places in the Nidderdale AONB which is designated as a Dark Sky Discovery Site.

Lets paddle to the stars..

7pm – 8.30pm

Only £29 per person


Hungry?  Pre order a pizza in our Glass floored cafe, our popular Pizza nights will also be available during the Dark Skies festival nights from 5pm – 7pm these can be paid for on arrival (not included in the Dark Skies Activities)

Booking is Essential for both Dark Skies Activities & Pre Orders for Pizzas

Arrive early if you would like FREE entrance to our Gorge & Caves Visitor Attraction


What is an International Dark Sky Reserve? ”An IDA International Dark Sky Reserve is a public or private land possessing an exceptional or distinguished quality of starry nights and nocturnal environment that is specifically protected for its scientific, natural, educational, cultural, heritage and/or public enjoyment…….”



If your chosen date is unable to go ahead because of adverse weather conditions (e.g its too windy) another activity will be provided

Come along as planned but do an alternative activity:

  • Our famous 45′ Abseil and Gorge Walk
  • Our Via Ferrata High Wire Adventure
  • Our Nidderdale Caving Experience

Dark Skies Festival Yorkshire Dales

Also check out our Facebook Page  for updates – and for photos as these activities are also great at night!




Our Pizza nights are running the same evening as our Dark Skies Activities, pre orders only from 5pm – 7pm. Payment for theses can be arranged on arrival.

After meeting in our glass floored café at 7pm we will head up to to Scar House Reservoir to get out on the water and view the skies above.

Please complete you consent form before arrival by clicking the ‘View Required Documents’ tab on your booking invoice, this will allow you to complete the forms online.

Completing before hand will mean we can get straight out on activities without delay.

If you are organising a group booking you are able to send a consent form directly to all participants via email or by copying your unique link by clicking the ‘share’ tab. The group organiser can share this link on any social media platform Facebook Messenger, Whatsapp, Viber etc

Please bring along –

  • Waterproof Coat & Trousers (we do have some waterproof cags if you don’t have your own)
  • Wellies – tend to be the best footwear as you can paddle out a little way to step in and out of your Canoe whilst staying dry
  • Hat & Gloves
  • All safety equipment is supplied by How Stean Gorge

If canoeing doesnt go ahead an alternative activity will be provided Via Ferrata, Caving or Gorge Walking with 45ft Abseil. Its best to also bring along

  • A complete set of clothes, swim suit and towel, then your prepared for all occasions

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