Dark Night Events for the Family In Yorkshire


Autumn is creeping in, and with it, the dark evenings. Coming up with things to do to entertain the family on those chillier evenings after dark can be tricky. Vale of Mowbray have done the hard work for you and come up with our own Top Dark Night Events for you and your family to enjoy.

Hidden Horizons

Hidden Horizons offer monthly Celestial Exploring events, held in Scarborough. These events give you and your family a small group (maximum of 12) experience of star-gazing. With a large telescope provided, and a knowledgeable leader, you can see nebulae, star clusters, galaxies, and our well-known constellations. It’s a sure-fire way to amaze the kids. Hidden Horizons supply the hot chocolate, so just wrap up warm and stuff a pork pie in your pocket, and you’re good to go.

After Dark Firework Spectacular

Held every year in Sheffield, this firework and bonfire night extravaganza is the region’s biggest, drawing in crowds of up to 20,000. Held on 5th November every year, there’s plenty for an evening of family entertainment with not on the bonfire, but a brilliant funfair, culinary delights, and of course the fireworks set to music. Of course, in addition, there are a myriad of smaller bonfire night celebrations throughout the region, so hunt down the best for you and your family.

Festival of Light

This is a rare gem of an event. On the 29th October, Ingrow Museum of Rail Travel will be opening its doors, for free, for families to come and wander the museum yard which will be lit by small machines and oil lamps. It stands to be an atmospheric experience which is sure to delight.

Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland

Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland is returning to York on 19th November and will run through until 2nd January. Families can get in to the festive spirit and sprinkle a little magic, with winter ice-skating, a trip to see the Man in Red, fantastic festive shopping, and some of Yorkshire’s finest dining options. This is more than a one off – come again and again during the festive season.

Dark Skies Festival

With the Yorkshire Dales National Park on our turf we can get away from the urban areas and glimpse the night sky in its genuine un-polluted glory. The Dark Skies Festival is the second one of its kind and will be running from 18th – 26th February 2017. This promises to be a series of fantastic family-friendly activities centred on star-gazing. From having a go with night vision, to wildlife explorations, open telescope sessions, talks, trails, a solar system scavenger hunt, and a range of craft activities, there will be something to suit every member of the family.

Don’t let the dark nights hold you back. We’re fortunate to live in an area where you can don the best cold-weather clothing, pack a flask and a pork pie, and head out for your own night-time adventure. Blow away the cobwebs and don’t let the dark evenings put a stop to family fun.

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