Britain’s First Ever Dark Skies Festival!

We are so proud of the Brecon Beacons National Park being one of only five Dark Sky Reserves in the world that there’s now a stargazing festival too! 

So come and celebrate the constellations, learn from the experts or simply enjoy losing yourselves in those twinkling patterns. 

Here’s our guide of the best to see and do during Britain’s only Dark Sky Festival in Hay-on-Wye this weekend…

Dark Skies Festival

Brecon Beacons Holiday Cottages©

Friday 21st 18.30 at The Swan at Hay
What to see in the Sky
An expert from the University of South Wales will be putting on a 3D show about the solar system and what to expect when you gaze up at those Brecon Beacons skies. (£10.00)

The Swan at Hay ©

The Swan at Hay ©

 Friday 21st at 19.00 departs at The Swan at Hay
Observe the Night Sky Over Hay Bluff
Come and enjoy the stars from one of the best spots in the National Park with phenomenal views over Hay-on-Wye and the Black Mountains. (£12.00)

Saturday 22nd from 10.00-12.00 at Hay Primary School
Solar Workshop
You don’t have to wait till sunset to enjoy the constellations – come and join experts who will teach you how to find Venus in daylight! (Free)

Saturday 22nd at 14.00 at The Swan at Hay
Photograph of the Night Sky
A wonderful opportunity to marvel at the photos taken by the experts of our glorious dark skies and learn some practical advice and tips if you’re a budding photographer yourself! (£10.00)

 Sunday 23rd 11.00 at The Swan at Hay
Planetary Nebula Lecture
Don’t be put off by the word ‘lecture’ as with David Griffiths this event is sure to be equally entertaining as it is educational. (£10.00)

Dark Skies Festival

Brecon Beacons Holiday Cottages©

 Sunday 23rd 12.00 at The Swan at Hay
Mark Kerr on Astronomy and Navigation
Local expert Mark Kerr will lead a talk on the history of astro-navigation and the instruments used with practical examples using high tech equipment. (£10.00) 

There’s also a festival exhibition on at The Swan at Hay throughout the weekend with displays from groups and businesses involved in astronomy and the Dark Skies project. (Free)

For more information on the Dark Skies project click here.

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