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Star Gazing:Dark Sky Festival 2021 at Brecon Beacons National Parkadd to shortlist

Dark Skies over Llangorse Lake

Dark Skies over Llangorse Lake

Dark Skies over Llangorse Lake

Virtual Stargazing event, Fri 24 - Sun 26 Sep 2021

Brecon Beacons,




The Brecon Beacons National Park is only one of 18 places in the world with dark sky reserve status. We enjoy light pollution free dark skies and can see the milky way on clear nights amongst many other celestial treats.

Come and join us on our first virtual dark sky festival with a series of online events and talks against the backdrop of the Brecon Beacons Dark Sky Reserve.

The festival is suitable for anyone with an interest in the night sky. It is very suitable for younger audiences over the age of 10. All events are £2 per household.

Time travelling - 24 September -11:30.
To gaze up at the stars is to look back into the past, much as Earth bound geologists do today.

Where has the night gone? - 24 September -14:00.
This talk explores the mounting challenges bats are facing with the increase in artificial lighting at night and how we can practically mitigate this problem.

A beginner's guide to observing planets - 24 September - 19:00
This guide for absolute beginners will show you how to find and observe planets and what to look out for.

What's eating the universe? - 25 September - 10:00
Award-winning physicist Paul Davies walks us through the puzzles and paradoxes that have preoccupied cosmologists from ancient Greece to the present day.

Welsh myths & legends of the night sky - 25 September - 14:00
In this talk Martin Griffiths explores how the Welsh characters and heroes of the Mabinogion and other folk tales are reflected in the night sky.

How stars work - 25 September - 19:00
Are other stars like our Sun? If not what are they like - small and peaceful, or large and violent? What makes them the way they are? How long will the Sun be around for and what might happen to it?

The greatest adventure - 26 September12:00
The Greatest Adventure traces the events of the 20th century:bthe first satellite in orbit; the first animal, man and woman in space; the first spacewalk;bas well as the ultimate US victory in the race to land on the moon.

Meteorites and the story of the solar system - 26 September - 14:00
This talk will reveal at how the solar system was formed, explain why we are made of stardust and provide some surprising facts about the origin of some familiar materials

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberWelcome HostAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencing

Visitor centres at Libanus & Pontneddfechan, Country Park at Pen-y-cae and Information Centres at Abergavenny and Llandovery

Event details

Dates Times
Fri 24 - Sun 26 Sep 2021

Events at this Venue

date event
Fri 24 - Sun 26 Sep Dark Sky Festival 2021


Brecon Beacons,

Location and nearby places


Plan route to Brecon Beacons National Park using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SN 977262  Lat: 51.92489 Long: -3.48906


Brecon Beacons national park can be reached from the South by the M4 and M50 motorways.
M4: Leave junctions 24 (A449/A40 for Abergavenny) or 32 (A470 for Merthyr Tydfil) to access the south of the park.
M50: Continue on to the A40 when the motorway terminates at Ross on Wye and follow to Abergavenny.
The A470, A438 and A465 gives access to the north of the park from Mid-Wales, Herefordshire and West Midlands.

Railway stations to the west of the park are via the Heart of Wales line at Ammanford, Llandeilo and Llandovery.
Access to the south and east of the park via Merthyr Tydfil and Abergavenny stations.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Abergavenny station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing

Visitor centres at Libanus & Pontneddfechan, Country Park at Pen-y-cae and Information Centres at Abergavenny and Llandovery

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