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Dark Skies Festival 2020

Following the success of our first Dark Skies Festival in 2019, the next festival will take place between 18th September - 4th October 2020.

The festival aims to celebrate the night skies of the Norfolk Coast through a range of events across the coast. We plan to harness the fantastic momentum and passion achieved this year, to continue to inspire people and encourage them to look after our incredible night skies and landscapes.  If you are interested in organising an event for the festival please email Kate Dougan.  

In the meantime if you would like to take part in our night sky photography competition, read on... 

Taking part

Find out more about our work on dark skies and Dark Sky Discovery Sites.


To find out how you can help preserve our coast's night skies click HERE


Join in with the festival on Twitter and Facebook @NorfolkAONB and Instagram @norfolkcoastaonb and use #Norfolkcoastdarkskies #darkcoastnorfolk #norfolkaonbdsf to let us know how you are helping to keep our coast beautifully dark.

Norfolk Coast Night Sky Competition

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Submit your photos of the Norfolk Coast's skies and landscapes by night. They can be anything that reflects the landscape and area in the dark - or dusk and twilight -  moonscapes, stars, wildlife and other elements that make the Norfolk coast's dark nights so special. The best ones will be chosen to feature in publications about the Norfolk Coast. And the three best will receive our special Norfolk Coast 50th celebration poster by Robert Gillmor and a copy of our photographic guide to the coast, 'Walk With Me' (total value £16).

Terms and conditions

Closing date: 31 March 2020.

We hope to use some of your photographs in publications, displays and on line, with an appropriate credit.  Submission to this competition implies that you will allow us to do this.

INFORMATION NEEDED: Please include with each image: caption text including exact location; names of any people that appear; date; time; title; any other special details in the image. Please also seek and provide permission from anyone who appears in the image. And make sure each image is clearly titled with your full name and its title and date.

SUBMISSION FORMAT: High res files via file transfer preferred, with captions, to Kate Dougan

Norfolk Coast AONB Festival 2019

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A HUGE thank you to everyone who took part in September's festival either through hosting events, giving talks and guided walks, helped to organise and publicise or simply by taking part.  

The festival fortnight helped to enhance the profile of our beautiful night skies and landscapes as well as raise awareness of light pollution issues in our area and how we can all do our bit to reduce our lighting impact. As a result we have some really interesting  work ahead of us.

If you would like to be involved or simply would like more information about the AONB Dark Skies project, contact Kate Dougan 

Festival partners and event organisers

North Norfolk Astronomy Society

King's Lynn and District Astronomy Society

CPRE Norfolk

Norfolk County Council


Norfolk Wildlife Trust

British Trust for Ornithology

Commission for Dark Skies

Norfolk Brewhouse

Kelling Heath Holiday Park

Deepdale Backpackers

Walk Cromer

Dixe Wills