The night skies in the Shaftesbury area are amongst the darkest in southern England.
That’s why the Cranborne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has been awarded Dark Skies Reserve status.
The AONB’s new Dark Skies adviser, astronomer Steve Tonkin, tells Alfred about a new, week-long event to celebrate our area’s potential for stargazing.
Starfest takes place during half-term, from 15th to 20th February. The Zoom events are aimed at both children and adults and cover astrophotography, storytelling and the tourism benefits of reducing light pollution.