This event has now finished
Part of Dark Skies Festival 2023
Katy Edmunds and Artist and Storyteller Steph Brittain
A relaxing activity for all ages. Take time out to stretch and relax. Deckchairs provided for your comfort by Ryde Town Council.
The Dark Skies Festival is a celebration and promotion of the Isle of Wight’s Dark Skies, supporting the Isle of Wight's application to become a ‘Dark Skies Park’. Raising awareness of Dark Skies on the Isle of Wight both for residents and tourists.
Astronomy, nocturnal wildlife and insects, photography, science, art, heritage, and culture will be explored within the festival. Talks, interactive activities, and installations will engage and inspire young and old. Likeminded organisations, schools, and the IW college, will work together to highlight the Islands dark skies explaining the importance of preserving and enhancing them for the health and wellbeing of people and nature. It is hoped that this event could be an annual event grown from year to year, establishing the Island as a prime Dark Skies destination.
The Isle of Wight's Biosphere Reserve status has given way to a renewed appreciation of the Islands unique environment. We will establish dark skies as a recognised feature within the biosphere building awareness and appreciation.
New Carnival are a community interest, non-profit making company, funded mainly through the Arts Council England. The Dark Skies Festival is funded through the Isle of Wight Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in partnership with New Carnival, as part of AONB’s work with the European Union Interreg Project, connecting Biosphere Reserves across the continent.