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Star Gazing at Penrhyn Castle

Snowdonia National Park - The Dark Skies Festival 2020 - February Half Term Fun at Penrhyn Castle that is suitable for all ages. Learn more about the skies above and make the most of the dark nights. 

Snowdonia National Park has been given the status of an International Dark Skies Reserve and we are lucky enough to be based a short drive away from the National Trust run Penrhyn Castle near Bangor, who are running four days of fun dark skies events and activities for all ages over February Half Term. The night sky is one of the joys of a winter in Wales.

Over 4 days (and evenings) the team as the castle will explore the night’s sky, learn about stars, constellations and planets, explore our traditions, cultural heritage and relationship with the night’s sky and find out how being a Dark Skies Reserve has a positive impact on our environment, nature and our lives.

Teaming up with Snowdonia National Park's Dark Skies team and Techniquest Glyndwr the castle will bring the night's sky indoors, during daylight hours - thanks to a 5 meter, 360 degree projection planetarium called the StarDome.

During the four days you will also have the opportunity to experience and celebrate other starry night activities including Dark Skies talks, evening stargazing walks and fireside star stories. Take a walk with us into the woods and settle down by a fire-pit for some starry storytelling. Learn how the stars helped shape Welsh history and hear some of the myths, legends and literature, inspired by the nights sky.

Enjoy nocturnal animal experiences, nature trails and visit the Grand Hall for special Zodiac Tours. Find out more about the amazing zodiac stained glass windows in the grand hall, their history and the inspiration behind them.

It should be a lovely few days of activities to make the most of the dark nights before the clocks change. Click here for a full list of activities, times and dates.

We have a range of self catering accommodation available for February Half Term. Click here to check availability and to book a February break in North Wales with us today. 

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