Dark Sky Friendly Durham
Dark Sky Friendly Durham

Dark Sky Friendly Durham

Some areas of the county are some of the darkest in the country, making it an ideal location for star gazing visitors.  Durham has 12 Dark Sky Discovery Sites making it one of the best places in the country for star gazing.  Astro tourism not only helps to support the rural economy, it also encourages visits during off peak times.   


Welcoming star gazing guests



Our helpful toolkit will provide you with all the information you will need to expand your business to the astro tourism market. 


Self-assessment toolkit



We have developed a charter mark to recognise businesses that support dark sky tourism.  Passing the self-assessment will allow you to use the Dark Sky Friendly Durham logo on your promotional material and your busineses will be highlited on the dark skies pages of our visitor facing website. 


Astro Tourism Business Support

As astro tourism becomes more popular with visitors to the county, make sure your business's able to adapt and take full advantage of this opportunity.  

The presentations here will help give an insight into why Durham is popular for star gazing, the impact it can have on your business and how to get involved.


Richard Darn – An insight into why star gazing is popular 

Alison Lamb – A case study of Doe Park Caravan site who  have the Dark Sky Friendly Durham accreditation talk about why star gazing has benefited their busines. 

Richard Darn  – Talks about how to get Dark Sky Friendly ready with your business

Gary Lintern – Provides a virtual visit and insight into Durham’s dark skies and what you can see for yourself.

North Pennines Star Gazing Festival - Shane gives an overview of the North Pennines Star Gazing festival.  

For more information please contact Lucy Wearne on lucy.wearne@visitcountydurham.org or 03000 261225