Marlborough Town Council have announced that their innovative Dark Skies Festival, scheduled for late October this year has been postponed until October 2021.
Jointly promoted by the Town Council and the North Wessex Downs AONB, it was seen as a way to showcase the whole Marlborough and surrounding area and to take advantage if the relatively low light pollution around here.
Cllr Don Heath from Marlborough Town Council said “We are really excited about the festival, so many people offered to help this year but, with continued enthusiasm, want to join in next year. We are sure it will be a magical and memorable experience for all involved, especially for children. We hope to set people on a journey of discovery and future action to preserve dark skies.”
This year’s inaugural festival was planned to be a very busy and involving event. There were many workshops and presentations on stargazing, astrophotography using your phone and wildlife at night, interactive planetariums, themed dinners, art events and exhibitions. The whole festival will now be carried forward to 2021, running between Monday 25 October and Sunday 31.
As planned for this year, most events will be free to attend, and there will be something for all ages and interests, from beginners to experienced astronomers.