There are some dark goings on around Robin Hood's Bay this next couple of weeks as the Dark Skies Festival gets underway. It runs from 15th February until 3rd March and details of the many events planned can be found on the National Park's website at www.northyorkmoors.org.uk/darkskies. Here at Skerry Hall Farm we are priviledged to enjoy superb dark skies away from street lights and the light pollution glow of large connurbations. There are few places better to enjoy starry skies or the moon, which is spectacular when seen across the bay reflecting on the sea. There is a full moon on 19th February.
Why not treat yourself to a short break and enjoy this beautiful area early in the year. Apart from the Dark Skies Festival there are lots of things to occupy your time, more so with the half-term break this coming week so attractions such as the North York Moors railway will be running. Our local pubs and restaurants are open, and few things can be better at the end of a full day than to sit by the fire in a comfortable pub to enjoy a hearty meal.
It is also a great time to get out and enjoy the great outdoors, both in the countryside and on the beaches. So far it has been a comparitively dry and mild winter, so the ground is good underfoot for walking. The birds seem to think that spring is just around the corner and we are enjoying their song both morning and evening - none more noticeable than the blackbird who has been singing his heart out. We have a constant stream of visitors to our bird table, which in addition to the usual chaffinches, robins, blackbirds and tits (blue, great and coal) include great spotted woodpecker, nuthatch,long-tailed tits, the odd jay and a host of others. You can even catch sight of the ghostly barn owls hunting over our fields, as well as enjoy the calls ot the tawny owls in our wood.
So go on, treat yourself to that break that you so deserve!
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