2018 is a year to celebrate our Island and our connection to it, to celebrating the vast amount of things we have to see and do, the places we have to explore and the events for everyone take part in.
It is about celebrating our UNESCO Biosphere status and to get involved more and give our time and efforts into maintaining and enhancing our environment and our community.
2018 will bring a range of events and opportunities for us to value our environment, our culture, our heritage and our community, and to remind ourselves how these enhance our quality of life and our health and well-being.
We'll be adding more events to our programme throughout the year, so follow our social media pages to find out more!
Dark Skies Week
One of the things that makes our Island a special place to live is our unique dark skies environment, with an incredible 26 official dark skies discovery sites across our Island.
Discovery sites are places that:
- are away from the worst of any local light pollution
- provide good sightlines of the sky
- have good public access, including firm ground for wheelchairs – the sites are generally freely accessible at all times
All of our dark skies sites are classed as ‘Milky Way’ sites — this means not only can you see the seven main stars in the winter constellation Orion, but the Milky Way is visible to the naked eye.
During Dark Skies Week we hope to encourage you to take part in organised events or to just star gaze from your back door step and to take part in a community star count.
Download our Dark Skies booklet to find out more!