South Downs National Park is England’s newest national park, just 53 miles (86 km) southwest of London, England. It’s an accredited dark sky park, praised for “bringing communities not just an opportunity to see the English countryside at its finest, but also stars far beyond our planet” by the International Dark Sky Association. The park also celebrates an annual Dark Skies Festival, typically held in February, reserved for two weeks of cosmic fun including star parties, talks, and family activities.;the Herstmonceux Observatory Science Centre is also nearby. The South Downs offers many camping and glamping opportunities, including two YHA hostels right on the South Downs Way. Please note that the park, however, is closed to day visitors on Sundays. For more details, please visit online or call 01730 814810.
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