Petworth Dark Skies

Petworth Dark Skies weekender

This features out of date content from February 2020 - unfortunately we are not offering any half term activities this year.

Petworth Dark Skies - part of the South Downs Dark Skies Festival​

Join us at Petworth House & Park for this exciting weekend of activities in celebration of the night sky as part of our Skyscape exhibition season.

Book for the day or single events and experience a raft of drop-in workshops, activities and encounters including Brighton’s beloved Same Sky for luminous lantern decorating, torch processions, storytelling and singing sessions through the parklands and into the night sky at the end of a busy day.

Weekend daytime tickets include entry to the Skyscape exhibition and the house, where you will have the chance to see some of the historic rooms and the Petworth art collection, including works by Turner and Constable, both avid painters of the sky.

The event and all activities are part of the South Downs Dark Skies Festival and are designed for people of all ages to enjoy and be able to take part in. 

Get creative at Petworth Dark Skies

Petworth Dark Skies - Saturday 

Book in advance for Saturday at Petworth House and Park to decorate and take home your own lantern, take part in family singing workshops and meet award-winning authors and illustrators in story sessions all celebrating the sky. Events happening on Saturday, 22 February, start at 11am and finish at 6.30pm.

Get creative at Petworth Dark Skies

Petworth Dark Skies - Sunday 

Book in advance for Sunday at Petworth House and Park to decorate and take home your own lantern, take part in family singing workshops and meet award-winning authors and illustrators in story sessions all celebrating the sky. Events happening on Sunday, 23 February, start at 11am and finish at 6.30pm.

Skyscape Twilight Tours

Skyscape Twilight Tours 

This special guided tour is an exclusive opportunity to discover the house and collection after dusk when the house is closed to the general public. Tours are taking place on Thursday 20 and Friday 21 February at 4.15pm and 4.45pm (4.45pm tours now sold out).

'In Artists' Footsteps' early morning tour

In An Artist’s Footsteps - early morning tour with the House and Collections Manager, followed by a continental breakfast  

Andrew Loukes, House and Collections Manager, leads an early morning tour of the special spaces in Petworth House which were used by artists in the early nineteenth century. This event takes place on Saturday 22 February at 7.30am and finishes approximately 8.30am, followed by a continental breakfast.

Petworth Gardens at Night with the Head Gardener

Petworth Gardens at Night with the Head Gardener 

A fantastic opportunity to see the park when nobody else does and to learn about all manner of creatures that come out on a winter’s night. This event takes place on Thursday 20 February at 6.30pm and finishes approximately 7.30pm.

Stargazing and Stories at Petworth House

(Sold out) Stargazing and Stories at Petworth House 

The University of Sussex Physics and Astronomy Students join us with their telescopes to teach us about the night sky and some of our most famous constellations and some very special photography. This event takes place on Saturday 22 February at 7.30pm and finishes approximately 9.30pm.