Winner of England's best tourism experience - Visit England Awards 2013

Home to northern Europe’s largest man-made lake and England's largest forest, Kielder Water & Forest Park is one of Northumberland's best attractions. It is perfect for individuals or families that love nature, water sports, exploring, walking, cycling and much more.

Tower Knowe visitors centre at Kielder

Tower Knowe visitors centre at Kielder

Kielder Water & Forest Park features mile upon mile of purpose-built trails including forest walks for all the family and dedicated mountain bike tracks. The Lakeside Way is a 26 mile multi-user trail, suitable for walkers, cyclists, horse riders and wheelchair users, that encircles the shoreline of Kielder Water.

A haven for wildlife, Kielder Water & Forest Park is also home to around 50% of England’s native red squirrel population. In 2009 three chicks were born to a record breaking osprey couple - the first birds for at least 200 years to successfully raise chicks in Northumberland. So far they have returned to breed every year since. You can also spot see a range of rare wildlife including the Kielder Super Six: osprey, red squirrel, pipistrelle bat, roe deer, salmon and otter.

Waterskiing and sailing enthusiasts take to the water all year round and the lake offers a huge challenge to keen trout anglers between March and October.

You can discover all you need to know about Kielder Water & Forest Park including its history at Tower Knowe Visitor Centre or visit Kielder Castle, the former hunting lodge for the Duke of Northumberland, which now hosts a visitor centre, art gallery and exhibitions.

Leaplish Waterside Park boasts luxury self catering forest lodges, an indoor heated swimming pool and sauna, restaurant and bar and the Kielder Water Birds of Prey Centre.

Cycling around Kielder Water

Cycling around Kielder Water

Visitors to Kielder lodges at Leaplish Waterside Park have access to professional training and tuition for a range of mainstream sporting activities to suit everyone as part of a ‘go active’ break.

Activities include: archery and junior archery, fencing, crossbow, table tennis, snorkelling, FUNdamentals (gymnastics for young children), sea scooters (underwater propellers to power around the pool), disc golf (launch specially designed frisbees into targets across a large outdoor course), petanque (a form of boules), short mat bowls (indoor bowls for all the family), water walkerz (walk on water in the pool inside a floating inflatable ball) and skip-hop (skipping and hip-hop dance moves).

Famed for having the darkest night skies in England thanks to minimal light pollution, Kielder Water & Forest Park is a star gazers’ heaven and is home to the Kielder Observatory alongside Northumberland National Park who is seeking Dark Sky Reserve Status, KW&FP is currently in the process of bidding for Dark Sky Park Status. If successful, together they will create the world’s third largest area of protected starry skies. For more information click here.

Kielder Observatory

Kielder Observatory

There is also contemporary art and architecture including the futuristic shelter design of the Belvedere, the Minotaur maze and Silvas Capitalis, also known as the ‘giant forest head’.

Visitors are spoilt for choice when it comes to spending a day trip, weekend break or holiday in what the Campaign to Protect Rural England calls the most tranquil spot in the country.

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Family Astronomy
Star gazing events
Family astronomy at Kielder Observatory: what is it all about? Well, the skies, the Universe and everything that is in it! Tonight you sit back, relax and listen to your kids amaze you! Watch their fa ...
Picnic bench
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Build a shelter, light a fire, cook a meal, make something to take away. You’ll need to build a shelter, your own den in the woods ...
Orionids
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Join us at Kielder Observatory for the famous Orionid Meteor Shower, every year the atmosphere of the earth is peppered with comet dust. ...
Boat Inn Kielder
Pubs, Bars & Inns
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Boat Inn - Evening meals booking advised. Due to it's waterside setting, your dining experience at The Boat Inn will be accompanied by panoramic views across the water. We have a full range of ho ...
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CURATOR LED ART TOUR
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Find out about Kielder’s art and architecture programme directly from experienced curator Peter Sharpe  Advanced booking essential ...
A Year in Review
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2017 was a spendid year in the cosmos and we had a wonderful time explaining it all to our guests. ...
Family Bushcrafts Survival Challenge
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A family survival adventure – stick together, solve the problems, learn the skills, stay alive. You’re light airplane has crash landed in dense forest hundreds of miles from civilisation. ...
Planets & the Search for Life
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Join Professor Wallace Arthur, author of the popular science book Life through Time and Space, for the latest thoughts on the likelihood and nature of alien life. ...
Christmas Lat Night Dark Skies
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A festive deep sky get together and a chance to let those festive spirits fly, tonight we will guide you through the deep distant universe... ...
Aurora Show lodge
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Luxury lodges on the lakeside of Kielder Water boast panoramic views stretching over the lake and forest. ...
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Orion
Star gazing events
The giant constellation of Orion has been rcecognised throughout millennia as one of the most inspiring sights of the night sky. ...
Kielder 4x4 Safari
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Kielder 4×4 Safari - driving the tracks deep in the heart of Kielder Forest in Northumberland. ...
Northumberland Dark Sky Park
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Christmas Aurora Night
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What better way to start off the festivities than with a night learning all about the Aurora Borealis. ...
An Evening with Gary Fildes
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Join us for an evening with our Founder and Director Gary Fildes and listen as he uses his enthusiastic teaching to create a wonderful atmosphere of learning. ...
Magnificent Milky Way
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The magnificent Milky Way... our home in the Universe! ...
Outside Tower Knowe Visitor Centre
Museums and galleries
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                           Tower Knowe will be re-opening on the ...
Aurora Night
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Our most popular event... The Northern Lights! What are they? How do we see them? They have influenced fairy tales and folklore for millennia, shaped communities and religious beliefs, provided civili ...
Osprey
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Find us behind the Boat Inn restaurant, Leaplish and observe the birds on the nest using telescopes and live nestcam ...
Kielder castle
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Home to Northern Europe's biggest man made lake, the largest working forest in England, the darkest skies in England and voted Tourism Experience of the Year by Visit England, Kielder Water & Fore ...
Kielder 4x4 Safari
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A day of guided trail blazing in the heart of Kielder Forest in your own 4x4.  ...
Clay Shooting
Adventure Sports
Kielder
Welcome to the Kielder Sports an action packed adventure centre only a short drive from Kielder and in the heart of the Dark Sky Park. Set in the glorious Northumberland National Park count ...
Minotaur Maze at Kielder Water
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The Minotaur Maze is a must for children and adults alike. The adventurous will discover a number of special features that include a small glittering room formed from rocks of recycled glass. ...
Star trails
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Kielder Observatory is an astronomical attraction at Kielder Water & Forest Park run by the Kielder Observatory Astronomical Society. Please visit www.kielderobservatory.org for all event bookings ...
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Mini golf
Nature and Wildlife
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With views of the reservoir Leaplish Waterside Park is the ideal base to recharge and refresh or take part in an action packed day of activities. The Boat Inn Restaurant and bar serves fresh new ...
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Night Sky Safari
Star gazing events
Come and experience an unforgettable night of observational astronomy under the starry skies of Kielder and the largest expanse of protected dark skies in Europe - the Northumberland International Dar ...
Red Squirrel Safari
Wildlife events
Search for red squirrels and discover their way of life in a changing world. Join professional naturalist, Bruce Ferguson, to track down one of Britain’s best loved animals, the red squirrel ...
Kielder Lodge
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Nestled in Ravenshill Forest, Kielder Village providing tranquillity amongst nature, accommodation  comprises of barn conversion and lodge's with hot tubs. ...
Saturn and the Moon
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Join us for in-depth talks on the Moon and Saturn and a chance to observe these fascinating objects in the night sky. ...
Kielder Caravan Park
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The caravan park is a perfect base to enjoy your visit to Kielder Water & Forest Park. ...
Fishing at Kielder Water and Forest Park and Fontburn
Fishing
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Northumbrian Water trout fisheries in the north east of England has built up a well deserved reputation for offering top quality fishing. ...
Straker Chalet at dusk
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Fully accessible, comfortable Scandanavian lodges set in the beautiful Kielder Water & Forest Park and close to the tranquil shores of Kielder Water. Activities and home cooked meals are also avai ...
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A Universe Full of Stars
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The Universe... Why is it here? How did it start? How old is it? How big is it? How will it end? These are a sample of the questions that have engaged civilisations throughout millennia. Science has c ...
Heather
Great Outdoors
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Kielder Water & Forest Park is the ultimate outdoor playground that everyone can enjoy. ...
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Walking
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What better way to explore the great outdoors than on foot? With over 600 square kilometres of forest and 27 miles of shoreline to choose from, Kielder Water & Forest Park is perfect for walking and ...
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Late Night Dark Skies
Star gazing events
Come and join our inspirational team of astronomers as we observe the darkest of night skies above the internationally renowned Kielder Observatory. ...
Geminids
Star gazing events
Join us at Kielder Observatory for the Geminids meteor shower, named after the constellation Gemini from which they appear to radiate. ...
Full Moon Party
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The Moon.... Our nearest neighbour in space. Its big, its bright and we know it well. ...
Tarset Tor Bunkhouse
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Tarset Tor Bunkhouse and Bothies are located in the Northumberland National Park.  Offering versatile, eco-friendly, self-catering accommodation. ...
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Silvas Capitalis
Art and Architecture
Kielder
The landscape around Kielder Water & Forest Park has become home to a unique collection of visual art and architecture. ...
Astro Photography
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Assisted Abseil
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Kielder
Calvert Trust Kielder offers exciting and exhilarating outdoor adventure activities, fully accessible for the whole family, in the heart of Kielder Water & Forest Park, home to the largest man-mad ...
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Thanks to the Lakeside Way, a multi-user trail that follows the 27 mile Kielder Water shoreline, you can have a unique and beautiful walking experience.  ...
Nature Tour with Poker Players
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Explore the beautiful nature of Northumberland with us! All Poker Players are invited! ...
Space Kids
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A return of one of our most popular holiday time events…for the parents and the young scientists they accompany. Our Space kids events are designed to inspire, enthuse and educate, in a way the ...
Cycling along the Lakeside Way
Adventure Sports
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Kielder Water & Forest park's rugged wilderness is MTB heaven. Experience some of the best singletrack trails in the UK with breathtaking views. The Deadwater Red mountain bike trail will be clos ...
Leonids
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Join us at Kielder Observatory for the famous Leonid Meteor Shower, every year the atmosphere of the earth is peppered with comet dust. ...
The Gruffalo Spotter
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The Gruffalo adventure has returned to Kielder Water and Forest Park. The amazing App (download before you leave home) will bring this trail alive for you and your family. The trail is already a hit ...
Kielder Marathon
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The Active Northumberland Kielder Marathon route follows an almost entirely off-road course around northern Europe’s largest man-made lake, Kielder Water. ...
Aurora over Kielder Observatory
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Picnic bench
Great Outdoors
Kielder
Kielder Castle Visitor Centre is open all year round, 10am to 5pm (11am opening for exhibition Now to March) . Kielder Castle is the visitor centre for Kielder Forest. Features include information cen ...
Kielder Trail Reavers
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We are a voluntary group of enthusiastic mountain bikers who maintain and build the Mountain Bike trails at Kielder.  We meet up once a month and all volunteers are welcome. ...
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Celebrating 10 years B&B in Kielder village Dark Sky Friendly Accommodation. Closest accommodation to Kielder Observatory.  Dog Friendly. Pub/food 5 minutes walk. ...
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Old Hall
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This charming detached cottage sits in an isolated position near Falstone, in the Northumberland National Park, close to Kielder water. ...

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