Kielder Water & Forest Park

Experience nature on a grander scale where the views are super-sized. Thrillingly remote, yet easily accessible, Kielder Water & Forest Park boasts the biggest man-made lake in Northern Europe as well as the largest planted forest in England with 150 million trees.


Create lasting memories at Kielder Waterside

Kielder Observatory

Kielder Observatory

From outdoor adventure pursuits to luxurious lodges, there is something for the whole family to enjoy. The Bird of Prey Centre is home to over 60 birds including eagles, owls, and vultures, as well as a family of wallabies.

Join Stick Man on his Kielder Forest adventure

Collect your activity pack from Kielder Castle café and set off with a hop and a twirl to help Stick Man get back to the family tree! Aimed at younger children, but the whole family can enjoy finding the trail panels and completing fun activities as they go.

Get starry-eyed at Kielder Observatory

Sitting in the heart of Northumberland International Dark Sky Park, Kielder Observatory is stargazing heaven. It offers exciting sessions for stargazers – novice or expert – to learn more about the darkest night skies in England.

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Cycling along the Lakeside Way
Adventure Sports
Kielder
Kielder Water & Forest park's rugged wilderness is MTB heaven. Experience some of the best singletrack trails in the UK with breathtaking views. ...

Wag & Company Walk for Wag and Business Walk
Family event
Wag & Company is a registered Charity in the North East of England. We enable volunteers and their dogs to befriend older dog lovers who miss the company of a dog.Over 50,000 older people in our r ...

Osprey watch
Wildlife events
Kielder
Join us to observe the beautiful Kielder ospreys. You can see all the action close up through a live camera feed ...

Northumberland Dark Sky Park
Great Outdoors
Kielder
Northumberland International Dark Sky Park was unveiled in December 2013. At 572 square miles (1,483 square kilometres) it is also Europe’s largest area of protected night sky. Due to its pristi ...

Straker Chalet at dusk
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Self Catering
Kielder
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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Lewis Burn 8
Cycling events
New for 2019 is the Lewis Burn 8.  This 8 hour race is based on the delightful Lewis Burn trail on the south shore of Kielder reservoir.  The loop will be just under 9 miles long with plenty ...

Kielder Vintage and Classic Vehicle Show
Shows & Displays
There will be an amazing display of vintage vehicles at Kielder Castle: cars, motorbikes, tractors, buses and more! Visit the craft fair in the castle to browse for unusual handmade gifts. Grab a bite ...

Assisted Abseil
Adventure Sports
Kielder
Calvert 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-made lake ...
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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. ...

Forestry Commission Centenary
Outdoor Event
Celebrating 100 Years of Forestry 1919-2019, the Forestry Commission continues to protect and enhance the Nation's Forests for wellbeing, the future and the environment. There will be events throughou ...

James Turrell Skyspace
Great Outdoors
Kielder
  Created by internationally acclaimed American artist James Turrell, the Kielder Skyspace is a sculptural artwork at the Cat Cairn viewpoint where the artist manipulates our normal perceptions ...

Forest wildlife safari
Wildlife events
Discover the secret life of the forest - join professional naturalist, Bruce Ferguson and uncover the tracks, trails and signs left behind by its secretive inhabitants from red squirrels and deer to i ...

Picnic bench
Great Outdoors
Kielder
Kielder Castle is the visitor centre for Kielder Forest. Features include information centre, tearoom and exhibitions about forestry and conservation. Bike hire available.   ...

Active Northumberland Kielder Marathon
Sporting Event
Now in it's 10th year, the Kielder Marathon weekend offers up something for all the family. A 10K and Duathlon on the Saturday and a Half Marathon, Marathon and Junior Races on the Sunday. Welcomes ov ...

Fishing at Kielder Water and Forest Park and Fontburn
Fishing
Kielder
Northumbrian Water trout fisheries in the north east of England has built up a well deserved reputation for offering top quality fishing. ...

Kielder Vintage Vehicle Run
Shows & Displays
There will be three vehicle runs departing from Kielder Castle: one for mixed vintage and classic vehicles, one for vintage Land Rovers, and one for vintage tractors! ...

Aurora Show lodge
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Self Catering
Kielder
Luxury lodges on the lakeside of Kielder Water boast panoramic views stretching over the lake and forest. ...
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Archery1
Sporting Event
Learn the skills and techniques of shooting a performance bow with an qualified activity instructor. Discover your inner Robin Hood and perfect your arrow technique in the heart of the forest. Test yo ...

Family bushcrafts
Family event
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. You’re going to eat so you’ll build and light your ...

Outside Tower Knowe Visitor Centre
Museums and galleries
Kielder
                           Tower Knowe, the gateway centre to Kielder ...

Family Bushcrafts Survival Challenge
Family event
A family survival adventure – stick together, solve the problems, learn the skills, stay alive. Your light airplane has crash landed in dense forest hundreds of miles from civilisation. You have ...

man walking
Walking
Kielder
What better way to explore the great outdoors than on foot? With over 600 square kilometres of forest and over 26 miles of shoreline to choose from, Kielder Water & Forest Park is perfect for walk ...

Kielder Ultra
Sporting Event
An ultra trail running event based in the vast expanse of Kielder Water & Forest Park, Northumberland. From lakeshore to heather moorland, beautiful trails & superb scenery. With two distances ...

Main Evening Event
Star gazing events
Spend an evening at the Kielder Observatory with a team of experienced astronomers and we will share with you the wonders of the Universe. We are located in the heart of the Dark Sky Park and our fant ...

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. Mu ...

Ratty Ramble
Wildlife events
Come and join us for the morning; we’ll talk to you about our project and take you out into the forest to look for signs of our recently released water voles. Meet at Kielder Castle under the ar ...

Kielder castle
Group Attraction
Kielder
Home to Northern Europe's biggest man made lake, the largest working forest in England and the darkest skies in England, Kielder Water & Forest Park is the ideal destination for group travellers. ...

Mapping minigolf at Kielder
Sport and Leisure
Kielder
Mapping is a minigolf course derived from old and new maps of Kielder. Mapping uses bright finishes and colours and is a fully accessible, highly visual and entertaining 'must-play' experience. ...

Kielder Water
Sport and Leisure
Kielder
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.  ...

Family Events
Family event
Our early evening events are aimed to be fun and interesting to everyone, including families with younger children and for these events we offer reduced family tickets for two adults and two children. ...

Osprey 12 MTB Race
Sporting Event
12 hour mountain bike race on the blue Osprey trail. Solo or pairs. ...

Kielder 4x4 Safari
Outdoor Event
The Kielder 4×4 Safari is an off road adventure driving your own 4x4 on the tracks and trails of Kielder Forest. Kielder 4×4 Safari is an event based in Northumberland, the event exists to ...

Dark Skies Star Gazing
Star gazing events
Discover the beauty of the Dark Skies of Kielder. We’ll start with an introductory indoor session using an amazing software programme that allows you to view all the wonders of the night sky in ...

The Dirty Reiver
Cycling events
  The UK's biggest Gravel Cycle Event with distances from 200km - 65km. Open to all off-road bikes, though we do recommend a Gravel Style Bike and a new E-Bike category This iconic event, now in ...

Roger Albert Clark Rally
Sporting Event
This rally is for historic rally cars from 1970's and 1980's. It is the longest rally in UK totalling 300 miles in forest and 700 miles on public roads. ...

Heather
Great Outdoors
Kielder
Kielder Water & Forest Park is the ultimate outdoor playground that everyone can enjoy. ...
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Leaplish Ferry
Nature and Wildlife
Kielder
With views of the reservoir Kielder Waterside 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 l ...
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Kielder Caravan Park
Caravan & Camping
Kielder
The caravan park is a perfect base to enjoy your visit to Kielder Water & Forest Park. ...

Zog Activity Trail
Family Attraction
Kielder
Zog is the new activity trail for families to enjoy at Kielder Castle in 2019. Launched on 11 January, the trail follows the premiere of the animated special from Magic Light Pictures, on BBC One duri ...

Essential Bushcraft Skills
Workshops
An introduction to the basics for survival with top northern bushcraft teacher, Bruce Ferguson, with over 30 years bushcraft experience: shelter, fire, food and water. ...

Segway Tour
Outdoor Event
Speed along the Lakeside way at up to 12mph on this fun for all activity! • Perfect your Segway skills with a briefing from our professional instructors. • Explore Kielder on an instructor l ...

Osprey Ferry
Sport and Leisure
Kielder
  OSPREY FERRY  Please note the Osprey Ferry is currently not running.  If you require any further information on the Ferry Timetable please contact 01434 251000.   ...
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Kielder Castle Gathering
Family event
A gathering of present and former staff and the local community to celebrate 100 years of the Forestry Commission at Kielder. ...

Kielder Caravan & Camping Site
Caravan & Camping
Kielder
Relaxing 70 pitch, riverside site ideal for tents, touring caravans and campers in England's most remote Village. ...
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Kielder 4x4 Safari
Outdoor Event
A day of guided trail blazing in the heart of Kielder and Wark Forests raising money for Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team. You will get to drive your own 4x4 through a variety of trac ...

Family Bushcrafts
Family event
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. You’re going to eat so you’ll build and light your ...

Kielder Lodge
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Self Catering
Kielder
Nestled in Ravenshill Forest, Kielder Village providing tranquillity amongst nature, accommodation  comprises of barn conversion and lodge's with hot tubs. ...

Weekend Late Night Event
Star gazing events
Most Fridays and Saturdays in the late slot (approx. midnight-3am, please check website for times) we run our premium weekend events. These run similar to our main evening events but have a reduced nu ...

Star trails
Science and Technology
Kielder
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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Border Counties Rally
Sporting Event
This Motor rally is a high speed event which is part of the Scottish Rally championship. There maybe up to 90 cars travelling at high speed in the forests north of Kielder water and in Redesdale fores ...

Kielder Challenge Walk
Outdoor Event
The Kielder Challenge Walk has become one of the most popular challenge walks in Northumberland over the past few years. The route is easy to navigate and is great underfoot so is suitable for runners ...

Specialist Events
Talk/Lecture
In response to feedback from guests we have started an exciting new programme of events called “Physics in the Forest". These late night events take place in our new state-of-the-art Gillian Dic ...

Kielder MTB Marathon
Cycling events
50 mile sportive or 100 mtb race using the trails around Kielder ...

Tarset Tor Bunkhouse
Self Catering
Kielder
Tarset Tor Bunkhouse and Bothies are located in the Northumberland National Park.  Offering versatile, eco-friendly, self-catering accommodation. ...
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Kielder 26 MIle Sponsored Bike Ride
Cycling events
Take part in an exhilarating 26 mile sponsored bike ride around the breath-taking shoreline of Kielder Water and raise money to help give a disabled person a life changing experience. Enjoy a fantasti ...

Minotaur Maze at Kielder Water
Garden
Kielder
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. ...

Boat Inn Restaurant
Pubs, Bars & Inns
Kielder
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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Boat Inn Restaurant
Wildlife events
Meeting in front of Kielder Castle at 09.00, this is an easy walk on forest tracks, with frequent stops to scan for displaying goshawks and other raptors. The walk finishes at about 14.00. ...

Edible wild mushrooms
Wildlife events
There’s a certain amount of fear in Britain about eating wild mushrooms and although we do well to treat them with respect, fungi can be a wonderful source of food and can add a great deal of in ...

Outside Kielder Salmon Centre
Nature and Wildlife
Kielder
Kielder Salmon Centre, open April to 31st October, is operated by the Environment Agency. A modern visitor centre with touch screen and video displays describing the life cycle of the Atlantic Salmon ...

A Night Safari at Kielder Castle
Wildlife events
Hunt for the elusive night life of the forest including bats, owls and creepy crawlies of all descriptions. Join professional naturalist, Bruce Ferguson, on a night time expedition in search of some o ...

27 B&B Kielder village
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Bed & Breakfast
Kielder
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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