As the nights draw in we light up. The Northumberland skies are deep with stars from now through to Spring. To make sure you get the best out of our heavenly nights, we have organised a galaxy of stargazing evenings and short breaks with trained star guides. Watch out for the single evening events coming shortly, or contact the accommodation below for details of short breaks.
If you would prefer to contemplate the universe yourself, there is a wide range of accommodation deep in the heart of Northumberland International Dark Sky Park with equipment to loan, or simply with a relaxed approach to late breakfasts after a star struck night - Dark Skies Accommodation
26 and 27 September – Redesdale Arms, Otterburn, Northumberland, NE19 1TA
First ever stargazing weekend break. Great food, comfortable rooms, astronomy talks for novices and stargazing wonders through powerful telescopes guided by experts!
Telephone: 01830 520668
26 and 27 September – Herding Hill Campsite, Haltwhistle, Northumberland, NE49 9NW
Stargazing Weekend with talks, solar and dark sky observing and chance to see the Milky Way in all its glory.
Telephone 01434 320175
17 and 19 October – Kielder Campsite, Kielder, NE48 1EQ
The first ever “Peoples Star Party”. The campsite is the venue for the world famous Kielder Forest Star Camp and now beginners can enjoy the same fabulous dark skies with telescope viewing every night, colourful talks and solar observing.
Telephone: 01434 250291
17 and 18 October – Haggs Bank Bunkhouse, Alston, CA9 3LH
Inaugural stargazing weekend at one of the darkest spots in the North Pennines AONB. Wonderful skies, telescope viewing, colourful talks and solar observing all guided by expert stargazers.
Telephone 01434 382486
28 and 29 November – Gibbs Hill Farm, Bardon Mill, Northumberland, UK, NE47 7AP
A stargazing weekend extravaganza under the sparkling skies with talks and telescope viewing seeking out diamond like star cluster, the Milky Way and distant galaxies.
Telephone: 01434 344030
13 and 14 December – Redesdale Arms, Otterburn, Northumberland, NE19 1TA
A stargazing weekend break in the lead up to Christmas. Enjoy Xmas hospitality combined with colourful astronomy talks for novices and telescope observing guided by experts! We'll also keep our eyes open for shooting stars from the Geminid Meteor shower.
Telephone: 01830 520668
Starmakers events, part of the Animating Dark Skies project, which has been match funded by Northumberland County Council, Northumberland National Park Authority, Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust, the Forestry Commission, Northumbrian Water, Kielder Observatory, the North Pennines AONB Partnership, Durham County Council and Newcastle University together with support from Northumberland Tourism.
|This project is supported by The Rural Development Programme for England, for which DEFRA is the Managing Authority, part financed by The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Investing in rural areas.|
Published: Thursday 28/08/2014
By Visit Northumberland
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 pristine skies it was awarded gold tier designation by the International Dark Sky Association, making it officially the best place in England for people to go to enjoy the heavens.
Northumberland National Park covers 405 areas of protected landscape with breath-taking views, crystal clear streams, dark skies for star gazing and rich wildlife havens.
Kielder Water & Forest Park is the ultimate outdoor playground that everyone can enjoy.