The Battlesteads Dark Sky Observatory, is an accessible, public astronomical observatory offering talks, activities, drop in sessions, stargazing and Astro courses to suit anyone from the absolute beginner to the professional.
Located at a Dark Sky Discovery Site in Wark and under very dark skies, the observatory offers the perfect compromise between the beautiful majesty of dark skies and the facilities offered by a 21st Century Countryside Village location:
- Luxury Astro Accommodation just metres away.
- Superb meals and snacks available, specialising in sustainable, locally sourced food.
- Free hot drinks and water available in the observatory Warm Room.
- Full mains electricity and wifi internet for all your Astro Equipment and Devices (laptops,tablets, smartphones).
- The road is open whatever the weather – even in midwinter snow, and we have plumbing!
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Restaurant / Cafe on site
Paul R, Holmfirth, United Kingdom
Taking advantage of the dark skies near Kielder forest, the observatory is well equipped with powerful telescopes and lots of powerful binoculars available. The presentation was very informative and interesting and views of the stars spectacular. First time I had seen Saturn through a telescope, amazing.
Good introduction to astronomy
Jon P, London, United Kingdom
The experience had the potential to be very good but a cloudy sky prevented us from making the most of our visit. Check the weather forecast before booking. £20 per person was a little on the expensive side. Interesting presentation but a touch amateurish. Good introduction/background for someone new to the subject.
Excellent facilities for star-gazing.
Steve F, Lowestoft, United Kingdom
The observatory,manned by enthusiastic amateur astronomers, is an excellent facility within the Kielder dark sky area. Milky-Way class viewing - unless cloudy! Knowledgeable staff, great facility, and a very entertaining evening.
Incredible Astronomy for beginners
Rachael C, Derby, United Kingdom
Visited Battlesteads Observatory as a last minute booking and was so glad I did! Chris the astronomer was brilliant and as the clouds disappeared we were treated to a spectacular night sky. 4 Planets, The Milky Way, hundreds of stars and a couple of shooting stars!!!! Excellent. Highly recommended (as good as Kielder but easier to get tickets!!)
Cancelled at last minute
Zorah G, Houston, Texas
So I booked this event a year in advance on recommendation and have been looking forward to it for a full year. I flew from another country and then drove two hours from my cottage to enjoy this experience. Not until I arrived did I learn that the host of the dark sky night had cancelled. I was devestated. A year, a 10 hour plane ride, and a 2 hour car drive (one way), and it was cancelled. While I understand things happen, what I couldn’t understand is why there wasn’t a back-up plan, an assistant host, something, so that if one cancels, someone else can step into their place? It’s a pre-book, reservation-only, pre-pay event, which implies it will happen no matter what. It even says rain or shine. So how about have a back up host? I will say in their favor that they emailed as soon as they knew the host wasn’t coming (an hour before the event), and then they did refund the money. Everyone was really nice about it. I liked the staff I met there and enjoyed a dinner, but it was still a lot of planning and effort just to be cancelled at the last minute. Couldn’t we at least make use of the telescopes or equipment? They just turned us away. I’d like to try again next year when I return to visit family, but I’m not sure I want to risk the long drive just to have it cancelled again.