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
Seeing stars even though it was still light!
We went to the session 'Astronomy for complete beginners'. There were about ten of us. Roy (I think) was the main astronomer, with two assistants. We had feared that as it was midsummer and light until 10.30pm we would not see anything, but amazingly the telescope picked up stars and planets for us to see, and strong binoculars were provided to see the full moon and the planets. It was an entertaining and informative evening, and we took away a handout with information on websites to try out for further information. The sight of Saturn and its rings was particularly moving. It is one minute walk from the hotel, so would highly recommend it to anyone staying there.
Good coffee bad manners
spencerboyle, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
What a shame that a really nice day, when my partner and I had a lovely coffee and glass of wine in a beautiful little spot. However this was spoiled with the very rude manner in which we were spoken to by the bar tender, George.
666thompson, Great Missenden, United Kingdom
My partner attended an introduction to astronomy. I had the luxury of sitting in the bar in a comfy chair with the dog, and an excellent selection of beer. Staff in the bar were excellent friendly and attentive Meanwhile at the Observatory my partner had the added benefit of advice and help in setting up her new telescope and despite the fact that conditions were not ideal for star gazing (too cloudy) left feeling thoroughly enthused and with the basic knowledge as to how the use her new telescope and navigate the skys.- The only negative is that now every cloud free night sees her eager to get out and stargaze An excellent and great value experience with a tutor who explained his speciality in language his students could clearly understand and which generated a real enthusiasm for the subject
Very entertaining and informative evening
JanetteMLon, London, United Kingdom
We visited in June, unfortunately on the night storm Hector also arrived. Despite the clouds, the session led by Roy was really interesting and very entertaining. His passion for the subject shone through and infected us all. We did glimpse Venus and an unnamed star but the evening was not spoilt in any way. Well worth a visit
Booked through Voyage Privé
See review of Battlesteads for the main assessment of the stay but the deal included this opportunity to spend time with an astronomer and the kit they have. If you’re reading this I suspect you already know that Northumberland has virtually no light pollution - Dark Sky - so even in May with the naked eye, but better with the 12*70 binoculars you can borrow and unbelievably well with the 60x telescope they have mounted on a computer guided thingy there’s a lot of twinkling things out there. And planets - quite used to seeing Venus, but Jupiter along with 3 moons and it’s bands and storm spot was a revelation. Martin the astronomer was all over our questions and happily pointing out stuff with a laser pointer and steering the telescope from a binary pair of stars, to Hercules’ globular cluster, to a basket or something - my head span! His enthusiasm was infectious and if I’d dressed more appropriately I could have stayed longer than the 2 hours allotted. We held on to the end to see an iridium flare - when a satellite tilts its solar panels to reflect the sun from under the horizon - the satellite arrived absolutely on time and where Martin said it would be but the expected flare may have been lost in some cloud. Certainly worth joining in