Battlesteads Dark Sky Observatory

Wark on Tyne
NE48 3LS

01434 230209

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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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Wow different prices

We paid £22.50 got there on the day checked the price on the website £17 so we over paid by £5.50 each. It was cloudy so we got to listen to a presentation which was great. The guide was very funny and knowledgable. Just upset that we paid to much.

Knowledgeable and enthusiastic team make this a first-class experience.

My family and I had a great time listening to Max, and his two enthusiastic aides, give an overview of the night sky. Although we were a reasonably large group, Matteo, who somewhat confusingly is also known as Maurice, managed to pitch his talk and presentation so that it resonated across all ages and knowledge levels. My youngest child is nine and was enthralled by the experience, in part because Miles very generously gave her a little rock from his collection. The organisation behind the talk is a CIC, and it is clear that the service is run out of passion and enthusiasm, rather than as a means for making money. The contrast between other sites that we visited on our trip, including a famous castle, where guides regurgitate scripts they have been spoon-fed, with the real expertise displayed here is both refreshing and welcome. Indeed, we have found that the most enjoyable cultural or educational experiences are invariably those run and led by professionals with love for their fields. So keep up the excellent work, Miguel - we will return the next time we are going north, as should anyone who wants a fun and informative time with a team of enthusiastic experts.

Amazing night at Battlesteads Dark Sky Observatory

71heatherk, Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom
My husband and I had booked a few days away in Northumberland and always look for things to do and places to visit that we have never done before, whilst searching on Google Battlesteads Dark Sky observatory came up so we booked it the running time of the event was from 21:00 to 23:00. We were staying at Gosforth Park which is approx 40 miles away from Battlesteads but it was easy to find with the sat nav. The observatory is at the back of the hotel and as it didn’t start till 21:00 we decided to have a meal at the hotel first the food was fresh and the staff were very friendly. There were 2 other couples that were in the our group and Martin the astronomer made us all feel very welcome. Martin answered various questions we had and his knowledge was amazing. As the evening went on Martin explained about the constellations and about what we should be able to see in the sky that evening we were very lucky as he explained that if we wanted to stay till 23:20 the International Space station should be visible. At around 22:00 we went outside and Martin explained the visible constellations all I can say that it was amazing during our time there we saw moving across the sky 5 satellites, the ISS, a shooting star, Jupiter and 4 of its moons. This activity is amazing and suitable for all I can’t recommend this strongly enough and if you get Martin as your astronomer you’re in for a treat.

The Sky is the Limit

Brian L, Wirral, United Kingdom
We booked a two night stay in the Battlesteads Hotel and booked into the Observatory for their Moon Night. The evening sky was a little cloudy, but cleared as the night drew in. Our Guide/Host, Mark was an amazing font of knowledge, probably with a photographic memory. He was seeing stars well before our eyes found them. The Moon was a little bit more than 1/2 size, but very bright and with the telescope looked amazing. Mark spent some time exploring the sky on his computer which gave us an very interesting insight as to what is above us as well as the stars and planets. As the evening darkened more became visible and with Mark's help and good binoculars (provided by the Observatory) an amazing amount of information was supplied. The visit lasted about 2/2.5 hours, but seemed to pass in a flash. Well worth the trip, and has encouraged to look upwards at night back on Wirral.

It was cloudy

Geepster, Thirsk, United Kingdom
Great facility, shame it was cloudy. Chris was very knowledgeable and put the subject across clearly. Ask him about the dark side of the moon

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