dark skies star gazing

Dark Skies Star Gazing in the North Pennines AONB and Northumberland International Dark Skies Park - Kielder

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Book your own private dark skies star gazing

Discover the beauty of the dark skies of the North Pennines and Northumberland. 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 real time. Afterwards, weather permitting, we’ll go out and do some star gazing using the naked eye, binoculars and finally a telescope, to view some of the wonders of the universe.

Even if the sky isn't clear we'll set you up with all the knowledge you need to make sense of the night sky and find your way around the next time you are out and it is clear.

Option 1 
Meet at Harehope Quarry, Frosterley in Weardale, Co. Durham (subject to availability) where there are facilities for the indoor presentation as well as toilets and a good outdoor space for star gazing and using the telescope.

Option 2
Meet at a designated dark sky location. Huge tracts of Northumberland are internationally important for dark skies star gazing - absolutely perfect for crystal clear star gazing with skies full of stars. In addition large areas of the North Pennines have also been recognised as excellent for star gazing. There are locations around the AONB, Kielder and Northumberland National Park that are designated for star gazing; these have no indoor facilities. (If you have an indoor space in a dark sky area, with electricity there is the option for a presentation in real time of what is currently in the night sky prior to the outdoor activity; this is particularly useful if it happens to be a cloudy night.)

Duration: 2 hours

Cost: Minimum charge 40 (for two people) 12.50 per additional person

Booking: Ring or email to book a day and time that suits you; tel. 01388 529154 or email enquiries@natureholiday.co.uk then fill in and return the booking form (by email or post) and pay online on the button below. Due to bank charges please add 1.50 to the fee if paying by cheque.

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Further information: Minimum group size two; maximum 20. Participants should be 8 or over.

Location: Various locations are available in the North Pennines and Kielder

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"Thank you so much for last night. Your presentation and knowledge of the night sky was not only interesting but impressive as well. I thoroughly enjoyed the evening."