Celebrating 10 years of Northumberland’s star attraction!
In recognition of its pristine dark skies, and a commitment by the National Park Authority and its partners to keep them dark, the whole of Northumberland National Park and most of Kielder Water & Forest Park was awarded ‘International Dark Sky Park (Gold Tier)’ status in 2013 by Dark Sky International.
Over the last 10 years, we have welcomed thousands of visitors from across the world, to look in awe at our star-studded skies. Inspired by the pioneering spirit of the world-famous Kielder Observatory, other Observatories have opened elsewhere in the Dark Sky Park, offering unparalleled dark sky experiences for all. You can find more information about observatories in the National Park below.
2023, marks the 10th anniversary of this designation, and the Authority and its partners look forward to welcoming you to a wide range of exhibitions, events and activities taking place over the next few months to coincide with our anniversary, as well as sharing tips on how you can help keep our skies dark and pristine for years to come.