Annual Meteor Shower

It’s not long until you’ll have your best chance of catching a glimpse of the annual Orionids meteor shower.

The Orionids shower comes around every October created by debris from Halley’s Comet that comes into contact with the Earth during this period. The shower will be at its best in the early hours of the 21st October giving stargazers their best chance to spot streaks of light across the night sky.

The meteor shower is visible throughout the remainder of October with activity peaking on the nights of the 21st and 22nd of October. Weather depending, you could see up to 15 and 30 meteors every hour.

Meteor over Northumberland

Northumberland National Park is the perfect place to watch the meteor shower. The National Park forms part of Europe’s largest area of protected night sky; awarded gold tier designation by the International Dark Sky Association, making it officially the best place in England for people to enjoy this celestial spectacle.

To celebrate this annual occurrence we are holding a special Orionid Meteor Shower event at The Sill. We’ll have an astronomer on hand to explain the meteor shower, as well as a selection of telescopes and binoculars to help you better see the show. There’s only a handful of tickets left. You can purchase tickets here.

We also have a number of special Dark Sky Discovery Sites throughout the National Park which you can visit to better see the Orionids. The full list of sites can be found here.

The best thing about the Orionids meteor shower is that it can be enjoyed by everyone; you don’t require any special equipment. Find a spot away from light and let your eyes adjust to the darkness; this will take around ten minutes. Remember to dress in warm clothing.

There is a special pre-event dinner offer available to those booked on this event. Between 6pm-8pm you can enjoy a delicious two-course meal in our Sill Cafe for just £15.00 per person.

Please pre-book your table by contacting