Do Look Up

It’s true! The Andromeda Galaxy is hurtling towards us at 25,000 miles per hour!, but don’t worry, it won’t collide with our galaxy, the Milky Way for another 4 billion years. In the meantime, why not just enjoy the view by attending some of the events included in this year’s programme for the Northumberland Dark Skies Festival in the Northumberland International Dark Sky Park, England’s first and largest Dark Sky Park.

The Northumberland Dark Skies Festival will feature a wide range of events and activities to see and do, for all the family; including a number of stargazing events taking place in the ‘Park of Darkness’, to chats with local astronomers as well as a Northumberland Dark Skies Exhibition at The Sill National Landscape Discovery Centre, which opens on the 12th February.

We will continue to update this page with full details on offer throughout January.  We hope you will be inspired to visit Northumberland International Dark Sky Park in the near future and experience our incredible dark skies at one of the many amazing observatories and venues dotted around Northumberland.

Visit our What’s On Page to discover exciting Dark Skies Festival events.

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Discover our Dark Skies

See the beauty of Northumberland's dark skies in this incredible video.

Battlesteads Observatory

Battlesteads Observatory, in the picturesque village of Wark, will play host to several moon watch and astronomy for beginners events. 

Starry skies above the Battlesteads Observatory

Kielder Observatory

Kielder Observatory, in the beautiful landscape of Kielder Water and Forest Park, will be hosting 14 events throughout the week on a variety of topics from the aurora to dark matter to exoplanets. Events sell out very quickly so book here! 

Star Trails above Kielder Observatory

Stonehaugh Observatory

Stonehaugh Observatory is the newest addition to the Northumberland star scape and will be hosting a few “bubble” events throughout the week. 

Stonehaugh Star Pavillion

Twice Brewed Observatory

Twice Brewed Observatory, on Hadrian’s Wall, will host several family stargazing events throughout the week. 

The Twice Brewed pub under a blanket of stars at night

Interested in Astronomy?

The North East is home to many welcoming astronomy societies, Follow the links below to visit their Facebook Public Groups and Pages:

NASTRO [Northumberland Astronomical Society]

Newcastle upon Tyne Astronomical Society

Sunderland Astronomical Society

Festival Partners

Northumberland Dark Skies Festival 2021 is organised by a partnership: Battlesteads Observatory, Kielder Observatory, Stonehaugh Observatory, Twice Brewed Observatory, and Northumberland National Park.

We hope that 2021 will be the first of many annual Northumberland Dark Skies Festivals to come.