Black Fell, Near Kielder Village, Northumberland, NE48
Kielder Observatory is one of the best stargazing experiences to be had. It's location within the Northumberland International Dark Sky Park and it's friendly and experienced Astronomers make it a must-visit attraction. Even the journey through Kielder Forest and up the forest track is an amazing experience in itself!
With various themed public events running 7 days a week there is plenty of opportunity to visit however bookings must be made well in advance due to the observatory's popularity, at least several weeks for mid-week events sometimes several months for weekends. Note that event start times vary depending on the time of year.
For the best experience and to see the dark skies ensure you plan your visit around new moon. During summer book the late evening events to avoid the Sun's twilight (and midges!).
Make the most of your trip to this remote location perhaps by staying over at Kielder Campsite, enjoy walks around Europe's largest man-made reservoir and check out the village Pub and Castle cafe both of which serve great food.
- Event includes an astronomy related presentation or talk.
- Event will involve stargazing and observing the skies through telescopes weather permitting
Please be aware that due to the Coronavirus it is likely that this event has been cancelled or postponed. If you are considering attending this event please double check with the event organiser directly to confirm. If this event is indeed affected the organisers will no doubt need your support in the future -- please do consider attending an event of theirs when possible! Thank you!
This event is being organised by Kielder Observatory who should be contacted if you have any queries. We highly recommend you confirm this event is indeed going ahead before travelling. If you do attend it would be fantastic if you could let the organiser know you found them via Go Stargazing!
Please contact Kielder Observatory directly for more details regarding this event or, if appropriate, contact the event venue.
Location light pollution
Location darkness on Tuesday 12th December 2017
The below graphic shows if and when it will be dark at Kielder Observatory on the evening of this event. Yellow areas show when the skies are not dark due to daylight (bold yellow) and moonlight (faded yellow). Click on the image for an explanation on how darkness is determined.