The Northumberland Dark Sky Festival is a celebration of Northumberland’s pristine dark skies, held every year during the February half term.
Northumberland is home to England’s first and England’s largest Dark Sky Park as certified by the International Dark Sky Association, and we thought that’s worth celebrating. There is a wide variety of things to see and do – from fireside chats with Northumberland astronomers, night sky guides, and interactive livestreams. Due to current restrictions, we have focused on online events but fingers crossed we get to see you in person too at one of the many venues dotted around Northumberland.
The CPRE Star Count runs from 8th to 14th February – more details released soon! And Kielder Observatory’s astrophotography art project, Escape Velocity, funded by Northumberland County Council, will be launched during the week, encouraging children to image the dark skies with mobile phones.
The Northumberland Dark Sky Festival is a collaboration between us, Battlesteads/Kielder/Twice Brewed Observatories and the Northumberland National Park Authority. Click here to see this years events listings and book tickets for the Northumberland Dark Sky Festival.
StarFest is a weekend of family astronomy fun at Brown Rigg Lodges
Brown Rigg Lodges is a luxury lodge accommodation, situated in the Northumberland International Dark Sky Park.
Starfest was originally timetabled for November 2020 and then postponed to February 2021 and then again postponed until further notice – Thanks to Covid! At as of today (January 2021) we’re hoping to bring it back in November 2021 and that from 2022 it will form part of the Northumberland Dar Sky Festival in February.
Watch this Space!
Lodges and rooms in the guest house are available.Brown Rigg Lodges
Brown Rigg Lodges are primarily self-catering, but yummy food options will include a Saturday Night StarBQ (weather permitting), and pizzas with lots of toppings. (Vegetarian options available.) To find out about more food options, message us using the link below.Food Choices
There will be stargazing on Friday and Saturday nights and many family friendly activities during the days, Friday to Sunday.Activities & Events