Northumberland Dark Sky Festival and StarFest

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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 festival will be live streamed via YouTube and you can browse the events here:

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 was created and is managed by Roy Alexander, the Director of Learning at AstroVentures CIC and it is a collaboration between the Battlesteads/Kielder/Twice Brewed/Stonehaugh Observatories and the Northumberland National Park Authority.  Click here to see this years events listings and book tickets for the Northumberland Dark Sky Festival.

Northumberland Starfest – 2021 October 27th to 28th

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.

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Starfest was originally timetabled for November 2020 and then postponed to February 2021 and then again postponed until further notice – Thanks to Covid!  Starfest is BACK in October 2021 and that from 2022 it will form part of the Northumberland Dar Sky Festival in February.

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  • Accommodation


    Lodges and rooms in the guest house are available.

    Brown Rigg Lodges
  • Food


    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
  • Astronomy


    There will be stargazing on Friday and Saturday nights and many family friendly activities during the days, Friday to Sunday.

    Activities & Events