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We organise stargazing events from time to time

If you are interested in attending one, call us now on 01434 320175 and we'll let you know when they are being planned. Read on to get a feel for what these events are like. They are always popular.

It is estimated that 85% of the UK population has never seen a truly dark sky or experienced the sense of wonder that a clear night crackling with billions of stars can give, but there is a genuine and growing interest in amateur astronomy and star gazing. Popular TV programmes like BBC's Stargazing Live have whipped up lots of public interest.

Stargazing is great fun for kids and we hold stargazing events for all of the family periodically throughout the year. So, why don't you join us? You can stargaze and camp! Herding Hill is a wonderful place to sleep under the stars!

Most people can’t help feeling a sense of awe when they see a starry sky. Big, open skies are a defining feature of the countryside and on a clear night you can see some 4,000 stars sparkling in our universe all year round.

Did you know that the rural areas of Northumberland National Park and Kielder Water & Forest Park have the darkest skies in England? They have been given Dark Sky status. Visit our Stargazing" page to find out what that means.

Make sure you bring warm clothes. Even on a balmy summer evening, with clear skies above, stargazing can get chilly at any time of year. A hot drink is never amiss either and we'll be ready to serve those, along with pizzas!

The event will start with a brief and enjoyable overview of our solar system, followed by some stargazing. Telescopes and binoculars will be available but feel free to bring your own.

A tale from an earlier stargazing event

We had booked this weekend after camping at the farm in July. This was a special stargazing weekend as the site is in the middle of a protected 'dark skies' area, meaning that conditions for stargazing are optimal. There were several experts with a variety of telescopes. They gave a talk each night with pictures and videos and then we had a chance to use the telescopes. There was also a special solar telescope that allowed us to view the sun in great detail, including solar flares coming off it. We also saw double stars and the atmosphere of a dying star during the night time viewings. Harry stayed up until 10pm each night as it wasn't really dark enough until then for good viewing, so needless to say it has been a tired afternoon at home, but it was well worth it for the experience.

The site was near to Allan Banks, a National Trust site, so we visited there on Saturday and enjoyed a woodland walk, followed by playing in the river.

We also took part in rocket launching at the site, using water and air pressure, which the children all loved!

The site is a really good one for children with a very nice play area and I think we will be visiting again. They can even deliver home made pizzas to your tent in a golf buggy. We need to go again just to try that out!

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