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30 June 2022

Beyond the Stars: A Journey into Northumberland's Magical Dark Skies

At Tiptoe we are located just outside the International Dark Sky Park, this park has the darkest skies in England and the second largest area of protected night sky in Europe. This gives our guests a great opportunity to star gaze. Guests are welcome to star gaze in the garden and grounds at Tiptoe or travel to a local Dark Sky Discovery Site or Stargazing Destination. The best time of year to star gaze is in Autumn and through winter. On a clear night thousands of stars are visible and even the milky way.


Essential items

  • Red Torch – The red lights help you see in the dark without adjusting your night vision.
  • Binoculars – 10 x 50 helps you see the stars more clearly.
  • Star guide – Discover exactly what you are seeing.
  • Warm blanket and clothes – Best months for star gazing are Autumn & Winter so make sure to wrap up warm.
  • Hot drink – Keep warm with a flask of something hot.
  • Deck Chair – Getting the right angle for star gazing with a deck chair or matt for the ground.


Dark Sky Discovery Sites

Locations that have very low light pollution, provide good sightlines to the sky, and have public access. We have picked out 3 local sites below

  • Kirknewton Village Hall (22 mins drive)
  • Wooler Common (27 mins drive)
  • Ingram Village Hall (35mins drive)


Star Gazing locations

  • Holy Island (30 mins drive). Stunning location for stargazing and the Northern Lights have been seen dancing across the causeway.
  • Embleton Quarry nature reserve (50 mins drive). Located on Northumberland’s AONB coastline. Embleton Quarry has been awarded dark sky status and is recognised for its star gazing location.
  • Kielder Observatory (1hr 30mins drive). A great destination for star gazing in the Dark Sky Park. Book a session to learn all about the stars and follow the events Kielder Observatory



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