North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)

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North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)


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Opening Times

Open all year (1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)

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Waterfall at Gibson's Cave, situated nearby to Bowlees Visitor CentreBowlees Picnic Area, NewbigginThe picnic area is in a sheltered side valley of Teesdale. There are 4 waterfalls in the site and more falls alongside a footpath to Gibson's Cave.

Sunday, 18th November 2018 - Sunday, 18th November 2018

Bowlees Visitor Centre - Upcycled ChristmasJoin artist Lone Helliwell and create a beautiful lavender filled fabric Christmas mouse to take home. Lone is from Denmark and was taught to sew by her father who was the costume designer for the Royal Danish Ballet. 14:30 - 15:30
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Walking in the North PenninesWalking in the North Pennines, StanhopeThe North Pennines has a vast rights of way network, including the Pennine Way National Trail, numerous circular walks and large areas of open access land making it a great place to go for a walk.

Stargazing in the North Pennines, StanhopeSome of the darkest skies in England are found in the North Pennines. Much of the area is remote, wild countryside with little development and the views of the night sky are second to none.

Friday, 17th August 2018 - Friday, 17th August 2018

Bowlees Visitor Centre - Creatures of the NightDiscover the wonders of the creatures that come out as we retire for the night with the aid of bat detectors and moth traps.  Run with Natural England.
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Saturday, 1st December 2018 - Saturday, 1st December 2018

Saturday, 8th December 2018 - Saturday, 8th December 2018

christmas crafts at bowlees Bowlees Visitor Centre - Christmas Crafts at BowleesMake card with a natural twist (1 Dec) and decorations from natural materials (8 Dec).  Adults free, child £2 
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Wednesday, 22nd August 2018 - Wednesday, 22nd August 2018

The Art of Nature Bowlees Visitor Centre: Wild Wednesdays: The Art of NatureUse natural materials to get creative both indoors and outside.  
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Saturday, 20th October 2018 - Sunday, 4th November 2018

North Pennines Stargazing Festival 2018Running from 20 October until 4 November stargazers in and around the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and UNESCO Global Geopark will have almost 30 star-themed events and tourist experiences to enjoy.
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Saturday, 29th September 2018 - Saturday, 29th September 2018

Pennine Journey in a Day Bowlees Visitor Centre - Pennine Journey in a DayCelebrate the 80th anniversary of Alfred Wainwright's 'A Pennine Journey' by following his footsteps from Bowlees to Hanging Shaw and back.  To find out how to get involved, visit the website.
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Sunday, 21st October 2018 - Sunday, 21st October 2018

Stargazing North Pennines Stargazing Festival - Solar System Walk & Diorama WorkshopDiscover the planets on a guided walk to Gibson’s Cave with Astro Joe then make a space-themed diorama with planets, space ships, aliens and space dust. Suitable for ages 5+. Booking essential.
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Monday, 22nd October 2018 - Sunday, 4th November 2018

Stargazing North Pennines Stargazing Fesival - Solar System TrailFollow the themed outdoor trail to discover the planets.  If you unlock the secret word, win a space-themed prize! No need to book.
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Wednesday, 24th October 2018 - Wednesday, 24th October 2018

Stargazing North Pennines Stargazing Fesival - In The Dark Wild WednesdayBowlees Visitor Centre, Upper Teesdale Children - £3 (accompanying adults free). Pre-booking essential Discover the creatures that come out after dark. Craft activities and mini-beast walks aimed at children aged 4-13 - Booking essential.
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Thursday, 1st November 2018 - Thursday, 1st November 2018

Stargazing North Pennines Stargazing Fesival - Astrophotograpy: Milky Way & WaterfallsJoin Gary Lintern to learn the basics of astrophotography and nighttime landscape photography. After a discussion about equipment and techniques, we will head to Low Force. You will need a camera on which you can adjust the focus, shutter speed, aperture, and ISO manually and a tripod. Booking...
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