The North Pennines has some of the darkest skies in the country where you can see 1000s of stars on clear nights, so it’s the perfect place for stargazing. Here, you are away from busy towns and cities where there is lots of light spillage which creates that familiar orange glow and blocks out the stars.
The North Pennines has its very own observatory based at Allenheads Contemporary Arts overlooking the village of Allenheads in the Allen Valleys.
We have held three North Pennines Stargazing Festivals in 2017, 2018 and 2019. The events and activities are tailor-made to help you unlock the wonders of the dark skies in the North Pennines AONB.
Anywhere in the North Pennines that is away from street lights will be good for stargazing, but some of the best spots have all been designated as Dark Sky Discovery Sites.
|Season (22 Oct 2021 - 31 Oct 2021)|