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Stargazing in Northumberland

The dark Northumberland skies above our campsite are truly spectacular - perfect for stargazing!

Star Gazing

If you’re looking to observe the Northumberland dark skies and combine with a glamping trip in a stargazing pod in Northumberland then Herding Hill Farm is the perfect spot.  Our 5-star campsite is less than one mile from the accessible Dark Sky Discovery picnic site at Cawfields Quarry, within the Northumberland International Dark Sky Park. An easy walk to add to the sense of adventure, the walk to the quarry on a clear, moonless nights is simply breath-taking. However if you prefer to stargaze from your glamping pod or hot tub, Herding Hill Farm is a designated Dark Sky Friendly campsite. Our site is nestled in a valley and there no outside light pollution. We are committed to preserving the darkness and on site we use responsible low level LED lighting so that our guests have the best stargazing experience when staying with us.

You can find out more about the best stargazing spots in Northumberland here.

Around 85% of the UK population has never seen a truly dark sky. The Northumberland National Park is famous for its pristine dark skies. So, for an astro-tourism experience (that won’t cost the universe), head to Herding Hill Farm for unrivalled stargazing in the beautiful Northumberland countryside. Whether you’re after dark sky camping or a touch of luxury with our glamping Wigwam cabins with outdoor hot tub or luxury lodge – you can enjoy the beauty of the dark skies right from the comfort of your own pitch. We also offer fire pits for hire to keep you warm whilst you keep a lookout.

On a clear night, the pristine dark Northumberland skies above our campsite come alive with billions of shimmering stars making up our Milky Way, a plethora of planets, dazzling meteor showers and the glow of galaxies like Andromeda that are out of this world. Perfect for stargazing in Northumberland.

The best time for stargazing is during the autumn and winter months, when the nights draw in. This makes stargazing ideal for children as they don't have to stay up too late to enjoy the amazing wonders. Our campsite is open all year-round so why not try a Winter stargazing glamping trip. You don’t need an expensive telescope, just bring a pair of binoculars and a deck chair. Or if you’re looking to stargaze whilst glamping at Herding Hill Farm, you can stargaze from the warmth and relaxation of your own private outdoor hot tub when you book one of our Wigwam cabins with hot tub or our luxury lodge with hot tub. We also have star-gazing kits to hire if you don’t have any binoculars of your own.

Kielder Observatory

Located approximately 1 hour’s drive from our campsite and deep within the Northumberland International Dark Sky Park and Kielder Forest, Kielder Observatory is a magical and unique visitor attraction. The observatory holds regular public stargazing events, inviting members of the public of all ages, to engage in discussions and observations of the Universe. This is done in a friendly, informative and interesting way, through a passionate team of astronomers, guest speakers and volunteers. Why not visit Kielder Observatory before you stargaze in Northumberland to learn more about the Universe – a great activity for both adults and children. Click HERE for more information.

Northumberland International Dark Sky Park

Discover the darkest skies in England for stargazing at the Northumberland National Park which was given International Dark Sky status in December 2013 by the International Dark Sky Association. Northumberland is one of the best stargazing spots in the UK as it is said to have the most ‘pristine dark skies’ in England thanks to its location having very low levels of light pollution.

Watch the video clip below to learn more:


Stargazing is a great way to get the kids involved! Find out more about stargazing for kids in Northumberland here.