Our campsite is now open but the majority of tent pitches remain closed for the season. Some facilities will be restricted. Pre-booked guests only, no walk-ins or backpackers.
If you’re looking for a good stargazing spot in Northumberland then Herding Hill Farm is the perfect spot as its less than one mile from the dark sky discovery site at Cawfields Quarry, within the Northumberland International Dark Sky Park. On clear, moonless nights the location is simply breath-taking. Herding Hill Farm is also a dark sky friendly campsite.
Around 85% of the UK population has never seen a truly dark sky. So, for an astronomic experience (that won’t cost the universe), head to Herding Hill Farm for unrivalled stargazing in the beautiful Northumberland countryside. So whether you’re after dark sky camping or a touch of luxury with our glamping Wigwam cabins or luxury lodge – you can enjoy the beauty of the dark skies right from the comfort of your own pitch.
On a clear night, the 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.
The best time for stargazing is during the autumn and winter months, when the nights draw in. 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 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.
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 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.
Discover the darkest skies in England for stargazing at the Northumberland National Park which was given international dark sky status in December 2013. It 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: