Kielder Village, Kielder, Northumberland, NE48 1ER
Kielder Forest Star Camp is staged annually in Spring and Autumn in the darkest part of the Northumberland International Dark Sky Park.
People come from around the country and camp on Kielder Campsite (although some prefer to stay in B and Bs, lodges and hotels) and bring telescopes if they have them. Many come for all five days, others a minimum of two. These events don’t offer any formal instruction for beginners, but many observers are happy to share their views with others. People do their own thing and mingle and marvel under the sometimes clear night sky.
Whether you are a veteran or a novice who are welcome to join us. Each event also features a main day at nearby Kielder Castle featuring free astro talks and astro car boot sale. All attendees will be asked to abide by strict no white-light rules (red light only after dusk), this so that everyone can allow their eyes to adjust so to fully appreciate the fantastic dark skies.
The below chart shows if and when the skies will be at their darkest during this event. Moonlight is shown in light yellow and the Sun's twilight in light blue. Midnight on the date shown is shown as a white line with sunset to the left and sunrise the next morning to the right. A black background with stars shows the best times for stargazing.
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Local light pollution
The above demonstrates the estimated effect of light pollution - graphics created using Stellarium.
Below is a list of events at Kielder Campsite. View these events on a calendar.