North Pennines Observatory

The Old School House, Allenheads, NE47 9HR

Location description

The North Pennines Observatory at Allenheads Contemporary Arts is located at the dark heart of the North Pennines AONB.

The observatory was officially opened in October 2017 and makes for an excellent resource enabling local people and visitors to take full advantage of being in a fabulous dark sky area.

The facility was developed by the North Pennines AONB Partnership for the community and was supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund through the AONB Partnership’s Allen Valleys Landscape Partnership Scheme.

Day to day operations and management is run by Allen Valleys Enterprise Limited, a community benefit scheme, who together with a newly formed Astronomical Society offer a variety of public stargazing events throughout the year.

A visit is thoroughly recommended, prior booking required!

Location event organiser

North Pennines Observatory organises stargazing events at this location.


Location has an observatory that is accessible to the public by prior arrangement or during public events.

Tonight's weather forecast

Weather forecast for Sinderhope (4.29 miles away) updated 26/03/21 at 18:00.

Location light pollution

This location is estimated to have light pollution levels similar to a rural setting based on satellite data from CPRE.

Dark site
The above demonstrates the estimated effect of light pollution - graphics created using Stellarium.

When to stargaze at North Pennines Observatory

This location's rural setting means it benefits from dark skies depending on the time of the year and lunar cycle. In the calendar below where you can see stars indicates when the skies will be dark and the best time to stargaze. Yellow areas show the adverse effects of daylight (bold) and moonlight (faded). Hover over a day to see darkness times or click on a date for more information.

Stargazing events at this location

There are no known forthcoming events at this location. Previously there have been 27 events with the last one being on 2nd November 2019 organised by North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.


When to visit

The best time to visit North Pennines Observatory can be found on this dark skies calendar.

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