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North Pennines Observatory

North Pennines Observatory

The Old School House, Allenheads, NE47 9HR

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!


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North Pennines Observatory

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Weather forecast

  • 17/10/21

    13° 11%
  • 17/10/21

    13° 13%
  • 18/10/21

    13° 14%
  • 18/10/21

    12° 17%

Weather forecast for Sinderhope (4.3 miles away) updated 17/10/21 at 20:00.




Events nearby

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  • Stargazing at Twice Brewed

    Tuesday 19th October 2021 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm

    Twice Brewed Inn & Observatory, Hexham, NE47 7AN (15.0 miles away)

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  • Stargazing at Twice Brewed

    Wednesday 20th October 2021 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm

    Twice Brewed Inn & Observatory, Hexham, NE47 7AN (15.0 miles away)

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  • Newcastle Astronomical Society meeting

    Thursday 21st October 2021 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

    Summerhill Bowling Club, Newcastle, NE4 6EH (26.1 miles away)

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  • Stargazing at Twice Brewed

    Thursday 21st October 2021 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm

    Twice Brewed Inn & Observatory, Hexham, NE47 7AN (15.0 miles away)

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  • North Pennines Star Camp – Autumn 2021

    Friday 22nd October 2021 from 18:00pm to Sunday 24th October 2021 12:00pm

    Doe Park Caravan Site, Barnard Castle, DL12 9UQ (17.8 miles away)

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Stay and gaze nearby

  • Greenends Holiday Cottages

    Nenthead, Alston, CA9 3NA (5.6 miles away)

    Stay & Gaze

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  • Langdon Beck Hotel – Teesdale

    Langdon Beck, Forest-in-Teesdale, DL12 0XP, North East (8.9 miles away)

    Stay & Gaze

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  • Mark Close Farmhouse – Alston

    Brampton Road, Alston, CA9 3BD (9.4 miles away)

    Stay & Gaze

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  • Sayer Hill Farm – Pennine Way

    Sayer Hill Farm, Forest In Teesdale, DL12 0HH (9.5 miles away)

    Stay & Gaze

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  • Brewers Cottage – Hexham

    Leafields, Ordley, Hexham, NE46 1SX (9.9 miles away)

    Stay & Gaze

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  • The High Force Hotel

    Alston Road, Middleton-in-Teesdale, DL12 0XH (10.6 miles away)

    Go Stargazing Site, Stay & Gaze

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