Our Northumberland Dark Skies Exhibition is now closed.

Northumberland Dark Skies Exhibition at The Sill: National Landscape Discovery Centre welcomes visitors to celebrate, conserve and enjoy our darkest and most tranquil skies in Northumberland.

Northumberland has the most pristine dark skies in England (CPRE Night Blight Report 2016) and is home to the Northumberland International Dark Sky Park, one of Europe’s largest Dark Sky Parks. It covers the entirety of Northumberland National Park and most of Kielder Water and Forest Park (a total of 1,592 km2).

The temporary, free exhibition will be available from Saturday 19th February to Saturday 30th April.  Aimed at families with children (age 8+), beginners and experts in astronomy, the exhibition will showcase a gallery of dark sky photography taken by local astro-photographers, from locations right across the Dark Sky Park.

Visitors will also be able to see our 16” Dobsonian Telescope, which is a reflector telescope, to view objects in the night sky, as well as an 80mm Solar Scope which is specially designed to allow you to observe the sun directly, without damaging your eyes.

There will also be a display demonstrating how some outside lighting can contribute to light pollution, and information about how we can all help to conserve the night sky, as well as detail about where the Dark Sky Discovery Sites are located within the Dark Sky Park. A meteor display, dark sky video and interactive activities will also be available.

To find out what events are taking place during Northumberland’s Dark Sky Festival, visit the what’s on page here.

Don’t forget to visit the Once Brewed Coffee and Bakehouse and the shop during your visit to The Sill.