Hi, we're Philip and Lynn Gregory and we have two wonderful holiday cottages for hire in the idyllic country village of Bamburgh. We've created this blog to provide anyone who's thinking of visiting the region with some great ideas on how to make the most of your trip.

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Our Cottages
Our self catering family holiday cottages are located along one of the most breathtakingly picturesque coastal regions in the north east, with nearby Bamburgh castle towering 150 ft above the sea. If you're interested in finding out more and possibly making a booking, why not take a look at our website.

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Star spotting in Northumberland

Star spotting in Northumberland is a regular occurrence. While Northumberland has many a red-carpet fan, it’s the star-studded galaxies above we’re talking about. According to the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE), the vast skies above Kielder Water and Forest Park and Northumberland National Park are the darkest in England. Here, black-velvet skies crackle with billions of stars. The skies in Northumberland are so deep and so dark that Northumberland National Park along with Kielder Water & Forest Park and Kielder Observatory Astronomical Society are bidding to become Europe’s largest Dark Sky Park, awarded by the International Dark Skies Association, the leading international organisation combating light pollution worldwide. The kudos of becoming a Dark Sky Park will help ensure the area is kept free from light pollution and will stimulate more opportunities for people to enjoy the night sky. Billions of shimmering stars making up our Milky Way, a plethora of planets, dazzling meteor showers and the glow of galaxies like Andromeda - the dark skies of Northumberland as seen on Robson Green's Tales from Northumberland are home to star gazing opportunities that are out of this world. 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 Northumberland for unrivalled stargazing. 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 pack up a pair of binoculars, a deckchair, take a hot drink and bite to eat and head for rural Northumberland for a star-studded show. The Northumberland coast has played a starring role in TV programmes like BBC’s Stargazing Live who featured recent sightings of the Northern Lights here. One of Northumberland’s favourite tourism attractions Kielder Observatory at the award-winning Kielder Water & Forest Park has an exciting programme of astronomical events throughout the year. Northumberland National Park has lots of good sites from which to spot the stars. Officially recognised as a Dark Sky Discovery Site, Cawfields Quarry Picnic Site is in the central section of Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site near Haltwhistle. Part of a nationwide network of accessible dark sky discovery sites, look out for stargazing events during the year. A 24-hour webcam is on site too, showing weather conditions to help plan your journey in advance. For more information, go to www.northumberlandnationalpark.org.uk and www.visitkielder.com.