Kielder Water & Forest Park


Telephone: 0345 155 0236

Kielder Water Secondary

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The measures we have put in place:

  • All staff will have their temperature checked on arrival.
  • One member of staff will be in charge of additional cleaning measures throughout the event – door handles, handrails, toilets will be cleaned every 30 minutes.
  • Telescope eyepieces and other equipment will be sanitised between use by guests.
  • A screen will be fitted to the counter in the kitchen area.
  • Staff will sanitise hands between each till transaction, including preparing hot drinks and wear a face mask while doing so.
  • Surfaces and chairs will be sanitised between each event.
  • The staff room will be sanitised once a day.
  • All waste will be removed offsite every day.
  • All fabric items (moon chairs, cushions and blankets) will be stored and not be used.

How you can help when visiting us:

  • When you arrive at the Observatory, please wait inside your car until a member of staff escorts you to the building.
  • You will be split into two groups – one group will start in the main building and one will start in the Gillian Dickinson Astro-Imaging Academy. Please remain in these groups for the duration of the event. You will be guided through the Observatory to minimise contact.
  • If you are bringing children, you are responsible for ensuring they remain at a safe distance from other people.
  • You will see boxed areas on the floors of some rooms – this is to help you judge separation distance. In the main building, please do not sit on the wooden bench, please use the chairs provided.
  • Please ensure you wear a face covering of some kind and take care to maintain an appropriate distance from other people wherever possible.
  • Hand sanitiser stations are available throughout the site – please ensure you use these whenever you switch locations.
  • As in shops, please do not handle the merchandise – a member of staff will be happy to assist you.
  • Card payments would be preferred over cash.
  • Once the event is finished, staff will escort you back to your cars in individual groups.

Some public toilets and car park facilities at Kielder Forest, Northumberland are now open - however, if you do choose to visit the Kielder area, please be respectful of the local communities and make every endeavour to avoid potentially busy periods. Please read Kielder’s coronavirus statement here before travelling to find out which areas at Kielder are open.

The following car parks at Kielder are now open from 8am to 10pm:

  • Hawkhope
  • Kielder Dam South Abutment
  • Tower Knowe
  • Matthew’s Linn
  • Bakethin Nature Reserve
  • Kielder Castle

Skyspace lower car park and Elf Kirk car park are open from 9am to 5pm. Normal car parking charges apply. All of these car parks, with the exception of Kielder Castle, Lower Skyspace and Elf Kirk, can be paid for in advance at www.bookwhen.com/car-parking. Kielder Membership/Discovery Pass holders can use their pass to park, as normal.

Home to northern Europes largest man-made lake and England's largest forest, Kielder Water & Forest Park is one of Northumberland's best attractions.

It is perfect day out in Northumberland for individuals or families that love nature, water sports, exploring, walking, cycling and much more.

Kielder Water & Forest Park features mile upon mile of purpose-built trails including forest walks for all the family and dedicated mountain bike tracks. The Lakeside Way is a 26 mile multi-user trail, suitable for walkers, cyclists, horse riders and wheelchair users, that encircles the shoreline of Kielder Water.

A haven for wildlife, Kielder Water & Forest Park is also home to around 50% of England's native red squirrel population. In 2009, a record breaking osprey couple became the first birds for at least 200 years to successfully raise chicks in Northumberland. You can also spot otters, roe deer badgers and bats.

Waterskiing and sailing enthusiasts take to the water all year round and the lake offers a huge challenge to keen trout anglers between March and October.

You can discover all you need to know about Kielder Water & Forest Park including its history at Tower Knowe Visitor Centre or visit Kielder Castle, the former hunting lodge for the Duke of Northumberland, which now hosts a visitor centre, art gallery and exhibitions.

Leaplish Waterside Park boasts luxury self catering forest lodges, an indoor heated swimming pool and sauna, restaurant and bar and the Kielder Water Birds of Prey Centre.

Famed for having the darkest night skies in England thanks to minimal light pollution, Kielder Water & Forest Park is a star gazers heaven and is home to the Kielder Observatory.

There is also contemporary art and architecture including the futuristic shelter design of the Belvedere, the Minotaur maze and Silvas Capitalis, also known as the giant forest head.

Visitors are spoilt for choice when it comes to spending a day trip, weekend break or holiday in what the Campaign to Protect Rural England calls the most tranquil spot in the country.

Get away from it all and escape to the darkest skies in England at Kielder Water & Forest Park in Northumberland for a weekend away star gazing..

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Telephone: 0345 155 0236


Events at Kielder Water & Forest Park

Kielder Winter Wonderland

20 Nov 2021 to 23 Dec 2021


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