WILD NIGHTS

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If I said Northum­ber­land was home to bears, gi­raffes and lions, you might have a hard time be­liev­ing me. But the night sky in Northum­ber­land is one of the best places to see these con­stel­la­tions in Bri­tain. They call it “the land of the far hori­zon” and, af­ter the sun de­parts, spec­tac­u­lar crea­tures leap to life in the heav­ens. You might even see the North­ern Lights.

Re­cently granted gold-tier ‘Dark Sky Sta­tus’, Northum­ber­land has gone in for as­tron­omy in a big way. Kielder Ob­ser­va­tory runs night-time ses­sions for all ages, or you can join a lo­cal as­tron­omy so­ci­ety evening, or­gan­ised in con­junc­tion with Northum­ber­land Na­tional Park. One of the meet­ing spots is the at­mo­spheric Caw­fields Quarry on Hadrian’s Wall. If the stars fail to shine, keep a look out for pip­istrelle bats, barn owls and other noc­tur­nal an­i­mals. vis­it­northum­ber­land.com/dark­skies/events

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