Kielder Spring Starcamp 10 - 15 March 2021

Cancelled due to COVID restrictions

BUT STARCAMP WILL BE BACK: 3 to 8 November 2021

Bookings open soon. Check back.

Above - the ancient flag of Northumbria, which dates to the 7th century.

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Kielder Star Camp is staged annually in spring and autumn in the darkest part of the Northumberland International Dark Sky Park. People come from around the country and camp on Kielder Campsite (although some prefer to stay in B&Bs, lodges and hotels) and bring telescopes if they have them. Many come for all five days, others a minimum of two. These events don't offer any formal instruction for beginners, but many observers are happy to share their views with others. People do their own thing and mingle and marvel under the sometimes clear night sky. Whether you are a veteran or a novice who are welcome to join us. Each event also features a main day at nearby Kielder Castle featuring free astro talks and astro car boot sale.

Picture above - Dave William, Startrails at Kielder Starcamp, March 2020.

Here's a review of the 2016 spring event.

Questions and Answers

Q I’d like to book tickets for your event

We don't issue tickets - to take part people book a pitch on the Kielder Campsite.

Q I’m a newbie and would like to have experts on hand to help me.

Star Camp offers no formal instruction. It's a friendly gathering of like-minded people. The campsite does run a People's Star Camp (generally weekend before the Autumn event and with tuition). Contact the campsite direct.

Q Do you provide telescopes?

No we don't...people bring along their own scopes, binoculars or come to enjoy naked eye stargazing.

Kielder skies by James Mackay

How dark is Kielder?

By English standards very dark. According to the CPRE, Northumberland has more dark sky than any other county in England. There is a slight glow on the southern horizon from Tyneside, but this drops out on dry nights and visually is not too noticeable. Thanks to the award of dark sky status in December 2013 the starry sky is now protected. It is the darkest venue for any English star party with average light meter readings on good nights of 21.7.