A Night Out With The Stars

Posted on: 18 November 2008 by Gareth Hargreaves

Don’t be afraid of the dark this winter - go star gazing across the north east of England.

With more and more people looking for new experiences to help escape the daily grind, alongside a growing trend for holidaying at home, a new phenomenon is grasping tourists across North East England.

Bringing a whole new meaning to the word 'nightlife', the region is encouraging visitors to shake off the gloom of dark evenings by discovering new pastimes and experiences from dusk until dawn.

From star gazing at Kielder Forest, the clearest and least light polluted skies in the country, to the thrill of a moonlit speedway race, the experience for visitors doesn’t have to stop after dark.

A perfect destination in which to experience the great outdoors, the magnificent landscape holds ideal conditions for stargazing, with regular star camps allowing amateur astronomers to sleep under the stars.

For those in need of tranquillity, the soothing sounds and haunting atmosphere of the Evensong at Durham Cathedral or a nighttime stroll along one of the region’s beautiful windswept beaches is a particularly peaceful way to unwind.

If visitors are feeling particularly adventurous, special ‘walk into the dark‘ expeditions, which see trekkers navigate by the stars, are on offer, as is the chance to participate in an action packed, electrifying speedway competition. 

No night-time exploration would be complete without a haunted tour. If you simply want to scare yourself silly, there is nothing more spooky than the many sleepover nights and ghost tours across a landscape that marks 2,000 years of history, myth and legend.

Our Top Five Night Recommendations

1) Star Gazing in Kielder Forest, Northumberland

2) Haunted sleepovers at Heugh Gun Battery in Hartlepool, Tees Valley

3) Evensong at Durham Cathedral, Durham

4) Floodlit tour of Newcastle-Gateshead quayside, Tyne and Wear

5) Navigate by the stars ‘Walk into the dark’ expeditions with Shepherds Walks, Northumberland

Only three hours by train from London, North East England is well connected by rail, road and air and makes an ideal short break destination at any time of year.

Web Links

For more information on night-time activities on offer visit www.visitnortheastengland.com.

Have you been star gazing in the north east? Have you visited the north east on a short break recently? Do you have any travel recommendations for other readers?

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