Set deep within Northumberland’s Kielder Water & Forest Park and running alongside the largest man-made lake in Northern Europe, Landal Kielder Waterside offers the perfect opportunity for their guests to watch The Leonids meteor shower from their own private stargazing pod or even from the comfort of their luxury lodges’ outdoor hot-tub. The shower is scheduled to peak during the night of November 17 and early morning November 18.
The dark skies in Kielder, Northumberland, have been awarded ‘Gold Tier Dark Sky’ status, making them one of the country’s top locations to enjoy star-studded skies. At nearly 580sq miles, the area’s dark-sky zone, known as Northumberland International Dark Sky Park, is the largest Dark Sky Park area of protected night sky in Europe. It is the first of its kind in England and the fourth largest in the world, joining the likes of Death Valley and Big Bend Dark Sky Parks in the USA.
Those looking to brush up on their Milky Way trivia during this exciting time in astronomy can make the short journey to neighbouring Kielder Observatory (https://www.kielderobservatory.org/) where they can discover what can be seen of the distant galaxies from the impressive observation deck.
Prices for a four-night stay at Landal Kielder Waterside in 2018 start from £699 based on four people sharing a ‘Beech Platinum Stars’ lodge, including a private stargazing pod, all the home-from-home comforts including flat screen TV’s, kitchen utensils, luxury toiletries by Rituals and an outdoor hot tub (selected accommodation only). To book, visit http://www.landal.co.uk/uk/landal-kielder-waterside-kiel
Mark Bibby Jackson
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