Tourism businesses urged to take advantage of the sky at night

Long-exposure photographer Andrew Whyte used the Sony a7S to capture a series of stunning images in Northumberland National park, Europe's largest International Dark Sky Park.
Long-exposure photographer Andrew Whyte used the Sony a7S to capture a series of stunning images in Northumberland National park, Europe's largest International Dark Sky Park.

Tourism business are being urged to act to take advantage of the North East’s pristine starry skies.

Astro-tourism is a rapidly expanding sector for local accommodation providers, many of whom have reported increasing numbers of visitors flocking to the region to enjoy stargazing breaks.

A series of Stars for Profit training workshops have been taking place recently at venues such as Elsdon and Kielder to help businesses take advantage of the stargazing surge.

The sessions are part of the ground-breaking Animating Dark Skies Partnership, funded by Defra through the Northern Lands programme, to help develop the stargazing tourism sector.

As part of this, one of these training workshops will be held in Harbottle on Monday, November 10.

Participants will get tips on making their businesses more dark sky-friendly and marketing stargazing opportunities.

They will also be shown how to use telescopes and binoculars and, weather permitting, be able to view amazing stars, galaxies and planets.

Businesses will get on-going support by subscribing to the Stars for Profit resource website and be able to download monthly stargazing podcasts for guests to use on their phones. For details on how to book places visit www.northumberlandnationalpark.org.uk and click on dark skies.

Alternatively contact Richard Darn on 0775 367 0038, or email richard@richarddarn.com