Castle reaches for the stars

A FREE evening of stargazing takes place at a north Northumberland tourist attraction later this month.

Bamburgh Castle is hosting the event on Saturday, January 14, which will be led by Dr Adrian Jannetta and fellow members of the Northumberland Astronomical Society (NASTRO).

It will form part of BBC 2’s Stargazing Live 2012 programme and one of two events organised in conjunction with Mel Nicholls from the coastal Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The session will run from 7.30pm to 9.30pm and feature a 60-minute talk with Dr Jannetta in the castle’s King’s Hall, followed by the opportunity to try out a variety of telescopes in the Inner Ward.

Castle director, Chris Calvert, said: “I recently attended an event at the Duchess’s High School which was very interesting and didn’t hesitate to get involved when Mel asked if we’d like to host an event.

“We’ll be turning our floodlights off for the stargazing and with the castle shielding us from the village we will potentially have some very dark, clear skies.”

The event is free to attend and refreshments will be on sale to keep stargazers warm.

Participants are encouraged to bring along any binoculars or telescopes they have.

To book a place, contact Mel Nicholls by emailing mel.nicholls@northumberland.gov.uk or calling 01670 534059.

There is free parking in the castle car park. Those with special access needs should contact Chris or Katie on 01668 214208.