New facility unveiled for stargazers

The Warm Room at Kielder Campsite.
The Warm Room at Kielder Campsite.

A contemporary timber structure has opened at Kielder Campsite for visitors to enjoy as part of their stargazing experience.

The shelter, called The Warm Room, can accommodate up to 20 people. It was designed and built by students at Newcastle University’s School of Architecture in partnership with Kielder Water and Forest Park Development Trust’s Art and Architecture programme and local residents.

It provides a sheltered space and equipment-charging point for stargazers who take part in overnight star camps, as well as a venue for community meetings, educational events and stargazing seminars. Campers can also make use of a sheltered external cooking area.

The structure has large windows, allowing wonderful views of the Kielder landscape and sky.