Take a trip to the dark side

Star trails above Kielder
Star trails above Kielder

Night owls are being invited to go over to the ‘dark side’ in the Breamish Valley to see what they have been missing in the skies.

Starmaker astro-guides are hosting a cosmic family event at Ingram Village Hall, in the Breamish Valley, tomorrow, to reveal the wonders of our starry skies, as part of the Animating Dark Skies project, supported by the Rural Development Programme for England.

More than 80 per cent of the British public have never seen the Milky Way and the event aims to show people how they can find the constellation, in the Northumberland International Dark Sky Park.

Amateur astronomer Rob Ince said: “Ingram is located on the edge of Europe’s biggest dark sky park and the inky black skies above make wonders like the Milky Way look fabulous. We’ll use telescopes to get brilliant close-up views and we will also keep our eyes peeled for shooting stars.”

The event includes a talk featuring magnificent pictures and videos taken from Northumberland International Dark Sky Park.

Tickets cost £7.50 for adults, £5 children. Bookings can be made by calling Rob on 07511 403702 or via the Northumberland National Park website – www.northumberlandnational park.org.uk

The event begins at 7.30pm and goes ahead in all weathers.

The Ingram event is part of the starmaker initiative which will see a galaxy of family and public events across Northumberland, the Dark Sky County, this autumn.

It follows the widely-acclaimed designation of Northumberland International Dark Sky Park by the International Dark Sky Association in December 2013.

A number of short stargazing breaks have also been set up at some of the area’s darkest night accommodation.