All year round – a star gazing and astronomy heaven! Greenhaugh is located in the heart of Northumberland International Dark Sky Park.
We have the largest expanse of dark night sky in the whole of Europe, thanks to minimal light pollution. Winter nights are darkest and best for viewing deep sky objects such as galaxies, while in summer you can view the beautiful Milky Way, passing comets and shooting stars. It is estimated that 85% of the UK population has never seen a truly dark sky or experienced the sense of wonder that a clear night filled with billions of stars can give!
According to the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE), At nearly 580sq miles, the star-studded skies over Greenhaugh and surrounding area are the darkest in England. They have been awarded Gold Tier Dark Sky Park status by the International Dark Skies Association – the highest accolade they can give, joining the likes of Death Valley and Big Bend Dark Sky Parks in the USA
The Northumberland National Park is a fantastic place for star gazing and home to Kielder Observatory, as seen on Robson Green’s “Tales from Northumberland”. You don’t just have to go to the observatory to see our star attractions you just need to go outside the pub and look up ! We have binoculars to hand, spare jackets, wooly hats and gloves if you have forgotten to pack some and there is always an option of a hot chocolate, mulled wine or a hot toddy…
The best time for stargazing is during the autumn and winter months, when the nights draw in, Jack Frost arrives and the night skies are really black.
We look forward to welcoming all stargazers to the Holly Bush