New stargazing pavilion opens in Northumberland village

stargazing pavilion

09 July 2014

A new pavilion for stargazers in Northumberland International Dark Sky Park will open on Wednesday July 9 2014.

Students at Newcastle University’s School of Architecture have been working with Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust and local residents to design and build a stargazing structure in the small village of Stonehaugh, near Kielder.

The timber-framed pavilion celebrates the recent Gold-Tier International Dark Sky Park designation awarded to an area covering Kielder Water & Forest Park and Northumberland National Park, and will attract amateur astronomers and encourage more tourism to the area.

Date: 3.00pm on Wednesday 9 July 2014.

Venue: Stonehaugh stargazing pavilion, NE48 3BU.

Parking available: Warksburn picnic site, NE48 3BU. The pavilion is clearly visible from the picnic site.

Picture/interview opportunities, alongside the Architecture students who designed the pavilion, and residents:
• Peter Sharpe, Kielder Art & Architecture curator
• Graham Farmer, Director of Architecture at Newcastle University
• Anne Hutchinson – Chair of Wark Parish Council
• Attendees will also be able to look through a solar telescope, operated by Gary Fildes, founding director of Kielder Observatory

Available: Stills from the opening available on request.

Please confirm your attendance at the opening by contacting Janine Scott from Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust:

Tel: 0191 301 6713 or email
Or Lyndsay Short from Newcastle University:
Tel: 0191 208 5669 or email
Full press release and images to follow.

The project is supported by the community of Stonehaugh village, Kielder Water and Forest Park Development Trust, Newcastle University, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Northumberland County Council Community Chest, Northumberland National Park and the Rural Development Programme for England, for which Defra is the Managing Authority, part financed by The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in rural areas.

For more information please contact Janine Scott at Northumbrian Water on 0191 301 6713 or

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