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Kielder Observatory

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Jacqueline E wrote a review Oct 2020
368 contributions151 helpful votes
It was a cloudy night when my husband and I visited the Observatory. I had booked tickets for an event, the only way to see the Observatory. The drive up from the main road is through the forest and has a posted 15 mph speed limit, unless you have a large vehicle with good ground clearance drive carefully. It’s a track with some serious ruts and pot holes but passable with care in a smaller car. Once you reach the Observatory, the car park is on the left and you get to realise very quickly just how dark, dark skies are. The team of Dan, Adam and Naz who led our talk were brilliant. They were enthusiastic, knowledgeable and able to put a complex subject into terms that were easily understood. Unfortunately the skies remained cloudy, so we didn’t get a chance to do any star gazing, however, the team running the event made up for that and kept everyone interested. Just be aware that there is wildlife in the forest and along the roadsides and keep your eyes peeled to avoid accidents.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Susantoo wrote a review Sep 2020
Buckinghamshire28 contributions9 helpful votes
We went on a cold, cloudy night which meant very little was visible but even so we had an amazingly interesting evening. The staff there were so enthusiastic that you can't help but be swept along by them. We went to a northern lights event and although it was clear that we weren't going to see anything, I learnt so much and now know what to look out for and when. Everything was clearly explained and questions were welcomed. All this, and a lovely mug of hot chocolate. I need to go back again on a clear night to see the stars.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Iain wrote a review Sep 2020
Liverpool, United Kingdom10 contributions
We went on a stormy cloudy night. the enthusiasm of the team was undaunted. They have completely nailed the covid restrictions, making sure that everyone stays safe whilst still having a hugely informative and enjoyable evening. The drive down in the dark was fun - not for the nervous driver. Looking forward to returning in the future. Eleanor's talk on cosmology was pitched perfectly - good brain food.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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VikkiGeen wrote a review Sep 2020
Lancaster, United Kingdom6 contributions1 helpful vote
I'm so glad I hadn't read any reviews on here before I booked this event as I don't think they give the place credit. The kids loved the event and yes you volunteers are extremely intelligent and lost me in the detail never mind the kids (which is why I didnt give full marks as it was PowerPoint driven, which I understand), but the kids loved it they stood on Mars they touched meteorites, they made Princess rockets out of plastic bottles and paper with lots of cellotape (Blue Peter skills needed) and watched them fly. It was to cloudy to see anything with the telescope which was a shame but they didn't seem to notice and evening of blowing plastic bottles up and taking them home was great fun for us all. Whats left of the rockets have pride of place in the girls bedrooms. Well worth a visit. Definitely visit again with their upgrade designs for rockets.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Ali921 wrote a review Sep 2020
Edinburgh, United Kingdom943 contributions347 helpful votes
We booked the facility for a star gazing experience but as luck would have it, it was cloudy. (The next night it was totally clear, typical !) However, that did not disappoint. The staff are very enthusiastic and the presentations are clear and well thought out. We learnt so much. The three hours passed so quickly. The changes they have made to deal with CV19 seem to work; in fact it's better because the smaller group sizes mean more opportunity to actually look through the telescope. On top of all this, it is a beautifully crafted building, so sympathetic to its environment.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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