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Northern Society of Chartered Accountants

At the heart of northern business since 1882

Kielder Observatory – Dark skies and a tour of the universe

Date: 11 February 2016 19:00

Type: Social and Networking

Organiser: Tyne and Wear

Kielder Observatory is one of the most remarkable places to visit in the whole of the UK. A public astronomical observatory which is second to none, under some of the darkest skies in the world.

A private viewing has been arranged for our members, meaning an exclusive evening at the Observatory. We will be met by one of the resident astronomers who will show us around the whole facility, gently lit with red lights so you can keep your adapted night vision. Our astronomer will explain how the telescopes work and what to do showing you everything from the planets of our Solar System, all the way out to galaxies millions of light years away.

Being based in the UK means the observatory are quite used to the weather being unsettled and have lots of practice at hosting events where the weather is not favourable for observing. Indeed some of the best reviews on “trip advisor” website have come from guests who have attended on such a night.

The very nature of the observatory means that numbers are limited.  We will meet directly at the observatory where parking is available for a 19:00 start. There is a short walk to the observatory from the parking area. Please note that the Observatory and the start-gazing activities are:

  • a dark, and relatively confined space;
  • the weather will be cold in February so please wear suitable outdoor warm clothing

For information on accessibility arrangements, you should go to


Please allow at least an hour if travelling by car from Newcastle.

Cost: £21.66 +VAT (over 18s); £10.83 +VAT (under 18s)


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Kielder Observatory

Black Fell
Off Shilling Pot
NE48 1EJ

Tel No: 0191 265 5510

How to book

The easiest way to book is online by clicking the button to Book Online at icaew.com – you will be able to log into your account at icaew.com and pay with your debit or credit card.

You can also telephone the ICAEW central events booking team on 01908 248159 and pay over the phone.

Alternatively you can download a booking form or book by email.