"For my part I know nothing with any certainty,
but the sight of the stars makes me dream......"
.... of a night at Langley Castle
- Vincent Van Gough
Langley Castle has created a Starry Knights extravaganza that can claim to be possibly the best in the ‘dark sky’ galaxy.
Those booking this package will be treated to a three-course meal in the 2AA Rosette restaurant, before heading out, by dead of night, to the Kielder Observatory, with a transfer by luxury coach.
The Observatory is located in Kielder Forest, in the Northumberland international Dark Sky Park – the largest area of protected night sky in Europe and the third largest protected Dark Sky reserve in the world.
Upon returning to the Castle you will be treated to a cheeseboard and warming snifter served in the magnificent Drawing Room, before retiring to your luxury accommodation.
Tuesday 11th January 2022
The Northern Lights! What are they? How do we see them? The Aurora Borealis or the Northern Lights have influenced fairy tales and folklore for millennia, shaped communities and religious beliefs, provided civilisations with incredible stories of gallant valour and past spirits.
At Kielder Observatory they aim to integrate the spiritual stories surrounding the Aurora and the fascinating scientific facts that explain it. You will explore how science has studied and discovered the processes that create the beautiful dancing Northern Lights. Learn about the incredible energy that the sun releases second by second and how this energy interacts with the Earth’s atmosphere to give us a light show like no other.
The Northern Lights have been observed from the Kielder Observatory many times, tonight you will learn not only the science behind the Aurora but also how to find them and the best locations in the UK, so when your event is over you will be proficient in knowing when and where to look for these legendary dancing lights. After the event you will receive a hand-out to explain the key facts, so that you can hunt them out for yourself.
During the event you will enjoy a tour of the Observatory, see the telescopes and meet the team of passionate astronomers. The team will be on hand to answer all your questions and to help you use our telescopes to observe a range of objects including, craters on the moon, distant galaxies, nebulae and star clusters depending on weather conditions. You can also go onto the observation deck and gaze at the dark skies and maybe even the Milky Way, all from one of Europe's darkest locations.
During the evening you will be treated to a hot drink of either tea, coffee or their famous hot chocolate.
The package includes:
- Overnight accommodation
- 3-Course Meal
- Luxury Coach Travel to the Observatory
- Tickets into Kielder Observatory
- Cheeseboard & Snifter on your return to Langley Castle
- Full Nortumbrian Breakfast
- Guided Langley Castle Battlement Tour on the morning of departure
The following costs apply
(based on 2 sharing a double room)
Feature Castle Room - £400.00
Deluxe Castle Room - £375.00
Castle View Room - £325.00
Please call us on 01434 688888 to book this out of this world experience.