"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 Gogh
Tuesday 5th March 2024
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 5th March 2024
The Dark Cosmos
Dark matter, dark energy, black holes, unlocking the mysteries of the universe's dark secrets, this event's topic of conversation will be looking at some of the questions which are still yet to develop answers. You'll be looking into the science that underpins these unknown phenomena, so be prepared to have your mind blown!
What are the missing ingredients we need to create our universe, why is it expanding, why do black holes exist and where do they lead?
With new breakthrough technology on the horizon, such as DESI (Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument), ELT (Extremely Large Telescope - Chile), LSST (Large Synoptic Survey Telescope), amongst other mind-boggling engineering, you will creep ever closer to uncovering the answers. The last couple of years have uncovered some incredible feats such as, imaging a black hole at the centre of a galaxy and detecting gravitational waves.
During the event you will take a tour of the observatory with stargazing as the priority when the weather permits. During your tour you will discover light, its uses throughout the universe and how we capture it with our large aperture telescopes. You will also get hands on with rocks from the origins of our solar system and worlds beyond our own and we will introduce you to some techniques in how to navigate the night sky.
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 - £460.00
Deluxe Castle Room - £420.00
Castle View Room - £380.00
Please call us on 01434 688888 to book this out of this world experience.