Northumberland Tourism

Northumberland's Destination Management Organisation

Are you Dark Sky Friendly?


The award of International Dark Sky Park status for Northumberland National Park and Kielder Water & Forest Park is an exciting development and something we want all of our businesses to benefit from. To help you win extra business from people coming to enjoy our night skies we would like you to consider making changes to cater for the needs of these visitors. We will then promote you as one of the following:


Dark Sky Friendly


A Dark Skies Friendly Business. These are businesses that encourage visitors to experience our dark skies during their visit and help them to do this easily.
(Click on the award logo to download the application form)


Dark Sky Stay & Gaze


A Dark Sky Stay and Gaze Business.  These businesses provide facilities for enjoying the night sky from their own premises.
(Click on the award logo to download the application form)


Find out more about how you can gain a ‘Dark Sky Friendly’ or ‘Dark Sky Stay and Gaze’ designation in our ‘Dark Sky Friendly Fact Sheet'.

You don't have to be based in the Dark Sky Park to apply for an award, we promote stargazing as an activity that can be enjoyed throughout the county.

To apply for an award please download the appropriate application form and email the completed document back to us - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

If you have met the criteria specified in the application form we will then add the relevant logo to your listing on and send you a copy of the logo for you to use in your marketing activities.

Running Dark Sky Events

If you would like to run dark sky events for visitors or residents in your area, we now have fully trained ‘Star Makers’ to help you. These Star Makers have undergone training to allow them to offer engaging and informative events focused on Northumberland’s night skies. Below you can find details about each Star Maker, their qualifications and special interests. Please contact them direct to discuss the details of your planned event, availability and what costs will be involved.

Star Makers:

Michael Tweedy

Rod Hine

Simon Rowland

Roy Alexander

Annual Report 2015

The Northumberland International Dark Sky Park Annual Report for 2015 has now been published and can be viewed here - Annual Report 2015

Download this file (Application Form V3 - Dark Skies Friendly.doc)Application Form: Dark Sky Friendly[ ]56 kB496 Downloads
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