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Current Events

Easter Egg Trail

Easter Egg Trail

Kielder Castle

Sat 5th Apr 2014 to Sun 20th Apr 2014

9:00am to 5:00pm

Seasonal egg-stra special trail around the historic grounds of Kielder Castle

£1.50 per child

No pre-booking required

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Easter Adventure Quest

Easter Adventure Quest

Belsay Hall, Castle & Gardens

Fri 18th Apr 2014 to Mon 21st Apr 2014

11:00am to 5:00pm

Adventurers wanted this Easter weekend! You'll meet characters from the past with stories of times gone by - maybe a king, a butler, a Roman centurion or even a monk. These honourable folk will be happy to help you on your quest as you explore Belsay Hall and crack the clues. Rise to the challenge and you’ll reap a chocolate reward. It's time to get hands-on with history.

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Easter Adventure Quest

Easter Adventure Quest

Housesteads Roman Fort

Fri 18th Apr 2014 to Mon 21st Apr 2014

11:00am to 5:00pm

Adventurers wanted this Easter weekend! You'll meet characters from the past with stories of times gone by - maybe a king, a butler, a Roman centurion or even a monk. These honourable folk will be happy to help you on your quest as you explore Housesteads Roman Fort and crack the clues. Rise to the challenge and you’ll reap a chocolate reward. It's time to get hands-on with history.

£6.40/ £5.80/ £3.80 + £1 for children

EH Members free + £1 for children

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Sharp Shooters Day

Sharp Shooters Day

Calvert Trust Kielder

Sun 20th Apr 2014

10:00am to 4:00pm

Test your aiming skill on our Laser clay shooting and Archery ranges

£10 per activity, per person (includes either 30 clays or 15 arrows)

Booking not required, pay on the day at reception.  For more information call the Business Development Team on 01434 250232

 

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Family Bushcrafts

Family Bushcrafts

Kielder Castle

Sun 20th Apr 2014

12:30am to 5:30pm

Build a shelter, light a fire, cook a meal, make something to take away. Eat before you arrive or bring food for BBQ. Bring water-proof clothing and sturdy footwear.

£10 per person, £30 family of four

Booking essential on 01388 529154 or bruce@natureholiday.co.uk

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Coming Soon

Water Day

Water Day

Calvert Trust Kielder

Mon 21st Apr 2014

10:00am to 4:00pm

Try your hand at Canoeing or kayaking on the beautiful Kielder Water

£10 per person for half hour session

Booking not required, pay on the day at reception.  For more information call the Business Development Team on 01434 250232

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Aurora Night

Aurora Night

Kielder Observatory

Mon 21st Apr 2014

8:00pm to 11:00pm

Our most popular event... The Northern Lights! What are they? How do we see them?

They 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 we aim to integrate the spiritual and the scientific and tonight we will explore how science has discovered the processes that create the Northern Lights. Learn about the incredible energy that the sun releases second by second, how this energy interacts with the Earth’s atmosphere and gives us a light show like no other...

The Northern Lights have been observed from the Kielder Observatory many times. This photograph was taken by Gary at Kielder Observatory! Tonight you will learn not only the science, but also how to find them so that when you leave you will be proficient in knowing when and where to look.

After the talk, you will enjoy a tour of the Observatory, see the telescopes and meet our team of astronomers. The team will be on hand to answer all your questions and to help you use our telescopes to observe the craters on a waxing gibbous moon, galaxies, nebulae, star clusters and gaze at the glittering stars of the Milky Way...

Use of the telescopes for viewing is only possible when we have clear skies.
Events go ahead in all weather conditions except where roads are impassible due to snow.
We do not issue tickets, full details are provided when you book your seats.

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Family Astronomy

Family Astronomy

Kielder Observatory

Fri 25th Apr 2014 to Sat 26th Apr 2014

5:00pm to 6:30pm

Family astronomy at Kielder Observatory: what's it all about?

Well, the skies, the Universe and what’s in it!

Tonight you sit back, relax and listen to your kids amaze you! Watch their faces as they get more and more interested in the topic as we whizz them through the Universe at breakneck speed, with stunning visuals and the famed Kielder Observatory delivery team. They will be absorbed!

Following the interactive talks, you will all enjoy a tour of the observatory and the telescopes. After the interactive talk, you will enjoy a tour of the observatory.

The dark skies are here even at this early time! So, we will open the telescopes so you can peer into space at objects like the Milky Way, galaxies, nebulae and star clusters.  

A great introduction to the Universe – and all before dinner... !

Use of the telescopes for viewing is only possible when we have clear skies.
Events go ahead in all weather conditions except where roads are impassible due to snow.
We do not issue tickets, full details are provided when you book your seats.

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Deer Safari

Deer Safari

Kielder Castle

Sat 26th Apr 2014

7:00pm to 9:00pm

An evening trip into the forest for a fantastic opportunity to spot Kielder's roe deer when they are most active.

£10 per person

Booking essential on 01434 220242

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Medieval Monsters: St George’s Weekend

Medieval Monsters: St George’s Weekend

Belsay Hall, Castle & Gardens

Sat 26th Apr 2014 to Sun 27th Apr 2014

11:00am to 5:00pm

Make way for the pageant of St George. Join the Medieval townsfolk, musicians and nobles celebrate St George’s day with military drill, mounted clashes and a pageant in his honour at 12noon & 3pm. See the mysterious knight himself, mounted in shining armour as he faces his famous foe, the dragon in a play to entertain all the medieval citizens. Enjoy performances, plays and medieval music as you’re transported back to Medieval times.


£8/ £7.20/ £4.80/ £20.80
EH Members free

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St George the Roman

St George the Roman

Chester’s Roman Fort

Sat 26th Apr 2014 to Sun 27th Apr 2014

11:00am to 4:30pm

St George the Patron Saint of England, was a Roman, so legend has it. The Roman returns to Chesters as we celebrate St George with a mounted demonstration of Roman horsemanship. St George was famed for being brave. Watch our St George bring to life some of this bravado with mounted manoeuvres, daring drills and sinister swords!

£6.50/ £5.50/ £4.50
EH Members free

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Astrophotography Night

Astrophotography Night

Kielder Observatory

Sun 27th Apr 2014

8:00pm to 11:00pm

Due to popular demand we have re introduced our astrophotography nights...

These nights are very popular indeed and give an insight into taking snaps of the night sky. For centuries people have been trying to work out how the univese works and whats out there, since the advent of imagery to translate and interpret whats in the night sky we have been able to explore the universe with stunning accuracy. This night is a glimpse into that world with the emphasis on learning about taking really cool pictures of the night sky.

Dont worry if you are not adept at CCD imagery or if you have never tried this before, just bring your camera , lots of enthusiasm and let us do the rest. We will have expert tuition on hand to assist the learning curve and im sure in no time we will have you taking superb pictures. We may even be bale to connect your camera to the new telescope and get some mental images of deep sky objects. A night not to be missed.

Of course there will be lots of observing to be done as you will have full use of the observatory and all its kit, as well as me and the talented volunteers.

Log burning fire and sparkilng stars form the largest expanse of protected dark skies in Europe!

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Aurora Night

Aurora Night

Kielder Observatory

Mon 28th Apr 2014

8:00pm to 11:00pm

Our most popular event... The Northern Lights! What are they? How do we see them?

They 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 we aim to integrate the spiritual and the scientific and tonight we will explore how science has discovered the processes that create the Northern Lights. Learn about the incredible energy that the sun releases second by second, how this energy interacts with the Earth’s atmosphere and gives us a light show like no other...

The Northern Lights have been observed from the Kielder Observatory many times. This photograph was taken by Gary at Kielder Observatory! Tonight you will learn not only the science, but also how to find them so that when you leave you will be proficient in knowing when and where to look.

After the talk, you will enjoy a tour of the Observatory, see the telescopes and meet our team of astronomers. The team will be on hand to answer all your questions and to help you use our telescopes to observe the craters on a waxing gibbous moon, galaxies, nebulae, star clusters and gaze at the glittering stars of the Milky Way...

Use of the telescopes for viewing is only possible when we have clear skies.
Events go ahead in all weather conditions except where roads are impassible due to snow.
We do not issue tickets, full details are provided when you book your seats.

More information (External Site)



A Universe Full of Stars

A Universe Full of Stars

Kielder Observatory

Tue 29th Apr 2014

8:00pm to 11:00pm

Why is it here?

How old is it?

How did it start?

How big is it?

How will it end?

These are a sample of the questions that have engaged civilisations throughout millennia.

Science has come a long way since the Greeks stared at the sky and wondered about its geometry, since Kepler organised the solar system and Einstein gave us the tools to examine the large scale structure of the universe and the true meaning of reality...

Well tonight we will have a go at unravelling it all so that we can get an understanding as to the probability of how accurate we are. From the uncertainty of the big bang to the cosmic microwave background and on to the evolution of the universe to what we see today. Remember, Clear skies and it all stops: the universe the lot, because stars in the sky and its eyes to the telescopes, thats our priority always!

A thought provoking journey through understanding and reason as to our existence in this fantastic and awe inspiring physical universe.

After the talk we will guide you through the observatory, visiting the telescopes and instruments we have here. We will look at galaxies, nebulae, star clusters, gaze at the glittering stars of the Milky Way. We’ll even try to look at this, Horsehead Nebula, a giant cloud of interstellar dust and gas. This object has only been seen by 10% of astronomers but we can see it from Kielder from November onwards!

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Medieval May Day

Medieval May Day

Belsay Hall, Castle & Gardens

Sat 3rd May 2014 to Mon 5th May 2014

11:00am to 5:00pm

Join the medieval townsfolk as the celebrate May Day. Discover the traditions and festivities that have developed in to the May Day celebrations that exist today. Join the procession and dancing, see the plays and hear the songs. You can also listen to stories of medieval superstitions.

£8/ £7.20/ £4.80/ £20.80
EH Members free

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Roman Soldiers Return!

Roman Soldiers Return!

Housesteads Roman Fort

Sun 4th May 2014 to Mon 5th May 2014

11:30am to 4:30pm

The legendary Roman Soldiers return to Housesteads Roman Fort during Bank Holiday Weekend! Make sure you're there to witness their return as they defend their Empire once again. In the line of duty they'll demonstrate their weapons and delight you with drills and awesome artillery displays!

£6.40/ £5.80/ £3.80
EH Members free

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Ghost Stories After Dark

Ghost Stories After Dark

Belsay Hall, Castle & Gardens

Fri 16th May 2014

Hear the ghosts, ghouls and ghastly tales of M.R James at Belsay Hall after nightfall by the ‘Don’t go into the Cellar’ performing duo. Our costumed storyteller will bring the story to life in the magical and mystical Belsay Hall. A Warning to the Curious redefined ghost stories by using realistic settings. James’ stories were intended to be read out loud, and what better place to hear them than inside an eerie and empty historic country house after dark. Part of Museums at Night.

Performances at 7pm and 9.30pm

£14/ £12/ £12 on the night. £12/ £10/ £10 in advance
EH Members £12/ £10/ £10 on the night. £10/ £8/ £8 in advance

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Further Ahead

Wild Week at Belsay

Wild Week at Belsay

Belsay Hall, Castle & Gardens

Sat 24th May 2014 to Sun 1st Jun 2014

11:00am to 5:00pm

The Wildman of Belsay is a character illustrated in the Middleton Family’s Coat of Arms. He was of great importance to the family and can be found in paintings and stone carvings, some of which can still be seen today in the Castle. To celebrate the installation of the Wildman statue in Belsay’s Hall, we’re going wild this half term! Imagine if a 'wildman' still roamed the grounds of Belsay, where would he live? Amongst the deep, cavernous Quarry Garden in a hovel, lair or den? Join artist den-builder, Chris Harman, as he’ll show children (big and small) how to build their very own den.

£8/ £7.20/ £4.80/ £20.80
EH Members free

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Hadrian’s Wall Festival: Roman Food & Cooking

Hadrian’s Wall Festival: Roman Food & Cooking

Birdoswald Roman Fort

Sat 24th May 2014 to Sun 1st Jun 2014

11:00am to 5:00pm

Almost 2000 years on and amazingly Hadrian's Wall is still here! English Heritage is celebrating the 72-mile World Heritage Site that dips and winds through two counties in a week long programme of events at three jaw-dropping attractions. During May halfterm, join us for a week-long celebration of all things Roman. Birdoswald Roman Fort, will become a centre of Roman food and cooking. Enjoy samples of food you never new existed and be surprised by traditions that stem from our Roman ancestors. Tantalize your taste buds and pick up tips and traditions in this one-off surprising event. Check out the events at Chesters & Housesteads Roman Fort too.

£5.60/ £5/ £3.40
EH Members free

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Hadrian’s Wall Festival: Here Comes the Cavalry

Hadrian’s Wall Festival: Here Comes the Cavalry

Chester’s Roman Fort

Sat 24th May 2014 to Sun 1st Jun 2014

11:00am to 5:00pm

Almost 2000 years on and amazingly Hadrian's Wall is still here! English Heritage is celebrating the 72-mile World Heritage Site that dips and winds through two counties in a week long programme of events at three jaw-dropping attractions. During May halfterm, join us for a week-long celebration of all things Roman. Chesters will play host to Roman Cavalry. You can meet fast-paced cavalry warriors with their unique and ancient weapons, witness awe-inspiring drills and little Roman soldiers can even mount their own fast-paced Roman-hobby horses! Which hobby horse will defeat its opponents and rule Hadrian's Wall once again? Check out the events at Housesteads & Birdoswald Roman Fort too.
£5.60/ £5/ £3.40
EH Members free

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Hadrian’s Wall Festival: Roman Soldier School

Hadrian’s Wall Festival: Roman Soldier School

Housesteads Roman Fort

Sat 24th May 2014 to Sun 1st Jun 2014

11:30am to 4:30pm

Almost 2000 years on and amazingly Hadrian's Wall is still here! English Heritage is celebrating the 72-mile World Heritage Site that dips and winds through two counties in a week long programme of events at three jaw-dropping attractions. During May halfterm, join us for a week-long celebration of all things Roman. Housesteads is taking on new recruits. Little soldiers will learn how to defend their empire, dress up and immerse themselves in Roman life and times. Check out the events at Chesters & Birdoswald Roman Fort too.

£6.40/ £5.80/ £3.80
EH Members free

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Medieval Castle Life

Medieval Castle Life

Warkworth Castle

Sun 25th May 2014 to Mon 26th May 2014

11:00am to 5:00pm

Warkworth Castle is returned to the15th Century once again this bank holiday weekend. Meet the townsfolk as they take up residence within the castle walls. See demonstrations of medieval pastimes and crafts and get involved in the medieval jobs and positions that would keep a castle like Warkworth running.

£5.20/ £4.70/ £3.10/ £13.50
EH Members Free

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