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Battlesteads Dark Sky Observatory

Award-winning Northumberland hotel and restaurant Battlesteads, near Wark, is inviting visitors to discover Britain’s brilliant dark skies at its Dark Sky Observatory during the National Parks Dark Skies Festival.

Taking place from Saturday 18 to Sunday 26 February, the National Parks Dark Skies Festival is now in its second year and aims to encourage more people to discover the fantastic stargazing opportunities in Britain.

Battlesteads, the only hotel in the UK with an on-site observatory, is offering budding astrologers the chance to enjoy a two or three-night break at the hotel, with tickets to the observatory and the hotel’s famous 8-course local produce tasting menu, from just £95 per room, per night.

The observatory is a Designated Dark Sky Discovery Site, meaning it’s one of the few places in the UK free enough from light pollution to see the Milky Way with the naked eye or even watch the Northern Lights.

Events and courses take place at the observatory throughout the year, from ‘get to know your telescope’ sessions to aurora hunting and deep sky astro-photography, with something for all levels of stargazer.

Katie Meyrick-Scott, general manager of Battlesteads Hotel said: "Since opening our observatory in 2015, we’ve been offering guests the chance to discover the beauty of Northumberland’s dark skies, which offer some of the best stargazing in the country. Our exclusive two and three-night packages, including bed and breakfast, observatory tickets and 8-course tasting menu, are available throughout the week of the National Parks Dark Skies Festival and throughout March."

Two night's bed and breakfast with an 8-course tasting menu on the first night and observatory tickets to use on the second night start from £95 per person, based on two sharing. A three-night package is available from £137.50 per person.

Both packages can be upgraded to accommodation in one of Battlesteads’ five new luxury eco lodges for £30 per room per night, and matched wines can be added to the tasting menu for £25 per person.

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Ascot Ladies Day at Battlesteads

Join us for an odds on winning day of fizz, fillies and fabulous food at Battlesteads to celebrate Ascot Ladies Day on Thursday 16 June. Enjoy all the action of Royal Ascot from the comfort of the bar and restaurant as we bring the thrill of this exciting event to Northumberland. It’s the perfect excuse to get together with friends, dress to impress and don that statement hat.

Ascot Ladies Day at Battlesteads costs £20 per person and includes:
Glass of fizz on arrival Summer buffet lunch Selection of desserts Bar side Tote
So pick your winners and head over for starters orders from 12.30pm

Plus free entry to the Battlesteads ‘Best in Show’ competition for the best hat or fascinator worn. Your chance to win dinner for two on us worth £55.00. Winner will be announced after the last race of the day. The stakes are high for a fun day out.

To reserve your trackside place email info@battlesteads.com or call 01434 230209

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great beers lager ciders

24th to 26th July 2015

5th Beer Festival with great beers, lager, ciders, food and live music throughout the weekend, bands noted below:

Friday 24th – Miss Mary and The Mr Rights

Saturday 25th (afternoon) – The Mudskippers

Saturday 25th (evening) – Alive and Kicking

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Game Tester Menu at Battlesteads

Join us for our Game Taster Evening on February 11th and sample some of the finest dishes of the winter table. Canapés and fizz on arrival followed by a 6 course taster menu. 

The evening can be accompanied with wine or beer and is one of the best ways to experience our kitchen and fantastic locally sourced produce.

To complete the night, Memphis Suns will be playing live.

View our menu and find out more

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Burns Night at Battlesteads

Join us on Saturday 24th January 2015 for a Traditional Four Course Dinner, Traditional Burns Toasts & Speeches and a Northumbrian Piper.

£25 per person

North Tynedale, in which Wark is located, was part of Scotland until 1296. Robbie Burns visited Hexham on his tour of the Borders in May 1787. Burns Night celebrates the anniversary of Burns’ birth. Burns’ Address To the Haggis was his first poem to appear in a newspaper (in December 1786).

Stay Overnight Worry about the drive home tomorrow. Dinner, Bed & Breakfast for just £160 per couple

Sorry we are now Fully Booked

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