Stargazing Evenings

Whether beginner or experienced astronomer book a Stargazing Evening tailor-made to suit your requirements.

Telescopes provided or bring your own.

New Astro Photography Evenings available.

Ring Sue for prices and bookings

Dark Sky Park Stay and Gaze


A hidden gem on the edge of Northumberland National Park and centrally located to explore both coast and country, you enter an entirely different world as you approach the pretty hamlet of Alnham nestling in the Cheviot foothills - you begin to relax.

Blacksmith's Cottage has some of the best scenery in Northumberland for you to enjoy at your own pace - a total 'get away from it all' holiday.

Step out into a myriad of footpaths and bridleways with sheltered valleys and dramatic hills rich in wildlife and archaeological finds. Take a gentle stroll, a longer hike will take you over the hills into Scotland, or a bike ride is the perfect way to enjoy this stunning landscape. Alternatively, take the car and enjoy rural Northumberland hardly passing another car or person, maybe having a break at a tea room or restaurant suggested in one of the many varied itineraries offered in the cottage.

This wonderful National Park and Heritage Coastline with no dog restrictions, is a perfect holiday for guests and their well behaved pets (at no extra charge). There is a kennel and run for guests dogs should they prefer, or wish to have a few hours free.

End your exciting day exploring Northumbria and relax in our traditional Scandinavian style Garden Sauna with shower fed from the surrounding hills!


Blacksmith's Cottage 4 Star Gold Self Catering

Blacksmith's Cottage is a superb 1-5 berth luxury award winning self-catering holiday cottage in the depths of the beautiful county of Northumberland. This traditional cottage built in the 1850's has been sensitively restored keeping all the original features together with modern living. The log burning stove, underfloor heating and night storage heaters throughout makes this cosy cottage a great place to stay all year round.

Less able bodied guests will benefit from our ground floor living area. The king sized bedroom has an en suite with large quadrant shower and the second bathroom on the ground floor has a bath if preferred. Fire lighting and shopping service is available.

Customer Service is a priority at Blacksmith's Cottage.

    Services available
  • Pick up/Drop off's available from/to Newcastle Airport and Alnmouth Station.
  • Walkers drop off/pick up.
  • Dog sitting.
  • Shopping.

Read our Trip Advisor and Reviews to help you decide.

Midweek and Weekend 3 night off-peak breaks are available at Blacksmith's Cottage.
Check our prices and availability calendar.
A deposit of 25% on all holidays/breaks will secure your booking.

Contact Sue on 01669 631184 or 07900 862830 for any queries and bookings.

Stargazing Breaks in the Northumberland National Park

We are gold star quality - the International Dark Sky Association has given Northumberland Dark Sky Park its highest possible rating for the starry skies overhead. The park is Europe's biggest area of protected night sky which means future generations will be able to cherish and enjoy the spectacular views.

Enthusiasts and beginner astronomers alike can now take a stargazing holiday at Blacksmith's Cottage. Our guests can enjoy a stargazing experience with our 70x900 refractor telescope, 10x50 binoculars, head torches, reference books/magazines, deck chairs, rugs, flasks, hats, scarves, gloves, all included in every booking.

All breaks are given the option of adding a 'stargazing evening' to their holiday. Our local astronomer will visit Blacksmith's Cottage and give you a tailor-made stargazing experience to remember using his own equipment and/or your own - from only £20 per adult and £10 per child for up to 2hrs instruction (including a hot drink).

Why not put colour into your stargazing and add astro photography to your list!

In addition to your evening, or if the weather is not favourable, a presentation with power point presentation in The Forge (adjacent to the cottage) can be organised with an emphasis on what you would like to study - in a relaxed atmosphere with a glass of wine! It would be appreciated if you could mention your interest in either/both when booking. Ring Sue for a prices.

Our stargazers calendar will help you choose your stargazing break, bearing in mind a full moon can still be very interesting particularly for the beginner.

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