General Partners / February 16, 2024

A star-studded collaboration with Kielder Observatory and Deep North

We’re delighted to have brought to life an astronomical collaboration between The Alnwick Garden, Kielder Observatory and Deep North to deliver the first in a series of exclusive evening events ‘Stargazing at The Alnwick Garden’.

Teaming up with our friends from Kielder Observatory, we brought a night of delights, designed to spark interest in astronomy and the dark skies. Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Northumberland International Dark Sky Park, our guests were taken on an astronomical journey by Kielder Observatory’s expert astronomers and science communicators. With talks and workshops, as well as a special planetarium show it really was an evening showcasing the power of collaboration at its finest.

With 60 exclusive event tickets, Stargazing at The Alnwick Garden sold out in a matter of days. The event gave guests the opportunity to learn about stars and constellations, galaxies and meteorites. Interactive and informal workshops allowed everyone to participate and get hands on with space rocks as well as learning about the importance of light. There was also plenty of time to ask all those burning questions. What is a star? How far away is Jupiter? Do aliens exist? The weather wasn’t quite on our side but a few breaks in the clouds saw the guests observing the wonders of the dark skies.

From stargazing to starglazing, we also collaborated with the wonderful team at Deep North to create an exclusive ‘starglazing’ doughnut.

Working from their newly opened Dean Street shop, our vision for a deliciously ‘star-studded’ limited edition doughnut become a reality!

Throughout the month of February, our starglazing doughnut is available to purchase at both Tynemouth and Dean Street Deep North shops, as well as online through Uber Eats. As if the mouthwatering blueberry flavour and stunning mirror glaze isn’t enough, the amazing team at Deep North are donating £1 from the purchase of every doughnut to our charitable trust.

We’re getting back round the table, over the coming weeks, to work in partnership to deliver more events and limited edition products in the near future. It’s fabulous long term relationships like these which make us proud to be part of delivering a unique visitor experience with our friends and neighbours to put Northumberland and the North East on the map!