Make a wish at Langley Castle’s first ever star-gazing experience, taking place on 25 February. Following an indulgent three-course meal, guests will journey to the Kielder Observatory, found in the Northumberland International Dark Sky Park – the largest area of protected night sky in Europe, and the third largest in the world. From here, you’ll be able to see an abundance of stars, glittering on skies so dark Jupiter has been known to cast shadows.
The date has historical significance: on 25 February 1716, one of the former owners of Langley, James Radcliffe, was transported back Northumberland from the Tower of London following his beheading. The arrival of his coffin was greeted by a mesmerising natural light display, which has since been known as ‘Lord Derwentwater’s Lights’. Spookily, on the 300th anniversary of James’ death in 2016, the Northern Lights presented themselves again in Northumbria. Who knows whether they’ll appear again this year…
Whatever happens with the lights, you can guarantee a magical experience, made all the better with a cheeseboard and warming drink awaiting you back at Langley Castle.
A 14th century castle, complete with battlements and seven-foot thick walls, Langley Castle is the real deal. Medieval-style rooms boast four-poster beds and thick stone walls, alongside a two AA Rosette restaurant and an impressive drawing room kitted out with sofas.
Langley Castle, Langley Castle Hotel, Langley, Hexham NE47 5LU
Monday 25 February 2019
£295 for two people including an overnight stay, 3-course meal, the trip to Kielder Observatory and a full Northumbrian breakfast the following day. Book by calling 01434 688888.
Visit langleycastle.co.uk for more information