Northumberland summers

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Brinkburn Priory

Brinkburn Priory

The sky above Northumberland National Park is currently the largest area of protected night sky in Europe. With so little light pollution, it affords a good view of the night sky and the park is emphasising this to attract more visitors to the area. So you might think this is a winter attraction where longer nights afford a better view.

Yet in the park, seeing the northern lights, the alternative name for the Aurora Borealis, can be an all year-round activity: the summer is better suited for views of the Milky Way, comets and celestial events such as shooting stars and meteor showers.

Not only are visitors guaranteed to witness the vastness of the galaxies and awe-inspiring constellations, there is also a chance to see the Aurora Borealis which is usually reserved for trips to the Arctic Circle.  But time in Northumberland doesn’t all have to be about physical activity. Less populated means more tranquil. Take a wander around one of the many castles and stately homes or enjoy beautiful gardens.

Stretching from the lofty Cheviot Hills near the Scottish Border to the World Heritage Site Hadrian’s Wall in the south, Northumberland National Park is one of the least populated of the UK’s national parks.

But that is not the only attraction to this part of Northumberland. There is the Brinkburn Music Festival at Brinkburn Priory in the first weekend of July and the 10th anniversary of Music at Paxton Festival which is a celebration of international chamber music. These world-class concerts take place in the Picture Gallery in Paxton House on the banks of the River Tweed in the Scottish Borders.

Northumberland’s largest musical event is the Alnwick International Music Festival. Every year in early August, Alnwick is the venue for music from throughout the world. This year marks the fortieth anniversary and, for eight days, there will be folk dancing, music and colourful costumes in the historic surroundings of Alnwick market town.



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