We are excited to announce that The North Pennines Observatory is now being run by Allenheads Contemporary Arts and will be relaunched in the New Year 2021, we will continue with our history of innovative projects by facilitating creative work by local, national and international artists that celebrates astronomy through the arts.


Thanks to funding from Arts Council England, ACA will be making the observatory and its accommodation premises more Covid resilient and available for dark sky experiences.


The observatory is sited behind The Old Schoolhouse with panoramic views over the village of Allenheads and up into the southern skies. Continuing as a community observatory, we will be offering educational workshops, talks from professional astronomers and the opportunity for private hire. For astro-curious visitors to the area wanting a residential dark sky stay you can now book into the Old Schoolhouse and have a warm bed and comfortable accommodation close to the observatory.


John Bowers, a Director of ACA and Professor at Culture Lab Newcastle University, says:  “This is an exciting development at a time when we could all use the beauty of the stars to give our imaginations some reprieve from difficulties on Earth!”

New Arts and Astronomy Initiative at ACA

Come and stay at the Old School House for a dark skies astronomical break

To book a dark skies experience with accommodation

Email Helen: helenshead@acart.org.uk

or call +44 796625727

Great article in the December issue of The Northumbrian 2017  

Anthony Toole sees how art and astronomy have been successfully combined with the opening of an observatory in Allenheads.