Friday Focus… on Kielder
With the weekend about to begin, why not spend the weekend in Kielder in the very North of the County, and find out what the village has to offer?
Set amidst Europe’s largest forest, Kielder is one of the most exciting areas in Northumberland for wildlife and with some great pubs and restaurants, like the Boat Inn Restaurant and the Blackcock Country Inn, a visit to Kielder is a wonderful way to spend a weekend.
Kielder Observatory is certainly a highlight, having been named as the best place in England for stargazing. Its powerful telescopes make it the perfect place to take in the largest area of protected night sky in Europe.
Kielder Water and Forest Park is a fantastic family attraction, with Europe’s largest man-made lake and a huge range of water sports, cycling and nature activities on offer. Keep an eye out for wildlife as well- 50% of England’s red squirrels live in the park!
Kielder Water and Forest Park has had a particularly brilliant year, with a record twelve Osprey chicks hatched. It is well worth a visit to see the ospreys, and keen bird watchers can also see them on the live webcam or follow their progress at www.kielderospreys.wordpress.com
And if you want to get even closer to birds of prey, then why not visit the Birds of Prey Centre, home to more than 60 birds, to see flying demonstrations and take part in a hawk walk?
At the Kielder Salmon Centre, up to 900,000 salmon are bred each year, or why not take a walk along the former Border Counties Railway line to the Kielder Viaduct?
Whatever your interests, there is something for everyone - so if you’re looking for something to do this weekend, visit Kielder!