With its dark skies, dense forests, lake, sculptures and visitors’ centres, there are always plenty of activities if you’re staying near Kielder at one of our cottages. Walking, cycling and birdwatching are all popular, as well as observing the Dark Skies from your holiday cottage or even Kielder Observatory. Occasionally, there is husky driving in Kielder forest, and at Christmas time, there are more magical activities again.
Winter Wonderland, Kielder Forest
There is a Winter Wonderland experience for children right now at Kielder Waterside. Children can meet visit Father Christmas in his secret woodland home, guided to him through the enchanted forest by elves. They can work alongside the elves to make a wooden keepsake and help Mrs Christmas with her Christmas jobs. There’s a Christmas Theatre, a snow tube, skating, reindeer and snowy owls. And even the adults receive gifts!
Kielder Cottage, Looking Over the Lake
If you’re exploring Kielder, why not stay at lovely Kielder Cottage? This 200 year-old stone cottage is in a truly beautiful location, with stunning views over Kielder Water. Slate flooring, a log burning stove, enclosed gardens and French windows looking over the water add to the charm of this delightful cottage. There are two double bedrooms with an additional single bed, accommodating up to five adults. The good sized enclosed back garden/patio has decking and awning, a wonderful place to sit in the evening to enjoy the breathtaking views across the water and marvel as the beautiful sunsets or snowscapes unfold.
Saturnalian Celebrations on the Roman Wall
Hadrian’s Wall creates a stunning historical backdrop to walking in the Northumberland area. At Christmas time, you can enjoy a Roman Christmas on the Wall, reliving the way the Romans celebrated Saturnalia. The Roman Christmas at Housesteads is inspired by the Roman festival of Saturnalia, with activities including willow weaving as well as decorations, music, food and drink. Or you can enjoy quiet walks along the Wall and hear the bubbling becks and the cries of the curlew, the emblem of Northumberland National Park.
Mezzanine Over the Dark Sky Park
The Byres and The Stable cottages are close to both Kielder and Hadrian’s Wall, superbly placed for lovers of nature. The Byers is a unique three-bedroomed cottage. Once a dairy and cattle byre, the imaginative renovation now features a first floor mezzanine level, tailor-made to showcase the skyscape of the Northumberland Dark Sky Park. (The Byres and sister cottage The Stable can be rented together to house 10 people.)
The roomy, open plan lounge/kitchen/diner has beams and arched windows and the dining area boasts a grandstand view of the Northumberland National Park from its arched windows. The large cottage courtyard is fully enclosed and gravelled, with a paved patio. The cottage is on a working farm, so you can enjoy a real experience of Northumbrian countryside life.