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Case study: Small Visitor Attraction of the Year 2015 - Kielder Observatory

17th June 2016

Categories: NETA - blog

After announcing the launch of the 2016 North East England Tourism Awards last week we are revisiting the winners from last year’s awards and finding out what the awards mean to them and how it felt to win. First in the series is Kielder Observatory.


Kielder Observatory is a magical and unique visitor attraction based under the finest dark skies in England. Located in Kielder Forest, which is the third largest protected Dark Sky reserve in the world, the public astronomical observatory allows visitors to explore our amazing universe.


The primary function of the observatory is to provide scientific outreach events to members of public. The team of astronomers, guest speakers and volunteers work to engage people of all ages in discussions and observations of the mystical universe – it’s no wonder they won Small Visitor Attraction of the Year in our 2015 awards.


The team had entered the awards before and been awarded silver in 2014 but had a drive to get gold and weren’t planning on giving up until they did. They said winning “was great! It meant a lot to the whole team.”


They also told us that the North East England Tourism Awards are “important as it’s a chance to showcase the great tourism related businesses we have in the North East”. Going onto say “it’s a great opportunity to showcase your business and network with other businesses in this sector” – you heard them, time to get your application in!


Kielder Observatory are planning to enter again this year and we wish them the best of luck. 


Find out more about Kielder Observatory here.

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