Northumberland National Park – Now & Forever

Northumberland National Park Authority tasked 4 Translations with the voice-first translation and recording of a 2min welcome narrative which gives engaging information to empower people to connect with the National Park on their own terms.  

NNPA now extends a warm welcome also to Cantonese, French, German, Hindi, Mandarin, Polish and Urdu speaking visitors in their mother tongue

The recordings are ready to be uploaded onto Blackbox-AV U-Turn sound posts. The environmentally friendly, retro-design sound posts will provide information about the geography of Northumberland National Park. The QR code on the front of the sound box will give access to recommended self-guided walking routes, and information about events and activities taking place all the year round in the National Park, e.g. at The Sill: National Landscape Discovery Centre. The recordings also draw attention to the Countryside Code which ensures that Northumberland National Park is enjoyed by all in the future. 

Come along to the current Dark Skies Matter exhibition at The Sill which marks the tenth anniversary of Northumberland International Dark Sky Park. Tony Gates, chief executive of the Northumberland National Park Authority, said the anniversary was a time to celebrate the designation, as well as "the many guardians who have overseen the conservation of our majestic dark skies since 2013". On a clear night, thousands of stars can be seen with the naked eye, as well as the Milky Way.  

Do visit for the latest news. And find out What's on in Northumberland National Park, e.g. 17th Feb: "Dark Skies and Creatures of the Night" - a short walking safari at Walltown, and "Make Your Own candlesticks" with Muddy Fingers Pottery at The Sill. 

The Sill: National Landscape Discovery Centre




Crag Lough on Hadrian's Wall, formed by glaciers in the last Ice Age.
Noctalgia: Dark Skies Matter ... also for nocturnal flying insects/birds such as moths, bats and hunting owls, for night pollinating plants e.g. evening primrose and honeysuckle, and for migratory whooping swans and redwings that navigate with starlight. 
Spinning within the sculptures created by Visual Artist Bethan Maddocks and currently exhibited at The Sill, you will find delicately cut imagery of the visible stars, creatures and plants that thrive in our dark Northumbrian skies. The exhibition also encourages visitors to make their own Dark Skies Moth. 
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