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An experienced and authorised Star Guide is required to lead activities and provide expertise and support to groups visiting the North Pennines Observatory. The following guides have the skills to be able to communicate with audiences of all ages and levels of experience. We can put you in touch with one of the following Star Guides to check on their availability and fees charged for hosting events.


Gary is an experienced astrophotographer and astronomer, and also a qualified physics teacher.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, and has been accredited as a Leading STEM Educator.  Gary is enthusiastic about showing people how to navigate and photograph the night sky, and helping them discover more about the workings of the universe.


Fred has been teaching adult education classes in astronomy and cosmology for 20 years at all levels from general interest to first year University. He is also an A-level physics and maths tutor with experience of teaching in further education colleges.  Having tutored weekend courses at the Kielder and Ninebanks Youth Hostels and regularly  given lectures to astro societies, Fred is always an informative and helpful Star Guide. 


Andy is a qualified research chemist and has been a school head of science and science communicator for the past 20 years. For the last 10 years he has been a keen astronomer and published astrophotographer. Always fascinating to listen to, Andy has been running “Tame your Telescope” sessions at this year’s North Pennines astro festival and is always a knowledgable and enthusiastic guide to the night sky.

The North Pennines Observatory is owned and operated by the North Pennines AONB Partnership

The Observatory runs events for members, open events for non-members and is available for private bookings

North Pennines AONB Partnership, Allendale Village Hall, Allendale, Northumberland NE47 9PR 

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