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The Sill National Landscape Discovery Centre and The Noctalgia Dark Skies Matter Exhibition

(AD) We recently visited The Sill along Hadrians wall to check out the brand new exhibition Noctalgia Dark Skies Matter exhibition.

Celebrate 10 years of Northumberland International Dark Sky Park with this mesmerizing exhibition. Noctalgia is a groundbreaking exhibition & programme commissioned by Northumberland National Park Authority and supported by The Sir James Knott Trust . Created by visual artisit Bethan Maddocks and community groups.

Noctalgia is a new term invented by Astrologists used to describe the pain assocciated with losing access to the night sky due to light pollution.

The exhibition is a series of sculptures that play with light (think shadow puppets) and cast gorgeous shadows. Check out how delicate some of the silhouettes are. You can see shooting stars, the Milky way, Owls Hunting, Insects and lots more in the displays. It really is such a beautiful immersive display for all ages to enjoy. In the exhibition room theres also a small craft area for kids and a chance to hold some of the silhouettes.

About The Sill

Located along Hadrians wall near Bardon Mill, The sill is the perfect place to stop for an hour or twoand enjoy all it has to offer. I would suggest visiting alongside other attractions in the area.

We have visited the Sill quite a few times over the years and always enjoy a visit. It has a great permanent landscape exhibition with some hands on activities and dress up displays for the kids to enjoy. We like having a wander around and reading all about life in Northumberland.

There's a rooftop walk which has an accessible path going to the roof of the building to enjoy the views and reflects local geology & surroundings. Unfortunatley the cafe, on our most recent visit, wasn't serving hot food food so we decided to go elsewhere as it was a freezing Sunday afternoon and we wanted a hot meal.

There's a great gift shop here with pocket money goodies, books, art work and lots more. We actually purchased quite a few books about the night sky and nocturnal animals, ready for our new topic with Elliot in January which will be The Night Sky ( We are Home Edders)

Our visit today was great and we enjoyed our look around the new exhibition ,which is worth visiting if you are in the area.

You can also choose to leave your car in the car park and head out on one of the great walking routes in the area.

Good to know

🔭 No booking is needed and it is free entry


🔭 Fantastic play area for under 12's

⭐Toilets/accessible toilet

🔭 Dress up and other interactive activities

⭐Craft Hub

🔭 Gift Shop

⭐No dogs sorry

🔭 Large car park (Charges apply to all)

⭐Bike storage

🔭 Open every day 10-4

⭐ The AD122 Hadrian's Wall bus stops in the car park.

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