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The Observatory was set up by the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Partnership as part of the Allen Valleys Landscape Partnership project.  The Observatory is located at Allenheads Contemporary Arts, run by Alan & Helen Smith

The North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is one of England’s most special places – a stunning landscape of open heather moors and peatlands, attractive dales and hay meadows, tumbling upland rivers, wonderful woods, welcoming communities, intriguing imprints of a mining and industrial past, distinctive birds, animals and plants and much, much more. It has also been recognised as a UNESCO Global Geopark – highlighting its globally important Earth heritage. The North Pennines AONB Partnership is made up of statutory agencies, local authorities and voluntary/community organisations which all have an interest in, and help care for, the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and UNESCO Global Geopark. READ MORE ABOUT THE NORTH PENNINES AONB PARTNERSHIP

Established in 1994 by Alan Smith and Helen Ratcliffe ACA works from an old Victorian Schoolhouse situated on a steep hill overlooking the village of Allenheads in Northumberland. For 20+ years Allenheads Contemporary Arts have designed and delivered innovative contemporary arts projects that often fall across diverse specialist subjects, working with experts from Universities and commercial industries. READ MORE ABOUT ACA

As supervisor of the student design competition to create the North Pennines Observstory, Xsite architecture's  experience ranges from sensitive interventions in listed buildings to masterplanning and regeneration, from artist collaborations to delivering BREEAM Excellent rated buildings and Award winning Architecture. READ MORE ABOUT XSITE ARCHITECTURE

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

The Observatory is currently only available for private bookings

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

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