How to spot the Northern Lights in Norfolk
There's no need to fork out on flights to The Arctic Circle to see the Aurora - here's how to catch the Northern Lights right here in Norfolk. Prepare to be dazzled...
If you’re reading this, you already know that Norfolk is a rare and beautiful place. But if you need another reason to love it here, how about the fact that it’s one of very few places in the UK where you can spot the Northern Lights?
People pay big money to go Aurora spotting in Scandinavia – after all, it’s a once in a lifetime experience. But, if you’re staying local, Wiveton Downs and Kelling Heath Holiday Park both have Dark Sky Discovery Site status due to their ultra low levels of light pollution.
In fact, Kelling even hosts an annual Dark Sky Festival which will be returning between 20th-27th September this year.
Not everyone will be lucky enough to see the Northern Lights in Norfolk – you need to be in the right place, at the right time, to catch the rare spectacle.
But if you’re up for giving it a go, the best season to spot them is between September and April. And, of course, you want to head to the wildest parts of Norfolk where the light pollution is as low as possible.
“Luckily nowadays there are all sorts of apps and websites that can give you a heads up as to when the Aurora might be visible,” says local photographer Gary Pearson (who has taken some immense shots of the Northern Lights over the Norfolk coast). We recommend downloading the AuroraWatch app and bundling up warm – perhaps with a nip of whisky!
If you’ve got one, it’s also worth taking a camera capable of taking a long exposure photo – your mobile probably won’t cut it this time (sorry). Got the stargazing bug? Here are some other amazing ways to enjoy the night sky (and maybe, just maybe, the Northern Lights) in Norfolk…
Live the high life in The Room At The Top
We’ve got goosebumps just thinking about a mini break in this huge, split-level room at Muddy fave The White Horse, which comes with its very own telescope. By day you can look for birds across a vast stretch of the wild North Norfolk coastline, and by night you can look to the stars.
Spend a starry, starry night in a Stargazing dome
Complete with a cozy woodburner and a wood-fired outdoor hot tub, this big-windowed stargazing tent at North Norfolk Glamping looks unbelievably romantic. Beam us up!
Snap the night sky at a photography workshop
Norfolk company Through The Lens run all kinds of fab photography workshops, including regular sessions devoted to capturing the night sky.
Their next Norfolk Night Sky Photography Workshop is on 5th March – take a thrilling nighttime trip up the Norfolk Coast, hopefully bagging yourself some awesome pics in the process.