WIN a starry New Year in Northumberland

Posted on 7th May 2019.



NORTHUMBERLAND has to be one of the most beautiful regions in the UK.

And I’m delighted to say that I’ve teamed up with Visit Northumberland to give you, and a friend, the chance to win a starry weekend break there under some of the UK’s darkest skies.


As you know, I LOVE Northumberland

Last year I spent an incredible day on Holy Island, watching seals playing off-shore with Lindisfarne Castle behind me, I visited the stunning Farne Islands and made like Harry Potter at Alnwick Castle.

In truth, I could happily laze away my years in Northumberland – it has such heritage, beauty and soul it really gets under your skin.

WIN 1 night’s dinner, bed and breakfast for 2 at the multi-award winning Battlesteads Hotel & Restaurant


(Pics courtesy of Battlesteads Hotel & Restaurant)

PLUS, WIN 2 tickets to the Battlesteads Dark Sky Observatory

About Battlesteads Hotel and Restaurant

Battlesteads Hotel and Restaurant nestles in the picturesque village of Wark, on the edge of the Northumberland National Park, which gained Dark Sky Park status in December 2013.

The pub, which was originally built as a farmstead, boasts exceptional green credentials, 22 individually-styled luxury bedrooms and a first-class restaurant serving an a la carte menu using only local, fresh produce – much of it grown on-site.

The hotel also has its own on-site observatory offering talks, activities, stargazing and astro courses, as well as an unrivalled vantage point from which to wonder at the county’s dramatic night-time sky.

It’ll be a weekend that’s out of this world – trust me!

And that’s not all you’ll win:


(Pics courtesy of English Heritage and The National Trust)

You’ll also win Hadrian’s Wall attraction tickets for 2, courtesy of English Heritage and the National Trust!

You’ll enjoy day passes into Housesteads Roman Fort, Chesters Roman Fort and Museum, Birdoswald Roman Fort and Corbridge Roman Town with English Heritage.

And two National Trust single passes into Wallington Hall. It’s enough to make your eyes zing with stars for an entire weekend!

You’re welcome.

Enter now – here’s how

  1. Simply subscribe to Travel Candy for epic weekend updates, exclusive discounts and unique giveaways by entering your email in the box at the top of this page – scroll up and you’ll see it (it takes two mins to subscribe). Then leave a comment in the comments section below saying who you’d like to take with you on your starry stay in Northumberland! (So I know you want to win.)
  2. If you are one of the incredibly clever people who’ve already signed up for weekend inspiration and giveaways, then thanks – you are epic. All you need to do is leave a comment below telling me who’d you’d bring to Northumberland if you win. (If you’ve signed up, I will have your email you see.)
  3. Share this blog post via Twitter or Facebook. Make sure you use the hashtag #TCSTARS so I can see it!

Terms and Conditions

  • Entry is limited to people with a UK postal address.
  • One entry per email address.
  • Employees of Visit Northumberland and the Battlesteads Hotel & Restaurant and any of its associated companies, as well as members of their families, are excluded from participating.
  • The winner will be chosen at random from the eligible entries and contacted via email. My decision is final and I reserve the right to change the competition or offer at any time. No cash alternatives can be offered. The winner must respond to the email within 72hours, otherwise the prize will be reallocated.
  • The prize is for a 1 night stay at the Battlesteads Hotel & Restaurant, subject to availability, including dinner, bed and breakfast.
  • The competition will run until Monday 11th Jan 2016 and the one lucky winner will be picked out completely at random and notified by Sunday 17th Jan 2016.

Remember, you have to leave a comment AND share this post to be eligible to enter!

Good luck!

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