The best places to see the Northern Lights in the North East and Northumberland in 2024

The amazing lights may be synonymous with Scandinavia and Greenland, but it is possible to see the aurora borealis locally too.
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t is one of the most famous and beautiful natural wonders of the world and is often considered to only be seen close to the North Pole, but it is also possible to see the Northern Lights from Northumberland.

The incredible sights throughout last year are sure to continue into 2024 and these are the best ways to see the spectacle in the North East.

How to see the Northern Lights in the North East and Northumberland

The two most likely reasons for the northern lights to be visible in England come from heavy storms further north, which can send the visible light south towards the UK. In addition to this, solar activity higher in the sky can result in a wider range of visibility, including further to the south.

Thanks to the dark skies and minimal light pollution from towns and cities across the county, Northumberland is not only one of the top places across the UK to stargaze, but for Northern Lights viewings too.

The Northumberland Sky Park is considered to offer the most pristine dark skies in England. They have a band of the top places to see activity - whether it be stars or anything else in the night sky - which runs from near Haltwhistle up to Wooler Common.

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When is the best time to see the Northern Lights?

The best time to see the Northern Lights come through the winter months, although this is simply due to the length of days at this time of year - this is also why the majority of high quality sightings happen around the North Pole.

The spring and Autumn equinox also improves the chances of seeing a light show thanks to increased solar activity. This year the Spring equinox falls on Wednesday, March 20.

It is suggested the best way to improve chances of seeing the light patterns is also to remain on an isolated part of the coast and look towards the northern horizon.

The coastline between Bamburgh and Seahouses has often been selected as a top site thanks to the lack of built up areas nearby and the clear northern views which are not interrupted by light pollution, while Holy Island slightly further north is also regularly touted as a top spot.