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Summer Astronomy Sunset Safaris

  • Location Alnwick
  • Price from £150.00

Highlights


Join us and an expert astronomer on our unique Ingram Valley Farm Sunset Safari.
This special, limited edition, Sunset Safari includes all the favourite sections of the daytime Safari, with a journey around the the farm to meet the livestock, an off-road journey to view the prehistoric features in the landscape, then, we'll head for an elevated location, Cochrane Pike at 1,100 feet (335-metres) above sea level and we'll observe the setting sun and look out for elusive noctilucent clouds, a feature of summer sunsets. Later on in the evening as the sun sets and with some big sky views, we'll watch the sun go down behind The Cheviot and darkness will wrap itself around us. This Safari will be a first of it's kind in Northumberland National Park and we are so excited to deliver this unique experience here at Ingram.

This Sunset Safari Experience will be offered in June, July, August and September 2024.  The sun sets late up here, followed by a long period of dusk and as the night sky begins to wrap itself around us, we'll pause to watch the stars appear and then make our way back down from the summit to complete the Experience. You can buy something special to celebrate the moment, so you could toast the sunset with some fizz, or simply stand and stare and enjoy the moment. Please choose the Sunset Safari Ticket, look out for the dates and book well ahead to guarantee your places on this remarkable experience.
Gift vouchers 
Ideal for birthdays and special occasions. Lots of our guests on Safari have marked anniversaries, birthdays, graduations and engagements and a gift voucher is a great way to mark any special occasion. You can purchase a gift voucher for your friends and family by clicking on the gift voucher link. This is an automated process; you can select the amount and the voucher will be sent by email to the person you choose. The recipient can then book and redeem their gift voucher when they book their Ingram Valley Farm Safari. 

What is the Ingram Valley Farm Safari?
Discover a world of history and adventure on our Ingram Valley Farm Safari – a National Park Experience like no other in the heart of Northumberland National Park. Your immersion into the past 12,000 years starts right here, where the glaciers of the last Ice Age melted away to reveal a beautiful tundra landscape, where deer and wild cattle once roamed and ruled this land. Prehistoric people lived in the Valley thousands of years ago and left their mark, in the form of Iron Age hillforts and Bronze Age terraces. At Wether Hill, 1,000 feet (303 metres) above sea level, you can still see circles on the ground where they built their homes. Will what we leave behind still be visible in 5,000 years? On this exclusive and unique experience, you will sit back in comfort and discover why Ingram Farm and Ingram Valley is so special. On our Safari, you really will travel back through time on this epic journey; you will be exploring this remarkable place in the company of an expert guide and with the family who have farmed here for over 70-years. In recent times, red deer have been re-introduced to the farm and cattle once again graze the hilltops. Immerse yourself into 6,000 years of farming history as we take you chapter by chapter through myth, legend and the history of England's largest Scheduled Ancient Monument. The Ingram Valley Farm Safari won the Bronze Award for the Experience of the Year 2022 in the North East England Tourism Awards on 24th March. We are now an Award-winning National Park Experience. Thank you to all our past guests and we look forward to welcoming new guests to this unique Experience in Northumberland National Park in the weeks and months ahead. On your Safari today Please meet your safari tour guides and transport at the Ingram Bridge car park. The journey starts here with Patrick from Footsteps in Northumberland and a member of the Wilson family; the Wilsons have been farming here since 1949. Your transport for the Experience is the Can-Am Traxter; it holds 6-people including the driver and it is the perfect vehicle for this experience. It is capable, comfortable, safe and lots of fun, with a storage box on the back for your picnic and your stuff. We’ll soon be heading off on safari to discover and celebrate what has shaped this part of the world for millennia and learn about how the deer, sheep and cattle play a key role in conserving and managing this special place today. We will sit on a hilltop with terrific 360-degree views, some silence perhaps and the opportunity to relax for a moment, to ask questions and take those all-important photographs.

Dates
Can't find the date you are looking for? We can add more dates if needed, so if there isn't a Safari on the day you want, please get in touch and we'll do our best to ensure you get to go on Safari on the day you want. 
Single tickets
At present, we cannot operate the Safari for just one guest. If you would like to book just a single ticket and we have space in the Traxter on a Safari that has for example 2/3/4 bookings, then please get in touch and we can make the booking online available for you. 
Special occasions
The Ingram Valley Farm Safari is the perfect way to celebrate a birthday, an anniversary or that special day in your life. Please get in touch to find out how we can help you get everything you want from this unique National Park Experience. You can purchase a bottle of Prosecco when you book your Safari, so you can celebrate your special occasion and make your own memories on your Ingram Valley Farm Safari. 

Covid management
The Traxter, the vehicle that takes you on the Safari is cleaned and disinfected before every outing. It has a well ventilated and open cab ensuring plenty of fresh air is allowed to blow through and we provide hand sanitiser as well. If you have any questions about Covid, then please get in touch with the Safari team and we will do our very best to provide the assurance you are looking for.
Safari services
Our Safari guides are assessed by and hold the appropriate Award in the use and operation of our All Terrain Vehicle. The Award issuing body is LANTRA. All our Safari guides hold a current First Aid qualification There are disabled parking spaces at the Ingram Café and at Bulby's Wood; the latter is 0.5 miles from Ingram Bridge car park. Ingram Café has a 5 Star Certified Food Hygiene rating Ingram Café and Information Centre have toilets and disabled toilets There are toilets and disabled toilets on the Safari route at Bulby’s Wood, 0.5 miles from Ingram Bridge car park.

Inclusions

Not-provided Accommodation

If you're looking for an overnight stay we recommend:
Ingram House Bed and Breakfast: https://www.ingram-house.com/
If you would like to stay for a week or weekend we recommend our Star Barn: https://ingramvalley.co.uk/stay/

    What's included

  • Transportation Transport is in the Ingram Valley Farm Traxter. Free parking pick up and return is at Ingram Bridge car park
  • Food We offer hot vegetable soup and a roll
  • Drink Please bring a hot/cold drink of your choice
  • Equipment Chairs
  • Other

    What you'll need

  • Warm Clothing Warm and waterproof clothes, a hat and gloves
  • Waterproofs

Cancellations

  • Custom Policy

Location

Alnwick