Friends of Kielder Water & Forest Park

Friends of KielderBe part of England’s number one visitor experience!

Become a Friend today and play a part in helping us to protect and develop our spectacular Northumberland environment into an

Inspiring Place…Inspiring People

What does being a Friend mean?

Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust (see About Us) is a registered charity working to develop the Park as an inspiring place to be.

For the equivalent of just £2 a month (individual membership), your valued support will help Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust to:

  • Conserve wildlife and nature;
  • Develop arts activities;
  • Build educational opportunities;
  • Provide volunteering opportunities;
  • Continue to enhance the great leisure and recreation attractions available at the Park, from the Kielder Observatory to a range of heritage trails.

Friends benefits

Friends of Kielder card

As a Friend, you will benefit from

  • Exclusive advance notice for ticket sales, and accommodation options linked to events, such as the ever popular Kielder Winter Wonderland;
  • Up to 50% discount on activities and attractions in the Park;
  • Exclusive last minute holiday accommodation offers;
  • Exclusive Friends only events and behind the scenes talks and tours;
  • A free 'one day' parking pass for your next visit, plus free parking on designated weekends during the year;
  • Regular offers which are updated in a quarterly newsletter;
  • Exclusive Founder Friends lapel pin badge for our first 500 Friends;
  • Our first 500 Founder Friends members will be entered into a grand prize draw to win a short break in one of the luxury lodges at Kielder Waterside.

Plus many other exciting discount offers and incentives that will change and develop throughout the year.

Join now by calling 0845 155 0236 or by emailing info@visit.kielder.com.

The current Friends promotions for Spring 2017 are:


Accommodation - exclusive last minute special offers on accommodation - watch this space and bag yourself a bargain break.  UNLIMITED £££s


Clear Sky Lodge Park- new for 2017


Hidden on the outskirts of Kielder village, Clear Sky Lodge Park is a haven for wild life and ideal if you want to get close to nature and enjoy the outdoors. You can indulge in a charming lodge or unwind in a converted barn, both with hot  tubs where you can relax while looking at the stars. Clear Sky Lodge Park is conveniently situated for all Kielder's attractions and a 10 minute drive from Kielder Observatory. Friends of Kielder receive a 10% discount on bookings made direct with the owner. Contact: 01434 250251 or jackiebilton2@gmail.com.


Parking - save on parking charges in any of the Park’s parking areas.  All new Friends members receive a voucher for one free day of parking, as well as on a selection of dates during the year.  Just exchange your voucher for your parking pass.  SAVE £5.00 

Curator led art tours - would you like to experience some of our award winning art and architecture, in what is England's largest open air gallery?  Guided by our very experienced art curator, Peter Sharpe or former Kielder Partnership manager, Hilary Norton, who will outline the inspiration and development of some of Kielder's most iconic pieces, as well as a selection of other pieces, such as the Janus Chairs, Stell, Kielder Skyspace, Belvedere and 55/02.  Previous tours have proved a huge success and been fully booked, and our next tours are on Wednesday 31 May, Sunday 4 June, Sunday 30 July, Sunday 13 and Wednesday 16 August, all from 1.30pm to 4.30pm.  Normal ticket prices are £10 per person, or £25 for a family ticket (2 adults and 2 children).   SAVE £2.00 per ticket


He's back!  The Gruffalo Spotting Adventure has returned to the Park, with an amazing App to help bring you bring the adventure to life.  Along the trail, which is aimed at younger children, although enjoyed by the whole family, you’ll find the fantastic Gruffalo, the Gruffalo Child and Stickman sculptures - simply point your downloaded App at the markers to bring the characters to life.  The trail starts at Kielder Castle and is about 1½ long.  There’s even a fantastic, all access friendly, bird hide along the trail too, which means that even on a rainy day, you can picnic in the forest.

You will need to download the App before leaving home (there’s NO mobile phone coverage in the forest) and you’ll also need to collect your activity pack from the Duke’s Pantry cafe at Kielder Castle, which is open from 11.00am to 5.00pm daily (5.30pm during school holidays).  The pack, which normally costs £3.00 each, but is free to members, contains an evidence collection bag, five fact and activity cards, stickers of the Gruffalo characters, plus an essential special magnifying glass, ruler and pencil.  SAVE £3.00


Brand new for 2017 is Revive at Kielder Waterside.  At Revive, Friends members will have access to the newly installed Technogym, as well as to the fully refurbished swimming pool area, which includes a sauna and a brand new steam room.  Friends receive at discount of up to £60 on membership.  For further information on facilities and opening times, visit http://www.kielderwaterside.com/while-you-are-here/the-gymSAVE up to £60.00

Shoppers delight - save 10% on all purchases at our Gift and Lifestyle shop, which has a great range of luxury items, clothing and footwear, and great range of gifts.  For example, spend £50 and save £5.00.  SAVE £5.00  

The Kielder Water Birds of Prey Centre contains one of the largest and most fascinating collections of birds of prey in the North of England, and is where you can find out about the role of the birds in the natural world.  Learn more about the Centre’s captive breeding programme, as well as seeing the birds in flight, where you’ll be amazed by their speed and grace.  You’ll also have the opportunity and thrill of being able to handle some of these beautiful, extraordinary birds.  Open every day (apart from Christmas Day) from 10.30am to 4.30pm, with flying demonstrations taking place daily between March and October (weather permitting) at 1.30pm and 3.00pm. 

  • Friends members can claim a 10% discount on the normal entrance prices of £7.00 for adults, £4.50 for children and OAPs, £21.00 for a family ticket (two adults and two children) and £75.00 for an annual family ticket (two adults and two children).  The site is also fully wheelchair accessible, with a disabled parking bay at the door too.  SAVE up to £7.50 
  • In addition, the Centre also operates an adoption scheme for the birds in their care, which helps with the food, accommodation and veterinary costs.  You’ll be relieved to hear that your adopted bird remains under the care and ownership of the Centre, so you don’t have to find a space for it at home, although you will receive a certificate to take home instead, as well as a plaque being displayed at the Centre too.  Adoptions range from £30.00 for a Barn Owl, to £150.00 for the White Tailed Sea Eagle, and Friends members receive 10% discount on the price.  SAVE up to £15.00 


The nicer weather is just about here, which means it's time to get those clubs out once again.  Bellingham Golf Club is a highly regarded 18 hole golf course, overlooking the village and with views extending to Kielder Water and the Border Forest Park.  Each hole is different and the course designer has utilised the landscape's abundance of natural features, it's well worth a visit.  Visitors are assured of a warm and friendly welcome to the Clubhouse, where a wide selection of refreshments and meals are available.  Friends will receive a discount of £5.00 on their course fee.  SAVE £5.00 


Our Friends members are regularly offered a range of different and exciting offers, as well as 'behind the scenes tour/meet the expert' events'.  Our latest 'behind the scenes' visits included a close up and personal tour at the renowned Kielder Observatory, with details of its history and the exciting plans for the future; and a visit to the Kielder Hatchery, where the life cycle of the salmon, the breeding programme of the fresh water pearl mussel, and vital conservation work is carried out.  Watch this space for news on our next exciting visit.


Grand Prize Draw

The first 200 Friends members will be entered into a Grand Prize Draw to win a short break in one of the award winning lodges at Kielder Waterside, with some surprise treats too.  Valued at over £300.00!

All Friends will receive a Friends membership card, which will be used to secure the promotions on offer at the Park. Plus the first 500 Friends will receive an exclusive Founder Friends lapel pin badge.

Friends memberships

  • Individual membership - £24.00 (equivalent to £2.00 per month)
  • Joint membership - two adults - £42.00 (equivalent to £3.50 per month)
  • Family membership - two adults and up to four children - £60.00 (equivalent to £5.00 per month) 


We’re delighted to announce that World Champion and Olympic medallist, Steve Cram, is the latest celebrity to become a Friend of Kielder Water & Forest Park and support the work of the charity.

Steve, who founded the annual Kielder Marathon weekend in 2010, explains why Kielder is so close to his heart.  “Becoming a Friend of Kielder Water & Forest Park is a fantastic opportunity for me to share my passion for Kielder.  The Park has always been my favourite place in the world to run and cycle, it’s right on my doorstep and it continues to be the perfect stage for the most beautiful running event in the country, the Kielder Marathon.  Thanks to its spectacular Northumberland setting, it’s no surprise the popularity of the sporting weekend grows year on year, including the addition of the new Half Marathon this year, and it’s important we look after this special location.

Lynn Turner, Director of Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust, said: “We’re thrilled that Steve has become a Friend, he’s a real ambassador for the Park.  Kielder Marathon weekend offers a real destination event that the whole family can get involved in and every October, we see visitors from across the country arriving to take part, helping to boost the rural tourism of Northumberland.  It’s vital the Trust continues to invest in enhancing the visitor experience; increasing the number of visitors to the Park and supporting the local economy.  The more people who join our Friends scheme, then the more we can develop the Park as an inspirational place for leisure, exploration and fun.

Since the launch of the Friends scheme last year, Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust has led an initiative to improve facilities for people interested in stargazing and worked with its partners to progress plans to expand the Kielder Observatory.  It has also developed the wildlife opportunities on offer for visitors.

Steve, who joins TV architect George Clarke and football legend Jack Charlton as celebrity Friends, added: “I’m delighted to support the Friends scheme because the Trust has already done so much in helping to create a fantastic range of opportunities for visitors to enjoy and I’m excited at the prospect of them expanding that work.

The first of our star celebrity Friends was TV architect, George Clarke.  George, who designed the Sky Den tree house at Calvert Trust Kielder, spent a lot of time in the Park while filming for his Channel 4 programme, George Clarke's Amazing Spaces.  He explains: "I'm delighted to become a Friend and support Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust in their commitment to continue developing such an impressive destination.  I used to visit the Park regularly as a child and, living in the North East, we're so lucky to have this great wilderness right on our doorstep.  The Sky Den tree house that we built for Amazing Spaces just increases the list of unique experiences on offer in a truly amazing place."

Joining George in this celebrity group is footballing legend Jack Charlton OBE.  Jack has had a remarkable career in football, as a gifted professional player and as a successful manager, both at home and internationally.  However, it is Jack's love of fishing that draws him to the tranquil lakeside of Kielder Water, as the setting for the annual Jack Charlton Disabled Anglers Cup.  He says "I'm happy to get on board with the Park's new Friends scheme because I've been a friend of Kielder for many years.  I remember when Kielder Water was first created and the fantastic range of opportunities it brought with it.  I still enjoy spending time at Kielder to fish today".

What a simply brilliant trio of amazing, celebrity Friends we have.   

Join now by calling 0845 155 0236 or by emailing info@visit.kielder.com.


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