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
Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust (see About Us) is a registered charity working to develop the Park as an inspiring place to be.
From the equivalent of just £2 a month (individual membership), your valued support will help Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust to:
As a Friend, you will benefit from
Plus many other exciting discount offers and incentives that will change and develop throughout the year.
Accommodation - exclusive last minute special offers on accommodation - watch this space and bag yourself a bargain break. UNLIMITED £££s
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 £4.50
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 experienced art curator, Peter Sharpe, 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 tour will take place on Sunday 23rd October, from 1.00pm to 4.00pm. SAVE £2.00 per ticket
The ever popular Kielder Winter Wonderland returns this year from Saturday 19 November. This full day event is always a sell out. Friends members receive advance notice of ticket sales.
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 Kielder Water Birds of Prey 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, but you’ll 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
Stick man trail - following on from the success of the Gruffalo trail last year, the Forestry Commission is now delighted to introduce the Stick Man trail, based on the much loved books by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. Although the trail is aimed at younger children, and we know it will be popular, as the whole family can enjoy finding the trail panels and completing the fun activities it includes. The activity pack, which contains a trail activity leaflet, rubbing sheets, a crayon and a pencil, pipe cleaners and a range of games and puzzles, normally retails at £3.00 each, and are available from The Duke's Pantry café, and Friends can claim one free pack. SAVE £3.00
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.
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 Leaplish Waterside Park, 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.
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. 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".
A brilliant trio of amazing, celebrity Friends indeed.