Britain’s best dusk experiences

Now that longer days are upon us, make the best of the best of your evening hours. Caroline Rhodes discovers five of the UK's best dusk activities to try this summer

View of boats at moorings in the dusk at Lindisfarne Castle, Northumberland.

Stunning sunset, Northumberland
Said to be Britain’s most beautiful sunset spot, Lindisfarne Castle and Holy Island are one of many treasures along the Northumbrian coast. Owned by the National Trust, the castle is a magical place from which to watch evening skies change over the water.
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Night Wildlife Safari, Somerset Levels
One for nature enthusiasts, this night safari is arranged to coincide with the longest day of the year. Starting at midday on the 23 June, it consists of 24 expert-led walks over 24 hours.   You can see foxes, owls, glow-worms and many other species of wildlife. Take a flask of strong coffee! Contact Chris Sperring at the Hawk and Owl Trust for further information.
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Bat watching, Hertfordshire
Associated with superstition for centuries, these elusive creatures emerge to hunt at dusk. The Lee Valley Bats group runs a number of evening walks throughout the summer season; each concentrates on supporting our native species and allows you to glimpse the bats’ nocturnal behaviour.
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Open-air Shakespeare, Corfe Castle, Dorset
Enjoy an evening of culture on 12 July and see Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, performed by the Illyria theatre company. The beautiful grounds of Corfe Castle are the apt setting for this enchanting and hilarious play. Bring your own seating and picnics.
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Evening puffin and shearwater watching boat trips, St Davids, Pembrokeshire
Why not while away the twilight hours watching seabird colonies on the glittering waves off the Pembrokeshire coast? Setting off from St Davids, the boat trips visit islands where puffins and shearwaters roost in their hundreds. They are priced at £28 for adults and £17 for children, and run from April to October.
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