Celebrating the 10 year Anniversary of Exmoor’s ‘Dark Skies Festival’

It was 10 years ago that the International Dark Sky Association officially recognised Exmoor as Europe’s first International Dark Sky Reserve, finding that 92% of Exmoor boasts pristine night skies, completely free of light polution. The Exmoor Dark skies festival celebrates this amazing achievement and takes place from 22nd October – 7th November 2021!

Photo credit – Fiona Walsh Photography

How to get involved in the festival

The festival takes place in multiple locations around Exmoor from 22nd October – 7th November 2021

Stay at Lynmouth Holiday Retreat this October and experience Exmoor’s famous starry skies from the comfort of your own Holiday let, Glamping pod, Motorhome or Camping pitch!

View Exmoor Dark Skies Festival Programme Here

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Book to stay with us before October 31st 2021 and receive 1 night FREE when you book 3 or more nights with us simply quote OCTLHR to redeem..

Experience the Exmoor Dark Skies from the comfort of your doorstep, with so much to get involved with this festival time, why not use us as a base to get your Astronomer on!

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Valley of the Rocks & Hollerday Hill Night Walk

Wednesday 27th October – 7-9pm.

Enjoy the peace of the valley, taking in the beauty of the night sky in a stunning part of Exmoor.

Your local guide Jess Twydall of Mother Moon will meet you at Lynton Town Hall. The tour will include tales of the past and local history. Jess is also keen on the moon cycles and how they impact our moods and emotions throughout the month. So, this is very much a walk for well-being, slowing down and enjoying the tranquillity that Exmoor brings. Adults £10, Children Free. Bookings 07716 223270 or email info@mother-moon.co.uk

Arlington Court Night Skies

Friday 29th October 6pm-8pm.

In partnership with the National Trust, Mother Moon will be guiding an evening walk around the grounds and estate of Arlington Court. You will see the beauty of the night skies here and learn more about the history of the site. This is a walk for well-being, slowing down and enjoying the tranquillity that Arlington brings. £10 per person, children go free.

The National Trust café will be open for refreshments. Bookings 07716 223270 or email Activities.arlingtoncourt@nationaltrust.org.uk.

Stargazing, Bat Detecting and Pizza Night

Friday, 29th October from 18.00-20.30 and again on Wednesday 3 Nov 6-8.30pm

Part of the Dark Skies Festival with Exmoor National Park
Location: Barton Farm, Kentisbury, EX31 4QP
Discover the planets and stars with our telescopes, learn how to detect the bats of kentisbury and craft your own stonebaked pizza at Barton Farm. Join Liz from Moor Wild Experiences and The Wright’s family to search the night sky with two telescopes and stargazing apps.
At dusk, we will stroll 400m around the church and farm yard learning how to identify the active bats near the pond and trees. Return and prepare and enjoy your own crafted stonebaked pizza with a glass of bubbly! At dark, search for saturn and Jupiter in our September sky. Marshmallows to toast and hot chocolate to sip around our warming firepit. £40pp (one price) Wet weather: we have a plan undercover in our beautiful 16th Century barn!

Connect to the Spirit of Exmoor

Lower Ranscombe Farm, Near Lynton, EX35 6PY Sunday 31st Oct 6pm-8pm

Part of the Dark Skies Festival with Exmoor National Park

Come join us at Grandmother Beech CIC for a Sunday evening around the firepit. Connect to the old ways of the elements of earth, fire, water, and air! What did our ancestors here do before the internet and television? Experience stories, myths, songs local to Exmoor. Hot wholesome supper included in the price £15 per person. Booking essential info@grandmotherbeech.co.uk,01598 753525

Experience the Starry Skies from Exmoor’s Open top Coaster

4th November 2021 – 6.30pm -9pm

£10 per Adult, £5 per Child.

Join Astronomer Jo Richardson on an evening tour from Minehead to Lynmouth and back for an evening experiencing something a little different, who knows you might leave an astronomer!

Part of the Dark Skies Festival with Exmoor National Park
Spaces limited so book now via hello@adventuresbybus.co.uk

Get more involved and Get Outdoors this half-term with so much going on at Exmoor’s Dark Skies Festival, get in touch with VISIT EXMOOR for full list of available activities this Autumn time. If you wish to book last minute accomodation, please see below for full availability!