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Exmoor Dark Skies Festival 2018

#ExmoorDSF

20th October - 4th November 2018

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There is a range of events for families, enthusiasts and those with a bit more understanding. Many events will be run by the National Park Authority but others are being run by organisations and businesses. 

A FREE full printed programme will be available from early August 2018 at our National Park Centres in Dulverton, Dunster and Lynmouth.

Click here to get to the festival webpage where you'll find some event details and booking details.

Exmoor National Park is home to some of the darkest skies in the country so it's a great place to gaze at the stars.

For thousands of years, humans have looked up at the night sky and wondered at what they saw. This wonder helped to define our sense of who we are, our myths and legends, our religious beliefs and a sense of our place in a wider cosmos.  But the dark skies that were the night time backdrop for the vast majority of human history are for many of us now a rare sight. Our night times are filled with the orange glow of street lighting and we are all more likely to be looking at a television or a smartphone than gazing at the stars. 

So why not take the time on Exmoor to look up and rediscover your sense of wonder? Good spots are Holdstone Hill, County Gate, Brendon Two Gates, Webbers Post, Anstey Gate, Haddon Hill and Wimbleball Lake. On a clear night the night sky of Exmoor is simply stunning when many astronomical sights can be seen through the naked eye and even more can be discovered through a telescope or binoculars.

To help you get the most from Exmoor's dark skies we have produced a new Dark Skies Pocket Guide -  download it  here or pick up a copy from one of our National Park Centres where you can also hire a telescope ! -  you can see one of the telescopes and and how to use them in this short video.

Good weather for stargazing? Check out the Exmoor Weather forecast from the Met Office here

Dark Sky Places Annual Report -  Over the last 12 months many individuals and organisations have been continuing to promote and protect Exmoor’s beautiful dark night time skies. Find out more in our annual Dark Sky Places Report that covers the period October 2016 to September 2017.

AtlanticSkyNet - We're working with partners on a new European project to develop Astro-Tourism in the area. Read more here.


The first International Dark Sky Reserve in Europe


Here are some upcoming events that might be particularly suitable if you love stargazing. Or you can browse all events here

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Lear

Valley of Rocks, Lynton
31st Jul 2018 7:30pm-10:30pm
Pleasure Dome Theatre Company return to Exmoor's The Valley of Rocks with Shakes...
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Lear

Valley of Rocks, Lynton
31st Jul 2018 7:30pm-10:30pm

An introduction to nightscape astrophotography - course and workshop

The Exmoor White Horse Inn, Exford
8th Sep 2018 7:30pm-10:45pm

Heddon Valley Family Campout

Heddon Valley Car Park
14th Sep 2018 4:00am - 16th Sep 2018 11:00pm

Halloween stargazing and farmhouse supper

Exford main Car Park
31st Oct 2018 6:00pm-9:30pm

Stargazing Break

Yarn Market Hotel Dunster
2nd Nov 2018 - 4th Nov 2018