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Family Stargazing Weekend -  March 16th to 18th 2018  

Book now for our first ever family stargazing weekend at our Pinkery Centre for Outdoor Learning.

Exmoor Dark Skies Festival 2018 #ExmoorDSF

20th October - 4th November 2018. Full details to follow but if you'd like to hold an event please contact Katrina Munro KJMunro@exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk 01398 322236.

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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Night Hike and Farmhouse Supper

Exford Car Park
20th Feb 2018 6:00pm-9:30pm
Join us for an evening of walking under the stars following the Exe Valley Way u...
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Lazy Sunday Lunch and walk around Exford

Exford Car Park
25th Feb 2018 1:00pm-4:30pm

Exmoor Family Stargazing Weekend

Pinkery Centre for Outdoor Learning
16th Mar 2018 5:00pm - 18th Mar 2018 11:30am

Forest Night Walk

Nutcombe Bottom (SS977424) nr Dunster
29th May 2018 8:30pm-10:30pm

The Wimbleball Family Campout

Wimbleball Lake
1st Jun 2018 4:00pm - 3rd Jun 2018 11:00am

The Halse Farm Family Campout

Halse Farm
6th Jul 2018 4:00pm - 8th Jul 2018 11:00am