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Dark Skies Festival

Join us from the 19 - 29 October 2017 for the first ever Exmoor Dark Skies Festival. There will be a range of activities across the National Park for all ages. Whether you want to use the latest technology for a virtual tour of the universe, or be guided in using a telescope to zoom in the world above there is sure to be something for everyone!

Why not stay at our unique centre at Pinkery during Dark Sky Festival Week? - its right in the darkest part of our Dark Sky Reserve! Find out more here.

A full colour printed Programme will be available from National Park Centres from early August.

  • Advertise in our programme - full details (PDF) Closing date 7th July

Programme of events

Here is a summary list of the National Park’s events and those being run by other organisations, together forming the basis for the Exmoor Dark Skies Festival – more events to be added soon. We will have more information and an event booking facility available shortly - Keep checking for the latest news!

Tuesday 17th October – 7.30pm Minehead Regal Film Society, Regal Theatre

Film Showing -  2001: A Space Odyssey This classic space film public screening with Arthur C Clarke Memorabilia on display from Minehead Museum

Friday 20th October – Dunster Tithe Barn

Planetarium- Schools sessions

Saturday 21st October – Depart Exford 5.30pm

Dusk Safari by Barle Valley Safaris

Saturday 21st October   6pm to 10pm – Wimbleball Lake

Family Astro Party - ‘Your Place in Space’ themed family party hosted by UK Space Ambassador Jo Richardson from Space Detectives and Stargazing with Tiverton & Mid Devon Astronomy Society, Night Forest Walk and Campfire.

Sunday 22nd October   5.15pm – 8.30pm -  Webbers Post

Meteors over Dunkery Walk - Join an Exmoor Ranger to walk to the top of Dunkery Beacon as the sun goes down, where hopefully we may see a meteor shower in action. The red deer rut should also be in full swing, so we should see and hear them in the gathering darkness.

Monday 23rd October -  Lynton Town Hall

Planetarium - Afternoon and evening sessions

Monday 23rd October – 7pm Lynton Town Hall, Jubilee Room

Evening Talk & Stargazing Session with Astronomer Seb Jay & Exmoor Stargazers

Tuesday 24th October – Dulverton Town Hall

Planetarium-– Afternoon & evening sessions

Tuesday 24th October – 6pm – Goat Hill

Night Navigation & Stargazing Walk Enjoy an exhilarating walk across Exmoor on a clear, moonless night with an Exmoor National Park Ranger.

Tuesday 24th October - Depart Exford 5.30pm

Dusk Safari by Barle Valley Safaris

Wednesday 25th October – Webbers Post

Big Adventure Day with National Park Rangers and Exmoor Stargazers with their Solar Telescope Experience

Wednesday 25th October –7pm - Webbers Post

Big Adventure Stargazing Talk & Evening with Astronomer Seb Jay & Exmoor Stargazers

Thursday 26th October - Depart Exford 5.30pm

Dusk Safari by Barle Valley Safaris

Saturday 28th Oct – Dunster Tithe Barn

Planetarium, Solar Telescope/Stargazing Sessions, Astro Workshop & Astrophotography Display throughout the day and evening

Saturday 28th October - Depart Exford 5.30pm

Dusk Safari by Barle Valley Safaris

& Running throughout the festival:

Minehead Museum: Arthur C Clarke exhibition

Read the press release here.

Opportunities for businesses and community organisations to get involved

There are lots of way's you can get involved!

  • Advertise in our programme - full details (PDF) Closing date 7th July
  • Promote the festival to your customers
  • Why not put on your own event which we can promote as part of the festival? A stargazing supper, an astronomy break or something else!

For further details contact Katrina Munro - KJMunro@exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk

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