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Dark Skies Festival

The Exmoor Dark Skies Festival 2019 will run from 14th October (when there is a full moon) until Sunday 3rd November. (These dates also incorporate the staggered half terms for Devon and Somerset).

During the year we'll be adding full details of events and booking arrangements on this page so do check back!

There will be plenty of events taking place at venues all over Exmoor, from stargazing talks and sessions to night time adventures so we look forward to welcoming you to enjoy some of the darkest skies in the country.

Events will include Guided Night Walks, Family Astro party, Night Mountain Biking, Stargazing Talks, Wildlife at Night, Wild Swimming, Planetarium sessions and more!

If you're interested in running an event during the 2019 festival or just knowing more about it, please contact Katrina Munro on 01398 322236 or email KJMunro@exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk

A full printed Festival Programme will be available from August. In the meantime here are some draft details - plenty more details and many more events will be added in the coming months......

Saturday 19th October

Dark Skies Big Adventure

Webbers Post TBC

ENPA and the National Trust. Join the adventure! Come and explore the natural world with family games and activities lasting all day.  Come play in the woodland, make a den and maybe hear the roaring stags on the nearby hills.  

Sunday 20th Oct

5.15 to 8.30pm

Meteors over Dunkery

Webbers Post SS902438

ENPA – Weather permitting see the Orionid meteor Showers as you join a National Park Ranger and walk up to the highest point on Exmoor.

Wednesday 23rd 6pm - 8pm

Wildlife at Night

Exmoor Pony Centre  

Join the Exmoor ponies in discovering the Wildlife at Night on Exmoor. Family friendly event to inspire everyone to engage in their local wildlife. Hot chocolate and marshmallows. Opportunity to interact with the ponies.

Booking: Booking essential.

CONTACT US: 01398 323093    

info@exmoorponycentre.org.uk  

Charge: Adult £3, Under 16 £2

http://www.moorlandmousietrust.org.uk/events.php

 

Friday 25th-Sunday 27th October

Stargazing Hotel Break

Dunster

Yarn Market Hotel break with talks and stargazing

Saturday 26th Oct      

Planetarium

Dunster Tithe Barn

Planetarium plus other activities 

Saturday 26th Oct  

(& Friday1st November @ Wistlandpound)

Astrophotography Workshop

NT Arlington

With Keith Trueman

The Workshop will cater for all levels of photographer. Full tuition and guidance will be given throughout the workshop.

Areas covered will be the correct camera setting, techniques, composition, focusing at night, exposure etc.

At the end of the workshop you will have gained the knowledge to take photos of the night sky and stars, how to take star trail images and lightpainting techniques.

Price £45 pp

Night Mountain Biking

Join Exmoor Adventures us for an evening MTB ride, enjoying Mountain Biking by moonlight!

We provide bikes with quality lights, allowing you to tackle the trails with ease.

It really is a fantastic experience, giving the rider a fresh perspective on off-road cycling, with the opportunity to ride under moonlight and see wildlife!

We'll teach you the basics, and take you on a guided route to suit your ability. 

Novice and Intermediate rides available. 

t: 07976 208279

t: @exmooradventure

e: info@exmooradventures.co.uk

w: www.exmooradventures.co.uk

Wednesday 30th OctoberNight Sky Nebula Nosh at Dunkery Beacon Country House HotelWootton Courtenay Supper and Talk and Stargazing with Astronomer Seb Jay

Wednesday 30th Oct 6pm - 8pm

Wildlife at Night

Exmoor Pony Centre  

Join the Exmoor ponies in discovering the Wildlife at Night on Exmoor. Family friendly event to inspire everyone to engage in their local wildlife. Hot chocolate and marshmallows. Opportunity to interact with the ponies.

Booking: Booking essential.

CONTACT US: 01398 323093    

info@exmoorponycentre.org.uk  

Charge: Adult £3, Under 16 £2

http://www.moorlandmousietrust.org.uk/events.php

Saturday 2nd NovemberFamily Astro partyWimbleball LakeAstro themed activities 2pm to 6/7pm.