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Exmoor Day - 19th October

Celebrate all that is good on #ExmoorDay

Exmoor Day LogoThe 19th October is Exmoor Day - a day to celebrate all that Exmoor National Park offers to the world. Exmoor National Park boasts inspiring landscapes, thriving communities, wonderful wildlife, enterprising businesses, and a rich cultural heritage. The National Park Authority is joining forces with Visit Exmoor and various local tourism and community organisations to shout about Exmoor from the rooftops.

Why the 19th October?

Exmoor National Park came into being on 19th October 1954 when the Designation Order made by the National Parks Commission was confirmed by the Minister for Housing and Local Government Harold Macmillan – making Exmoor the 8th National Park in the UK.

Why is Exmoor so special?

Home to just under 10,000 residents Exmoor is one of the finest landscapes in the country. The National Park attracts in excess of 2m visitor days a year and is home to well over 1,000 local businesses. Ancient woodlands and heather clad moorlands  provide important habitats for all kinds of creatures great and small including the iconic free living Exmoor Ponies and the largest herds of Red deer in the country. At night Exmoor comes alive under some of the darkest skies in the country offering unrivalled opportunities to see thousands of stars above.

Be a part of a special Exmoor film!
Why I love Exmoor

Members of the public from all over the UK and beyond are invited to submit short video clips of themselves saying why they love Exmoor. The best of these will be compiled into a short film that will be shared on-line and through social media. Be enthusiastic and smile as you talk directly to the camera about why you love Exmoor. This is your own personal reason - is it the landscapes, the food, the people, the places/villages, the coast, the seasons, the wildlife, the activities, the tranquillity, dark skies, heritage…?

  • I love Exmoor because…
  • The thing I love most about Exmoor is …..

Each clip should be around 5-10 seconds long and filmed in a landscape portrait. Submit your video recording via We Transfer by 9am 12 October to KJMunro@exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk.

Further details on the opportunity including terms and conditions are available here (PDF). There are some top tips for producing the best video from your phone here (PDF).

What will be happening on Exmoor Day?

Full details will be posted here in due course. Due to Covid-19 the majority of initiatives will be digital and social media based this year. We'll be inviting people to share their photos, memories and experiences of Exmoor using the #ExmoorDay hashtag. Local business and organisations are being invited to get involved and details of any initiatives or offers will be posted here soon.

Want to get involved?

If you are a business or organisations working within Exmoor then we'd love you to get involved. #ExmoorDay is your opportunity to join us and together make a greater 'noise' about Exmoor. Example ways you might get involved are:

  • Joining in the social media activity on the day using the #ExmoorDay hashtag
  • If you are a local business how about offering a special promotion available only on Exmoor Day? Send us details and we can list it on our webpage
  • Exmoor Day also offers a great opportunity to make contact with your customers - past and future - through maybe a special edition newsletter or blog
  • You might want to schedule your own video release or live social media presentation talking about your products or experiences
  • If you have something to launch or announce around this time, why not tie it into Exmoor Day?
  • If you're a local food or drink producer how about releasing some recipes including your Exmoor produce to inspire?
  • Restaurants might want to offer a special Exmoor produce menu or special offer
  • Any other ideas very welcome

Please contact KJMunro@exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk if you have an idea and wish to discuss or have it included here.

Some of our Exmoor businesses are running special promotions to celebrate #ExmoorDay. Read on......

Two Night Stay at Simonsbath House Hotel - Simonsbath House was the first dwelling built within the Royal Forest of Exmoor by John Boevey and by 1820 was owned by the renowned John Knight, a businessman from Worcestershire who paid £50,000 for a wild, uninhabited area of moorland within what is now Exmoor National Park. He moved here with his wife and six young children and began a project to single-handedly colonise and reclaim the 16,000 acre wilderness previously untouched since the Bronze Age, and to transform it into a great estate with a mansion at its heart now Simonsbath House Hotel. To celebrate Exmoor’s inspiring landscapes, thriving communities, wonderful wildlife, enterprising businesses, and a rich cultural heritage the hotel is delighted to offer visitors a promotional two night stay.£195.40 for two people Bed and Breakfast - Sunday 18th & Monday 19th or Monday 19th & Tuesday 20th October.The hotel is also pleased to offer a three course menu of the day to residents on these evenings for £19.54 per person. Booking essential: on 01643 831259 or enquiries@simonsbathhousehotel.co.uk  Simonsbath House Hotel, Simonsbath, Exmoor TA24 7SH www.simonsbathhousehotel.co.uk