Discover Exmoor's Dark Skies...
Each autumn Exmoor plays host to one of the most popular Dark Skies Festivals, with events aimed at a whole range of audiences. Find out more here about the next festival which will run from 14th-30th October 2022.
This is the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in some of the darkest skies around at any time of year. Follow this 2 mile self-led route across open moorland to evocative ruins, offering 360 degree views of the night sky and the opportunity to see thousands of stars on a clear night, without a single artificial point of light. Read more and watch our inspirational short film at www.exmoorwalks.org/darksky
Did you know you can hire a professional telescope from our National Park Centres to explore the night sky? Find out more here.
Whether you're a seasoned expert astronomer or a novice starting out find out how you can explore Exmoor's night skies to have a fantastic dark skies experience. Visit this page to see our free downloadable Astronomer's Guide to Exmoor.
Dark Sky Discovery Hubs
We've launched our first Discovery Hub - a collaboration between Wild About Exmoor and Exford Bridge Tea Rooms (Chapel Street, Exford TA24 7PY), supported by the National Park. The hub hosts series of bookable guided stargazing events and planetarium style presentations throughout the year including a regular Thursday evening event in 2021/2, and has information to help inspire you to make the most our dark skies. For more info contact Wild About Exmoor. Watch this space for a second hub coming soon at Wimbleball Lake...
A growing number of local businesses have been accredited by the National Park as Dark Sky Friendly. These businesses have all received dark skies training and also demonstrated a commitment to protecting and celebrating our night skies.
Learn more about our designation as Europe's first International Dark Sky and how we're working with partners to protect this precious resource.