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Dart Skies

Dark Skies FestivalOur dark skies are some of the best in the UK. We have minimal light pollution and on a cloudless night you can see the milky way, thousands of stars and astronomical sights with the naked eye. In 2011 Exmoor was designated as an International Dark Sky Reserve by the International Dark Sky Association. So why not take the time to visit Exmoor and look up?

2021 Exmoor Dark Skies Festival - booking now open! -  22nd Oct to 7th November 2021.

Find out more about opportunities to experience and protect our dark skies below.

Sign up for our Dark Skies E-newsletter to find out about any events.

Discover Exmoor's Dark Skies...

Dark Skies Festival

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 about the 2021 festival, sponsored by Celestron, which takes place from the 22nd October to 7 November.

The Exmoor Dark Sky Discovery Trail

Launched on 19th October 2021 (Exmoor Day) a brand new opportunity to immerse yourself in some of the darkest skies around, following a short 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

Telescopes for hire on Exmoor

Did you know you can hire a professional telescope from our National Park Centres to explore the night sky? Find out more here.

Exmoor astronomy and stargazing advice

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.

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 summer, including a regular Tuesday evening events in 2021, 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....

Dark Sky Friendly Businesses

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.

International Dark Sky Reserve - protecting our dark 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.

If you're thinking of visiting Exmoor and would like to contact someone from the National Park about stargazing and stargazing events then please email Katrina on KJMunro@exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk

Explore Exmoor Dark Skies Images on Flickr