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Exmoor Dark Skies Festival 2019 - 14th October to 3rd November

SCROLL DOWN for a list of this year's events including booking arrangements. The full printed Festival Programme is available from our National Park Centres at Dunster, Dulverton and Lynmouth.

There are some events being run by the Exmoor National Park Authority and others being run by other groups or businesses. Bookings and enquiries should be made with the relevant organiser. There will be 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. All events can be booked individually.

Festival Sponsors - Airband - High Speed Internet

Sponsored by Airband

Our thanks to AirBand (High speed internet providers at 40Mbps) who are our festival sponsors for the third year running. They provide educational stargazing material and internet access at some of our rural events. Visit their website or call 01905 950471 for current special offers from £24.99 per month.

If you'd like to know more about the festival in general please contact Katrina Munro on 01398 322236 or email KJMunro@exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk

Dark Skies Story-writing Competition for Children

See the document in the left margin for details of the competition with great prizes for you and your school! Get writing!

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Throughout the festival (by prior appointment)

Titans of Space – Virtual Reality Experiences with View it 360, Porlock

Porlock

Explore the solar system like never before with an amazing Virtual Reality experience. Delve deep into space and discover the stars, moons and planets that live within our solar system with a guided tour of the universe and more. Using the very latest in virtual reality technology to deliver an immersive and engaging experience.

Price: £20 per one hour session.

Book your experience by emailing info@viewit360.co.uk or call 01823 299455.

Monday 14th October

5.30pm 

Full Moon SafariExford

Setting out from Exford in the heart of Exmoor, learn all about the area from your knowledgeable guide Daphne Brace of Exmoor Wildlife Safaris. Experience real Exmoor at dusk under a full moon as you go in search of wildlife and hear intriguing local legends. You may also be lucky enough to hear the red deer stags bolving. Land Rover Safari tours approx. 2.5 hours, max 8 passengers.

Price: £25pp. Advance booking essential. Call Daphne on 07977 571494 or email exmoorwildlifesarafis@gmail.com

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www.exmoorwildlifesafaris.com

Tuesday 15th October from 5pmPlanetariumBampton School

The Space Odyssey mobile planetarium offers spectacular 360 degree 3D digital dome experiences for adults and children. Booking through the Exmoor National Park Authority.

One hour sessions suitable for older children and adults at :

5pm - Book here

6.15pm  - Book here

7.30pm - Book here

Seating within the dome is limited so please bring a cushion if you wish.

Price: Adult £6 Child £4

Tuesday 15th October 6pm Guided Walk, Stargazing & Farmhouse Supper with Wild About ExmoorExford

Join Wild About Exmoor for an evening of walking under the stars following the Exe Valley Way up on to the moor, finishing with a delicious home cooked roast dinner at our traditional Exmoor farm cottage. Meet at Exford car park at 6pm. The evening runs until approx. 9.30pm

Please bring torches and stout footwear .Booking essential on 01643 831759. www.wildaboutexmoor.com

£35 per head with complimentary drinks and starry information, plus the use of our telescope and binoculars. Half price for children, min age 10 years (unless by prior arrangement).

**FULLY BOOKED** - See other dates for similar events

Wednesday 16th October 5.30pmExmoor Stargazing Experience and Dinner at the Luttrell Arms HotelLuttrell Arms Hotel, DunsterExplore the skies about Dunster with members of Exmoor Stargazers in the garden of this award-winning hotel then enjoy a celebration of Exmoor produce with a fabulous three course meal. £35 per person - this includes a £5 donation to CareMoor - helping to keep the National Park special. Call 01643 821555 to book. www.luttrellarms.co.uk

Wednesday 16th October

5.30pm

Dusk SafariExford

Setting out from Exford in the heart of Exmoor as the sun goes down, learn all about the area from your knowledgeable guide Daphne Brace of Exmoor Wildlife Safaris.  Experience real Exmoor at dusk as you go in search of wildlife and hear intriguing local legends. You may also be lucky enough to hear the red deer stags bolving. Land Rover Safari tours approx. 2.5 hours, max 8 passengers.

Price: £25pp. Advance booking essential. Call Daphne on 07977 571494 or email exmoorwildlifesafaris@gmail.com

**FULLY BOOKED-Spaces on other dates**

www.exmoorwildlifesafaris.com

Thursday 17th October

6.30pm 

Night Walk, Stargazing and Pub Supper at The CrownExford

Meet up in Exford for a night walk with stargazing followed by supper in The Crown, a traditional Exmoor inn with rooms.

We meet at 6.30pm and enjoy a short walk to view the stars in a dark sky area, then back to Exford for some exploration of deepest, darkest space with our telescopes and binoculars. Lots of starry information and refreshments, then a short walk to the pub for supper which will be individually priced to allow full choice of the menu.

£15 adults, Half price for children, Booking through Wild About Exmoor essential. Call 01643 831759 www.wildaboutexmoor.com

Thursday 17th October

7.30pm

Dark Skies Woodland Walk with Chris Sperring MBE and Forestry EnglandNuttcombe Bottom, Dunster

Join Chris Sperring MBE and James Latus Community Ranger for Forestry England for a guided evening woodland walk. Meet at Nutcombe Bottom car park to head out for 7:30pm and aim to be back for 9:30pm. The walk should be suitable for all and your hosts will discuss astrology and the evening wildlife associated with the woodland. This walk will take place whatever the weather as even if wet and overcast, the wildlife can take centre stage.  

Adults £7.50pp.  Children age 11 and under Free. Places are limited and prior booking is essential. NO DOGS allowed. Book by ringing Forestry England on 0300 067 4800 and ask to book on the Dark Skies Walk at Nutcombe Bottom.

Friday 18th October from 5pmPlanetarium Barnstaple-Pilton Community College

The Space Odyssey mobile planetarium offers spectacular 360 degree 3D digital dome experiences for adults and children.

One hour sessions suitable for older children and adults at :

5pm - Book here

6.15pm - Book here

7.30pm.  - Book here

Seating within the dome is limited so please bring a cushion if you wish.

Price: Adult £6 Child £4

Friday 18th to Sunday 20th OctoberMyths, Magic and Monsters – Dark skies weekendWheddon Cross

A flexible 2 night dark skies break with your choice of  Barn, Self Catering Cottage or B&B.

Saturday daytime - free to enjoy the National Park with recommended activities – why not attend the Dark Skies Big Adventure Day? (see below)

On Saturday evening enjoy a fun talk at Little Quarme www.littlequarme-cottages.co.uk ‘Myths, magic and monsters’  - relating Greek myths to the constellations - accompanied by toasting marshmallows on the fire and followed by dinner of chilli/veggie chilli/curry, rice, pitta breads and dessert (apple crumble and clotted cream and cheesecake), tea and coffee. All outside if weather permits.

www.exmoorhouse.co 01643 841432 for B & B www.exmoorcampingbarn.co.uk 01643 841393 for S/C www.littlequarme-cottages.co.uk 01643 841249 for S/C.

Friday 18th October 4.15pmStarry-night Farm Visit with Stargazing Guide, Talk and SupperExford Car Park

A unique chance to meet the farmers and the animals at a remote old Exmoor farm. As well enjoying a farmhouse supper by the large inglenook fireplace, you'll be given a talk by a local stargazing expert from Exmoor Stargazers and he'll also have his telescopes on hand to help guide you across the starry sky above (weather permitting). £35 per person. Phone Shaun Bryant of West Country Farm & Food Tours to book on 01643 863002.

FULLY BOOKED - see 25th October for another chance...

Saturday 19th October 2pmRockets, Stars and Planets - Children's Craft and Games sessionNational Park Centre, Dulverton

Join our Exmoor National Park Staff for a two hour children's session with space themed crafts, games and puzzles.

Free event but donations to CareMoor welcome. No booking required.

Saturday 19th October

2pm

Dark Skies 'Big Adventure'

Webbers Post TA24 8HY

Join the adventure with National Park staff! Come and explore the natural world through the afternoon with family games and activities. Stay through the evening to experience Exmoor as it gets dark. Refreshment stall on site (pay as you go). Sit around the campfire, eat your dinner then enjoy a short guided night walk learning about our nocturnal wildlife. Event runs until approx 8pm.

This is  a free family event run by Exmoor National Park Authority with donations to CareMoor welcome. Just turn up - no booking required.

Enquiries to: Patrick Watts-Mabbott PWatts-Mabbott@exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk

Saturday 19th October

6pm

Guided Walk, Stargazing & Farmhouse Supper with Wild About ExmoorExford

Join Wild About Exmoor for an evening of walking under the stars following the Exe Valley Way up on to the moor, finishing with a delicious home cooked roast dinner at our traditional Exmoor farm cottage. Meet at Exford car park at 6pm. Finish around 9.30pm.

Please bring torches and stout footwear. Booking essential on 01643 831759. www.wildaboutexmoor.com

£35 per head with complimentary drinks and starry information, plus the use of our telescope and binoculars.Half price for children, min age 10 years (unless by prior arrangement).

Saturday 19th OctoberAutumn FeastHorner Farm, Porlock

Join the farmers at Horner farm for a special evening featuring a BBQ with their 100% grass fed Beef Burgers and Merquez Sausages with a large selection of salads and bread.

Undercover seating and stunning cobbled courtyard to meet new and old friends under Exmoor's dark skies.

Talk about Nocturnal wildlife found on Horner Farm.

Autumn themed games for all ages-including apple bobbing.  

Price: Adult £15, Children (5-16yrs) £7 includes food and first drink. Book here

Saturday 19th October 6.30pm

Night Mountain Biking Guided Ride (Intermediate)

Horner Farm, Porlock

Exmoor Adventures invite you to join them on this guided night ride. Ages 14+ Mountain Bikes, lights, helmets and gloves provided.  A good level of fitness is required.  Level: Intermediate. Finish 9pm.

Price: £45pp. To book call 07976 208279 or email info@exmooradventures.co.uk

www.exmooradventures.co.uk

Sunday 20th Oct

5.15pm

Orionids Meteor Walk over Dunkery

Webber's Post SS902438

Join an Exmoor National Park Ranger and walk up to the highest point on Exmoor - the National Trust's Dunkery Beacon.  Weather permitting, as the sun goes down we'll see the Orionid meteor showers and star constellations. Alternatively, we will find our way up through the rain and cloud listening for the wild night sounds in which Exmoor excels. If the weather is really poor the Ranger will take you on an alternative short walk out to the top of Horner Valley to listen to the deer. Please note that part of the 4 mile walk (taking around 3 hours) will be on uneven, narrow paths in the dark: wear outdoor clothing and suitable footwear. A reasonable level of fitness is required.

Price: £3pp donation on the night to CareMoor for Exmoor - helping to keep Exmoor special. No need to book, just turn up.

Monday 21st October

6.30pm 

Night Walk, Stargazing and Pub Supper at the CrownExford

Meet up in Exford for a night walk with stargazing followed by supper in The Crown, a traditional Exmoor inn with rooms.

We meet at 6.30pm and enjoy a short walk to view the stars in a dark sky area, then back to Exford for some exploration of deepest, darkest space with our telescopes and binoculars. Lots of starry information and refreshments, then a short walk to the pub for supper which will be individually priced to allow full choice of the menu.

Price: £15 adults, £7.50 children, Booking essential on 01643 831759 www.wildaboutexmoor.com

Tuesday 22nd October 5.30pmDusk SafariExford

Setting out from Exford in the heart of Exmoor as the sun goes down, learn all about the area from your knowledgeable guide Daphne Brace of Exmoor Wildlife Safaris.  Experience real Exmoor at dusk as you go in search of wildlife and hear intriguing local legends. You may also be lucky enough to hear the red deer stags bolving. Land Rover Safari tours approx. 2.5 hours, max 8 passengers.

Price: £25pp. Advance booking essential. Call Daphne on 07977 571494 or email exmoorwildlifesarafis@gmail.com

www.exmoorwildlifesafaris.com

Wednesday 23rd October 6pm

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 during this 2 hour event. 

Price: Adult £3, Under 16s £2. Booking essential - phone 01398 323093 or email info@exmoorponycentre.org.uk

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

Wednesday 23rd October 6pm

& Friday 25th October 6pm

Guided Walk, Stargazing & Farmhouse Supper with Wild About ExmoorExford

Join Wild About Exmoor for an evening of walking under the stars following the Exe Valley Way up on to the moor, finishing with a delicious home cooked roast dinner at our traditional Exmoor farm cottage. Meet at Exford car park at 6pm.The evening runs until approx. 9.30pm. Please bring torches and wear stout footwear .

Price: £35pp with complimentary drinks and starry information, plus the use of our telescope and binoculars. Half price for children, min age 10 years (unless by prior arrangement). Booking essential on 01643 831759. www.wildaboutexmoor.com

Thursday 24th October

5.30pm 

Dusk SafariExford

Setting out from Exford in the heart of Exmoor as the sun goes down, learn all about the area from your knowledgeable guide Daphne Brace of Exmoor Wildlife Safaris.  Experience real Exmoor at dusk as you go in search of wildlife and hear intriguing local legends. You may also be lucky enough to hear the red deer stags bolving. Land Rover Safari tours approx. 2.5 hours, max 8 passengers.

**2 SEATS AVAILABLE**

Price: £25pp. Advance booking essential. Call Daphne on 07977 571494 or email exmoorwildlifesarafis@gmail.com

www.exmoorwildlifesafaris.com

Friday 25th October 4.15pmStarry-night Farm Visit with Stargazing Guide, Talk and SupperExford

A unique chance to meet the farmers and the animals at a remote old Exmoor farm. As well enjoying a farmhouse super by the large inglenook fireplace, you'll be given a talk by a local stargazing expert from Exmoor Stargazing and he'll have his telescopes on hand to help guide you across the starry sky above (weather permitting).

Price: £35 pp. Phone Shaun of West Country Farm & Food Tours to book on 01643 863002.

Friday 25th October

6.30pm 

Night E-Mountain Biking Guided Ride (Beginners)Horner Farm, Porlock

Exmoor Adventures invite you to join them on a Guided Night Ride on E mountain bikes. Ages 18+. E-Mountain Bikes, lights, helmets and gloves provided. An average level of fitness is required. Level: Beginners

Price: £55pp. Phone 07976 208279 or email info@exmooradventures.co.uk

www.exmooradventures.co.uk

Friday 25th to Sunday 27th October

Stargazing Weekend

Yarn Market Hotel, Dunster

Enjoy a two night stay at the Yarn Market Hotel in the heart of this beautiful medieval town with plenty to do during the day and evening. A special dark skies themed break with darks skies talks, planetarium session and guided stargazing.

Price £200pp. Full details at www.yarnmarkethotel.co.uk/events.htm

Phone 01643 821425 or email hotel@yarnmarkethotel.co.uk to book.

Friday 25th to Sunday 27th OctoberStargazing Hotel BreakHeddon Valley

Relax and enjoy the spectacular landscapes, day and night at this National Trust owned hotel with stunning views of the gardens and Heddon Valley on the north coast of Exmoor.

On Saturday 26th October, your break will include blankets under the stars with a warming beverage of your choice, telescope set up for your enjoyment with an educational projector to learn more about what you are seeing through the telescope and a two-course dinner served out under the stars (weather permitting).

Price: £200 (superior room), £160 (standard room) per room per night includes dinner, bed and breakfast and blankets under the stars on Saturday 26th.

Enquiries and booking:  info@huntersinnhotel.com 01598 763230  www.thehuntersinnexmoor.co.uk

Saturday 26th Oct      

Afternoon and evening sessions

Planetarium Sessions

& Cafe

& Talks (see below)

Dunster Tithe Barn

In the magnificent setting of the 16th century Tithe Barn, the Space Odyssey mobile planetarium offers spectacular 360 degree 3D digital dome experiences for adults and children. Booking through the Exmoor National Park Authority.

Sessions of 45 minute are more suitable for younger children. One hour sessions are more suited to older children and adults. Seating within the dome is limited so please bring a cushion of you wish.

2pm (45 mins) Book here

3pm (45 mins) Book here

4pm (45 mins) Sorry-this session is currently suspended. please book another session. 

5pm (1 hour) Book here

6.15pm (1 hour) Book here

7.30pm (1 hour) Book here

Price: Adult £6, Child £4.  Booking highly recommended through the Exmoor National Park as above.

Make even more of your visit to the Tithe Barn by enjoying homemade cakes and drinks from our café raising funds for CareMoor.

See below for a range of 30 minutes talks - cost £1 per person payable on the door.

Saturday 26th October

Afternoon and evening

Talks by Simon Holbeche (Chairman of Bath Astronomers)

Note: Change of speaker and some talk topics from printed programme

Dunster Tithe Barn

A series of 4 short talks will be presented in the Club Room at the Tithe Barn.

Speaker Simon Holbeche is the leader of Bath Astronomers, the observing arm of the William Herschel Society. He's passionate about making stargazing and astronomy accessible to all. As a STEM Ambassador, he visit schools, run kids workshops and work with the Herschel Museum, Bath Preservation Trust, Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution and English Heritage on youth and adult "Looking Up" projects.

3.15pm 'Telescopes for your Family' (30 mins)

4.15pm ' Back Garden Stargazing' (30 mins)

5.15pm 'Smartphone Astronomy' (30 mins)

6.30pm 'Space Science from your Shed' (45 mins)

Price:  £1 per person per talk,  payable on the door. No booking required. Exmoor National Park events. Enquiries to KJMunro@exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk

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Saturday 26th October 5pmExmoor Dark Skies Children's EventPorlock Pavilion and Recreation Ground

Stargazing and Dark Walk, Crafts and Games, Hot Chocolate and Toasting Marshmallows. Enjoy the author's book reading of 'Jacob Starke loves the Dark' .Children must be accompanied by an adult to this 2 hour event. Bring warm/waterproof coats, gloves and ideally a torch. Call Ann 07796 108380 for further details.

Price: Free but donations welcome. No need to book.

Saturday 26th October

5.30pm

Dusk SafariExford

Setting out from Exford in the heart of Exmoor as the sun goes down, learn all about the area from your knowledgeable guide Daphne Brace of Exmoor Wildlife Safaris.  Experience real Exmoor at dusk as you go in search of wildlife and hear intriguing local legends. You may also be lucky enough to hear the red deer stags bolving. Land Rover Safari tours approx. 2.5 hours, max 8 passengers.

Price: £25pp. Advance booking essential. Call Daphne on 07977 571494 or email exmoorwildlifesarafis@gmail.com

www.exmoorwildlifesafaris.com

Saturday 26th October

6.30pm

Shoulsbarrow Skies,  Farm Visit, Stargazing & SupperChallacombe

Join us and meet the horses and rare and traditional breeds of livestock in our ancient Exmoor farm on the edge of Challacombe in glorious unspoilt surroundings. We have plenty of peace and quiet and relaxing ambience and some of the darkest skies on Exmoor - on a clear night the stars are an amazing sight, even with the naked eye. We'll share a delicious home-cooked dinner (from home grown and local produce) in our dining room which was the dairy in the two hundred year old farmhouse. Then we'll venture outside for stargazing and information about the night skies. Binoculars available.

Price: £30pp (includes complimentary  glass of prosecco or non-alcoholic sparkling drink)

To book call Amanda or Gary on 01598 428005 or email shoulsbry@gmail.com

B&B is also available at Shoulsbarrow Farmhouse. www.shoulsbarrowfarm.co.uk

Saturday 26th October 6.30pm Night E-Mountain Biking Guided Ride (Intermediate/Advanced)Horner Farm, Porlock

Exmoor Adventures invite you to join them on a Guided Night Ride on E mountain bikes. Ages 18+. E-Mountain Bikes, lights, helmets and gloves provided. An average level of fitness is required. Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Price: £55pp.To book or find out more call  07976 208279 info@exmooradventures.co.uk www.exmooradventures.co.uk

Saturday 26th October

Evening

Astrophotography Workshop

Arlington Court National Trust

The Workshop with photographer Keith Trueman 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 light painting techniques.

Price £45pp. To find out more or book contact Keith via email keithtrueman@btinternet.com or call 07860 660058.

FULLY BOOKED - see 1st Nov

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Monday 28th October 2pm

Astrophotography for All by Peter Richardson

(Change to advertised speaker)

Dulverton Town Hall

Want to know more about the joys and secrets of Astrophotography? Join Pete for an informative one hour talk.

Speaker: Astrophotographer Peter Richardson. www.peterichardsonastro.com

Price: £3pp -  Booking here

Monday 28th October 3.30pm

'In search of Aurora' Talk by Jo Richardson of Space Detectives.  

(Change to advertised speaker) 

Dulverton Town Hall

Learn more about the Aurora from speaker Jo Richardson from Space Detectives. Jo is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and is one of the 10 UK Space Ambassadors and represent the South West, working on behalf of ESERO-UK (European Space Education Office) which is part of the National STEM Learning Centre and funded by the European Space Agency and other partners. Jo will be showing some great photos and footage of Aurora during this one hour talk.

Price: £3pp Booking here

Monday 28th October

3.45pm

Dark Skies and Astro Poetry and Crafts WorkshopMinehead Methodist Church Hall

Poetry and craft workshop with the Exmoor National Park Authority and Peta Rainford - author of 'Jacob Starke Loves the Dark'. Suitable for children up to 10 years. Session 3.45-5pm.

Price: £2 per child. (Parents free). Booking in advance recommended as spaces are limited. Book your children in here .

Monday 28th October

from 6pm

Stargazing with Exmoor Stargazer Terry Evans and Hot Food (self-catering cottages or B&B also available)

Westerclose House Cottages, Withypool

**FULLY BOOKED**

Join us for an evening of stargazing and hospitality at Westerclose, high above the village of Withypool looking out over open moor.  

Terry Evans, an expert from Exmoor Stargazers, will be on hand to guide us.  View the southern and western dark skies through his on-site telescope and binoculars.

Learn about the constellations and planets.  Be amazed by the incredible expanse of our universe. Listen out for owls and other wildlife around our smallholding.

Then relax with a hot meal, refreshments and chat under the stars (indoors if the weather is not on our side!) and Terry will link to his telescopes in Australia for an indoor presentation.

A fun and informative evening whatever the weather! - 6 pm start until as late as you like!

£10/adult, children under 16 FoC and we will be making a donation to CareMoor for Exmoor.

Our post code TA24 7QR brings you here : Westerclose House, Withypool, Somerset, TA24 7QRPlenty of parking available.

Book by contacting Polly with numbers attending for catering purposes at :01643 831302 polly@westerclose.co.uk

***FULLY BOOKED***

Come and stay in one of our self-catering cottages or B&B at : www.westerclose.co.uk

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Tuesday 29th October

10am 

Author’s Book Reading of ‘Jacob Starke loves the Dark’ & Nocturnal Poems

Lynmouth National Park Centre

Join author Peta Rainford for a reading of her beautifully illustrated rhyming book about the dark, dark skies and nocturnal wildlife called ‘Jacob Starke loves the Dark’. Peta will also include some interactivity and other nocturnal poems. Session aimed at 3 to 8 years.

Signed copies of the book will be available to purchase from the National Park Centre.

Free EVENT but booking recommended through the Exmoor National Park Authority BOOK HERE

Tuesday 29th October

from 11am

Rocket & Space Crafts for Children

Lynmouth National Park Centre

Exmoor National Park staff and volunteers will be on hand with ideas and materials to help your children create fun space themed crafts such as space pictures, rocket building, star constellations, badge making and more.

Free drop-in session 11am to 3pm. No Booking required.

Tuesday 29th October

5pm 

Exmoor's Dark Skies and the National Park -Talk

Lynmouth National Park Centre

The National Park's Ben Totterdell will give an Introduction to Exmoor's dark skies from the perspective of the National Park. What does our designation of International Dark Sky Reserve mean? How dark are our skies? How do we protect them? Why are they important?

Free but booking through the Exmoor National Park Authority advised BOOK HERE. Donations to CareMoor welcome.

Tuesday 29th October

7pm

Hollerday Hill by StarlightValley of Rocks, Lynton

Join National Park Ranger and Tony Piper for a short amble up the hill from Lynton Town Hall. Through the trees round some bends, and hopefully a magnificent view of open sky, Bristol Channel and Welsh coastline. The view from the Iron Age Fort and Triangulation point can be one of the best on Exmoor.

The return will be via the zig zag down into the Valley of Rocks to the poets’ shelter, then back along the road to the Town Hall. About an hour's walk, with a short mile of gradual climb. Sound foot-ware and a coat.

Meet outside Lynton Town Hall at 7pm

FREE event but booking through the Exmoor National Park Authority recommended  BOOK HERE

. Donations to CareMoor welcome.

Tuesday 29th October

6.30pm 

Night Walk, Stargazing and Pub Supper at the CrownExford

Meet up in Exford for a night walk with stargazing followed by supper in The Crown, a traditional Exmoor inn with rooms.

We meet at 6.30pm and enjoy a short walk to view the stars in a dark sky area, then back to Exford for some exploration of deepest, darkest space with our telescopes and binoculars. Lots of starry information and refreshments, then a short walk to the pub for supper which will be individually priced to allow full choice of the menu.

£15 adults, Half price for children, Booking essential on 01643 831759 www.wildaboutexmoor.com

Wednesday 30th October

7pm 

Night Sky Nebula Nosh at Dunkery Beacon Country House HotelWootton Courtenay

Supper, Talk and Stargazing with Astronomer Seb Jay at this award-winning boutique hotel and restaurant. Accommodation also available.

Price: £19.50pp. Booking essential on 01643 841241 or email info@dunkerybeaconaccommodation.co.uk

Further information www.dunkerybeaconaccommodation.co.uk/nebula-nosh-stargazing-evening/

Wednesday 30th Oct 6pm

Wildlife at Night

Exmoor Pony Centre  

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

Price: Adult £3, Under 16 £2. Booking essential. 01398 323093 or email info@exmoorponycentre.org.uk

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

Thursday 31st October 6pm

Dark Skies Walk , Stargazing and Farmhouse Supper with Wild About Exmoor

Exford

Join Wild About Exmoor for an evening of walking under the stars following the Exe Valley Way up on to the moor, finishing with a delicious home cooked roast dinner at our traditional Exmoor farm cottage. Meet at Exford car park at 6pm.The evening runs until approx. 9.30pm. Please bring torches and wear stout footwear .

Price: £35pp with complimentary drinks and starry information, plus the use of our telescope and binoculars. Half price for children, min age 10 years (unless by prior arrangement). Booking essential on 01643 831759. www.wildaboutexmoor.com

Thursday 31st October

6pm Public session

Devon Dark Skies Day -The impacts of night lighting on humans and wildlife County Hall, ExeterThe Devon Local Nature Partnership have declared the 31st October as Devon Dark Skies Day. This includes an evening event for the public at County Hall in Exeter aimed at anyone interested in how night time lighting impacts on us and wildlife. It aims to share the growing body of research and practical experience surrounding night time lighting, in relation to both wildlife and people. We will be exploring opportunities to determine how we can limit the impact of artificial lighting without sacrificing the key benefits. https://www.naturaldevon.org.uk/devon-dark-skies-day/
Friday1st November Astrophotography WorkshopWistlandpound

FULLY BOOKED - new date of 2nd November just added! - see below

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Saturday 2nd November - extra date just addedAstrophotography WorkshopWistlandpound

The Workshop with photographer Keith Trueman 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 light painting techniques.

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Price £45pp. To find out more or book contact Keith via email keithtrueman@btinternet.com or call 07860660058.

Saturday 2nd November 6pm Guided Walk, Stargazing & Farmhouse Supper Exford

Join Wild About Exmoor for an evening of walking under the stars following the Exe Valley Way up on to the moor, finishing with a delicious home cooked roast dinner at our traditional Exmoor farm cottage. Meet at Exford car park at 6pm. The evening runs until approx. 9.30pm. Please bring torches and stout footwear .

Price: £35 pp with complimentary drinks and starry information, plus the use of our telescope and binoculars. Half price for children, min age 10 years(unless by prior arrangement). Booking essential on 01643 831759. www.wildaboutexmoor.com

Saturday 2nd November

2pm 

Family Astro Party

(with optional lunch, camping, watersports, climbing and archery)

Wimbleball Lake

Astro Party

Join Exmoor National Park staff for Astro themed activities 2pm to 6/7pm for all the family. Join Jo Richardson from Space Detectives with a presentation with audience participation and fun workshop with space experiments and virtual reality and enjoy a walk through the solar system with Hugh Saxby, campfire, marshmallows and stargazing. This event will go ahead whatever the weather but as many activities are outdoors, please dress appropriately.

BOOK HERE for the Astro Party with Exmoor National Park Authority. 

The Duck Café at Wimbleball lake will be open for lunch and snacks.

Camping, Watersports. Climbing and Archery

20% off camping for Saturday 2nd November (please note: there will be no bell tents available for this date) - use discount code: WIMBDSCAMP

10% off watersports kit hire for either Saturday 2nd or Sunday 3rd November - use discount code: WIMBDSHIRE

- There will be a 2 hour Archery/Climbing session available 10-12pm on Sunday 3rd November. Please note, children will need to be at least 6 years old to take part. 

To book phone Wimbleball Lake Activity Centre on 01398 371460 or visit the 'Book now' tab on  www.southwestlakes.co.uk

Sunday 3rd November

6.30pm

Stargazing Stroll, Stories & Supper

(B&B also available)

Simonsbath House Hotel

Join us on the last day of the Dark Skies Festival for a Star Gazing Stroll along the breathtaking Barle Valley in Simonsbath, hear the gruesome tale of William Burgess and the fate of little Annie at Wheal Eliza Mine with a warming glass of mulled wine.

Meeting at the hotel at 6.30pm, followed by a 2 course Supper at 8pm

Why not bring your camera and pick up some hints and tips from the 2014 winner of the Countryfile Photographic Competition Steve Gunter who will be walking with us (photographic exhibition on display).

Booking essential: Simonsbath House Hotel 01643 831259 or enquiries@simonsbathhousehotel.co.uk

The Hotel is also pleased to offer a 15% discount on normal B&B rates for visitors to any festival event