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Exmoor Dark Skies Festival 13-30 October 2022

Festival Sponsors - We are delighted to welcome SBA CIC (Somerset Business Agency) as sponsors for the festival.

Poetry Competition - This year we are inviting poets of all ages to submit a poem inspired by Exmoor's dark skies. The judges will be looking for imagination, good use of language and particular relevance to Exmoor. There will be three age groups - Under 11's, 11-16 years and 17-99 years. Prizes include a Celestron Starsense 114AZ Telescope kindly supplied by Celestron, a fantastic hamper supplied by our sponsor SBA and a family ticket for 2 adults and any number of children on the Exmoor Coaster Open Top Bus.

Poems to be submitted by email to poem@exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk . Please remember to add your name, age and telephone number. Closing date 11th November.

During the festival over 50 events, suitable for all ages, will take place all over Exmoor National Park. Events are run by Exmoor National Park Authority (ENPA), businesses and local groups and need to be booked individually with the relevant organiser. Please check any T&Cs with the organiser of each event. ENPA are not responsible for other organisers' events.  All booking instructions appear below. 

A free printed programme is now available from our National Park Centres at Dulverton, Dunster and Lynmouth. It is available to view here.

Dark Skies E-Newsletter - To be kept informed about future dark skies and stargazing events and the 2022 festival sign up to receive our Exmoor Dark Skies E-Newsletter here

Stargazing Advice and Tips - For great stargazing advice, moon phases, astronomical events and advice on equipment visit www.gostargazing.co.uk Tips, information and resources to help you get the most from your stargazing experience.

Most dates throughout the festival 10.00am or 11.30am
Dark Skies Owls Experience @ Exmoor Owl & Wildlife Sanctuary, Allerford 

Enjoy a one hour Dark Skies Owl Experience to include three British (Exmoor) owls flown to the gloved hand in our Owl Barn. Visitors can learn about their natural history, and their individual hunting techniques in the wild and why dark skies are so important.  The price will be £50 for two participants; plus £10 per additional person - max 4 people.10.00am-11.00am or 11.30am - 12.30pm. Other Birds of Prey Experiences available too www.exmoorowlhawkcentre.co.uk


Most dates throughout the festival
Exmoor Barle Valley Wildlife Safaris - Dusk Safaris @ depart Exford

Book an exclusive date for you and your family/group (up to 7 passengers) for £175. Meet experienced guide Daphne Brace before departing on an adventure around Exmoor in her Landrover as the sun goes down. Hopefully see some red deer and stars (weather permitting) and hear myths and legends. Call Daphne on 07977571494.
www.facebook.com/ExmoorBarleValleyWildlifeSafaris www.exmoorwildlifesafaris.com


Dark Skies Discovery Hub Evenings (with optional walk) @ The Exford Bridge Tearooms, Chapel Street, Exford

  • Saturday 15 October 6pm Special Festival opening evening
  • Thursday 20 October 6pm Shooting Stars Special (start of the Orionids Shower from Halley's comet)
  • Saturday 22 October 6pm Shooting Stars Special (end of the peak of the Orionids shower from the tail of Halley’s comet)
  • Thursday 27October 6pm

On each hub event, there will be a home cooked supper to warm you up ready for a splendid evening’s stargazing in the centre of Exmoor’s dark skies area.  Main course is a set menu with a barbecue or supper dish such as shepherd’s pie, lasagne or sausage and mash with proper local butcher’s sausages. Enjoy dessert whilst we start the planetarium presentation to guide you around the constellations and deep sky objects above our heads, regardless of the weather!

We will head outside to use our telescopes and chat about available apps on iPhone, android and tablets. Weather permitting, you can then join us on an optional walk out into the dark skies area, this is a nominal extra £5 per person and can be as long or short as you wish, as it is an up and back walk. We will sit and enjoy the night sky so do bring warm clothes, hats and gloves, suitable walking footwear and torch and if you are to enjoy the evening to the full.

Tickets are priced at £35 per adult, £15 for under 16s.  Booking essential on info@wildaboutexmoor.com or 07990 521604.


Exmoor Dark Skies Evening with Astronomer Seb Jay @ Lynmouth National Park Centre
Thursday 13 October 6.30-8pm

Popular astronomer Seb Jay will be talking about astronomy and the Exmoor Dark Sky Reserve. Seb’s talks will leave you completely fascinated by sheer enormity of the universe and the wonders that can be seen both with the naked eye and telescope. We will finish outside with a look through the telescopes if the night is clear. Tea and coffee available and the Centre will be open to browse. £5pp  Book here


Online Introduction to Exmoor 'International Dark Sky Reserve'
Friday 14 October 7pm

At the start of this popular festival, join National Park Staff and astronomer Jo Richardson to find out why Exmoor's dark skies are so special and  how you can make the most of them during a visit. Whether you are a keen astronomer or a novice family with an interest in the stars, find out the best places to stargaze the and best experiences and resources available. Free 1 hour online event. Book your Free space here.


Stargazing Supper, Buttery Cafe, National Trust, Malmsmead, Doone Valley (please note this is a slight change to the event/location advertised in the printed programme) 
Friday 14 October 8-9.30pm

Discover Saturn’s rings and Orion’s nebula on this unique astronomical experience in the Doone Valley, North Devon. Arriving for an introduction to the Night Sky at The Buttery Tea Rooms (National Trust), tuck into a delicious hot pizza slice before heading immediately outside for our telescope experience, guided by Liz from Moor Wild Experience. Get cosy toasting your complimentary marshmallows around our firepit with the opportunity to purchase hot drinks and sweet treats from The Buttery Tea Rooms for afters. Adults (11+ yrs) £15.00 Half 12" Pizza, Child (5 – 10yrs) £10.00 1/4" Pizza, Under 5 yrs FREE (does not include food or drink). Booking:  www.moorwildexperiences.co.uk/book Contact: Liz Cwilewicz info@moorwildexperiences.co.uk or 07505364792


Online 'In the Night Sky Live' Stargazing workshop for children/families with astronomer Jo Richardson
Saturday 15 October 10.30am

Learn about the stars in the night sky - discover how our ancestors would have looked at them, make some constellations and listen to the myths and legends that surround them. Suitable for KS1 and KS2 children. A resource pack will be emailed to you when you make your booking to help you enjoy this interactive session organised by Exmoor National Park Authority. Book here now. £5 per family.


An Evening and Meal with Astronomer Jo Richardson @ The Poltimore Inn, North Molton
Saturday 15 October 7pm-late (optional overnight stay)

A great indoor and outdoor event for all the family at this popular village inn with its amazing new observatory and telescopes. Enjoy a tasty two course meal, presentation and stargazing with expert astronomer Jo Richardson. Price £50pp, or you can also book the event, meal and an overnight stay for £105pp. Booking: contact@thepoltimoreinnnorthmolton.co.uk or 01598 740338. See The Story Behind the Poltimore Inn Observatory (thepoltimoreinnnorthmolton.co.uk)


Planetarium Sessions in North Devon - Pilton Bluecoat C of E Academy,  Abbey Road,  Barnstaple, EX31 1JU

Monday 17 October 5pm and 6.15pm

Book a session in the Space Odyssey mobile planetarium for a 360 degree immersive experience for all ages. We're delighted to be hosting two public sessions lasting one hour and suitable for older children and adults. Price Adults £6, Children £4.

Book on the 5pm session here

Book on the 6.15pm session here


Stargazing Night Hike and Farmhouse Supper @ Exford
Monday 17 & Tuesday 25 October 6.30pm

Join us for an evening of walking under the stars.....We meet at our “local”, The Crown in Exford, so you can enjoy a drink at the bar if you arrive early, and then set off for a walk up an old drovers’ way onto the edge of the moor. We sit and watch the stars come out whilst soaking up the atmosphere of a quiet Exmoor evening in the wilds. I will point out the visible planets and constellations by laser before we head down to our traditional Exmoor farm cottage and smallholding in the valley below to enjoy a delicious home cooked roast dinner, made with local produce. We talk about the stars and planets and explain the use of apps on phone and iPad. Learn how to use our 2 telescopes and binoculars to delve into deeper space. Please bring torches, warm clothing and stout footwear. We have a planetarium presentation on our widescreen tv if the weather is very cloudy, which shows exactly what is up there behind the clouds!  £45 per head with complimentary drinks and starry information. Booking essential on info@wildaboutexmoor.com or 07990 521604.


Dark Skies Presentation by Jennie Wild @ Dulverton Heritage Centre
Tuesday 18 October 2.30pm

Join stargazing guide Jennie Wild from Wild about Exmoor to learn more about Exmoor’s dark skies.  Details TBC.


Dark Skies Adventure by Bus - Exmoor Coaster Open Top Bus (Minehead-Lynmouth-Minehead)
Tuesday 18 October approx. 7-10pm

Meet outside Butlins in Minehead and join astronomer Jo Richardson on board the amazing open-top Exmoor Coaster bus for astro facts and stargazing fun. As well as on-board commentary and star-spotting along this amazing coastal route, if the skies are clear you'll be stopping for some stargazing under guidance from Jo. There'll be a short visit to the Lynmouth National Park Centre for an indoor presentation and warming hot drink before returning to Minehead. Adult £15 Child £7.50. Book via Dark Skies | First Bus (Apologies, there have been some issues with the email address as listed here previously and also shown in our printed programme - unless you have already heard back from First Buses, please use the link above to book.)

Withypool Hill Dark Sky Ranger Guided Walk & Supper
Tuesday 18 October 6.30pm-9pm

Meet at the Royal Oak, Withypool for supper followed by a walk over Withypool Hill guided by Exmoor National Park Ranger Patrick Watts-Mabbott. On a clear crisp night enjoy the stunning views of the skies but even in the mist and dark the moor has an amazing atmosphere at night. On return to the Royal Oak enjoy a luxury hot chocolate. Price: Adults £20 includes supper and a £5 donation to CareMoor. Children £10. Booking essential. Phone 01643 831506 or email joinus@royaloakwithypool.co.uk


Wildlife at Night @ Exmoor Pony Centre, Ashwick near Dulverton
Wed 19, Thurs 20, Wed 26, Thurs 27 October 5.30-7pm

Join the exmoor ponies in discovering Wildlife at Night on Exmoor. Family friendly event to inspire everyone to engage with their local wildlife. Hot chocolate and marshmallows. Opportunity to interact with and learn about the ponies. Booking essential. Adults £4, Under 16’s £3. Book via info@exmoorponycentre.org.uk or 01398 323093.


Stargazing & Pizza Nights with Moor Wild Experiences  @ Barton Farm, Kentisbury 
Wednesday 19 October  7.30-9.30pm (repeated on  22, 25,26 Oct)

Under Exmoor’s Dark Skies Reserve, learn how to spot Saturn’s rings, Jupiter and nebulae through our refractor telescopes and apps. Get cosy in our 16th Century barn crafting your own scrumptious hot stone baked pizza followed by toasting extra-large gooey marshmallows and sipping hot chocolate around the    Minimal walking, telescopes immediately outside the barn
Toilets and parking on site. Price: Adults £27.50, 5-17yrs £15, U5s go free. Booking: www.moorwildexperiences.co.uk/book Contact: Liz Cwilewicz info@moorwildexperiences.co.uk or 07505364792


Stargazing for Beginners with Moor Wild Experiences @ Exmoor Forest Inn, Simonsbath
Thursday 20 October 7.30-9pm

In the heart of Exmoor’s Dark Skies Reserve, join Liz from Moor Wild Experiences to discover the planets and constellations with our refractor telescopes and learn how to use the Stellarium app. Get cosy for our interactive night sky presentation with a warming cup of hot chocolate and sweet treats made lovingly by the talented Exmoor Forest Inn team! Experience outside Inn, flat area
Toilets and parking on site. Wet weather: get involved with our interactive indoor night sky presentation!
Price: Adults £10.00, 5-17yrs £8.00, U5s £5.00 Booking: www.moorwildexperiences.co.uk/book
Contact: Liz Cwilewicz info@moorwildexperiences.co.uk or 07505364792


Stargazing for Beginners with Moor Wild Experiences @ Nettlecombe Court, near Williton
Friday 21 October 7.30-9.30pm


NEW for 2022! Discover the night sky in the grounds of the 11th Century Nettlecombe Court Estate with an array of telescopes! Discover Saturn, Jupiter, nebulae and learn the constellations with Liz from Moor Wild Experiences. Following an interactive night sky presentation, get cosy under the high ceilings of the Grade l listed Nettlecombe Court with a warming hot chocolate & sweet treat crafted by the Field Centre Team. Price: Adults £15.00, 5-17yrs £10.00, U5s £5.00. Booking:  www.moorwildexperiences.co.uk/book Contact: Liz Cwilewicz info@moorwildexperiences.co.uk or 07505364792


Stories of the Stars  @  Wistlandpound Reservoir
Friday 21 October 6-9pm

Join our Environment Rangers around the fire for an evening of stories of the stars with ace storyteller Alice Courvoisier (www.talesandshapes.com). A night of awe and wonder to be sure, with star-gazing (weather-permitting), and a night time wander with the Rangers to see what wildlife we can encounter in the Dark. A hearty soup and hot drinks will be provided to sustain you. The stories are most suited to children over the ages of seven but this is very much a family event and all ages are welcome to attend. Adults and children over 7. £4. Children under 7 free.
Please visit our website What's on | South West Lakes Trust (swlakestrust.org.uk)


Dark Skies in the Forest @Nutcombe Bottom, Nr Dunster
Friday 21 October 7.30 - 9.30pm

Join Chris Sperring MBE and James Latus Community Ranger for Forestry England for a guided evening woodland walk. Meet at Nutcombe Bottom car park - the walk should be suitable for all and your hosts will discuss astronomy 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 £7.50 Children/ OAP £5. Family ticket 2+2 £20. 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.


Astro Party  -  Family Event @ Wimbleball Lake, Near Brompton Regis
Saturday 22 Oct 3-7pm

Kick off the half term with an exciting indoor and outdoor adventure for children and families at this Dark Sky site. There’ll be plenty of audience participation in astronomer Jo Richardson’s inspiring astronomy presentation then try out some fun science experiments to help you learn more about space. There’ll be a campfire, marshmallows and weather permitting lots of outdoors activities too. Adults & Children £6.50pp Book here with Exmoor National Park Authority.


Space-themed Craft Session @Dulverton National Park Centre, Dulverton
Saturday 22 October 2-4pm

A free drop-in arts and crafts session for children; colouring, making telescopes, and designing space craft. Free entry, no need to book. Materials provided.


Exmoor Dark Skies Walking and Stargazing Holiday (3 nights) @ Simonsbath House Hotel Simonsbath
Saturday 22 - Tuesday 25 October

On arrival on Saturday afternoon enjoy a welcome cream tea and time to settle into your individually decorated en-suite room. Early evening meeting to go through the itinerary followed by a 3-course evening meal and as the sun goes down we will transport the group to Dunkery Beacon, the highest point on Exmoor. On a clear night, we will have a stunning view across the Bristol Channel and an unpolluted view of Exmoor’s night Sky. We will be providing a blanket (weather permitting) to layout relax and gaze at the starts from the vantage point at the top of the beacon. Following a hearty English Breakfast on Sunday we will transport the group for a guided ½ day walk around the Tall Trees Trail boasting the Tallest Tree in England and then on to Dunster for lunch and to explore the delights of the castle and Medieval village. After dinner there will be a walk and talk with ESERO-UK Ambassador Jo Richardson FRAS to enjoy the spectacular display afforded to a Dark Skies reserve.

Monday will be a guided morning walk on to the moor in search of the Wild Red Deer and Exmoor Ponies followed by time in Dulverton for Lunch and a stroll and then a visit to the Exmoor Pony Centre to take a closer look at these native wild horses. After dinner we will be taking a closer look at the night sky with a second talk from Jo and a look through the telescope and binoculars, plus an Astrophotography Display. Departure after breakfast on Tuesday morning.

Dinner, Bed and Breakfast, transport and guided walks and talks included. £340.00 per person. 01643 831259 or by email enquiries@simonsbathhousehotel.co.uk


Stargazing & Pizza Nights with Moor Wild Experiences  @ Barton Farm, Kentisbury 
Saturday 22 October  7.30-9.30pm

For details see similar event on 19 Oct


Dark Skies Astrophotography Walk in the Doone Valley, Malmsmead
Saturday 22 October 6-9pm

Ever wanted to learn about capturing the beauty of the Exmoor landscape and dark skies at night time?  Join local photographer Mark Johnson for a photography experience to remember.  You'll learn how to make the darkness come alive with your camera, capturing the stars, moon or lights and landscape depending on conditions. You will need Tripod, camera and warm clothes, but no experience is necessary. We will be meeting at 6 for a hot drink and a pasty from the Buttery tea-room before heading out to capture the dark sky. Tickets are £15 for adults and £10 for children– booking via the National Trust website  www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lorna-doone-valley (scroll down to the events section)


Dark Sky Discovery Trail – Semi-guided dark skies experience @ Larkbarrow Corner near Exford
Sunday 23 October Flexible arrival 5-6.30pm

Gain confidence on this amazing dark skies walk -staff will be on hand at all stages as you negotiate the flat 2 mile walk with 360-degree views of the night sky. Whatever the weather, you’ll feel the excitement of being surrounded by darkness and the sounds of nature. Find out more from our National Park Centres. Adults & Children £2.50. Book here through Exmoor National Park Authority.


Stargazing & Sunday Roast with Moor Wild Experiences  @ Nettlecombe Court, near Williton
Sunday 23 October 6.30--9.30pm

NEW for 2022! Imagine long table dining under Grade I listed high ceilings and discover Exmoor’s dark skies in the grounds of 11th Century Nettlecombe Court Estate in Somerset. After a scrumptious Sunday roast served lovingly by the Nettlecombe team, learn how to use an array of traditional and modern telescopes, to spot Saturn’s rings, Jupiter and nebulae. Get cosy with a cuppa for our interactive indoor presentation inside Nettlecombe Court. What better way to spend a Sunday! Wet weather: get involved with our interactive indoor night sky presentation! Price: Adults £22, 5-17yrs £20, U5s£5. Booking:  www.moorwildexperiences.co.uk/book Contact: Liz Cwilewicz info@moorwildexperiences.co.uk or 07505364792


Night Walk through Valley of Rocks with Mother Moon @ meet outside Town Hall, Lee Road, Lynton
23, 27 and 29 October 7-9pm

Enjoy the peace of the valley, taking in the beauty of the night sky in a stunning part of Exmoor. Your local guide Jess Twydall of Mother Moon will meet you at Lynton Town Hall. The tour will include tales of the past and local history as you walk through the woods on Hollerday Hill and into the Valley of Rocks. Jess is also keen on the moon cycles and how they impact our moods and emotions throughout the month so this a very much a walk for well-being, slowing down and enjoying the tranquillity that Exmoor brings. Adults £10, Children Free. Bookings 07716 223270 or email info@mother-moon.co.uk


Stargazing for Beginners at The Buttery Tea Rooms, Malmsmead, Lorna Doone Valley
Monday 24 October 7– 8.30pm

Discover Saturn’s rings and Orion’s nebula on this unique astronomical experience in the Doone Valley, North Devon. Arriving for an introduction to the Night Sky at The Buttery Tea Rooms (National Trust), tuck into a delicious hot pizza slice before heading immediately outside for our telescope experience, guided by Liz from Moor Wild Experience. Get cosy toasting your complimentary marshmallows around our firepit with the opportunity to purchase hot drinks and sweet treats from The Buttery Tea Rooms for afters. Adults (11+ yrs) £15.00 Half 12" Pizza, Child (5 – 10yrs) £10.00 1/4" Pizza, Under 5 yrs FREE (does not include food or drink). Booking:  www.moorwildexperiences.co.uk/book Contact: Liz Cwilewicz info@moorwildexperiences.co.uk or 07505364792


Dark Skies in Watercolour - Painting sessions for Children  @ National Park Centre, Lynmouth
Tuesday 25 October 10am and 12.30pm

Join the National Park’s Sophie Tyler to learn how to use watercolour to create amazing galaxies - all materials provided. Suitable for ages 7-11.  Children must be accompanied. Two 1.5 hour sessions for max. 15 children. Child £3. Book here. 


How to See the Aurora – Supper & Talk by Dr Lilian Hobbs, The Poltimore Inn, North Molton
Tuesday 25 October 6.30-9pm

You have probably seen wonderful aurora photos and thought ‘I would love to see that!’ Come along to this talk and learn about the aurora, how to see it and to view Lilian’s photographs and videos of the aurora - Dr Lilian Hobbs FRAS is a keen astronomer and astro photographer who has travelled to various places in the Northern Hemisphere to view the aurora. How did she view the aurora? Where do you go to see it? Do you need any special equipment? Have all your questions answered. This event is aimed at adults and older children. Price £35pp. Details and booking via contact@thepoltimoreinnnorthmolton.co.uk or call 01598 740338.


Stargazing & Pizza Nights with Moor Wild Experiences  @ Barton Farm, Kentisbury 
Tuesday 25 & Wednesday 26 October 7-9pm

For details see similar event on 19 Oct


Ranger Guided Walk & Stargazing at Haddon Hill, near Bampton/Dulverton
Wednesday 26 October 5.30pm

Join our National park Ranger Richard Eales and astronomers from Tiverton and Mid Devon Astronomy Club on a guided night walk around this spectacular site with 360-degree views of the night sky. Ranger Richard Eales will happily discuss the site, its management, the creation of Wimbleball lake, surrounding land use and all things ponies and deer. The astronomers will guide you through what’s on view in the night sky if the weather allows. Adults £5, Children £3. Book here with ENPA .


Astronomy Talk with Dr Lilian Hobbs and optional Supper, Torre Cider Farm, Washford 
Wednesday 26 October 6pm (Supper and Talk), 7.30pm (Talk only)

Hear from Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society Dr Lilian Hobbs as she talks you through the best way to see the stars. Dr Hobbs is an experienced astronomer and keen astrophotographer, so come along and find out whether you need a telescope to see the solar system and beyond, how to choose one if you are just starting out, and how to take pictures of the cosmos from your back garden. Optional Supper at 6pm (home-made soup and lasagne, inc vegan option). Talk only £8pp, Talk & Supper £17pp. Prior booking essential, email info@torrecider.farm or call 01984 640004.


Watching the Stars at 'Steam & Stars'!, Sampford Brett  
Thursday 27 October 6.30pm – 9pm

Join Steam and Stars for an evening of Stargazing next to the West Somerset Railway in the beautiful Sampford Brett countryside. Trevor and Bee run a luxury glamping site and they will be be joined by astronomer Jo Richardson and her astrophotographer husband Pete who will present a wonderful stargazing talk, a display of award-winning astrophotography as well as the opportunity to hopefully look at and through a selection of amazing telescopes. We will be serving hot soup over charcoal and an abundance of warm drinks to keep the chill at bay. It promises to be a magical evening! This event will go ahead even if the sky is cloudy. Let's hope it isn't!  Arrive for a warm welcome and hot drink in our barn at 6.30pm. Max 12 guests.  Price Adults £5pp or free if you book to stay! To book/enquire please email info@Steamandstars.co.uk or call/text 07968 300 321. See www.steamandstars.co.uk


Ranger Guided Walk and Stargazing with Charlotte Wray and Exmoor Stargazers @ North Hill, Minehead 
Friday 28 October 5.30pm

Join our National Park Ranger Charlotte Wray and astronomers from Exmoor Stargazers with their portable telescope on a guided night walk around this spectacular site. Meet at the last car Park on North Hill. Adults £5, Children £3. Book here through Exmoor National Park Authority.


Stargazing for Beginners with Moor Wild Experiences at National Trust Arlington Court, Nr Barnstaple
Friday 28 October

Discover the night sky this autumn at Arlington Court (National Trust) through the telescopic lens with Liz from Moor Wild Experiences. Spot Jupiter, Saturn’s rings and nebulae, followed by learning the constellations with the guidance of the Stellarium app. Learn of the astronomical interest of Miss Chichester of Arlington Court. Enjoy a hot drink and snack with an Exmoor Dark Skies pocket Guide to take home! Price: Adults £15.00, 5-17yrs £10, U5s £5.00. Booking:  www.moorwildexperiences.co.uk/book Contact: Liz Cwilewicz info@moorwildexperiences.co.uk or 07505364792


Dark Skies Wildlife Walks with National Trust Rangers (with night vision cameras)
Friday 28 October 5pm & 7pm starts

Join one of our escorted walks along the Doone Valley with our ranger team, using night vision cameras you will get to see what incredible evening wildlife calls the valley homme. On return to the Buttery tea-room visitors will be able to enjoy a hot drink and 1/2 a 12" pizza. inclusive ticket price of £15 for adults £10 for children. Booking via www.nationaltrust.org.uk/Lorna-doone-valley (use this link then scroll down for events)


Stargazing Activity Break (2 nights, full board) @ Yarn Market Hotel, Dunster
Friday 28 - Sunday 30 October

The breaks are led by expert Bob Mizon MBE FRAS, coordinator of the British Astronomical Association’s Commission for Dark Skies: author, observer, planetarium operator, who will also provide interesting talks during the weekend and guide you through what you will see in the night skies at our stargazing site. The break includes 2 nights full board accommodation and all activities including a planetarium session. Full details at https://www.yarnmarkethotel.co.uk/star-gazing-breaks


Planetarium Sessions, Talks & Family Fun @ Tithe Barn, Dunster
Saturday 29 October from 10.30am 

Book a session in the Space Odyssey mobile planetarium for a 360 degree immersive experience for all ages. There’ll also be a series of short talks and fun children’s activities hosted by Simon Holbeche of Bath Astronomers and café raising funds for CareMoor . A range of 45-minute (more suited to families with younger children 4-8yrs) and 60-minute sessions (more suited to older children 9+ and adults). Adults and Over 16s £6, Age 16 and under £4. Book the planetarium in advance. To book please click on the session time below. 

10.30am    45 mins

11.45am    45 mins

1.00pm     60 mins

2.30 pm     45 mins

3.45pm      45 mins

5.00pm      60 mins


Stargazing and Presentation with Astronomer Jo Richardson @ Holworthy Farm, Brompton Regis
Saturday 29 October 6.30pm-9pm

Come and join an amazing experience with a presentation and stargazing with Jo Richardson FRAS and ESERO-UK Space Ambassador. Why not make a weekend of it and stay at Holworthy farmhouse accommodation on the edge of Wimbleball lake on Exmoor. www.holworthyfarm.co.uk Price: £25 per person (adults only) which includes hot refreshments. Book early ring Gillian on 01398371244 or holworthyfarm@aol.com


Simply Stargazing Pub Walk with Wild About Exmoor @ Exford
Saturday 29 October 6.30pm

Meet up in Exford for a night walk with stargazing followed by supper in a traditional Exmoor pub. We meet and walk up onto the moor as the stars come out, then back to Exford for some exploration of deepest, darkest space with our telescopes and binoculars. Lots of starry information then back to the pub of your choice for supper. Prices for guided walk and stargazing only: £20 adults, £15 for under 16s. Booking essential on info@wildaboutexmoor.com or 07990 521604. Please book your supper table separately for 8.30pm with either The Crown 01643 831554 or The White Horse 01643 831229 explaining that you are stargazing with Wild About Exmoor.


A Walk across the Solar System plus Space-themed activities @ Bampton Heritage & Visitor Centre, St Michaels Church, Bampton
Saturday 29 Oct 3pm

Join Hugh Saxby for a walk through the Solar System to scale. After visiting some planets and a few of their moons, enjoy some space-themed craft activities in Bampton Heritage Centre.  Suitable for children aged 7 and upwards.  Children must be accompanied by parent or guardian. Price: Free event - although donations to Bampton Heritage Centre welcome. Book by email to bhvcwalkingevents@gmail.com


Stargazing & Pizza Nights with Moor Wild Experiences  @ Barton Farm, Kentisbury 
Saturday 29 October 7-9pm

For details see similar event on 19 October.

Moonlit Meadow Run @ COACH centre, French Weir Park, Taunton
Saturday 29 Oct 6pm

Dust off your headtorches and join in the fun running around our trail run in French Weir Park in the dark in the first of our night runs across Somerset and North Devon. Children aged 8 and upwards most welcome when accompanied by a parent - 5k and 10 options available!  For more information, please head over to our website: https://www.channelevents.co.uk/night-run-series/ Price: £19.50


Night Walk through Valley of Rocks with Mother Moon @ Town Hall, Lee Road, Lynton 
29 October 7-9pm (sorry the same event was planned for 30th but is no longer available)

Enjoy the peace of the valley, taking in the beauty of the night sky in a stunning part of Exmoor. Your local guide Jess Twydall of Mother Moon will meet you at Lynton Town Hall. The tour will include tales of the past and local history as you walk through Valley of Rocks and Holliday Hill. Jess is also keen on the moon cycles and how they impact our moods and emotions throughout the month so this a very much a walk for well-being, slowing down and enjoying the tranquillity that Exmoor brings. Adults £10, Children Free. Bookings 07716 223270 or email info@mother-moon.co.uk


Where to stay during the festival

If you're coming to Exmoor and want to get the best experience of our dark skies why not book yourself some Dark Sky Friendly accommodation ? Our accredited as Exmoor Dark Sky Friendly businesses have all received training and are able to help you make the most of our dark skies during your stay. 

Festival Organiser - If you have any queries about the festival in general then please contact Katrina Munro   KJMunro@exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk