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Dark Skies Festival

The Exmoor Dark Skies Festival 2019 will run from 14th October (when there is a full moon) until Sunday 3rd November. (These dates also incorporate the staggered half terms for Devon and Somerset).

During the year we'll be adding full details of events and booking arrangements on this page so do check back!

There will be plenty of 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.

Events will include Guided Night Walks, Family Astro party, Night Mountain Biking, Stargazing Talks, Wildlife at Night, Wild Swimming, Planetarium sessions and more!

If you're interested in running an event during the 2019 festival or just knowing more about it, please contact Katrina Munro on 01398 322236 or email KJMunro@exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk

A full printed Festival Programme will be available from August. In the meantime here are some draft details - plenty more details and many more events will be added in the coming months......

Friday 18th to Sunday 19thMyths, Magic and Monsters – Dark skies weekendWheddon Cross

A flexible 2 night dark skies break with your choice of  Barn, S/C Cottage or B&B.

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

Saturday evening fun talk at Little Quarme www.littlequarme-cottages.co.uk ‘Myths, magic and legends in the Sky’  - 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, 4.30pmStarry-night Farm Visit with Stargazing Guide, Talk and SupperExfordA 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 and knowledge on hand to help guide you across the starry sky above (weather permitting). £35 per person. Phone Shaun of West Country Farm & Food Tours to book on 01643 863002.
Friday 18th October - starting approx. 5.30pmExmoor Stargazing Experience and Dinner at the Luttrell Arms HotelDunsterExplore 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.

Saturday 19th October

Dark Skies 'Big Adventure'

Webbers Post

ENPA and the National Trust. Join the adventure! Come and explore the natural world with family games and activities lasting all day.  Come play in the woodland, make a den and maybe hear the roaring stags on the nearby hills.  

Saturday 19th October 6.30pm to 9pm

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. Cost: £45pp Level: Intermediate.

07976 208279 e: info@exmooradventures.co.uk

www.exmooradventures.co.uk

Sunday 20th Oct

5.15 to 8.30pm

Meteors over Dunkery

Webbers Post SS902438

ENPA – Weather permitting see the Orionid meteor Showers as you join a National Park Ranger and walk up to the highest point on Exmoor.

Wednesday 23rd October 6pm - 8pm

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.

Booking: Booking essential.

CONTACT US: 01398 323093    

info@exmoorponycentre.org.uk  

Charge: Adult £3, Under 16 £2

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

Friday 25th October 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: Beginner £55pp.

t: 07976 208279 info@exmooradventures.co.uk  www.exmooradventures.co.uk

Friday 25th-Sunday 27th October

Stargazing Hotel Break

Dunster

Yarn Market Hotel break with talks and stargazing

Saturday 26th Oct      

Planetarium

Dunster Tithe Barn

Planetarium sessions plus other activities 

Saturday 26th October 6.30pm to 9pmNight 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 £55pp.

t: 07976 208279 info@exmooradventures.co.uk www.exmooradventures.co.uk

Saturday 26th Oct  

(& Friday1st November @ Wistlandpound)

Astrophotography Workshop

NT Arlington

With Keith Trueman

The Workshop 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 £45 pp

Wednesday 30th OctoberNight Sky Nebula Nosh at Dunkery Beacon Country House HotelWootton Courtenay Supper and Talk and Stargazing with Astronomer Seb Jay

Wednesday 30th Oct 6pm - 8pm

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.

Booking: Booking essential.

CONTACT US: 01398 323093    

info@exmoorponycentre.org.uk  

Charge: Adult £3, Under 16 £2

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

Saturday 2nd NovemberFamily Astro partyWimbleball LakeAstro themed activities 2pm to 6/7pm.