Dark Skies Festival

Exmoor Dark Skies Festival - 16th to 31st October 2020

!! Coronavirus Update !! We are still hoping to hold events for the 2020 festival although it may be run on a smaller scale than previous years and we will seek to make all events suitable for the relevant Covid-19 guidelines.The events listed below were added before the current crisis, so may be subject to change.

Many more events will be added here as and when they are confirmed in the coming months. Fuller details and booking links and instructions will also be added. 

Saturday 17th October - Astro Party for Families at Wimbleball Lake with Jo Richardson from Space Detectives and Exmoor National Park  and Wimbleball Lake staff. Presentation, fun astro interactive science workshop, campfire and stargazing.

Sunday 18th-21st October - Book a 3 night Stargazing and walking break at Simonsbath House Hotel at Simonsbath 01643 831259

Monday 19th October - Enjoy Stargazing, Talk from Exmoor Stargazers and Supper at Westerclose House, Withypool. A range of accommodation options is also available

Friday 23rd-25th October - A fantastic 2 night stargazing break at the Yarn Market Hotel, Dunster. Includes expert guidance and a planetarium session.

Saturday 24th October - We're delighted to be bringing a Mobile Planetarium to the Tithe Barn in Dunster. There will be around 6 sessions during the afternoon and evening. You can also enjoy short talks from astronomy expert Simon Holbeche covering lots of astro-related subjects from choosing a telescope to using Apps and more.

Tuesday 27th October 4-8pm Dark Skies Big Adventure - Join the National Park and National Trust at Webbers Post for activities, campfire and night walk.

Wednesday 28th and Thursday29th October - Wildlife at Night at Exmoor Pony Centre, Nr. Dulverton

Friday 30th October - All-day astro activities at Lynmouth National Park Centre

Friday 30th October 6pm - Hollerday Hill by Starlight, Valley of Rocks, Lynton - Join National Park Ranger Dave Gurnett as he guides you through the trees and up the hill with stunning atmosphere and starry skies.

Tuesday 3rd November - SupperNova! - Supper & Stargazing with popular astronomer Seb Jay hosted by Dunkery Beacon Country House Hotel at Wootton Courtenay Village Hall Tickets £21.50 including first drink, supper and Seb's presentation. Accommodation also available. Email

Exmoor Character Cottages have some great accommodation breaks lined up during the festival which include a night with astronomer Tim Wetherell from Exmoor Stargazers. Read more here.

A full printed programme will be available from late July so you can plan ahead. They are free and can be collected from our National Park Centres at Dunster, Dulverton and Lynmouth.

If you'd like to know more about the festival in general please contact Katrina Munro on
01398 322236 or email