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Exmoor Dark Skies Festival 2022 October 14-30th

Keep checking this webpage for details.

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Exmoor Dark Skies Festival 2021

Friday 22nd October to Sunday 7th November 2021

This popular festival was kindly sponsored by www.celestron.com in its 5th Year in 2021. Over 50 festival events for families and adults took place all over Exmoor.

The 2021 festival has now finished but you can download a version of the 2021 programme here to give you an idea about next year's 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. 

Dark Skies Haiku Challenge Winner Announced
This year's festival competition was won by Logan Holroyd Courton - age 7. It was inspired by his bat watching experience on Exmoor and is called Bats Zip
The trees scrape the sky
We all scream ‘Look! There’s the bat!’
He zips past the van. 
Logan has won an amazing telescope from our 2021 Dark Skies Festival sponsors Celestron UK .

Some of judges other favourites were:

Oakin Tuffnell - age 7

Watching shooting stars

leaving streaks across the sky,

stags roar in the dark.

Eben Grant - age 8

The full moon rises

I hear hoots, barks and screeches

Bright stars glistening

Harriet Vigars - age 8

Crescent moon shines bright

Wide awake bats come out to play

Big dark starry sky

Miro Moore - age 5

Bright pin pricks of light

in the dark velvety sky

Wild open moorland

Dark Skies E-Newsletter - read the latest newsletter (Nov 2021) here

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

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


'Exmoor at Night’ Photography & Astrophotography

See the winning photographs from our 2020 competition below. (Depending in your device, they may look better if you follow the Flickr link below the image. You will also find judges' comments there.)

For the related press release dated 16th October 2020 please click here

Exmoor at Night Photo Competition 2020