Exmoor Dark Skies Festival 2018

The Exmoor Dark Skies Festival 2018 takes place between 20th October 2018 and 4th November 2018. A wide variety of astronomically themed events are scheduled including everything from space-movies through to astrophotography tuition and public stargazing. Many events take place during half-term and are thus perfect for families with space-interested children!

The festival also celebrates the wonderful dark skies above Exmoor which lead it to becoming recognised by the International Dark Sky Association as Europe’s very first Dark Sky Reserve in Autumn 2011.

Below we have featured those events that include stargazing — for a full event listing and further details visit the official page at Exmoor Dark Skies Festival 2018.

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Planetarium Show and Stargazing at Ilfracombe Academy

Ilfracombe Academy, Ilfracombe, EX34 9JB

Enjoy a planetarium show and stargazing afterwards (if weather permits). The Space Odyssey mobile planetarium offers spectacular 360 degree 3D digital dome experiences for children and adults of all ages. This event is taking place as part of the...

Wednesday 17th October 2018 from 17:45pm to 21:00pm

Stellar Pizzas & Quiz

The Exmoor Forest Inn, Minehead, TA24 7SH

Enjoy a "stellar" themed pizza and family quiz at The Exmoor Forest Inn then go outside and gaze at the starry skies above. This event is taking place as part of the Exmoor Dark Skies Festival 2018.

Saturday 20th October 2018 from 12:00pm to 21:00pm

Astro Party at Wimbleball Lake

Wimbleball Lake, Near Tiverton, TA22

A night of family discovery featuring Space Detectives interactive workshop, night forest walks, campfire and stargazing. This event is taking place as part of the Exmoor Dark Skies Festival 2018.

Saturday 20th October 2018 from 18:00pm to 22:00pm

Exmoor Stargazing and Farmhouse Supper

Exford Car Park, Exford, TA24 7PP

Meet the team from Wild About Exmoor in the main car park in Exford at 6pm and enjoy a walk along the Exe Valley up onto the moor for a great view of the stars, then visit their farmhouse for delicious home cooked food. Booking essential. This...

Saturday 20th October 2018 from 18:00pm to 21:30pm

Night Sky Photography Workshop

Spire Cross - Exmoor, Near Winsford, TA24 7JD

Join experienced photographers Keith and Laurance from the wonderful location of Spire Cross in the very heart of Exmoor National Park for this workshop where you will learn how to take photos of the night sky including star trail images and light...

Saturday 20th October 2018 from 18:00pm to 22:00pm

Orionids Meteor Walk over Dunkery

Webbers Post, South of Horner, TA24

Join an Exmoor Ranger to walk to the top of National Trusts’ Dunkery Beacon as the sun goes down. We hope to see meteors in action and the many star constellations in our dark skies or we’ll make our way up through rain and cloud, listening for...

Sunday 21st October 2018 from 17:15pm to 20:30pm

Exmoor Stargazing and Farmhouse Supper

Exford Car Park, Exford, TA24 7PP

Meet the team from Wild About Exmoor in the main car park in Exford at 6pm and enjoy a walk along the Exe Valley up onto the moor for a great view of the stars, then visit their farmhouse for delicious home cooked food. Booking essential. This...

Tuesday 23rd October 2018 from 18:00pm to 21:30pm

Hunter's Moon Dinner and Stargazing

Luttrell Arms Hotel - Dunster, Dunster, TA24 6SG

Celebrate "Hunter's Moon" with a 3 course dinner then stargazing with the Exmoor Stargazers with telescopes set up in the Secret Garden. This event is taking place as part of the Exmoor Dark Skies Festival 2018.

Wednesday 24th October 2018 from 17:30pm to 22:00pm

Exmoor Dark Sky Festival 2018 Campout

Kipscombe Farm, Lynmouth, EX35 6NE

Camp out under the fantastic dark skies of Kipscombe Farm at this official star camp taking place as part of the Exmoor Dark Skies Festival 2018. Suitable for astronomers of all levels of experience the event includes an astronomical presentation...

Thursday 25th October 2018 from 16:00pm to Friday 26th October 2018 12:00pm

Exmoor Stargazing and Farmhouse Supper

Exford Car Park, Exford, TA24 7PP

Meet the team from Wild About Exmoor in the main car park in Exford at 6pm and enjoy a walk along the Exe Valley up onto the moor for a great view of the stars, then visit their farmhouse for delicious home cooked food. Booking essential. This...

Friday 26th October 2018 from 18:00pm to 21:30pm

Family Dark Skies Discovery at Wimbleball Lake

Wimbleball Lake, Near Tiverton, TA22

Walks, talks and Stargazing with bonfire & marshmallows – great for all the family. Walk the solar system, discover the mysteries of the dark skies, learn how to use your smartphone or tablet to explore the night sky and assisted stargazing...

Saturday 27th October 2018 from 16:00pm to 21:00pm

Stargazing under Shoulsbarrow Dark Skies

Shoulsbarrow Farm, Challacombe, EX31 4TS

Enjoy a hearty farmhouse meal, complimentary glass of prosecco and stargazing from this dark sky retreat. Accommodation available, booking required. This event is taking place as part of the Exmoor Dark Skies Festival 2018.

Saturday 27th October 2018 from 18:30pm to 22:30pm

Exmoor Stargazing and Farmhouse Supper

Exford Car Park, Exford, TA24 7PP

Meet the team from Wild About Exmoor in the main car park in Exford at 6pm and enjoy a walk along the Exe Valley up onto the moor for a great view of the stars, then visit their farmhouse for delicious home cooked food. Booking essential. This...

Monday 29th October 2018 from 18:00pm to 21:30pm

Night Navigation with a National Park Ranger

Goat Hill Bridge Car Park, Simonsbath, TA24 7LL

Join a National Park Ranger to gain confidence in visiting the countryside at night, listen to the sounds and gaze in awe at the heavens. It is equally likely the mists will be swirling and the rain sweeping across - a different but eerie experience...

Monday 29th October 2018 from 18:00pm to 21:00pm

Exmoor Stargazing and Farmhouse Supper (Halloween Special!)

Exford Car Park, Exford, TA24 7PP

Witches, wizards, ghosts and ghouls will gather in Exford carpark at 6pm to follow the pumpkin trail up onto the moor for a spot of stargazing, looking out for low flying witches on broomsticks and scary happenings. Candle lanterns will light our...

Wednesday 31st October 2018 from 18:00pm to 21:30pm

Astrophotography Workshop at the Pinkery Centre

Pinkery Centre for Outdoor Learning, Simonsbath, TA24 7LL

An invitation to join the Royal Photographic Society at their members’ Landscape Photography and Astrophotography break at the Pinkery Centre for Outdoor Learning with astronomer Dr Lilian Hobbs. This event is taking place as part of the Exmoor...

Wednesday 31st October 2018 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Pie at Night Stargazing Supper

Dunkery Beacon Country House, Dunster, TA24 8RH

Chef John Bradley, a keen astronomer and photographer, will be serving up a local produce supper at this award winning boutique hotel and astronomer Seb Jay will be talking guests through the skies with his telescopes and presentation. This event...

Thursday 1st November 2018 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Yarn Market Hotel Stargazing Break

Yarn Market Hotel, Dunster, TA24 6SF

Join experienced astronomer and dark skies enthusiast Bob Mizon MBE FRAS for a weekend stargazing break at the Yarn Market Hotel in Dunster. Over the course of two days enjoy a planetarium session, several astronomical presentations and stargazing....

Friday 2nd November 2018 from 16:00pm to Sunday 4th November 2018 12:00pm

Planetarium Show and Stargazing at Dunster

Dunster Tithe Barn, Dunster, TA24 6RY

Enjoy a planetarium show and stargazing afterwards (if weather permits). The Space Odyssey mobile planetarium offers spectacular 360 degree 3D digital dome experiences for children and adults of all ages. A number of sessions are available to be...

Saturday 3rd November 2018 from 14:00pm to 20:45pm

Exmoor Stargazing and Farmhouse Supper

Exford Car Park, Exford, TA24 7PP

Meet the team from Wild About Exmoor in the main car park in Exford at 6pm and enjoy a walk along the Exe Valley up onto the moor for a great view of the stars, then visit their farmhouse for delicious home cooked food. Booking essential. This...

Saturday 3rd November 2018 from 18:00pm to 21:30pm

Night Sky Photography Workshop

Spire Cross - Exmoor, Near Winsford, TA24 7JD

Join experienced photographers Keith and Laurance from the wonderful location of Spire Cross in the very heart of Exmoor National Park for this workshop where you will learn how to take photos of the night sky including star trail images and light...

Saturday 3rd November 2018 from 18:00pm to 22:00pm

Dark Skies Talks and Stargazing

Simonsbath House Hotel, Minehead, TA24 7SH

Talks from David Brabban and Seb Jay on understanding Exmoor’s Dark Skies, Light Pollution and a Stargazing Adventure with assisted Stargazing (weather permitting). Booking required. This event is taking place as part of the Exmoor Dark Skies...

Sunday 4th November 2018 from 19:00pm to 21:30pm


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