Exmoor Dark Skies Festival 2019

The Exmoor Dark Skies Festival 2019 takes place between 14th October to 3rd November with numerous events taking place in and around Exmoor National Park. The region was designated a Dark Sky Reserve in Autumn 2011 in recognition of the low levels of light pollution and the fantastic dark skies that can be enjoyed above.

We’re pleased to feature this festival on the Go Stargazing website and share details of those events that involve some element of practical astronomy / stargazing. For a complete schedule of events and for more details see the Exmoor Dark Skies Festival 2019 official webpage.

Event map


Stargazing & Farmhouse Supper with Wild About Exmoor

Exford Car Park, Exford, TA24 7PP

Join Wild About Exmoor for an evening of walking under the stars following the Exe Valley Way up on to the moor, finishing with a delicious home cooked roast dinner at our traditional Exmoor farm cottage. Meet at Exford car park at 6pm. The evening...

Tuesday 15th October 2019 from 18:00pm to 21:30pm

Exmoor Stargazing Experience and Dinner

Luttrell Arms Hotel - Dunster, Dunster, TA24 6SG

Explore 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. Booking required.This event takes place as part of the...

Wednesday 16th October 2019 from 17:30pm to 20:30pm

Night Walk, Stargazing and Pub Supper!

The Crown Hotel - Exford, Exford, TA24 7PP

Meet up in Exford for a night walk with stargazing followed by supper in The Crown, a traditional Exmoor inn with rooms. Meet at 6.30pm and enjoy a short walk to view the stars in a dark sky area, then back to Exford for some exploration of deepest,...

Thursday 17th October 2019 from 18:30pm to 21:30pm

Starry Night Farm Visit with Stargazing and Supper

Exford Car Park, Exford, TA24 7PP

A unique chance to meet the farmers and the animals at a remote old Exmoor farm. As well enjoying a farmhouse supper by the large inglenook fireplace, you'll be given a talk by a local stargazing expert from Exmoor Stargazers and he'll also have his...

Friday 18th October 2019 from 16:15pm to 20:00pm

Dark Skies Big Adventure

Webbers Post, South of Horner, TA24

Join the adventure with National Park staff! Come and explore the natural world through the afternoon with family games and activities. Stay through the evening to experience Exmoor as it gets dark. Refreshment stall on site (pay as you go). Sit...

Saturday 19th October 2019 from 14:00pm to 20:00pm

Stargazing & Farmhouse Supper with Wild About Exmoor

Exford Car Park, Exford, TA24 7PP

Join Wild About Exmoor for an evening of walking under the stars following the Exe Valley Way up on to the moor, finishing with a delicious home cooked roast dinner at our traditional Exmoor farm cottage. Meet at Exford car park at 6pm. The evening...

Saturday 19th October 2019 from 18:00pm to 21:30pm

Orionids Meteor Walk over Dunkery

Webbers Post, South of Horner, TA24

Join an Exmoor National Park Ranger and walk up to the highest point on Exmoor - the National Trust's Dunkery Beacon. Weather permitting, as the sun goes down we'll see the Orionid meteor showers and star constellations.Alternatively, we will...

Sunday 20th October 2019 from 17:15pm to 20:15pm

Night Walk, Stargazing and Pub Supper!

The Crown Hotel - Exford, Exford, TA24 7PP

Meet up in Exford for a night walk with stargazing followed by supper in The Crown, a traditional Exmoor inn with rooms. Meet at 6.30pm and enjoy a short walk to view the stars in a dark sky area, then back to Exford for some exploration of deepest,...

Monday 21st October 2019 from 18:30pm to 21:30pm

Stargazing & Farmhouse Supper with Wild About Exmoor

Exford Car Park, Exford, TA24 7PP

Join Wild About Exmoor for an evening of walking under the stars following the Exe Valley Way up on to the moor, finishing with a delicious home cooked roast dinner at our traditional Exmoor farm cottage. Meet at Exford car park at 6pm. The evening...

Wednesday 23rd October 2019 from 18:00pm to 21:30pm

Starry Night Farm Visit with Stargazing and Supper

Exford Car Park, Exford, TA24 7PP

A unique chance to meet the farmers and the animals at a remote old Exmoor farm. As well enjoying a farmhouse supper by the large inglenook fireplace, you'll be given a talk by a local stargazing expert from Exmoor Stargazers and he'll also have his...

Friday 25th October 2019 from 16:15pm to 20:00pm

Stargazing Weekend at The Hunter's Inn

The Hunters Inn Hotel - Exmoor, Exmoor, EX31 4PY

Relax and enjoy the spectacular landscapes, day and night at this National Trust owned hotel with stunning views of the gardens and Heddon Valley on the north coast of Exmoor.On Saturday 26th October, your break will include blankets under the...

Friday 25th October 2019 from 18:00pm to Sunday 27th October 2019 12:00pm

Stargazing Weekend at the Yarn Market Hotel

Yarn Market Hotel, Dunster, TA24 6SF

Enjoy a two night stay at the Yarn Market Hotel in the heart of this beautiful medieval town with plenty to do during the day and evening. A special dark skies themed break with darks skies talks, planetarium session and guided stargazing.This...

Friday 25th October 2019 from 18:00pm to Sunday 27th October 2019 12:00pm

Exmoor Dark Skies Children's Event

Porlock Pavilion and Recreation Ground, Porlock, TA24 8QJ

Stargazing and Dark Walk, Crafts and Games, Hot Chocolate and Toasting Marshmallows. Enjoy the author's book reading of 'Jacob Starke loves the Dark' .Children must be accompanied by an adult to this 2 hour event. Bring warm/waterproof coats, gloves...

Saturday 26th October 2019 from 17:00pm to 19:00pm

Astrophotography Workshop at Arlington

Arlington Court - National Trust, Barnstaple, EX31 4LP

This Workshop within the wonderful grounds of the Arlington Estate with photographer Keith Trueman will cater for all levels of photographer. Full tuition and guidance will be given throughout the workshop.Areas covered will be the correct...

Saturday 26th October 2019 from 19:00pm to 22:00pm

Stargazing and Hot Food at Westerclose House Cottages

Westerclose House Cottages, Exmoor, TA24 7QR

Enjoy a stargazing session and bite to eat near Withypool on Exmoor. This event takes place as part of the Exmoor Dark Skies Festival 2019.

Monday 28th October 2019 from 18:30pm to 21:30pm

Exmoor's Dark Skies and the National Park

Lynmouth National Park Centre, Lynmouth, EX35 6EQ

The National Park's Ben Totterdell will give an Introduction to Exmoor's dark skies from the perspective of the National Park. What does our designation of International Dark Sky Reserve mean? How dark are our skies? How do we protect them? Why are...

Tuesday 29th October 2019 from 17:00pm to 19:00pm

Night Walk, Stargazing and Pub Supper!

The Crown Hotel - Exford, Exford, TA24 7PP

Meet up in Exford for a night walk with stargazing followed by supper in The Crown, a traditional Exmoor inn with rooms. Meet at 6.30pm and enjoy a short walk to view the stars in a dark sky area, then back to Exford for some exploration of deepest,...

Tuesday 29th October 2019 from 18:30pm to 21:30pm

Night Sky Nebula Nosh at Dunkery Beacon Country House Hotel

Dunkery Beacon Country House, Dunster, TA24 8RH

Supper, Talk and Stargazing with Astronomer Seb Jay at this award-winning boutique hotel and restaurant.This event takes place as part of the Exmoor Dark Skies Festival 2019.

Wednesday 30th October 2019 from 19:00pm to 22:00pm

Stargazing Halloween Special!

Exford Car Park, Exford, TA24 7PP

Witches, wizards, ghosts and ghouls will gather in Exford car park 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...

Thursday 31st October 2019 from 18:00pm to 20:00pm

Astrophotography Workshop at Wistlandpound Reservoir

Wistlandpound Reservoir, Arlington, EX31 4SN

This workshop with photographer Keith Trueman 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...

Friday 1st November 2019 from 19:00pm to 22:00pm

Family Astro Party at Wimbleball Lake

Wimbleball Lake, Near Tiverton, TA22

Join Exmoor National Park staff for Astro themed activities 2pm to 6/7pm for all the family. Join Jo Richardson from Space Detectives with a presentation with audience participation and fun workshop with space experiments and virtual reality and...

Saturday 2nd November 2019 from 14:00pm to Sunday 3rd November 2019 12:00pm

Stargazing & Farmhouse Supper with Wild About Exmoor

Exford Car Park, Exford, TA24 7PP

Join Wild About Exmoor for an evening of walking under the stars following the Exe Valley Way up on to the moor, finishing with a delicious home cooked roast dinner at our traditional Exmoor farm cottage. Meet at Exford car park at 6pm. The evening...

Saturday 2nd November 2019 from 18:00pm to 21:30pm

Stargazing Stroll, Stories and Supper

Simonsbath House Hotel, Minehead, TA24 7SH

Join us on the last day of the Dark Skies Festival for a Star Gazing Stroll along the breathtaking Barle Valley in Simonsbath, hear the gruesome tale of William Burgess and the fate of little Annie at Wheal Eliza Mine with a warming glass of mulled...

Sunday 3rd November 2019 from 18:30pm to 21:30pm


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