Exmoor Dark Skies Festival 2020

Exmoor National Park Dark Skies Festival 2020

The annual Exmoor Dark Skies Festival takes place this year between 16th October to 31st October with a wide variety of events happening in and around Exmoor National Park. All events are run in conjunction with the current rules, regulations and safety requirements regarding coronavirus. 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.

Here we feature stargazing specific events taking place during the festival which include some element of practical astronomy. For a complete schedule of events and for more details see the Exmoor Dark Skies Festival 2020 official webpage. We wish everyone involved in running or participating in the festival good luck with the weather and clear skies!

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Exmoor Character Cottages Stargazing Breaks

Stay in one of the lovely Exmoor Character Cottages who have some great accommodation breaks lined up in celebration of the Exmoor National Park Dark Skies Festival 2020 which include a night with astronomer Tim Wetherell from Exmoor Stargazers.

Friday 16th October 2020 from 16:00pm to Saturday 31st October 2020 12:00pm

31/10/20
03:00
14°
19%

Heale under the Stars Retreat

Enjoy a weekend break at this fabulous stargazing location in Exmoor. With spectacular views of the sea and moors, Heale Farm is set in 23 acres of pasture, woodland and has grazing and access rights over a further 18 acres of rugged Exmoor land....

Friday 16th October 2020 from 16:00pm to Sunday 18th October 2020 12:00pm

Stargazing at Dunkery Beacon Country House Hotel

Book a stay in this boutique accommodation and the chef proprietor John Bradley who is a keen amateur astronomer will be delighted to asisst you with spotting constellations and planets with the naked eye or using his telescope. Special rates are on...

Friday 16th October 2020 from 16:00pm to Saturday 31st October 2020 12:00pm

31/10/20
03:00
14°
49%

Night Walk, Stargazing and (optional) Pub Supper

Meet your hosts for an informative evening of stargazing with knowledgeable astronomer Jennie Wild. Meet up in Exford village at 6.30pm for a night walk under the stars followed by guided stargazing using telescopes and binoculars. Lots of starry...

Friday 16th October 2020 from 18:30pm to 20:30pm

From Galaxies to Life - Presentation and Stargazing

Join the team from Horner Farm for an evening with Professor Roger Davies, an eminent astrophysicist and cosmologist from Oxford University. Welcomed with nibbles and enjoy a drink from the bar. Professor Davies will give us a 50 minutes talk on...

Friday 16th October 2020 from 18:45pm to 21:00pm

Bossington Beacon Ranger Guided Walk and Stargazing

Join a National Park Ranger on a guided walk to learn more about the area and the stars in this fantastic location on the north coast of Exmoor.Numbers will be limited to approx 25 so there's plenty of space for everyone to enjoy the walk...

Saturday 17th October 2020 from 17:30pm to 20:00pm

Night Walk, Stargazing and (optional) Pub Supper

Meet your hosts for an informative evening of stargazing with knowledgeable astronomer Jennie Wild. Meet up in Exford village at 6.30pm for a night walk under the stars followed by guided stargazing using telescopes and binoculars. Lots of starry...

Saturday 17th October 2020 from 18:30pm to 20:30pm

2 Night Stargazing Break in Exmoor

Enjoy a stargazing break to Exmoor and experience the fabulous dark skies with local astronomer Bob Mizon, coordinator of the British Astronomical Association’s Commission for Dark Skies, author, observer and Planetarium operator. Itinerary...

Sunday 18th October 2020 from 16:00pm to Wednesday 21st October 2020 12:00pm

3 Night Stargazing and Walking Break

Enjoy a stargazing break at the Simonsbath House Hotel who are offering a special deal in celebration of this year's Exmoor National Park Dark Skies Festival 2020.

Sunday 18th October 2020 from 16:00pm to Wednesday 21st October 2020 12:00pm

Solar System Talk and Stargazing (for adults)

Explore the relationship between galaxies and black holes with Professor Roger Davies, the President of the European Astronomical Society, who currently teaches at Oxford University. Professor Davies’ talk will be followed by a Q & A and then...

Sunday 18th October 2020 from 17:00pm to 18:00pm

Solar System Talk and Stargazing Family Event

Explore the Solar System and discover the many shapes of galaxies with Professor Roger Davies of Oxford University.A family friendly, interactive talk under cover followed by an opportunity to star-gaze in our beautiful orchard, weather...

Sunday 18th October 2020 from 17:00pm to 18:00pm

Night Walk, Stargazing and (optional) Pub Supper

Meet your hosts for an informative evening of stargazing with knowledgeable astronomer Jennie Wild. Meet up in Exford village at 6.30pm for a night walk under the stars followed by guided stargazing using telescopes and binoculars. Lots of starry...

Sunday 18th October 2020 from 18:30pm to 20:30pm

Stargazing, Supper and Talk with Local Astronomer Terry Evans

Join Terry Evans and your hosts for a relaxed evening with a presentation, supper and stargazing (weather permitting) in the heart of Exmoor Price £12 per person. A range of accommodation options is also available for those who want an overnight...

Monday 19th October 2020 from 18:30pm to 20:30pm

Night Walk, Stargazing and (optional) Pub Supper

Meet your hosts for an informative evening of stargazing with knowledgeable astronomer Jennie Wild. Meet up in Exford village at 6.30pm for a night walk under the stars followed by guided stargazing using telescopes and binoculars. Lots of starry...

Tuesday 20th October 2020 from 18:30pm to 20:30pm

Night Walk, Stargazing and (optional) Pub Supper

Meet your hosts for an informative evening of stargazing with knowledgeable astronomer Jennie Wild. Meet up in Exford village at 6.30pm for a night walk under the stars followed by guided stargazing using telescopes and binoculars. Lots of starry...

Wednesday 21st October 2020 from 18:30pm to 20:30pm

Night Walk, Stargazing and (optional) Pub Supper

Meet your hosts for an informative evening of stargazing with knowledgeable astronomer Jennie Wild. Meet up in Exford village at 6.30pm for a night walk under the stars followed by guided stargazing using telescopes and binoculars. Lots of starry...

Thursday 22nd October 2020 from 18:30pm to 20:30pm

Autumn Feast under the Stars at Horner Farm

Enjoy a safe socially-distanced supper in the beautiful surroundings of our working Exmoor farm. Focusing on seasonal produce by seeking out suppliers who share our goals of high quality produce, our feasts are not just about food, but also about...

Thursday 22nd October 2020 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Heale Stars & Nature Evening at Heale Farm

Walk, sit, gaze & graze! Arriving at 7pm we will walk through the moor to our field looking East across to the sea, we will walk, gaze, and wonder! Followed by sitting around the fire pit with a late graze box supper. Groups of up to 6 can stay over...

Thursday 22nd October 2020 from 19:00pm to Friday 23rd October 2020 12:00pm

Ranger Guided Stargazing Walk up Hollerday Hill

Meet your guides Ranger Dave Gurnett and local expert Tony Piper at Lynton Town Hal at 6pm before zig-zagging your way up through the trees and later views through this spectacular scenery. Whether it's clear or cloudy, the tranquil atmosphere of...

Friday 23rd October 2020 from 18:00pm to 20:00pm

Stargazing at Torre Cider Farm

Camp out on our ridge, bring a blanket and telescope/binoculars or just use your eyes! We will have a chat about what we might be able to see then simply spend the evening laying on the ground looking up. Hot chocolate, drinks and cakes for...

Friday 23rd October 2020 from 19:00pm to 22:00pm

Night Walk, Stargazing and (optional) Pub Supper

Meet your hosts for an informative evening of stargazing with knowledgeable astronomer Jennie Wild. Meet up in Exford village at 6.30pm for a night walk under the stars followed by guided stargazing using telescopes and binoculars. Lots of starry...

Saturday 24th October 2020 from 18:30pm to 20:30pm

In the Night Sky Family Presentation by Jo Richardson

Join astronomer Jo Richardson for an on-line family presentation on what can be seen in the night sky by astronomer Jo Richardson from Space Detectives. This is an event for Devon Dark Skies Week in collaboration with the Exmoor National Park Dark...

Monday 26th October 2020 from 11:00am to 12:00pm

Dark Skies Festival Stargazing Activities for Families

Join our experienced Rangers and staff for an outdoor adventure then return to base for a stargazing presentation 'In the Night Sky' and constellation activity with expert guide Jo Richardson. If weather is poor an indoor presentation will be...

Tuesday 27th October 2020 from 16:30pm to 18:30pm

Heale Stars & Nature Evening at Heale Farm

Walk, sit, gaze & graze! Arriving at 7pm we will walk through the moor to our field looking East across to the sea, we will walk, gaze, and wonder! Followed by sitting around the fire pit with a late graze box supper. Groups of up to 6 can stay over...

Tuesday 27th October 2020 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Dark Skies Festival Stargazing Activities for Adults

Designed for adults and older children, join our experienced Rangers and staff for an outdoor adventure then return to base for a stargazing presentation 'In the Night Sky' and activity session with expert guide Jo Richardson. If weather is poor an...

Tuesday 27th October 2020 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

Exmoor By Bioluminescence Online Event

Join Exmoor National Park Ranger Patrick Watts-Mabbott and the Exmoor volunteers for a one-hour live virtual event on one of the wonders of nature. Learn about bioluminescent wildlife on Exmoor. Including insects, fungi and mosses.We’ll...

Thursday 29th October 2020 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

Astro Adventure at Wimbleball Lake Activity Centre

Be part of a small group to enjoy a guided walk with a National Park Ranger as the sun goes down and the full moon rises. Hear from our Ranger Charlotte Wray about her love of moths and why they’re important to the environment. Learn how to set up...

Friday 30th October 2020 from 16:30pm to 18:30pm

Moonlit Adventure at Wimbleball Lake Activity Centre

Be part of a small group to enjoy a guided walk with a National Park Ranger under a moon-lit and starry sky. Hear from our Ranger Charlotte Wray about her love of moths and why they’re important to the environment. Learn how to set up your own...

Friday 30th October 2020 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm


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