Exmoor is an International Dark Sky Reserve (the first in Europe).  On clear nights from Court Farm you can see thousands of stars with the naked eye compared with just a couple of hundred in built up areas because of light pollution.  You can easily see planets, constellations and even the International Space Station when it passes overhead.

If you are an experienced astronomer with your own equipment we have a fenced flat area on the slope above the stables at the back of the house.  You can set up equipment here without disturbing anyone and leave it in situ if you wish for the duration of your stay.  There are other recommended sites within easy reach of Court Farm.

If you are a beginner or somebody who would like to try the experience then we have astronomical binoculars we can lend, show you stargazing software on our phones/tablet and help you identify  things that are in the sky during your visit e.g. planets, constellations etc. all through the summer, for a barbecue and sociable starry information evening at the Hub. You will leave well equipped to enjoy Exmoor’s starry skies during your stay.

This year is the fifth year of the Dark Skies Festival which takes place from Friday 22nd October until Sunday 7th November.  There are around 50 events taking place across Exmoor, some virtual, some for families and some aimed at adults.  So whether you whether you are an enthusiast or somebody with just a passing interest there is an event for you.  The Exford Bridge Tearooms is our local Dark Sky Discovery Hub and is running a series of events during the festival.

Saturday 23 October 6pm, Tuesday 26 October 6pm, Friday 29 October 6pm, Tuesday 2 November 6pm, Saturday 6 November 6pm

Why not join Bruce and Claire, Malcolm and Jennie at the Exford Bridge Tearooms for a planetarium presentation with delicious locally sourced food and a “No question is a silly question” sociable chat session, with loads of information about local stargazing.  An optional walk out into the dark skies area to use our telescopes will round off the evening nicely! £35 per head, £20 for under 16s with £5.00 for the walk payable on the day. Booking essential www.wildaboutexmoor.com info@wildaboutexmoor.com 01643 831759

Click here to download the full Dark Skies Festival programme.

You can download  your free copy of an Astronomers Guide to Exmoor  by Jo Richardson FRAS by clicking the link.

We look forward to sharing our amazing Dark Sky with you.  You can find out more about stargazing on Exmoor from the ENPA Stargazing Page

Also the annual Exmoor Dark Skies Festival takes place this year from the 22nd October to 7th November with a series of organised events.   Find out more about the events on the Exmoor National park website.