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 together with red light torches, 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. Every Thursday evening from March until October there is an event at the Exmoor Bridge Tearooms which is the Dark Sky Discovery Hub for the area. The evening includes a planetarium presentation with food and a sociable chat and a chance to try out a telescope and various apps. There is an optional walk out in the Dark Sky Reserve. You will leave well equipped to enjoy Exmoor’s starry skies during your stay.
This year the Exmoor Dark Sky Festival runs from Friday 13th to Sunday 29th October with lots of organised events. You can find out more using this link Dark Sky Festival 2023.
A few miles south of Court Farm there is a special walk on the moor with no intrusion from man-made lighting which is a great place to observe the stars. Follow this link to find out more about the Exmoor Dark Sky Discovery Trail.
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