Exmoor Dark Skies Festival 13-30 October 2022
Exmoor’s Dark Skies Festival returns for its sixth year with the popular planetarium sessions set to return to Dunster after a two-year break. A session inside the huge inflatable dome can inspire all ages with a 360-degree immersive space experience. It’s especially amazing to see how it captures the imagination of children.
The Exmoor Dark Skies Festival 2022 is going to be the biggest ever with well over fifty events taking place during the late October festival. Free printed festival programmes are now available from the National Park Centres at Dulverton, Dunster and Lynmouth, or search online at www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk.darkskiesfestival .
Katrina Munro who coordinates the festival for the Authority said, “From guided evening walks with National Park Rangers to seeing planets, constellations and meteor showers with an astronomy expert, from talks with super to family adventures, visitors will be spoilt for choice with events taking place all around the National Park from 13th to 30th October.”
Wildlife at night events are being hosted by the Exmoor Pony Centre, the National Trust, as well as a guided walk with the Forestry England at Nutcombe Bottom and wildlife safaris at dusk with Exmoor Wildlife Safaris. There are evening guided walks and stargazing events being run all over Exmoor by the National Park Authority, Moor Wild Experiences and Wild about Exmoor. For those who can’t make any of the events in person there are online sessions to help people understand more about the incredibly dark skies of Exmoor and all the best places to go and an be enjoyed all year round. A printed guide can be purchased from National Park Centres or online and the experience provides an immersive mini-adventure for all ages.
Festival sponsors SBA (Somerset Business Agency) CIC, telescope manufacturer Celestron and Exmoor Coaster Open-top Bus have donated prizes for this year’s festival competition. Residents and visitors of all ages are invited to submit poems inspired by Exmoor’s dark skies.