Exmoor Day (Wednesday the 19th October) is a celebration of all that is good about Exmoor, one of the smallest but most diverse National Parks in the country.
To celebrate the anniversary of Exmoor’s designation as a National Park, on this day 68 years ago, the National Park Authority and Visit Exmoor have teamed together to provide 10 top ways to enjoy and celebrate Exmoor wherever you are based:
- Take a walk – Whether you wish to undertake an easy Explorer Walk or follow in the footsteps of the Romantic posts on a multiday trek visit exmoorwalks.org for ideas and inspiration, including films of our Explorer Walks and Dark Sky Discovery Trail if you can’t get out on to Exmoor yourself.
- Eat Exmoor – The landscape of Exmoor provides some great culinary delights, and many of them are available to order online, as well as in local shops and restaurants. See www.visit-exmoor.co.uk/food-and-drink-exmoor
- Share Exmoor – Use social media to share your favourite pictures and stories of Exmoor to inspire others and follow #ExmoorDay to see what others have shared.
- CareMoor – Why not help to Keep Exmoor Special? For example, you could dedicate a tree, donate a gate or support new wildflower meadows on Exmoor – www.exmoor-naionalpark.gov.uk/caremoor
- Get Involved – how about giving some time to support this special place? Volunteering is great for the soul and helps get more done. See www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk/getinvolved
- Dream of Exmoor – there are some fantastic online films showcasing the best of Exmoor including the brand new film ‘Find your Exmoor’ portraying Exmoor through the eyes of those that live in, visit and look after Exmoor – take a look at www.youtube.com/exmoornp whilst enjoying a cup of local brew.
- Fly the flag – Exmoor is the only National Park to have its own official flag, registered with the Flag Institute. See www.exmoorflag.co.uk.
- See the stars – Exmoor Day happens to fall within the 6th annual Exmoor Dark Skies Festival with over 50 events to choose from until the 30th October, including some online even if you aren’t in the area. www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk/darkskiesfestival
- Buy local – food, goods or services – how can you support a local Exmoor business today? If you search #WeAreExmoor on social media, you will find inspirational stories from many. www.visit-exmoor.co.uk/local-shops
- Plan your next adventure – whether cycling, riding, walking or relaxing is your thing there ae some great opportunities across Exmoor. See www.visit-exmoor.co.uk.
Dan James, Rural Enterprise Manager at Exmoor National Park, said: “The landscapes of Exmoor have been a constant source of inspiration and refreshment for many generations. We know that many talk about the moor capturing something in their hearts so Join with us on Exmoor Day, whether near or far, and celebrate this very special place.”
Emma Thomasson, Chief Executive of Visit Exmoor, said “On Exmoor Day we celebrate the unique and inspiring landscapes of Exmoor! There is a reason that so many people visit Exmoor and our National Park throughout the seasons. The stunning landscapes, breath-taking coastline and vibrant communities make this a very special place. Happy Exmoor Day!”
For more information visit www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk/exmoorday.
**Some of the local businesses and organisations celebrating include: Exmoor National Park Centres offering 10% off purchases on Exmoor Day, also available online at shop.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk using EXMOORDAY. Handmade Exmoor weaving an Exmoor Dark Skies Tweed at their shop in Porlock – pop in and see them. Exmoor Distillery offering a free 5cl miniature to every visitor to their distillery near Dulverton on Exmoor Day. Moor and Sea holidays offering 10% off on bookings made on Exmoor Day.**
Notes to editors
For Exmoor National Park media enquiries and interviews contact:
Rural Enterprise Manager, Exmoor National Park Authority
DTJames@exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk 01398 323665
For Visit Exmoor media enquiries and interviews contact:
Marketing, Visit Exmoor
About Exmoor National Park Authority
First designated in 1954, Exmoor National Park has an amazing variety of landscapes within its 267 square miles – stunning coast, moorland, woodland, valleys and farmland and more than 800 miles of rights of way to enjoy. It is one of 15 National Parks in the United Kingdom and in 2011 was designated Europe’s first International Dark Sky Reserve.
Exmoor National Park Authority works in partnership with the community, local councils, businesses and other organisations to look after the National Park and promote its conservation and enjoyment. Donations to CareMoor for Exmoor are gratefully received towards the upkeep of the National Park and its special qualities.
About Visit Exmoor
A non-political body that seeks to maximise the benefits of sustainable tourism for its members, the local economy and communities whilst working together with all appropriate bodies engaged in promoting the economic and social well being of greater Exmoor. The area represented consists of Exmoor National Park, West Somerset, the Quantock Hills and North Devon.