Exmoor Stargazing and night hikes

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Exmoor Stargazing and night hikes2022-11-04T14:43:41+00:00

The Exford Dark Skies Discovery Hub

In collaboration with Exmoor National Park we have got together with Bruce and Claire at the Exford Bridge Tearooms so we can cater for larger groups, stargazing parties and corporate events.

Dark Skies Discovery Hub 

Join us for a set menu home cooked supper to set you up ready for a splendid evening’s stargazing in the centre of Exmoor’s Dark Skies Area. A warming 3 course dinner in the winter or Bruce’s special barbecue in the summer.

Enjoy dessert with the comfort of the woodburner whilst we start the planetarium presentation to  guide you around the constellations and deep sky objects above our heads, which will be becoming visible as the sun goes down, timing depends upon the time of year.

We will head outside to use our telescopes and chat about available apps on iphone, android and tablets. You can then join us on an optional walk out into the dark Skies area, this is a nominal extra £5 per person and can be as long or short as you wish, as it is an up and back. We will sit and enjoy the night sky so do bring warm clothes if you are to enjoy the evening to the full.

Tickets are priced at £35 per adult, £15 for under 16years.( From 2023 the price will be £40 per adult, £20 under 16) Booked in advance please, on info@wildaboutexmoor.com

£5 for the optional walk, to pay on the night

We will run every Thursday evening at 6.00pm until  the  clock change in the Spring, when we start at 7.00 pm again.

 This is suitable for all ages and a good option if you are less keen on walking, or the weather is not good!

Also if you are a smaller number or on your own you can join in with others for a sociable evening.

Otherwise please make contact and we can chat about any sort of starry event that you can dream up! We have 3 telescopes, a laser pointer for constellations, binoculars and loads of information about local stargazing.  Endless enthusiasm plus the tearooms are fully licenced and happy to cater for your “Do”, from cream teas through barbecues to a “just desserts” evening.

Booking and further info. by email or phone please!

Exmoor Dark skies and Farmhouse Supper

Join us for an evening of  stargazing, good food and an optional night hike.

We meet in Exford and take a short walk at dusk along the river Exe to our farm house to enjoy a delicious home cooked roast dinner, made with  produce from our smallholding  with a choice of desserts and complimentary drinks.

We talk about the stars and planets and explain the use of apps on phone and ipad. Then head outside to learn how to use our  telescopes and binoculars to delve into deeper space.

You can then opt to hike out onto the Moor into the Exmoor dark skies area to soak up our beautiful Exmoor skies, whilst testing out your new found stargazing skills!

£45 per head with  all drinks and starry information. £35 under 16 years

Please bring torches, warm clothing and stout footwear

Booking essential on 01643 831 759

We can run this event for groups of 6 – 10 people.

 

Dark skies Festival Availability…We will be running farmhouse supper evenings throughout the Festival in October 2023.

We make up a group of up to 8 guests, so please ring in good time to book your place.

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Dark skies farmhouse supper group
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Dark skies farmhouse supper group
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Dark skies farmhouse supper group

Many thanks to Keith Trueman for this beautiful image of the milky way above Exmoor

 Come and see the Milky Way in Exmoor’s Dark Sky Reserve!

Photo 1) Richard Presley  Photo 3)  Adrian Cubitt – ATV Productions – https://www.atv-productions.co.uk  

night hike exford

Dunkery Beacon moonrise with Sundowners

 Come celebrate the full moon rising with us! Or just come at  any time for sundowners and some brilliant stargazing! We meet at dusk and climb Dunkery Beacon, the highest point on Exmoor. Enjoy your sundowners as we watch the sunset over the moor ,then ramble down as we see the full moon rising over the sea. We use our telescopes to look at the moon’s craters and other details in deepest, darkest space. Hot drinks and  homemade treats to warm you up as we stargaze, with lots of astronomical information. Grade: moderate….1 climb, walk approx. 3 – 4 miles up and back. Location: Dunkery Gate, Between Porlock and Exford, Somerset. Please wear warm, waterproof clothing and comfortable walking shoes or boots. Bring a torch and walking poles if you like to use them. Charge: £ 65 per person,  Minimum charge  £ 150 Contact: info@wildaboutexmoor.com   01643 831759 for the next available dates. This event will only go ahead if the weather is relatively clear, we will take a view at midday.

stargazing at dunkery beacon

 Simply Stargazing on Exmoor

 Come to Exford at any time to use our telescopes and for some brilliant stargazing! We meet at dusk and  have a choice of walks into the dark sky reserve, depending on your preference. Either a hike up onto the moor along the Exe Valley way, an old droveway, or a relatively short, flattish walk along the river valley. We sit to watch the stars come out and talk about the stars and planets and demonstrate available apps and then head back to the farmhouse for  sundowners and warming snacks. We use our telescopes to look at the moon, planets and other details of deepest, darkest space. Hot drinks and  homemade treats to warm you up as we stargaze, with lots of astronomical information. Grade: moderate….1 climb, walk approx. 3 – 4 miles up and back, or easy…….1 gentle incline, approx 1 mile up and back.

Location: Exford, Somerset. Please wear warm, waterproof clothing and comfortable walking shoes or boots. Bring a torch and walking poles if you like to use them. Charge: £40 per person,  Minimum charge  £ 105. Contact: info@wildaboutexmoor.com   01643 831759 for the next available dates.

stargazing from Exford

Pub Supper and Exmoor stargazing

Meet up in Exford for a night walk with stargazing with supper at The Crown or at the White Horse, both traditional  country  pubs, serving great local food. We walk up  into the dark skies area as the stars come out, then back to our farmhouse for some exploration of deepest, darkest space with our telescopes and binoculars. Lots of starry information and refreshments, you will leave with a good grasp of finding your way around the night sky. Bespoke price £105 for up to 2 people, £40 each for more than two. Booking essential on 01643 831759
The Crown
The White Horse
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