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Exmoor Dark Skies Festival 2023

A starry night sky above Cragside, Northumberland
Exmoor Dark Skies 2023 | © National Trust Images/John Millar

This year we are once again taking part in the brilliant Exmoor Dark Skies Festival hosted by Exmoor National Park, with over 60 events taking place between Friday 13 and Sunday 29 October across the moor.

This year during the festival you can:

  • Take part in an astrophotography session in the Lorna Doone Valley with our expert volunteer photographer Mark Johnson. Learning to capture the night sky in all its beauty. 21 October, 6-9 pm. No experience needed, more information and booking here
  • Head out on a night walk with the rangers, and their night vision cameras, in the Lorna Doone Valley. 27 October, at 5 and 7 pm, more information and booking here
  • Or explore Watersmeet at night, with rangers on hand to help you identify any wildlife you spot – the valley truly comes alive after dark. 23 October, at 5 and 7 pm, more information and booking herew

Spaces for these events tend to fill up quickly, so to avoid any disappointment we reccomemnd booking early.

Cloud Farm Campsite camping pods under the stars
Cloud Farm Campsite camping pods under the stars | © Paul Harris

Visiting the area for the Exmoor Dark Skies Festival?

Why not escape into nature with a short getaway to Cloud Farm Campsite. Stay in one of our camping pods, offering a perfect blend of tranquillity and indoor comforts, pitch in one of our picturesque riverside camping pitches or make use of one of our electric hook-ups or campervan spaces. Nestled in the heart of Exmoor, the campsite has stunning views of the Lorna Doone Valley and is in the heart of the Dark skies reserve.

For more information or for other places withing the Dark skies resrve to stay, follow the links below.

Cloud Farm Campsite and the surrounding area, Devon

Cloud Farm Campsite 

A laid-back, riverside campsite surrounded by idyllic Exmoor scenery and wildlife, perfectly placed for a walking holiday in the Lorna Doone Valley.

The outdoor seating area at Cloud Farmhouse, Devon

Cloud Farmhouse 

A newly-converted farmhouse with valley views from the first-floor living space.

The exterior of Exmoor Bunkhouse, Lynmouth, Devon

Exmoor Bunkhouse 

Set on the fringes of Exmoor, you’ll have miles of coastal hikes and moorland adventures on your doorstep.

The exterior of Heron View and the surrounding buildings, Devon

Heron View 

A three-bedroom apartment in a pretty village on Exmoor, with a shallow river on the doorstep.

The exterior of Kingfisher View, Devon

Kingfisher View 

Have a mini getaway break in this sweet apartment located in the heart of picturesque North Devon.

The exterior of Riverside Cottage and surrounding area, Devon

Riverside Cottage 

Explore the wilds of Exmoor from this cosy cottage in the heart of Lorna Doone country.