Exmoor’s First Dark Skies Festival

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Exmoor National Park’s first Dark Skies Festival is truly underway, with most events sold out and participants not being put off by the remnants of Storm Brian! Launched on 19th October (Exmoor National Park’s 63rd birthday as we came into being on 19th October 1954) and running until 29th October, the festival celebrates Exmoor’s status as an International Dark Sky Reserve.

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National Parks Week 2017

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National Parks Week (24th to 30th July) provided the opportunity to discover, discuss and share the differences our National Parks make to each of us. We asked the question “What makes Exmoor National Park special for you?” – below are just some of the responses and images we received as to why these 267 square miles mean so much to each of us.

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“Now let us bandy words no more…”: an invitation for Exmoor Am-Dram fans

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“May be we are not such fools as we look. But though we be, we are well content, so long as we may be two fools together.” What better invitation to join the Pleasure Dome Theatre company in their production of Lorna Doone at the end of August. They are holding open auditions on the weekend of 15th and 16th April at Lynton Town Hall.

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2016 Review – December

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Sunrise over Withypool Common & Brightworthy Hill (Photo credit: Andrew Wheatley)

“On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me….”. We’re following the Twelve Days of Christmas theme to look back on some of the activities, events and news items that provided an insight into life at Exmoor National Park through 2016.

December brought more project funding success, plus we were getting into the festive mood in Dunster and Lynmouth.

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2016 Review – September

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The Punchbowl, near Winsford (Photo credit: Andrew Wheatley)

“On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me….”. We’re following the Twelve Days of Christmas theme to look back on some of the activities, events and news items that provided an insight into life at Exmoor National Park through 2016.

September saw Tarr Steps go global; our annual Hedge laying competition winners; the re-opening of a new bridleway and the celebration for the Two Moors Way.

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2016 Review – August

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Exmoor Forest stags in velvet at Cornham Brake (Photo credit: Nigel Stone)

“On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me….”. We’re following the Twelve Days of Christmas theme to look back on some of the activities, events and news items that provided an insight into life at Exmoor National Park through 2016.

August was a combination of the dramatic events across Exmoor, from a ‘rocky’ helicopter ride to Shakespeare in Valley of Rocks; plus our Access & Rights of Way teams, Rangers and Volunteers get the recognition they deserve!  Continue reading

2016 Review – July

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Winsford Hill, looking north and east (Photo credit: Baz Richardson)

“On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me….”. We’re following the Twelve Days of Christmas theme to look back on some of the activities, events and news items that provided an insight into life at Exmoor National Park through 2016.

July was packed out with events celebrating National Parks Week (including getting muddy at Bogtastic or staying up all night during the Porlock Bioblitz). Dulverton School won a John Muir Award, plus more funds were raised for CareMoor thanks to a cricket match.

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