Time is running out for early bird booking for Exmoor Dark Skies Festival


Only 10 days remain to take advantage of the early bird booking discount for Exmoor National Park’s Dark Skies events during the Dark Skies Festival which takes place during half term from 19 to 29 October.

The festival celebrates Exmoor’s status as Europe’s first International Dark Sky Reserve and includes sessions in a mobile planetarium, a family astro-party at Wimbleball Lake, astronomy and astrophotography talks, and guided night walks under the stars.

Katrina Munro from Exmoor National Park, who is coordinating the festival said “There has been a good level of interest already and we anticipate that bookings will increase substantially over the next few weeks.

The annual Orionid meteor shower will peak on Saturday 21 October during our Dark Skies Festival, the perfect time to come and appreciate all that Exmoor has to offer.”

Details of the 27 events taking place during the ten day festival can be found on the National Park’s website www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk/darkskiesfestival where bookings can also be made. Use the code EARLYBIRD on bookings for the National Park’s events made before 15 September to save 10% on the event price.

There’s also a 24-page printed programme available from National Park Centres in Dulverton, Dunster and Lynmouth.

Exmoor Dark Sky Reserve

Blagdon Cross Startrails
Credit: Adrian Cubitt


The Flying Scotsman is visiting Minehead on the West Somerset Steam Railway between September 3 and 14th 2017

We still have availability as follows

w/c 1 September Rose Cottage

w/c 2 September April Cottage and Cherry Lodge-  both have two bedrooms and two bathrooms. Late availability discount £140 quote code LCSEP17

Woodcombe lodges is a 30 minute walk or 10 minute drive from the station and has availability for full week holidays during this period. Quiet country location and yet so close to the pubs, shops and restaurants plus the railway and beach. Walks from our door into the Exmoor national Park

Dog friendly and disabled access units available.



Due to a late cancellation we have a late availability in Cherry Tree Lodge  with it’s fabulous views, double bedroom with en suite shower room and twin bedroom, main bathroom with shower over and spacious sitting, dining and kitchen areas. (Child’s pull down bunk bed also available in the twin bedroom.

Cost £640 per week we are offering it at £500 per week to the first guests using code LCSEP17 on our online booking system.

Cherry Tree Lodge

Four star Cherry Tree Lodge full fitted kitchen including dishwasher and dining area sitting up to six people

Cherry Tree Lodge

Four star Cherry Tree Lodge sitting room and veranda with views across the Exmoor hills and down to the sea

Fabulous Walk in the sunshine

Walked from Woodcombe to Porlock Weir in the sunshine for a pub lunch at the Ship and caught the bus back yesterday. Took just over two hours although others would probably spend more time enjoying the fabulous views across Exmoor.

Video attached shows the panorama from Grabbist Hill opposite Woodcombe Lodges across the moor below Dunkery Beacon and down to Porlock Bay and the sea. The walk took me through Selworthy past the famous white Church of All Saints and the Periwinkle tea rooms, through to Bossington for a loo break and Kitnors (tea rooms) and across the Porlock Marshes to the harbour at Porlock Weir. The buses run every two hours so plan your timing.

Plenty of fabulous walks from our self catering accommodation and availability throughout the year although August is now getting tight and the late May bank holiday is full.

Fabulous views from near Selworthy of the panorama from Grabbist Hill opposit Woodcombe Lodges past Dunkery Beacon and down to Porlock Bay

Fabulous views from the church across to Dunkery Beacon

Walk through the woods between Woodcombe and Bossington

Porlock Bay from the woods above Allerford and Bossington