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Win a telescope!

Exmoor Dark Skies Festival 2021

Friday 22nd October to Sunday 7th November

This popular festival, kindly sponsored by will be in its 5th Year in 2021. With around 50 festival events for families and adults taking place all over Exmoor, why not book yourself some Dark Sky Friendly accommodation and make a holiday of it? Our accredited as Exmoor Dark Sky Friendly businesses have all received training and are able to help you make the most of our dark skies during your stay.

Dark Skies Haiku Challenge

For the chance to win your very own Celestron telescope, we are inviting young people of school age to join our poetry challenge and create a Haiku poem inspired by Exmoor’s Dark Skies. The poems must be a traditional Haiku in three lines of five, seven, five syllables. Download the Word document here to find out more. You'll find some tips on this YouTube film by children's author Peta Rainford . She reads from her popular book 'Jacob Starke loves the Dark' and leads a short drawing session for young families. Her book is available from Exmoor National Park Centres or on-line shop. Peta also explains how to write a Haiku poem in the film. – you could win a Celestron telescope! Watch it now!

Click here to watch the film on You Tube: (see 17.30 minutes in for the Haiku section)

Submit your entries, including your name and age to, closing date 7th November.

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