In the Night Sky


Embark on an experience like no other and not only “see” space but “feel” it too!

We are thrilled to host an enthralling evening delivered by Jo and Pete from ‘Space Detectives’, a team of astronomers who have been running Space and Stargazing events for over 10 years. You will journey into the stars, learning about the origins of stars and how planets form, travel to distant far-flung galaxies and examine how our ancestors would have seen the night sky centuries ago, and uncover the myths and legends surrounding the constellation patterns, as told by the ancient Greeks. And once the introduction is complete, and if the sky is clear, you will be shown some of the wonders of our Universe using high end “Go To” telescopes and laser guided star hopping. And lastly (if this wasn’t enough!) the evening will end by leaving Earth behind you and taking a Virtual journey into space, with a Virtual Reality Showtime headset experience.

Jo Richardson, the founder and owner of ‘Space Detectives’, is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society as well as one of the current 6 UK Space Ambassadors working on behalf of the European Space Education Office. She works alongside her husband Pete, who is an internationally acclaimed Astrophotographer and Telescope Maker. Supporting them at large events are their team of Astronomers who are all keen to share their love and passion for all things “Space” with the wider public. Jo is the resident astronomer for Exmoor National Park Dark Sky Reserve, as well as an advisor to other National Parks, such as the Yorkshire Dales, Cranborne Chase and the North York Moors. Her long-held belief is that if she can inspire just one person to “look up” and see what lies beyond the remit of our home planet, then her job has been wholly worthwhile.

We hope you will join us for this very special and immersive evening at Quince Honey Farm, as part of the Exmoor Dark Skies Festival 2024.


Date: Thursday 24th October 2024

Time: 6:30pm – 9:00pm (doors open at 6pm)

Further event details, including ticket price and how to book, will be released nearer the time.



Please note:

  • The event is suitable for beginners, those new to cosmology and stargazing, for adults and older children age 12 years +.
  • Tickets must be booked in advance and cannot be purchased on the door.
  • Please ensure you specify any dietary requirements at the time of booking, and arrive in good time ready for supper which will be served at 6:30pm.
  • Doors open at 6pm, supper starts at 6:30pm, and drinks and refreshments will be available to purchase from the Nectary Restaurant between 6pm – 7pm. The event will finish at approximately 9pm.
  • The evening will include a talk lasting approximately 1 hour, followed by stargazing with “Go To” telescope with an attending astronomer, and laser guided naked eye stargazing and constellation spotting if the weather is clear. If the weather is inclement, a virtual sky projection for guided star hopping and storytelling of the constellations will be available.  Lastly, customers can take part in a Virtual Reality Showtime System to finish their journey into the starry skies (this is an optional activity, included in the ticket price).
Andromeda Galaxy - photograph taken by Astrophotographer Pete Richardson
Saturn - photograph taken by Astrophotographer Pete Richardson
Jupiter - photograph taken by Astrophotographer Pete Richardson