Beetham Farm, where Dimpsey Glamping is located, has always had a magical connection to nature and has been enjoyed by many people over the generations such as Arthur C Clarke.
Until the age of 8, Arthur lived here at Beetham Farm and was able to enjoy the night sky every night. He then became the co-writer for ‘A Space in Odyssey’, which we like to believe was inspired by watching the stars in the same place that Dimpsey Glamping guests stay today. The stars here at Dimpsey Glamping on a clear night are stunning and we are sure this is what inspired him to start to write science fiction books.
Somerset is home to the first designated International Dark Sky Reserve in Exmoor. So the Somerset skies are world renowned for their amazing displays. We are also have the South West Observatory around 15 miles away in Taunton and the Norman Lockyer Observatory in Sidmouth which is just over 20 miles away. If you are travelling to Sidmouth to visit the observatory, why not pop into The Salty Monk for afternoon tea or an evening meal.
February is the perfect time for stargazing in Somerset with Orion the Hunter high in the south, with Jupiter sitting above his head, and the Andromeda Galaxy in the west, the most distant object visible to the naked eye, a giant galaxy containing a trillion stars. And from horizon to horizon is the Milky Way, our own galaxy stretching in an arc.
March and April are particularly good for looking at stars however the later autumn months are the best for shooting stars.
Here at Dimpsey Glamping we are set among the Blackdown Hills which gives a spectacular backdrop to the night sky. Imagine laying in our wood fired hot tub and looking up at the stars, cloud permitting and using our stargazing guide book which comes with your stay, there is no better way in our opinion to stargaze. Your own star theatre, perfect.