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Exmoor in May

Spring on Exmoor is a real delight. As the days get warmer it seems that all of nature is bursting into life. There are lambs in every field, the beech hedges are turning a mouth-watering green and the birdsong is a lovely backing track to an early morning stroll.

On top of that there are a whole host of events celebrating the outdoors this month during our Exmoor Coast & Moor Festival.

Half-Term Fun

Ever tried SUP (stand-up paddling), kayaking, coasteering or rock climbing? Been to a duck race, seashore safari or followed a butterfly trail? Well maybe now’s the time. We’ve also got Archery and Family Jousting at Dunster Castle, falconry in Allerford and more family fun at the West Somerset Railway. It’s all going on here.

There is a selection of free Guided Walks throughout the month revealing the area’s fascinating history and landscape. A unique evening Farm and Food tour follows the provenance from the land, and there’s an Open Gardens weekend, a boat trip to see wild sea birds and even a night at the ‘opera’.

 

New Statue in Lynmouth

BBC Countryfile’s John Craven unveiled an iconic new statue “The Walker” on The Esplanade in Lynmouth, Exmoor, last week. Designed and constructed by local craftsman Richard Graham, the statue shows depcts a walker stretching out his hand in greeting. The brief was to construct a model with which visitors could interact, so come down and shake hands. We’d love to see your pictures which you could share with us on Facebook and Twitter @visitexmoor.

Commissioned to mark the end of The Coleridge Way long-distance walking route, “The Walker” also indicates the closing stage of The Two Moors Way, as well as pinpointing where both these walks intersect with the South West Coast Path; the UK’s longest national trail. With over 600 miles of Rights-of-Way walkers are spoilt for choice on Exmoor. Rarely crowded this living and varied landscape is the perfect place to escape from day-to-day life and enjoy the timeless joy of nature.

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Farming is at the very heart of the Show – stockmen and women from the county and beyond will be competing in the show ring and agricultural machinery and suppliers will be out in force. There’ll be literally thousands of animals – from exceptional livestock to dazzling Arab horses, family ponies, canine superstars competing in the pedigree Dog Show, lofty alpacas and pigeons, rabbits and guinea pigs.

There’s a thrilling programme of day-long entertainment. Get ready to buckle up for a monster ride with the UK’s number one Monster Truck team in the Mole Valley Farmers Main Arena (on Friday & Saturday) and get inspired by a thrilling BMX display & then have a go!

When it comes to food and drink, we’re going ex-large! Our fabulous Food & Drink Pavilion will be even bigger – and it’ll have a seating area where visitors can tuck into what they’ve just bought. And we’re delighted that top chef Michael Caines will be cooking up some incredible dishes in our cookery demonstration theatre.

There’ll be lots of hands-on activities for children. At the Children’s Farm they can get involved in the milking, experience hands-on baking, plant seeds and see the Sheep Show. Get the buzz in the Bees & Honey marquee- where they can spot the queen bee and make a candle. Plus, lots more!

Thanks to the people of Devon, we are staging Devon Remembers – a moving tribute to the 11,500 men and women from the county who lost their lives in the First World War with a display constructed from 32,000 handmade poppies.

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Torrington’s annual festival to mark the coming of summer takes place on the first Thursday in May and dates back to the sixteenth century.

The day is given over to celebrations, with crowds gathering early in the town square to watch a series of events and entertainments, culminating in traditional maypole dancing by children from the local primary school and the ceremonial crowning of the May Queen, all accompanied by music from the town’s own Silver Band.

The funfair visits the town for May Fair week, and on the Saturday following the crowning there’s a carnival procession through the town, with prizes for the best floats and walking groups – many of whom have spent the whole year planning their display.

The carnival has its own queen, elected by pupils at the secondary school, and carnival queens and marching bands from neighboring towns are also invited to join the procession.

May Fair week is a time of celebration for Great Torrington; the town is decked in bunting and decorated with gorse sprays for the occasion, and the town centre shops feature special window displays, competing for the coveted ‘Best Dressed Window’ award. It’s a great time to visit the town and soak up the carnival atmosphere – come and join us!

April Events
1st Sail to Lundy Island – depart Bideford 9am, arrive back 8.30pm – plenty of time to explore the Island – book at Woolacombe TIC.
1st–17th Cadbury Easter Trail. Fun for all the family at Baggy Point, Croyde. Follow the Easter Trail in search of clues to claim your chocolate prize! Follow this fun family trail around the scenic coastal headland of Baggy Point, Croyde in search of hidden clues to claim your Cadbury’s chocolate prize. Pick up your trail from car park kiosk….£2.50 per trail.
1st – 17thLindt Gold Bunny Easter Trail @ Rosemoor Gardens. SAVE! Buy advance entry tickets at Woolacombe TIC and save 10% on admission fees.
1st Opening Night at The Jube, Woolacombe. Incredible one man band – The Flamenco Thief, plus DJ set. 7pm-1am.
1st Rock of Ages, The Devon Hall, Bideford College 2.30pm & 7.30pm. http://www.atlanticcoasttheatre.co.uk
2nd Open Mic Night @ The Kings Arms, Georgeham. 9pm. It’s ON!!! After a long and successful history, The Best Open Mic in North Devon has re-located to its’ new home here at the Kings Arms!! Open to all-comers, all players, singers, weedlers of tunes from any and all instruments, and of course, a fun-loving audience of music lovers….we can’t wait to get started!!!
3rd Easter Arts & Crafts woodland Workshops. For children aged between 6-14 years at Yomer Woods, Lee (between Woolacombe & Ilfracombe). 10am-3pm. Bring wellies or sturdy shoes and waterproofs as well as a snack. Lunch will be cooked on the campfire. £25 per child (discount for siblings) Visit http://www.seagreenschool-ilfracombe.co.uk for more information. To book contact Kim Smith on 07876 458917 or email seagreenschool@gmail.com
3rd Clubbercise @ The North Devon Arena. Clubbercise brings a night out to your work out! And what better venue to hold it than North Devon Arena?! Every Monday from 7-8pm, £5 per session.
4th Sail to Lundy Island – depart Ilfracombe 10am, arrive back at 6pm. Book at Woolacombe TIC
4th Easter Woodland Sessions. Bush Crafts and Woodland Games. For children aged between 6-14 years at Yomer Woods, Lee (between Woolacombe & Ilfracombe). 10am-3pm. Bring wellies or sturdy shoes and waterproofs as well as a snack. Lunch will be cooked on the campfire. £25 per child (discount for siblings) Visit http://www.seagreenschool-ilfracombe.co.uk for more information. To book contact Kim Smith on 07876 458917 or email seagreenschool@gmail.com
5th Easter Woodland Sessions. Family Workshops at Yomer Woods, Lee (between Woolacombe & Ilfracombe). Come along with your children to the woods for Easter activities, fire lighting, den building and woodland play. Bring wellies or sturdy shoes and waterproofs as well as a snack. 10am-1pm. £8 per child. Adults free. Visit http://www.seagreenschool-ilfracombe.co.uk for more information. To book contact Kim Smith on 07876 458917 or email seagreenschool@gmail.com
6th Croyde Craft Market. Lots of lovely arts & crafts at Croyde Village Hall. 10am-4pm.
6th Sail to Lundy Island – depart Ilfracombe 10am, arrive back at 6pm. Book at Woolacombe TIC
7th Family Garden Fun at Arlington Court (National Trust). 1.30pm-3pm. Join a gardener to learn how we care for our gardens and create something special to take home from colourful garden palettes, to seeds to grow. A different activity each season. This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
7th Live Music at The Red Barn, Woolacombe – Echo Town. 9pm.
8th Sail to Lundy Island – depart Ilfracombe 10am, arrive back at 6pm. Book at Woolacombe TIC
8th Ilfracombe Artisan Market. 11am-3pm. Join us for our first Ilfracombe Artisan Market of the year! Celebrating local artisan makers and crafters of all shapes and sizes! You’ll find gorgeous jewellery, art, sewn goods, paper crafts and so much more! Fore Street, Ilfracombe EX34 9ED.
8th Lila Dance: The Deluge. Isaac Hall, Braunton Academy. 6.30pm. An earthquake shook the sea, and now a huge wave threatens to destroy the village. See Issac Hall at Braunton Academy transformed into an evacuation centre and watch friends and family perform alongside four breathtaking dancers to an evocative soundtrack.
8th Comedian Joel Dommett @ The Plough Arts Centre, Great Torrington. 8pm.
9th wedding Fayre at Rosemoor Gardens
9th Open Mic Night @ The Kings Arms, Georgeham. 9pm.
10th-16th Spring in Bloom: National Gardening Week. Visit RHS Rosemoor as the gardens burst into a riot of colour. SAVE! Buy advance tickets at Woolacombe TIC and save 10% on admission fees.
10th Easter Woodland Sessions. Family Workshops at Yomer Woods, Lee (between Woolacombe & Ilfracombe). 10am-1pm. Come along with your children to the woods for Easter activities, fire lighting, den building and woodland play. Bring wellies or sturdy shoes and waterproofs as well as a snack. £8 per child. Adults free. Visit http://www.seagreenschool-ilfracombe.co.uk for more information. To book contact Kim Smith on 07876 458917 or email seagreenschool@gmail.com
10th Clubbercise at The North Devon Arena, 7pm.
11th Sail to Lundy Island – depart Ilfracombe 10am, arrive back at 6pm. Book at Woolacombe TIC
12th Easter Arts & Crafts Woodand Workshop. 10am-3pm. For children aged between 6-14 years at Yomer Woods, Lee (between Woolacombe & Ilfracombe). Bring wellies or sturdy shoes and waterproofs as well as a snack. Lunch will be cooked on the campfire. £25 per child (discount for siblings) Visit http://www.seagreenschool-ilfracombe.co.uk for more information. To book contact Kim Smith on 07876 458917 or email seagreenschool@gmail.com
12th Slade Silver Big Bash Fun Day. 12pm-3.30pm. This year celebrates the 25 year anniversary of the Vision Community Centre being built at Slade. The centre was built by TV program Challenge Anneka and we have been lucky enough to receive funding from the Big Lottery Celebrate fund to put on the “Slade Silver Big Bash.”
13th Sail to Lundy Island – depart Bideford 8am, arrive back at 7pm. Book at Woolacombe TIC
13th Croyde Craft Market. Lots of lovely arts & crafts at Croyde Village Hall. 10am-4pm.
13th Easter Woodland Session. 10am-3pm. Bush Crafts and Woodland Games. For children aged between 6-14 years at Yomer Woods, Lee (between Woolacombe & Ilfracombe). Bring wellies or sturdy shoes and waterproofs as well as a snack. Lunch will be cooked on the campfire. £25 per child (discount for siblings) Visit http://www.seagreenschool-ilfracombe.co.uk for more information To book contact Kim Smith on 07876 458917 or email seagreenschool@gmail.com
13th Dry Stone Walling Family Workshop. (National Trust) We need your help – bring the whole family along and help the rangers repair an ancient stone wall in need of attention. Many of the walls in the fields around Mortehoe are over 200 years old and constantly need repairing. Join the Woolacombe Rangers as they show you and your family the traditional skills needed to rebuild these ancient dry stone walls. Tools, equipment and training are provided to ensure you have fun in a safe environment.
14th-17th Cadbury Easter Trail starting from Woolacombe TIC. 10.30am-3pm. Collect your trail map from Woolacombe TIC (£2.50 per trail), then explore Woolacombe Warren to find the hidden ‘hobbit holes’ around the dunes that contain clues. Find the clues to claim your Cadbury Easter treat!
14th The Good Vibes Get Down at The North Devon Arena. Good Friday Charity fundraiser for Syrian refugees. Sound System Heavy Weight. Security Tight. Vibration Therapy. No Drama Just Good Vibes. Featuring Guest DJ’s: Irie Selecta, DJ Dancehall, Hart & Fletcher + More to be confirmed. A mix of Drum and Bass, Reggae, Funk & Hiphop £6 on the door 8pm – 4am.
15th Sail to Lundy Island – depart Bideford 8am, arrive back at 8pm. Book at Woolacombe TIC.
15th Star Wars Day at The Milky way Adventure Park.
16th Open Mic Night at The Kings Arms, Georgeham. 9pm.
17th Clubbercise at The North Devon Arena.
18th Sail to Lundy Island – depart Bideford 10am, arrive back at Ilfracombe 6pm with connecting coach back to Bideford. Book at Woolacombe TIC
20th Sail to Lundy Island – depart Ilfracombe 10am, arrive back at 6pm. Book at Woolacombe TIC
21st Live Music at The Red Barn, Woolacombe – Satan’s Barber Shop. 9pm.
22nd Sail to Lundy Island – depart Ilfracombe 10am, arrive back at 6pm. Book at Woolacombe TIC
22nd-23rdSpring in Bloom: National Rhododenron Competition. Visit RHS Rosemoor as the gardens burst into a riot of colour. SAVE! Buy advance tickets at Woolacombe TIC and save 10% on admission fees.
22nd-23rdBSUPA SUP Surfing Series 2017. The 2017 BSUPA SUP Surf Series is here! Kindly Hosted by Christies Estates. http://www.christieestates.co.uk Saunton Sands is an exciting new venue to join the Series, with it being a favourite of many athletes!

23rd New Perspectives at Mortehoe Village Hall. 2pm-5pm. The much-appreciated launch of Hidden Histories of rural North Devon: Opening up the Beaford Archive, a vibrant and unique three-year project for the people of North Devon. This is a FREE event, where information will be shared, captivating archive images will be displayed, and there will be expert speakers celebrating the local heritage of our community. Speakers from 3.30pm. Refreshments provided throughout the afternoon.
23rd Open Mic Night at The Kings Arms Georgeham, 9pm.
25th Sail to Lundy Island – depart Ilfracombe 10am, arrive back at 6pm. Book at Woolacombe TIC
27th Sail to Lundy Island – depart Ilfracombe 10am, arrive back at 6pm. Book at Woolacombe TIC
28th Live Music at The Red Barn – Basils’ Balls Up Band. 9pm.
29th-1st Spring Craft and Design Fair at Rosemoor Gardens
29th Sail to Lundy Island Depart Bideford 8am, arrive back 7.30pm
29th-1stDevonArtPop – celebrating the wonderful county of Devon at Rosemoor Gardens.
30th Open Mic Night at The Kings Arms Georgeham, 9pm.

Spring is just around the corner and what better way to see it in than being right here in North Devon. The daffodils are out, the sheep are lambing and all is ready to welcome you and your family to our beautiful area.

There are so many things to see and do visit http://www.northdevon.com/events for loads of event and activities that you can get involved in.

  • Rosemoor gardens have a Lindt bunny hunt 1st – 17th April – A chance for families to explore the gardens in all their Spring glory and find wonderful flowers, beautiful views and the iconic Lindt Gold Bunny! Hop along the Lindt trail and solve all the clues to be rewarded with a delicious Lindt chocolate treat.
  • Free Entry to the BIG Sheep for all Mums when accompanied by a full paying child on Mother’s Day!
  • If you’re looking for fun days out and things to do in Devon, The Milky Way Adventure Park has it all! Ride the Cosmic Typhoon roller coaster, have a bumping good time on the droid destroyer dodgems and go wild in North Devon’s biggest indoor adventure play area with assault courses & slides built for adults & children. Kick back & watch our amazing live shows featuring Merlin from Britain’s Got Talent, plus fantastic displays from the North Devon Bird of Prey Centre.At The Milky Way we’ve got attractions to suit all ages, whatever the weather. With over 110,000 sq ft of indoor fun & acres of outdoor activities, The Milky Way theme park is the biggest all weather, family day out in North Devon! There are so many things to do plus ALL the rides are included in the entrance fee! Your adventure awaits… are you ready?
  •  The National Trust has many outstanding places of interest in this part of the country not to mention our beaches and of course the wonders of Exmoor and Dartmoor are not too far away.
  • We have http://www.northdevonmaritimemuseum.co.uk/ in Appledore a unique place with twisted streets and hidden shops,
  • Coombe Martin wildlife park has this to say:
    ‘We are excited to announce the arrival of a Baby African Penguin! This is the first chick in seven years to be hatched at the park! We won’t know whether it is a boy or a girl until it is a little older so it doesn’t have a name as yet. The chick is now just over a fortnight old, it began hatching on World Penguin Day – what a fantastic way to celebrate! The chick is growing fast, putting on 10-25% of its bodyweight daily and it’s parents ( Goliath & Makena ) are doing a fantastic job of looking after it.’http://www.wildlifedinosaurpark.co.uk
  •  These are a few of the many great places to visit. We look forward to meeting you and we would love the opportunity to welcome you to our farms and to Devon.

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Here at Devon Farms we would like to wish all our friends ‘old’ and ‘new’ a very Happy New Year and to say that you are always welcome.

Devon is a great place to visit at any time of year, the beaches are wonderful in summer or on a wild, windy day, the moors are vibrant and beautiful and there will always be a door open and a kettle on.

Please contact us www.northdevonfarm-holidays.co.uk  for a farm experience that will create fun, laughter and lasting memories.

There is always a warm welcome waiting, whatever the weather.

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All at North Devon Farms would like to say ‘Thank you’ for your custom throughout the  year, we  wish you a very Merry Christmas and we hope to see you again next year.

Just remember that many of us are open all year round and we always have a warm welcome waiting for you.

May the true meaning of Christmas rest in your hearts.

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