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Welcome to Autumn.

Still so much to see and do and still so many places to stay. The weather may be getting cooler but the welcome is always warm.

 

Explore the woods this autumn

Fungi and foraging, Heddon Valley, Sunday 8 October, 10.30am-1pm

Fungi come in many shapes, sizes and colours – some very edible, some poisonous. Would you like to learn more? Join fungi & foraging expert Patrick Watts-Mabbott and an Exmoor ranger for a chance to discover how many wild treats you can find in the Heddon Valley at this time of year.

Barton Woodfest, near Watersmeet, Tuesday 24 October, 10am-3pm

Join the Exmoor rangers for this fun autumn event in the woods above Watersmeet. Learn lots of woodland skills, such as green wood working, and have a go at archery, wildlife spotting and other fun activities. Donations welcome.

Brownsham family nature trail, Brownsham near Hartland, 14-29 October, anytime

Can you find the animal clues hidden in the woods? This gentle self-led nature trail starts from the car park at Brownsham, near Hartland Point, and winds through the beautiful woodland. Pick up your trail map for free from the car park.

Family volunteering: bash and burn, Mortehoe, Thursday 26 October, 11am-3pm

Bring all the family for some free outdoor fun. Help the rangers cut and burn gorse bushes at Mortehoe and then toast some delicious marshmallows. Tools and training provided by our Rangers to ensure that you have fun in a safe environment. Suitable for children age five and above.

For fabulous places to stay visit http://www.north-devon-farm-holidays.co.uk

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It’s September already….where is the year going?  But stress not, there is still plenty to see and do in North Devon.

  •  Heritage Open Day Arlington Court, Nr. Barnstaple

 Saturday 9th September 2017

10.30am-5pm

Enjoy free entry to Arlington Court and the National Trust Carriage Museum as part of Heritage Open Day. Explore he gardens and grounds and discover how the National Trust looks after this beautiful place.  For details please visit the National trust website.

  • September Craft Fair Rosemoor Gardens, Torrington

8th Sept – 10th Sept
RHS Garden Rosemoor, EX38 8PH
Address

Great Torrington Rosemoor
TORRINGTON
Devon
EX38 8PH
Venue

Event times

Friday 8th, Saturday 9th, and Sunday 10th September

The West Country is a popular base for many craftsmen and women given the range of landscapes, materials and inspiration available. Rosemoor has brought together more than 30 different crafts people from across the South West to demonstrate the beauty and creativity of the products they make. Come and support these talented craftsmen and women by treating yourself to an unusual handcrafted item.

Please check out our local activities and attractions, there are lots of ‘special days’ to be had. Not only can you visit our many attractions but the beaches are still beautiful and the moors are still vibrant with the heather. So what are you waiting for? Devon has so much to offer you and your loved ones.

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Woolsery & District Agricultural Show

Admission – Adults £7, Children £3, under 5’s free

Woolsery & District Agricultural Show
Clovelly Court
Clovelly
Bideford
Devon
EX39 5TA

Telephone:
01409240328

The show has been held annually since 1892, changing from a half day to a whole day about forty years ago, having grown to the major event it is now. The show’s present home is Clovelly Court, which gives it space to accommodate the six horse and numerous livestock rings.

Classes include crafts, cattle and sheep, together with horse and pony competitions. There will be a display of vintage farm machinery, a display of hounds and a sheep tent to see all things sheepish. You’ll find bustling trade stalls offering locally made crafts and food with plenty to interest the children.

It’s a great summer day out for all the family! However, please be aware that the show is on agricultural land. It may be slippery, and it will certainly be uneven, so please be prepared and wear suitable footwear.

The gates open at 9 am and the show culminates with the Parade of Vintage Machinery at 4.30 pm.      See you there!

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St Peter’s Fair – Pretty Maid  Holsworthy

St Peter’s Fair 2017 – Wednesday July 5th onwards

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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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Call: 01392 353700
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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!

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