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Harvest!

So harvest for most farmers is drawing to an end, crops are gathered in ready to be sold or used in the winter. The summer has been ‘warm’, to say the least, but also challenging as crops need rain as well as sun to mature and swell. But we have enjoyed the chance to harvest on time… with the occasional BBQ thrown in.

This year we have made our own apple juice, I can’t bear seeing the apples rotting on the ground, so we bought ourselves a second hand press and plan to make some more juice soon, delicious!

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So why not visit one of our farms for a warm welcome and see what farming life is all about. There is something different around every corner, so many beautiful places to explore and so many new friends to make.

visit :        week-farm.co.uk

http://www.north-devon-farm-holidays.co.uk

we look forward to meeting you!

 

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Great Torrington is a friendly, welcoming town, set in the midst of rolling, unspoilt green countryside. An ancient settlement extraordinarily sited on an inland cliff top with steep drops down to the River Torridge below. This impressive situation offers spectacular views. In the very heart of Tarka Country, the wonderful landscape has remained practically unchanged since Henry Williamson wrote his classic novel “Tarka the Otter” in the 1920’s.
Great Torrington for years was valued for its strategic importance. The town had a significant role in the English Civil War, specifically, the Battle of Torrington in 1646 which marked the end of Royalist resistance in the West Country. Today, Great Torrington boasts many attractions for the whole family. The Tarka Trail runs on the old railway line, which from the Puffing Billy station, you can hire bikes and enjoy the spectacular scenery, before stopping for a cheeky cream tea along the way.
The town itself has many small and unique shops just waiting for you to explore: traditional bakeries, butchers, soap and craft shops, and many more. It has a Pannier market which runs from Thursday to Saturday, a Museum and also the Plough theatre which has a wide and varied programme of live and film entertainment. Great Torrington also has one of the most active volunteering communities in the United Kingdom and is world known for the massive bonfires built by the ‘Cavaliers’ for charity.
There is so much to see and do, RHS Garden Rosemoor is so beautiful at any time of year  but a must is to visit the world famous Dartington Crystal, a great day out for all the family, and there is no better way to end a fun filled day than sitting with a Hockings ice-cream on the beautiful commons just letting the world go by before you do it all again tomorrow…bliss!

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Devon’s BIG day out!

The Devon County Show is what Devon’s all about!

It brings together the very best of food, farming and rural life – plus lots of fun – all rolled into one.

TWO children are admitted FREE on Saturday when accompanied by a paying adult! Tickets can be bought in advance or at the entrances on the day of your visit.
The Show is held at Westpoint showground, Clyst St Mary, Exeter EX5 1DJ

Another warm and sunny day is forecast for Friday and Saturday, so please bring your sun hats, sun cream and remember to stay properly hydrated. There are free water stations at locations across the showground and numerous outlets selling bottled water.

See the incredible animals – livestock, horses, dogs and fur and feather
Taste the very best of local food and drink – in the Food & Drink Pavilion and around the showground
Enjoy a world of entertainment with the Monster Trucks*, the Grand Parades of Livestock*, show jumping, Zorb football, Massey Ferguson tractor parade, sheep shearing, metalwork competitions and lots, lots more!
Relax at our NEW Watering Hole and enjoy live music, street food, and plenty of seats all under one gigantic red and blue roof
Stay late! Music will spill on into the evening with Queen tribute band Rhapsody on Thursday and a Sparks tribute act on Friday. Evening entertainment is free of charge & all are welcome!
On Saturday we’re showing live coverage of Exeter Chiefs vs Newcastle Falcons followed by the FA Cup Final on a big screen in The Watering Hole
Visit the NEW Ocean Discovery Zone and come face-to-face with life-size inflatable sea creatures in this stunning new marine conservation area
You are invited to the biggest Royal Wedding party in the county (probably!) to celebrate the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on Show Saturday (May 19) – live TV coverage from Windsor, giant confetti throw, wedding trees and more.
Children and families will love our Mole Avon Wheelie Wild Family Trail! Visit the Farm Wise Children’s Farm and watch the milking, press some apples and lots more.
Marvel at Westcountry crafts created by the talented exhibitors
Explore displays to commemorate the centenary of the First World War including how the Women’s Land Army in Devon helped to feed the nation; some of the 30,000 poppies, hand-made last year to remember the lives lost from the South West, will be sold in aid of the Royal British Legion
Take a ride on the Devon Eye and enjoy fairground fun
Enjoy a unique shopping experience
Discover the world of the honeybee
Find out more about country life – watch demonstrations and have-a-go yourself
Finally, our NEW Show welcomers will be on hand at the entrance gates to help you at the start of your Big Day Out!

Come and find The Devon Farms stand in the entrance to the food tent and enter our free draw to win a Family day out at one of Devon’s top attractions.  We look forward to meeting you!

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A brilliant day of hand made glass making was had by one of our members, producing these beautiful items. You too, can have a day of fun under the watchful eye of Tony Cummings.

If you would like to know more about a glass making experience contact tonycummingsglass.com

Devon has so many different and exciting activities for you and your whole family to enjoy, why not look us up, find somewhere cosy to stay….. for days like these are  where memories are made!

For Brenda’s farmhouse accommodation go to brendasavery@gmail.com or visit http://www.north-devon-farm-holidays.co.uk

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Arts and Crafts Fayre

Talented artists, crafters and artisans from across Mid and North Devon and Exmoor, coming together under one roof for an eclectic specialist market.
10am to 3pm Free entry and parking.
South Molton Pannier Market, 5 Broad Street, South Molton, Devon EX36 3AB
Sun 22 Apr 2018
Contact telephone: 07554885170 Call to check latest times or cancellations.

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Snow Pictures.

As we say….. ‘whatever the weather, our welcome is always warm!’

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Snow way!

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So, snow is on the way,

That is what they say,

But we are open, warm and cosy

To keep your cheeks feeling rosy.

Come to Devon and you will find,

A welcome of the warmest kind.

 

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