The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.
In the heart of the pretty village of Tipton St John, this pub offers a warm log fire in winter and plenty of outside seating in summer in the beer garden. The menu blends classic British with rustic French, courtesy of the French owners.
A long shingle mile long beach stretching from Branscombe to Beer Head. You can walk there along the coastal path or park in the nearby car park (charges apply). There are facilities nearby and a dog exercise area.
Start at Newton Poppleford Church, between Exeter and Sidmouth, for quiet countryside and good views across the Otter Valley. A circular route of 6.25 miles starts towards the west of the village before linking with the East Devon Way and crossing the River Otter.
Sidmouth has all the classic appeal of a traditional English seaside resort, with wonderful Regency architecture and a genteel atmosphere. Tourism has been kind to the town, leaving its character intact. At the beginning of August the town rocks to the rhythm of the Sidmouth Folk Festival, a week of music, singing, dancing and storytelling.
Sidmouth Folk Festival
For most of the year Sidmouth is a sleepy little seaside town, with a pebbly beach, great coast walks and really good ice-cream. But for the first week of August it turns into a fantastic festival with traditional folk sounds from all over the world, dancers, singers, musicians, ceilidhs til the early hours. It's really family friendly, with lots of craft activities for kids.
The focus here is on the animals, so there are no rides or play parks, just rescued donkeys to see and stroke. The Donkey Sanctuary is dog-friendly and admission is free.
Lovely to visit, and as it's free you can spend as little or as long as you like. Not just donkeys, there are some walks / trails to follow and a good cafe.
A great family day out, free entry, free parking, all facilities on site are good - from eating to toilets, beautiful grounds. Only downside is reliant on reasonable weather as mostly outdoors.
A wonderful day out for all the family - go on a fine day as you can walk a long way. A great bonus is that it is FREE to visit and there is no pressure on visitors to pay anything - but you will want to help this super charity.
The donkey sanctuary is a brilliant day out for families. We have been here on numerous occasions and it is a joy to see the smiles on the childrens faces as they interact with the donkeys. We are always made to feel very welcome and the staff are very well informed.
One of the largest in the world. Great for children and adults will enjoy it too.
- J M Wynne
In a lovely setting overlooking Sidmouth and the bay, these gardens offer a fine range of plants which thrive in the temperate climate. A leafet with a guided walk is available from the attached Web site. The Clock Tower Cafe serves light refreshments throughout the day.
Simply delightful throughout the year these gardens are divided into 'rooms' each planted to perfection. The vista could not be bettered with the sea appearing far below and between the creative planting out to the horizon providing the perfect backdrop. A superb little cafe sells everything delicious to encourage you to sit down and savour the delightful planting around you. Jacob's ladder tempts you down to the waters edge with it's pebbled and sandy beach but for those of us less agile the gardens can be accessed almost on the level from Manor car park. Most weekends throughout the summer a band will be playing and occasionally outdoor theatre performed. These lovely gardens are really worth a visit
17 wooden barrels are coated in tar, set alight and carted shoulder-high through the streets of the town. Yes, on fire. It’s been a tradition since 1605-ish and probably started to brace the town for the imminent invasion of the Spanish Armada.
This really is a spectacular event. The atmosphere is electric as locals hurtle through the streets with the flaming barrels hoisted onto their backs. Thousands of people come to witness the tradition each year - if you don't like crowds, then this is probably not the event for you, but you can take refuge by the huge bonfire, which has to be one of the largest and most impressive in the South West, if not the country.
There's plenty to keep you busy here, with 63 acres of stunning gardens, historic glass houses and a woodland railway. Not to mention an Italian garden, Mediterranean and rose gardens, fernery, hermitage garden, pinetum and arboretum. Bicton also boasts 25 champion trees - the tallest/largest of their kind in Britain. At a dizzying 41m, the Grecian fir is the tallest ever recorded. Outdoor and indoor play areas, mini golf, a restaurant, shop and garden centre make it a great day out for all the family. Accepts Tesco Clubcard Days Out Vouchers.
Bicton Park Gardens
We have visited the gardens several times now and there is much to enjoy whatever the season, from the glory of these majestic peaceful gardens on shimmering sunny days to frosty winter visits to Santa's Grotto. Our experience and that of our guests has always been extremely enjoyable, whether accompanied by the more seasoned or the youngest of our relatives. There is lots to see with the 18inch guage railway a must, the glasshouses and the lovely agriculural museum. If you plan to visit more than once then the annual membership is worth considering, as it also provides you with free access to Morwellham Quay and 5% discount in the shop and restuartant.
The glasshouses are very impressive. You will find many rare palms in the beautiful 19th Century Palm House, while the Arid House contains weird and wonderful cacti and the lush Tropical House abounds with exotic blooms. There is certainly lots to see here.
Great family day out, with plenty to keep the kids entertained.
An 18 hole championship course, nine hole course and driving range set in picturesque parkland in the Devon countryside. For those who prefer pampering to putting, there is a luxury spa and leisure complex.
The 20 metre pool, sauna and jacuzzi are well worth a visit and are set in beautiful surroundings; ideal for visiting families with young children and the keen lane swimmer alike. The small gym contains plently of equipment and all the latest technology. The Championship golf course boasts both 18 and 9 hole courses with manicured greens and beautiful scenery; the views are simply stunning. If all this isn't enough to keep you busy then, squash, tennis and fitness classes are also avilable to visitors. If relaxing is more to your taste then the onsite Bodyzone and Hairdresser may offer exactly what you are looking for. A very popular carvery is on offer every Sunday and meals can be enjoyed daily in either the Conservatory or Atrium Restaurants.
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