Enjoy the burst of fresh air as Devon in Spring come out of hibernation
Fresh spring air and the salty seaside landscape make Devon one of the most attractive places for springtime. With flowers just starting to bud and blossom, it’s time to get out and about to enjoy what Devon has to offer.
Devon National Parks
If you love national parks, Devon happens to be full of them. Exmoor National Park hosts spring walks through the dense wooded areas, taking time to let visitors enjoy the true beauty of nature. There are also stargazing expeditions, mountain biking, horse rides and Easter activities for the kids. Dartmoor National Park will be hosting its own walks and cycling events, along with climbing, watersports and fishing.
Historical Sites in Devon
If you’re more into history and architecture, Exeter has a beautiful 11th century cathedral, formerly known as the Cathedral Church of St. Peter, and it has long been a pillar of the faith community. Visitors can quietly walk through the halls, gazing at the vaulted ceilings and fine art work adorning its walls and windows. Devon is also home to the ruins of the famous Rougemont Castle, the Mayflower Steps, and the Royal Citadel.
Spring brings out the social butterflies to festivals, where visitors can meet new friends and make some interesting acquaintances. Festivals have been a long-time spring tradition in North Devon, and there are plenty to choose from. The Devon County Show is held May 19-21, 2016, and those attending will have access to a flurry of activities including music at the bandstand, petting zoos, the BBC Exhibition, the Crafts & Gardens Pavillion and more.
Fans of folk music will have a grand time at Exefest, Exeter’s one and only folk music festival. The 2015 Exefest was cancelled due to a lack of funding, but they’re back up and running for 2016 with a new lineup of artists for concertgoers to enjoy. The Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink is a foodie’s heaven on Earth. Festival events are April 21-24 and center around the rich food culture, gathering local producers and food establishments together to celebrate the love of food.
Spring Gardens to visit in Devon
Take in the view of fresh flora and fauna in Devon’s lush spring gardens. Devon’s gardens in particular have caught the attention of wildlife enthusiasts due in large part to the fields of daffodils found there. Spots of yellow have begun to pop up everywhere, covering the countryside in a swath of bursting blooms.
For a peaceful afternoon with the family further afield, consider the wooded paths of Trengwainton, Cornwall. Ten wall gardens come together to form cozy areas where families can sit and have a picnic. The brightly-colored magnolias make a relaxing backdrop to slow walks through the gardens, visitors will have a wonderful afternoon tea session in the Trengwainton Tea Room. Exotic plants and quiet ponds can also be found amongst the spring gardens of Drogo, Knightshayes and Saltram.
Devon Beach Adventures
Sports activities are an exciting way to shake away the winter blues. Devon has a long sprawl of coastline, complete with rolling waves for surfing, as well as more quiet spots for a relaxing sailing trip. When you’re done visiting the national parks, walking trails and festivals, take a load off and get a tan at the local beach. Tourists flock to Woolacombe beach (recently voted the top beach in Europe by TripAdvisor) to take in the spectacular view of their bold blue waters and the flurry of aquatic activity.
Golfing in Devon
If you fancy teeing off next to the sea, then Saunton or Ilfracombe are your courses of choice! Ilfracombe Golf Course is a fantastic place to visit this spring, here at the Carlton Hotel we’ve been working on some all-inclusive Golfing deals to help make your trip fun and affordable.
What’s your favourite springtime activity?
Easter in Devon
The coastal resorts of North Devon are once again gearing up for Easter celebrations. As thousands of people travel to this wonderful part of the world, several key events will be shining a spotlight on local culture and providing a spectacular time for anyone visiting. Here’s our guide to having the best Easter in Devon.
Find the Clovelly Easter Chick, Clovelly Village, Clovelly
Wander Clovelly’s High Street in search of 15 feathery friends. Easter chicks have been hidden all along the way, so you’ll need to keep your eyes peeled for these chirping charmers. The Visitors Centre will give you a map to mark the location of each chick. Once you’ve found at least 10 of them, you can return for a prize. The event runs every day from March 19-28, 2016. It’s fun for all ages!
Landmark Easter Craft Fair, Landmark Theatre, Ilfracombe
The Promenade in Ilfracombe, Devon is once again hosting its annual Landmark Easter Craft Fair. Local craftsmen will be selling their wares, along with hearty Sunday roasts at The Rendezvous Cafe. Pick up a few handmade items to commemorate your visit and support local artisans! This event is open from 10am-5pm on Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016.
Easter Egg Hunt, Hartland Abbey And Gardens, Hartland
The annual Easter Egg Hunt is back! This well-known tradition has brought joy to children and parents alike. Children can wander the beautiful gardens with their lush greenery while searching for clues that will lead them to collectible Easter eggs. Wooded paths and blooming flowers provide a colorful backdrop to a long-standing favorite for Easter activities. The Easter Egg Hunt runs March 27-28, 2016 from 11am-4pm.
Toddler Takeover Day, The Big Sheep, Bideford
Make way for the little ones! The Big Sheep‘s Toddler Takeover Day gives smaller children the chance to hunt for Easter Eggs before the big kids do. Other activities for toddlers will also be hosted, including Meet The Easter Bunny, animal petting zoos, face painting and more! Space is limited to 250 persons, so make sure you reserve your spot before they run out. Those with annual passes get in for free, but reservations must still be made. The event is held March 22-24, 2016.
Easter Celebration, Pennywell Farm, 1 Mile South Of Buckfastleigh
Adorable barnyard animals will be available for petting and cuddling at Pennywell Farm this Easter holiday. Children will love the opportunity to mingle with cute baby chicks, ducklings and piglets. Horse & Heart is an all-new event for those wanting to understand pony language more, and it’s sure to be a huge hit. Special guests for the month of March include Matt Pang, Mr. Phil, Dan the Hat, and famous icon Muffin the Mule. Events run March 25-April 10, 2016.
Breakfast With The Easter Bunny, The Big Sheep, Bideford
Devon holiday celebrations on March 28, 2016 include Easter breakfast with the Easter Bunny himself! The Easter Bunny and his friend Woolly will have you rolling with laughter as they entertain you and your children with a fun show. The Easter Breakfast will include a full English breakfast along with cold options like fruit, yoghurt and cereal. Breakfast starts at 8:30 that morning, and reservations are needed to ensure a spot at the table. There are only 50 spaces available, so call and make your reservation today!
Easter Weekend, World Of Country Life, Exmouth
Are you a Minions fan? You’re in luck! The Minions have decided to return for a very special Easter show at World of Country Life in Exmouth. You’ll enjoy being amongst cute barnyard animals while you watch the show, with other events including bottle feeding, the Lamb National, and the Deer Train. There are also plenty of opportunities for younger children like an Easter egg design contest, arts and crafts, and Easter egg hunts. These events are held March 25-28, 2016.
Dinosaur Quest, Kents Cavern Prehistoric Caves, Torquay
Go back in time with Dinosaur Quest and find prehistoric artifacts this Easter. Clues are scattered around the caverns, and kids can gather them up to win Easter prizes. Easter activities include the Ice Age Animal Hunt, Geowalks, Rock Art, Woodland Quest, Kids Fun Dig, and the Stone Age Trail. No reservations are necessary, and all activities are included in the admission price. Easter indoor and outdoor events will be available March 25-April 10, 2016.
Magical Illuminations, Babbacombe Model Village, Torquay
Babbacombe Model Village‘s Magical Illuminations is opening just in time for Easter! Starting March 24, 2016, visitors will be able to tour the gardens and stay for a whimsical light show that lights up the model village in a fantastical display. Imagine you’re a giant and walk tall amongst the intricately-designed buildings, cottages and town squares. The Babbacombe Model Village will also be hosting an Easter Egg Hunt on the trail March 19th-April 10. Illumination shows start at dusk, but make sure to come early to see daylight displays as well.
What will you be doing in Devon this Easter?