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Just a few of the many activities (below) happening near us in July, with more to be added soon:
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1. OKEHAMPTON FOOD AND FOLK FESTIVAL 2014
2. GOOD EVENING OKEHAMPTON
3. MELDON RESERVOIR
4. BLACK-A-TOR COPSE
5. THE GRANITE WAY WALKWAY AND CYCLE PATH
6. OTHER WALKS IN BEAUTIFUL DEVON
7. RSBP NATURE WALKS
8. WOLLSERY AGRICULTURAL SHOW
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1. OKEHAMPTON FOOD AND FOLK FESTIVAL 2014
5th July 2014
This year’s Okehampton Festival of Food and Folk, will be held on Saturday 5th July. A celebration of local food, folk, crafts and cream teas taking place throughout the town. Supported by the Chamber of Trade, the event is designed to promote the many and varied shops, food producers and crafters bringing a flavour of music, dance and sport onto the streets of the town.
There will be a Farmers’ Market around St James Chapel and stalls in St James Street. Traditional Devon cream teas will be served in the Charter Hall with demonstrations and competitions and a coffee morning. This will be your chance to take part and make a traditional Devon Split, even if you do not win the competition your results will be delicious! Recipes and entry forms available in shops within the town. In the Baptist Church there will be an exhibition of photographs and information on sustainable food production and children’s activities.
Throughout the day in St James Street there will be various musical demonstrations from Wren Music including the West Devon Roots Choir, Folk Choir and the Primary School accumulating in The Big Sing. Bagpipers workshops will be held all day and will also be playing in town, Wren Music will also be holding an Open Mike session. In Red Lion Yard Footsteps and OCRA will be providing entertainment.
So keep the whole of Saturday 5th July free, come into town and enjoy the aroma of fresh cooking, have a little taster of local foods, enjoy the music and dancing and local shopping.
Friday 25th July 2014 - Friday 29th August and Friday 26th September
An evening extravaganza of food, music and late night shopping.
There will be a Marquee in the Red Lion Yard from late afternoon with a bar, Mexican food and live music.
Around the St James Chapel there will be a farmers' market, Spanish/Basque cuisine and more food stalls.
(turn off the B3260 opposite Betty Cottles Inn, just west of Okehampton)
Surrounded by open moorland, Meldon is a breathtaking reservoir lake 900 feet above sea level teeming with native wildlife; befriend one of the fishermen sat on the steep banks and you may glimpse a brown trout! After the vast wilderness of the moor this is the perfect place to settle for lunch or stroll around the reservoir. From here, there are good links to other sites on the moor, such as Black a Tor Copse.
Where: SX575 925
When: All year round
Facilities: Disabled Access, Dogs Allowed, Fishing, Toilets, Visitor Centre, Walks, Watersports.
Hints and Tips: After the vast wilderness of the moor this is the perfect place to settle for lunch or stroll around the reservoir. From here, there are good links to other sites on the moor, such as Black a Tor Copse.
Meldon, Okehampton - open all year
Black-a-Tor Copse is one of the best examples of high altitude oak woodland in Britain. The lichens and mosses that drape the trees are nationally important- and grow here in this unique clean air woodland. Situated on Dartmoor this is no average wood; granite clitter (rocks) is scattered in clearings and the wood is surrounded by moorland heath. This is a great place to come for moorland birds and to soak up an unusual part of the moors. Twenty breeding bird species have been recorded at the reserve including the ring ouzel and redstart.
Where: SX 563 896
When: All year. The best times to visit are mid-April to August for moorland birds and all year round for lichens and mosses.
Facilities: Car Park, Dogs Allowed, Visitor Centre,
Access: Cycleway and walkway available Okehampton - Lydford route passes nearby. Bus route available to nearby Meldon.
The Granite Way is an 11 mile cycle and walkway running between Okehampton and Lydford along the north western edge of Dartmoor. It is mostly traffic free, largely following the course of the former Southern Region railway line. A journey along the Granite Way offers good views of the granite landscape of Dartmoor, as well as a number of specific sites of geological interest.
For example, close to the Okehampton end of the route is Meldon Quarry. This large working site, largely hidden in the landscape, produces hard rock such as hornfels. This is used in a variety of ways but in particular it has provided the aggregates for road building and rail ballast since 1895.
Further south can be seen the impressive silhouette of Sourton Tors (they can be reached by a footpath north of Sourton). Unlike most of Dartmoor’s tors they are not made of granite. Instead they also consist of hornfels that, as at Meldon, were created by heating when hot granite intruded into the original rocks of this area. The actual point of contact between these rocks with the granite is a kilometre or so farther south-east. As you look out onto Dartmoor you see an area which was once a plateau and can observe how over millions of years rivers have cut through the rock creating distinctive valleys.
Where: At the southern end of the trail is the famous Lydford Gorge, which is covered by a separate entry in this booklet.
Facilities: Okehampton and Lydford contain a good range of facilities, and there is a visitor centre and café at Meldon Viaduct, near the Quarry.
For more information on the Granite Way from the Tourist Information Centres. A comprehensive booklet on the geology of the Meldon area has been produced and can be downloaded from the website of the Dartmoor National Park Authority.
We have a selection of laminated pages showing you where some amazing walks through beautiful Devon countyside are. These are available when you stay with us.
July 12, 2014 to July 13, 2014
The row from Clovelly to Lundy and back across 32 miles of open seas is a huge test of endurance. Depending upon the weather and tides, it can take up to four hours. Do come along and support the brave crews! They leave Clovelly at 8am and arrive at Lundy at about 11am. The following day they leave Lundy at about 1pm and arrive back at Clovelly at about 4pm.
Normal admission charges apply
Every Saturday throughout the summer, from 2pm-3pm, the RSPB will be taking groups of adults and children on free nature walks http://www.heartofdevon.com/whats-on/rspb-free-family-farm-walks-p1683693 around Darts Farm http://www.heartofdevon.com/shopping/darts-farm-shopping-village-p336433 near Topsham. This lovely setting (leave time for a look around Darts Farm afterwards – it’s a huge, award-farm shop and lifestyle centre with great places to eat, too) will become even more so as you look for kingfishers, buzzards and all sorts of other exciting wildlife, and children will love the funky nature bingo game.
Also try: Exeter Craft Festival http://www.heartofdevon.com/whats-on/exeter-craft-festival-p1212543, July 18&19
Clovelly Maritime Festival in aid of the North Devon Hospice July 20, 2014 Starting at 10 a.m., the day will be full of fun and cram-packed with a programme of all sorts of activities and entertainment for all ages.
There'll be lively music, crafty creations and family activities throughout the day, including maritime storytelling, Punch and Judy, underwater adventures and street theatre.
On the quay there will be seafood kitchens and arts and crafts.
Free entry for under 16s if they come dressed as a pirate, mermaid, salty sea dog or fish wife.
Under 7s have free entry anyway, but we would love it if they come dressed up too.
So do come along and enjoy this fun-packed day out, held in aid of the North Devon Hospice.
Standard admission charges to Clovelly include all entertainment.
July 28, 2014
Summer in North Devon would not be complete without a visit to this ever popular show.
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 the Young Farmers' "It's a knockout". You'll find bustling trade stalls offering locally made crafts and food with fairground rides and a bouncy castle for the... Summer in North Devon would not be complete without a visit to this ever popular show.
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 the Young Farmers' "It's a knockout". You'll find bustling trade stalls offering locally made crafts and food with fairground rides and a bouncy castle for the children.
It's a great summer day out for all the family!
A separate admission charge applies