7. March 2017 11:33
On Lundy you don’t need to walk to viewpoints – the entire coast is spectacular. For the most breath taking landscape, go from the church to the island’s west side. You walk on flat springy turf, but still see dramatic sights. The track, on from the village street, leads to the central plateau. Walk round the south end for solitude, along the east side for its plants. Post a letter using a real Lundy Island stamp, and have a meal in the Marisco tavern. MS Oldenburg starts her 2017 day trip sailings on Tuesday 28th March from Ilfracombe and 30th March from Bideford
6. March 2017 11:33
Tuesday 14th March at RHS Rosemoor is holding a workshop – Grafting for Beginners. It will be run by an expert, Jim Arbury, and you will learn the theory, watch a demonstration and then try the technique yourself. You will get to graft two apple varieties onto dwarf root stocks and then take them home. It may be a few years before you are eating the fruits of your labours though!
5. March 2017 11:33
The beautiful bright yellows, striking oranges and mellow creams of daffodils always confirm to me that winter is really over. On Sunday 12th March Hartland Abbey opens it’s gates for the first time this year to allow you to see their stunning spring flowers, including masses of daffodils. Visit again on Mother’s day (26th March) and you can see the difference another two weeks towards summer has made. Hopefully the magnolias and rhododendrons will be coming into bloom too.
3. March 2017 11:32
If you live locally (EX or TA postcodes) you can travel free on the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway on Sunday 19th March, just take along proof of your address. On Sunday 26th March it’s Mother’s Day and mothers get to travel free. I wonder how you prove that? If you go along with three generations of the ladies in your family is the granddaughter the only one who pays? Find out as you steam along from Woody Bay to Killington Lane
2. March 2017 11:32
There are two categories in the World Pasty Championship – Cornish Pasties and Open Savoury Category. Needless to say, the ones entered in the first class must be traditional and made in Cornwall, but the others can have any filling you like and come from around the world, from America to Australia! If you would like to be part of the world championship, or just enjoy the feast, then go to visit the Eden Project on 4th March. There will be all sorts of other events on the day, celebrating all things Cornish, too.
1. March 2017 11:25
Keeping a few chickens to have fresh eggs daily, is getting more and more popular. Now you can create your very own woven willow basket to collect and store them in. You could also use it for the chocolate eggs you want to collect at Easter. You can learn this traditional willow craft at RHS Rosemoor on 4th March and take your basket home as evidence of your new skill.
28. February 2017 11:26
When you come down for your next holiday consider taking the family karting. It’s very safe and there are sessions for different ages. If you let the kids do an age-suitable session they will just have to support you as you challenge the other seriously competitive adults to win the big race! Pebble Ridge Go-karts are in Westward Ho! And the North Devon Karting Centre is in Barnstaple.