Welcome to January!

January means New Years resolutions, so why not book your staycation here in North Devon.

Why? This is why!

  1. Enjoy time with family and friends.
  2. Choose a holiday on a farm in the countryside.
  3. Shop locally for the tastiest, freshest and most sustainable food.
  4. Get out and enjoy all of Devon’s secret places.

Many of our properties have peaceful walks from your door, so take time to capture the sunrises, sunsets and stars at night.

Over the last few weeks we have discovered new walks along the South West coast path. Coombe Martin to Watermouth was particularly impressive with it’s hidden beach and coffee shop built in a boat called ‘Storm in Teacup’. The views over the harbour were stunning and the wilderness of the sea at this time of year was exhilarating. The fish and chip lunch in Ilfracombe, at the end of the walk, was very welcome and gave us the perfect opportunity to look around this ancient Victorian town, which has plenty to see whatever time of year you are visiting. On the harbour you can buy local fish all year round and fishing trips are available in season. Many visitors return again and again to buy the scrumptious Rolly’s fudge.

Ilfracombe Quay

Storm in a teacup!

After your day of exploring return home to a cosy cottage or Bed and Breakfast, light the fire and tuck into the fresh food you have cooked or just relax and enjoy the meal your host has prepared for you.

While you have been out and about the farmers have attended their animals. January is a time when farmers are preparing their animals to produce their young. From February to April calves and lambs are arriving, this means ‘all hands on deck’ for the family. We hope that you will choose and holiday at this time of year, as well as the summer, so you can experience life on a farm and make memories to last a lifetime.

Blog sent by Lynda Thorn, Bampfield Farm.

For more information on all the beautiful farms we have to offer please visit north-devon-farm-holidays.co.uk there is the perfect place waiting just for you!

Glow Ladies!

A lovely evening at Rosemoor Glow with the North Devon Farm ladies.

Walking around the gardens and woods was truly magical. The colours were amazing and it is wonderful how trees, plants and sculptures can look so different when lit up. A lot of work has gone into making it an evening to remember – topped off with a hot chocolate or mulled wine…. delicious!

For more info on North Devon Farms please visit north-devon-farm-holidays.co.uk and see what memories you can make in this beautiful county.

Rhs Rosemoor glow!

Magical adventures- from sat 18th November.

Enjoy a magical adventure at RHS Garden Rosemoor, discovering spectacular new lighting displays along the way. On our longest trail yet, see your favourite garden areas, such as the Rose Gardens, Winter Garden, Lake and Cool Garden, light up the night with festive colour and sparkle.

Bask in the glow

This year, for the first time, wander the extended trail through the Lower Woodland Walk, and marvel at Rosemoor’s majestic trees, shrubs and water features, as well as selected sculptures, bathed in beautiful light.

A magical experience for all the family, with hot drinks and snacks to be enjoyed along the trail and beautiful gifts to be found in the shop. For more information on prices and opening times please go to:


See you there!

It’s nearly half term!

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Halloween Half Term at The Milky Way Adventure Park

Fun Fun fun!

This Halloween Half Term at The Milky Way families can enjoy a fabulous family day out with a little extra Halloween-themed fun – all designed to be fun rather than scary!

From Saturday 23rd October to Sunday 31st October 2021 The Milky Way will be all dressed up and your little horrors are invited to dress up for the daily Fancy Dress competition too – there’ll be a prize every day for the best! Ride the Halloween Express, bump around the Spooky Swamp Dodgems, catch Merlin’s special themed show to be wowed by his special brand of spooktacular fun and join the fun Treasure Hunt to win a sweet treat (open to children 0-12 years).

The Milky Way Adventure Park, Higher Clovelly, Bideford, Devon, EX39 5RY

Children’s Expressive Arts Extravaganza – torrington pannier market.

Family fun.

On Thursday the 28th October between 10.00am and 3.00pm Torrington’s very own Pannier Market will be the location for a very special event half term holiday event.

The Town Council in collaboration with various organisations have put together a jam-packed programme of fun, exciting, creative, engaging, inspiring and most importantly totally free activities for children and young people.

Throughout the day attendees will have the opportunity of working with Tarka Pottery to create something out of air-drying clay, there will be hands on interactive science-meets-art activities with ‘Sciencedipity’ and drop in Circus Skills with experienced and well-known Expressive Arts Practitioner Rob Pudner from Entertainingly Different who will also act as MC for the day.

There will be Street Dance Workshops courtesy of founding Director of ‘Streetz Dance Company’ Amy Avery and Hula Hooping sessions with Circus Performer Maz Manuva. Della from Fizzog Face Painting will be doing her thing throughout the day as will Dave Hendy who will perform his Punch and Judy show three times at various intervals. If this wasn’t enough children will be able to create a piece of original artwork with Kate and the fabulous Higher Beings paint spinner and last but not least, everyone will be able to contribute to a piece of people participation artwork with Westcountry based fine and digital artist Jo Mortimer. The finished piece – a unique reminder of the day will then be displayed in the town for years to come.

As you can see from above there really is something for children of all ages, abilities and interests and for one day of the holiday at least there should be no moans of being bored – you might even find a brand-new interest is forged or a hidden talent is revealed.

There is no need to book although places on some activities will be limited and delivered on a first come first served basis so whatever the weather just make a beeline for the Pannier Market on the 28th and you and yours will be guaranteed a warm and friendly welcome and day of family fun. Look out for further details on the town council’s website and around the town, which will include timings of the workshops.

And don’t forget – When in the town centre, continue to support your local traders and “Buy Local”!

Torrington Cavaliers Big Bonfire!

This event was originally planned for 2020 but has been postponed until Bank Holiday Saturday 28th August 2021.

Our big bonfire events are truly spectacular and world renown. The construction of the themed centre piece takes in excess of 2 years to build and the attention to detail is amazing, but we would say that!

On the night itself there will be music, fun and information about our history etc.. on the very big screen progressing the build up as the light disappears.

The spectacular starts with a massive Pyromusical fireworks display, themed to music, and fired from the ship this is an event in its own right! Then when we have cleared the cabling for the fireworks we will begin the the lighting ceremony, followed by the finale display which will be high in the sky!!! AN EVENT YOU WILL NEVER FORGET!!!

It was due to an invite from the Lord Mayor of Plymouth to attend the 350th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower in 1970 that lead to the Great Torrington Cavaliers formation with the motto “Let’s put on events the like of which Torrington has never seen before!”

2020 is the 400th Anniversary of the Mayflower sailing and our 50th so this bonfire is going to be something special. We are officially an “On Board” partner of the Mayflower 400 team who are co ordinating the national commemoration and the links with the USA and the Netherlands. Our bonfire spectacular is now part of the Mayflower 400 year of events.

Please visit north-devon-farm-holidays.co.uk for excellent accommodation around the area and we hope that you will join us for this spectacular event.

Devon County Show is on!

Devon County show is on 2nd, 3rd and 4th July and it is the 125th show – something to be celebrated.

In the main arena has a packed programme of events, alongside livestock competitions, food hall, craft and garden sections and a huge array of stalls and bargains to be had.

There is fun and education about farming for the younger generation with NFU roadshow, Ladies in pigs and Hoggs mobile farm. From magnificent heavy horses to super cute Shetlands, there are over 1000 horses taking part in one way or another and then a different sort of horse power with the vintage machinery and steam engines . And it doesn’t stop there, there is so much more to see and do from bees to cider, what more could you ask for?

There really is something for everyone – loads of fun for the whole family.

For more information please look on the show website and we hope to see you in Westpoint, Exeter next weekend. At last, something to look forward to!

When ‘lockdown’ leaves you in a pickle!

We could say that all our chickens are on lockdown because of Bird flu, and with having no guests able to stay we had to come up with new ideas for using the eggs. I say new, this recipe is a trip down memory lane…… pickled eggs and a packet of crisps on a warm summers evening, there is nothing better!

I wanted to share this with you, so that you too can have a go at pickling your own eggs.

Recipe:-   1 litre of Vinegar 1 kg of Granulated sugar.   I have used just ordinary malt vinegar and sugar.   Start off by putting the container of vinegar in a saucepan with 1 kg of sugar and warming it through until the sugar has dissolved then  leave it until the next day.   I tip this back in the vinegar container and save it to be used for another time E.G. Beetroot, Onions or Red Cabbage.

  Boil the eggs for about 10 to 12 mins and leave to get cold then peel them and put into jars and cover with the sweetened vinegar   After a few days you will be able to use them with your cheese and biscuits or salad’s.

  From Brenda

www.westdown.co.uk – just one of the many beautiful places to stay in North Devon.

It’s that cute calf time of the year!

Lynda and her family have been farming at Bampfield for 60 years. On the working farm we have 250 spring calving cows who all calve in February and March. It is always a special time, many guests have visited in previous years and seen the joys and challenges of new life on the farm.

All the Friesian /Jersey girl calves are reared to join the herd in 2 years’ time. Male Aberdeen Angus calves are sold to a neighbour.

As you can imagine there are many mouths to feed so all the family are involved.

We sell the milk to Arla a farmer owned co-operative. It is processed into cheese at the Taw Valley creamery in Devon.

Our free range cows enjoy munching the lush grass which along with the breeding, helps keep the milk rich in butterfat and protein.

Facts about cows.

  1. Did you know cows have 4 stomachs?
  2. Did you know cows are colour blind?
  3. A cow can produce 5800 litres of milk in a year, some breeds of cows can produce more than this.
  4. A cow eats 170 kilos of grass a day.

To find out more you can visit our website www.bampfieldfarm.co.uk.

We have a farm diary section, or contact lynda@bampfieldfarm.co.uk

So we’re going a little ‘batty!’

Look carefully and you will see, bat boxes in the tree!

So just when we thought things couldn’t get any crazier – Georgina and her family decided to go a little more ‘batty!’

This winter, through a conservation project, the whole family made and put up bat boxes to encourage the night time visitors into their woods. The boxes have gaps of different widths to accommodate various bat species and are now located on trees, in clusters in easy bat accessible locations in Hook Wood. The boxes had to be made out of special, non treated wood and put up in places that bats would find attractive. Now it is a waiting game to see if the bats, not only come to the woods, but use the boxes that have so lovingly been created.

At Spreacombe Gardens, where Georgina and family live, there are beautiful dog friendly self catering cottages where you are welcome to see the conservation project for yourself. You could take a walk through the private woods to enjoy the variety of wildlife, or pause a while to hear the buzzing of the bees and the singing of the birds. You could relax by the tranquil pond and take a moment to recharge, a rare opportunity when life is so hectic.

So if you would like to know more, please contact Georgina using the email address below, they will be delighted to hear from you.