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‘May’ you be safe in the water.

RNLI

Three of us were recently treated to a fascinating tour around the RNLI Ilfracombe lifeboat station and given RNLI resources for our guests.  

We have had a lifeboat station in Ilfracombe since 1828 and are very lucky to have such willing volunteers to help protect us when out at sea.

The Royal National Lifeboat Association (RNLI) is funded entirely by charity and is such a valuable charity for those of us living on the coastline in rescuing both locals and guests alike that have encountered problems either on the coast path or in the sea.

We discussed how to call out the lifeboats (call 999 and ask for the Coast Guard service) and all the different volunteering roles within the organisation.

It takes between 12-15 minutes for these volunteers to go from being paged to being at sea and the crew here ranges from 18-62 years of age.

The volunteer that showed us around explained about the different lifeboats at Ilfracombe and the other stations further around our North Devon coast.

We stood on the larger lifeboat, a Shannon all weather, self-righting lifeboat named ‘The Barry and Peggy High Foundation’ which is worth an eye watering amount of money and saw the tractor that launches the boat into the water.

This Shannon is the ninth one if it’s kind to be made, with a top speed of 25 knots and a range of 250 nautical miles. This boat has two 650 horsepower Scania engines and weighs 18 Tonnes. Each engine has its own 1,370 litre fuel tank.  The Shannon was attached to it’s launch tractor, ocean ready, but fortunately no call out whilst we were aboard.

Such a brilliant Charity, keeping us all safe along our beautiful coastline and at sea. Should you wish to see some activity, why not take a look for yourselves when in Ilfracombe. Training takes place on a Thursday evening and information on their “shouts” is available on their Facebook and Instagram Pages “RNLI Ilfracombe”.


Following this, in true market research fashion we felt we should also try out one of the local coffee shops,  so special shout out to “Stacc  (@staccbakes ) for the delicious pastries that they served alongside our teas and coffee – very recommended should you be in Ilfracombe on your holiday.



Blog written by Georgina

georgina@spreacombe.com

April!

April bring new life to the farm.

April is a wonderful time to stay on a farm;

Lambs are gambling in the fields (you may be really lucky and witness a lamb being born or be able to bottle fed an orphan tame lamb), calves are being born, chicks are hatching, birds are nesting, tadpoles can be found in ponds and the Spring flowers are in full bloom; daffodils, crab apple blossom and Primroses litter the Devon banks – The primrose is Devon’s county flower!

We love to share these special moments on a farm with you, whether you’re staying in a self catering cottage or B&B accommodation, in a totally unique farm location.

In addition to the Easter school holidays, there are some great celebratory dates in April too, including – April; 1st April Fools Day (don’t forget to catch someone out before 12 noon), 15th Good Friday, 17th Easter Sunday, 18th Easter Bank Holiday Monday and on the 23rd St Georges Day. There’s lots of Easter Egg hunts taking place at various locations around North Devon including; RHS Rosemoor 9th – 24th April, Hartland Abbey & Gardens 17th & 18th April, Clovelly 4th – 18Th April.

In season crop – British Asparagus from Braunton (see Braunton Asparagus Facebook page) which can be enjoyed at lots of local eateries during April.

Looking ahead there is the May Bank holiday at the beginning of May and then an extra long Bank Holiday at the beginning of June; Thursday 2nd & Friday 3rd June, celebrating the Queens Platinum Jubilee, perfect for a long weekend or two in North Devon.

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Happy April everyone!

February!

Well, February is here and no snow yet!

What I do see is daffodils, snowdrops and wonderful signs that Spring is in the air. The birds are singing and the days are getting longer.

We are so blessed here in North Devon that we are only a short drive away from two amazing and beautiful moors, Exmoor and Dartmoor and we are only a stones throw from vast, golden and safe beaches. We can walk or cycle along the Tarka trail, which is steeped in history, visit quaint and local villages and we can eat and drink in country pubs with roaring fires and home cooked food.

Tarka Trail

North Devon really does have something for everyone, from bustling family attractions, quiet secluded walks and so much more. It has beautiful places to stay with warm welcomes that make memories to treasure forever. When you stay on one of our many farms you could learn more about farming life with hands on experience, maybe watch lambing or collect eggs. You could watch how we prepare for the changing seasons from planting crops to silaging and harvesting. Our friendly farming families are always happy to talk and share knowledge if you would like to know.

Harvesting at Week Farm near Torrington.
Exmoor

Devon is exhilarating in the wind and rain, soothing in the summer sun and gloriously colourful in autumn. Whatever the time of year you will never be disappointed and you will always find plenty to see and do. Make us the place to visit this year and you will want to come back again, even if it is just to see if next time the scones taste better with the jam on the bottom!

For more information on places to stay please visit north-devon-farm-holidays.co.uk

Who NOSE what you will discover when you visit North Devon.

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:

rosemooradmin@rhs.org.uk

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.