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6 great places for a summer day out in North Devon

PUBLISHED: 14:21 11 May 2018 | UPDATED: 10:13 16 May 2018

Valley of the Rocks, North Devon (c) Mark Robinson, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Valley of the Rocks, North Devon (c) Mark Robinson, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)


North Devon is one of the most spectacular parts of the county not just for its natural features but for its many incredible attractions. Here are 6 you should visit this summer

1) RHS Rosemoor

Every summer, RHS Garden Rosemoor in Torrington becomes a breath-taking showcase of colours and scents as the largest rose gardens in the South West with over 2000 roses across more than 200 different varieties come into flower.

From cottage garden climbers, to bright and beautiful container varieties, there will be a rose to inspire and suit all gardens. This year Rosemoor celebrates Britain’s most well-known flower with a five week Rose Festival from 16 June, including a craft market during Rose Weekend.

If this wasn’t enough to inspire a visit, as the fusion of colour and scent reaches its crescendo the iconic Hot garden starts to come into its own, with its vibrant hues of reds, oranges, yellows and purples peaking in time for the Garden Flower Show 17 – 19 August and then continues to flower throughout the rest of summer and into autumn.

A magnet for insects, with thousands of bees and butterflies to delight visitors.

RHS Rosemoor RHS Rosemoor

2) South Molton Market

Every Thursday and Saturday between 9am and 2pm, The Country Pannier Market in the traditional market town of South Molton hosts 70 local businesses selling a wide range of locally reared and grown produce, great ‘not on the High St’ goods, quality antiques and collectibles, an array of talented Artisans and artists, and much more.

Take a meander around the beautiful undercover Grade II listed market, and have a chat with the friendly stallholders, who are welcoming and knowledgeable. The market even has its very own unique Shoppers’ Charter, giving all their customers piece of mind.

With the only working Livestock market in North Devon every Thursday, Specialist Sunday markets throughout the year and award winning shops and eateries, the cheap all day parking allows visitors the time to explore at their own pace. Take a stroll through the ancient woodlands or visit the fantastic Quince Honey Farm.

South Molton Market South Molton Market

3) Lundy Island

Lundy, beautiful and remote, a magical island of contrast which has dramatic terrain, with unique flora and fauna, sika deer, Lundy ponies, seals and an array of bird life, plus puffins visiting and breading on the island from April to July.

Lundy lies in the Bristol Channel, three miles long and half a mile wide, this granite outcrop rises 400 feet above sea level and is a place of outstanding natural beauty.

Take a day trip to this beautiful unspoiled Island travelling on our passenger ferry, MS Oldenburg, between March and October, but If one day is not enough for you, why not take a short break and stay in one of Lundy’s lovely self catering properties.

Bookings – 01271 863636 or visit the above link.

Lundy Island Lundy Island

4) Marwood Hill

This magical 20-acre private garden with three lakes is set in a valley tucked away in North Devon only four miles from Barnstaple.

Created by Dr Jimmy Smart VMH in the late 1950s the gardens are a wonderful haven in which to relax and enjoy the impressive collection of plants, shrubs and trees and experience the views and peaceful atmosphere.

The garden has featured on many garden programmes over the years and is enjoyed by visitors of all ages looking for inspiration, relaxation or just a great day out with the family.

The view across the valley from the Garden Tea Room is spectacular, the food served is delicious, and the Plant Sales area is sure to tempt you with the variety of unusual plants for sale. Dogs on leads are welcome too.

Marwood Hill Gardens Marwood Hill Gardens

5) Dartington Crystal

Dartington Crystal is the place to be this summer - they are proud to be able to offer a complete visitor attraction and shopping experience where there’s something for everyone.

Visitor Centre and Factory Experience: you can see and hear the fascinating story of over 50 years and view the heart of the factory where you can watch the Master Craftsmen at work.

Take part in the many Creative Activities where you can make a hand cast, blow your own glass, paint glass and make glass jewellery.

It’s also a top shopping destination with a host of brands to choose from while the Pavilion Café and the all new Devon Ginspiration Bar will give you a chance to refuel. There is free parking and kids go FREE

Dartington Crystal Dartington Crystal

6) Combe Martin Wildlife & Dinosaur Park

Set in 28 acres of sub-tropical paradise, this stunning park is not only home to some of the most endangered animals on the planet, but also takes you back to prehistoric times when Dinosaurs roamed our Earth.

Lurking in the valley are some of the latest in Dinosaur animatronics!

This beautiful park has many exotic animals including wolves, sea lions, primates, penguins, wallabies, meerkats and African lions.

Don’t forget to visit the ‘Dinosaurus Playzone’, a Gigantic Indoor Soft Play Area, the largest indoor play zone this side of North Devon! Dinomite fun whatever the weather!

For more information on the park and additional experiences you can book for the the day of your visit through the above link.

Combe Martin Wildlife & Dinosaur Park Combe Martin Wildlife & Dinosaur Park


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