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Visitor’s guide to Crediton

PUBLISHED: 09:44 27 June 2017

Crediton © Sam Wise(CC BY-SA 2.0) Flickr

Crediton © Sam Wise(CC BY-SA 2.0) Flickr

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We have found some great places for you to visit in Crediton

Daytime

Go by train

Crediton has regular trains from Exeter and Barnstaple and the pretty station has been restored to the livery of the London and South Western Railway, which operated the line from the 1860s. Inside the station building is a tea room and craft shop

Crediton railway stationCrediton railway station

Crediton Museum

The museum has a permanent display about the history of the town and for 2017 is staging ‘Down on the Farm’ looking at farming life over the years. Check out the museum’s opening times at: creditonhistory.org.uk

Walking trail

Pick up a copy of the free leaflet and follow the Town Trail around some of the historic locations including the parish church, war memorial, old town hall and the statue of St Boniface, a Saxon missionary born in the town in 680AD

Evening

Crediton Inn

A friendly local pub with a reputation for serving well-kept beer. It specialises in traditionally brewed British cask ale served from hand pumps on the bar and has been praised by local CAMRA groups.

Arts centre

The Crediton Arts Centre in East Street plays a leading role in the Crediton Festival from Saturday 3 to Saturday 24 June. There’s music, dance, film and drama over three weeks.

Learn something

Classes and courses on offer at Crediton Art Centre include watercolour painting, Tai Chi and Wing Chun King Fu. Or try the book club that meets regularly at Sandford’s Lamb Inn.

Eating

Baobab Cafe

The excellent Baobab Cafe is dedicated to offering delicious, nutritious food for children and adults and to bringing families together to explore, enjoy and play. Look out for special themed events like the recent Uzbek night!

Middle Eastern dishes at the Baobab Cafe in CreditonMiddle Eastern dishes at the Baobab Cafe in Crediton

Festival

Now in its ninth year, the Crediton Food and Drink Festival on 17 & 18 June includes stalls, cookery demonstrations and musical entertainment and culminates in the fabulous Big Sunday Lunch. Find out more at creditonfoodfestival.co.uk

Il Casita

Tina King and Nicholas Hack run this Mediterranean restaurant on St Lawrence’s Green, which was a finalist in our 2016 Food and Drink Awards. Check out their courtyard for al fresco dining in summer.

Shopping

GRAPE & GRAIN

Friendly independent wine merchant run by Bruce Evans with help from his canine sidekick Poppy. Expert advice and a good selection of beers, ciders and spirits make this a tempting place to browse on a Friday afternoon. Twitter @lovelywines

Bookshop

A gem in the heart of the High Street, Crediton Community Bookshop is run with the help of a team of volunteers who are passionate about books and reading. creditoncommunitybookshop.co.uk

Crediton Community BookshopCrediton Community Bookshop

Land Edge Arts

A fabulous little shop on the High Street that specialises in beautiful studio ceramics from contemporary makers and from the past. It opens on Fridays and Saturdays, but will also open by appointment.

Reader suggestions:

Georgina Davie: Vagabonds for milkshakes, Olivia James for gifts and AJ Cox butchers for locally supplied meat.

Gideon Letch: Il Casita for food is very good. Crediton Inn for Real Ale lovers. Once Read is a hidden gem of a book shop.

Paula Smith: Baobab for good food and play for kids, Crediton Coffee Company (who needs Costa), Grape & Grain for stocking up on some decent wine to create your own good times

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