24 hours in Axminster

PUBLISHED: 09:54 06 March 2017

Axminster. Taken by Grassrootsgroundswell©Thinkstock

Axminster. Taken by Grassrootsgroundswell©Thinkstock


Make the most out of your visit to the town of Axminster with our guide


River Cottage Cookery Courses

Whether you are an amateur cook, food enthusiast or consider yourself pro, there’s a course to inspire you. Lasting from one day to four days, the courses focus on local and seasonal produce.

River Cottage Cookery CoursesRiver Cottage Cookery Courses

Axe Valley Wildlife Park

This small zoo is situated in the countryside of the Axe Valley, near Axminster. With a variety of exciting animals, animal handling sessions and children’s play areas, the park is a fun family day out.

Axminster Art Society

Monthly demonstrations are held at the United Reformed Church Hall, amongst other arty events. Roger Clemens will be holding a demonstration on Life Drawing on 15 February, 2:30pm start, £5.

Night time

The Tytherleigh Arms

Spend an evening in the 16th century coaching inn and enjoy a superb meal and local ale. Book into one of the delightful bedrooms in the old stables, separate to the main building.

Hawkchurch Resort & SpaHawkchurch Resort & Spa

Hawkchurch Resort & Spa

Redeveloped in 2015, the resort has become a sought-after holiday destination. One night is simply not enough; enjoy luxurious fully-fitted lodges, fine dining, spa and private hot tubs.

Jethro live on stage

One for the diary! On 24 March, Axminster Guildhall will host a memorable evening of hysterical nonsense with Cornish stand-up comedian, Jethro, as he performs his comic The Bull and Bonkers Tour.


The West Country Higgler

Serving the best of the west, with coffee roasted locally in Budleigh Salterton and teas from the Devon Tea Company, plus a selection of enticing delicacies.

The West Country HigglerThe West Country Higgler

Le Pisani

Step into Le Pisani and you will find a host of features that capture the very essence of all things Mediterranean, with a ‘famous’ ravioli, wine shop and The Italian Job, pizza and pasta takeaway from 5pm-10pm.


Loved by locals, Cinnamons promises fine Indian dining with a blend of tried and tested dishes, full of delicious ingredients and varying levels of spice. Three courses for £13.95 every Tuesday.


Little Bits of Lovely

Sells locally handmade, pre-loved and recycled gifts and treats for you and your home, plus supports local fair trade not for profit projects. Pop in and pick up something lovely.

Little Bits of LovelyLittle Bits of Lovely

Archway Bookshop

The small frontage of this bookshop belies the vast array of books and cards displayed on two floors. Can’t find what you’re looking for? 95% of books ordered by 4pm will arrive on the following working day.

Jaffé et Fils Ltd

Since 1946, the town has been famous for its feather business and dyeworks, that dye and manufacture high quality feathers for clients, including fashion houses, theatre, florists and the Ministry of Defence.

Reader suggestions

Pippa Galvin: HALFF food hub sell organic locally grown fruit and veg - they do a lot of charity work, offering courses to groups who want to learn about healthy eating and cooking

Gabriella Grant: The deli counter at River Cottage Deli was far too tempting and I left with a selection of treats. Good coffee too!

Rachael Stocks: South Street has the local butchers, Complete Meats - they serve high quality meat and freshly baked treats.

Next month we’ll be looking at Newton Abbot.

Send your suggestions of places we should mention to Alexandra Hurley alexandra.hurley@archant.co.uk

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