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Put the North Devon Show in your diary!

This is North Devon’s premier agricultural spectacle which celebrates North Devon’s agricultural roots.  There are a plethora of livestock classes throughout the day in the arenas, including Alpacas, cattle and sheep.  There are also show jumping classes, an open dog

Posted in Cows, Rams, Sheep, Shopping, village show

It’s Carnival Season!

Here in the Westcountry we have a fantastic tradition of evening carnivals.  They begin in early September and run through the autumn and into the festive season.  Our carnivals are spectacular due to the diversity of the participants and the

Posted in Christmas, festival, Member Farms, village show

All the fun of the (Bampton) fair!

Bampton Fair is one of the oldest surviving Charter Fairs in the country, having been granted its Royal Charter by King Henry III in 1258.  It is always held on the last Thursday of October, which this year falls on

Posted in Cows, festival, Member Farms, Pubs, Recipes, Retail, Sheep, village show

How about a traditional ploughing match?

Do you fancy the chance to enjoy a rural day out in the glorious mid Devonshire countryside?! The Cheriton Fitzpaine 71st ploughing match and produce show is nearly upon us and here’s a reminder not to let the date pass.  View the ploughing

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‘One of the best festivals on the planet!’ Mike Harding – starts tomorrow!!

29 July – 5 August 2016 Sidmouth FolkWeek is a unique week-long celebration of music, dance and song which takes place in the charming East Devon regency coastal resort.  It’s an absolute must in every festival goer’s annual diary.  There has been

Posted in AONB, Beach, festival, gardens, Pubs, Restaurants, Uncategorized, village show

Honiton Show – Thursday 4 August 2016 – Be there!

The show is held annually on the first Thursday in August and has grown to be one of the largest one day agricultural shows in the country.  The venue is in the heart of the East Devon Countryside on a

Posted in Calves, chickens, Cows, Lambs, Member Farms, motorsports, pets, Rams, Retail, Sheep, Shopping, Uncategorized, village show

Early summer at Hele Payne Farm……

This is one of my favourite times of year in our quiet corner of Devon. Our spring crops have been planted and are thriving in the warm sunshine.  The grass has been growing so well that it is now time

Posted in Beach, Calves, Cows, Lambs, Member Farms, Sheep, village show

Spotlight on……Widecombe-in-the-Moor

The beautiful village of Widecombe-in-the-Moor is a well-known Dartmoor tourist attraction, welcoming visitors at all times of the year.  Widecombe lies in a valley created by the East Webbern River.  The name Widecombe is derived from ‘Withy-combe’ – meaning ‘Willow

Posted in Cows, Lambs, pets, Sheep, Shepherd, village show

Motorsport in stunning surroundings……

Situated in the picturesque grounds of Wiscombe House, some drivers believe that Wiscombe Park is one of the most, if not THE most, challenging hill in the national championship.  Once you have witnessed the drivers fighting their machines through the

Posted in gardens, Member Farms, motorsports, village show, vintage cars

Judging…….but not as I knew it!

I was so excited after I put down the phone.  Something I had always wanted to do had just been presented to me on a plate – to judge a local pet show.  I absolutely love dogs – particularly my own of

Posted in chickens, Farm Dogs, insects, Member Farms, parrot, pets, village show