We have been very much enjoying the heatwave here at Dimmet, and what better time to come around than the summer holidays. Whatever your age or interests, North Devon is packed full of activities for families and grown-ups alike. Here are a few of our favourite things to do in North Devon in August 2018. 


Apple Day – 4 to 5th August 2018

Perfect for families, Gatcombe Valley Juices are providing apple arts and crafts at the Clovelly Visitor Centre where not only can you take part in activities, but can also watch them press apple juice with your own bag of apples!

Clovelly
Devon
EX39 5TA


Devon Street Food Festival – 10th to 12th August 2018

Another amazing event for families and for the food lovers, the Devon Street Food Festival is a weekend is full of delicious, fresh food and drink for you to indulge in. Whatever your taste, you are sure to find something you will love!

Victoria Pleasure Grounds
Wider Road
Ilfracombe
Devon
EX13 9AF


Still on the Move, Gin Distillation Day – 16th August 2018

One for the adults, Dartington Crystal are inviting you to watch the making of their English Crystal Gin, as well as a chance to sample and buy a bottle of gin from their limited edition, special batch which includes free personalisation! 

Linden Close
Torrington
Devon
EX38 7AN


Clovelly Gig Regatta – 18th August 2018

The traditional Clovelly Gig Racing is back! Come enjoy a day out with the family and cheer on your favourite Gig Regatta crew! 

Clovelly Harbour
Clovelly
Devon
EX39 5TF


Grand Tour Mini Run – 25th August 2018

If you a car fanatic, then this is the event for you! From classic and vintage, to brand new and shiny, you’ll be able to see a range of Minis at The Big Sheep this August! 

The BIG Sheep
Abbotsham
Bideford
Devon
EX39 5AP

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There is no surprise that here at Dimmet we are a fan of all things 70s style. From decor to good old fashioned 70s holiday fun, we incorporate every aspect of 70s life in to our holiday home. Yet there is one thing that we all love, and that is scrumptious food! So you can imagine how delighted we were to hear that retro recipes have been making a comeback!

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Quiche, vol-au-vents, chicken wings… Part of a sketch from the famous comedian Peter Kay, pair this list with other 70s recipes such as blancmange and cheese and pineapple sticks, and this line-up of pick and mix buffet food is no longer just a part of a joke. Said to overtake formal dinner parties, it seems that these well-adored pieces are no longer a thing of the past! 

It isn’t just a couple of recipes that are coming back: kitchen gadgets from this era are also returning, with the return of jelly moulds, vol-au-vents as well as platters and boards, including the traditional hedgehog board to recreate the 70s favourite which comprised of a baked potato, wrapped in foil, with cheese and pineapple sticks dotted around the top to resemble a hedgehog. 

1970s delectables, period kitchen tools, throwback recipes – what could be any better? The fun doesn’t have to stop at the kitchen, and at Dimmet, we have everything you need to throw the perfect 70s dinner party, from boxsets to leather sofas. Don’t forget to venture into the wardrobe where you will find a collection of 1970s clothes for you to really get into the mood! 

So suit up, pick your favourite canapés and bring the 70s back – in style! 

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The summer holidays are rapidly approaching, and with the sun shining boldly in the sky, July is the perfect time to explore North Devon and enjoy the activities it has to offer. So, without further a do, here is our guide on what is on in North Devon in July 2018. 


Dartington Crystal Factory Tour and High Tea – Monday to Friday. July 2018

Throughout July, Darlington Crystal are offering you the chance to tour the factory of Dartington Crystal as well as enjoying good, old fashioned Devon Cream Tea. 

Linden Close
Torrington
Barnstaple
Devon
EX38 7AN


The Black Rock Run – 6th July 2018

The annual Black Rock Run is back! A fundraiser to support the Woolacombe Surf Life Saving Club, it is an incredibly fun day out, whether you are running or cheering them on. 

The Red Barn
Barton Road
Woolacombe
EX34 7DF


Gin Fling – 13th July 2018

A fan on Gin? If yes, then you are in for a treat! A night dedicated to gin and good entertainment, The Juniper Club is bringing you the chance to taste 6 different types of Gin, with a sumptuous buffet and live music!

Merley Rd
Westward Ho!
Bideford 
EX39 IJU

http://www.devon-pop-ups.co.uk/gin-fling/4594229647


Woolsery Agricultural Show – 30th July 2018

Perfect for the entire family, the Woolsery Agricultural Show is a North Devon favourite. With activities such as crafts, and classes in cattle and sheep, alongside a competition or two, it is an amazing day out.

Churston Ford
West Putford
Holsworthy
Devon 
EX22 7UU

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Ever wondered why you may recognise areas of Devon, even if you haven’t been there before? Home to 2 national parks and plenty of cultural areas to explore – not to mention the gorgeous coastline – Devon is a vast area which scriptwriters and directors have taken advantage of, North Devon in particular. 

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
 

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Photo Credit: Ben Carpenter Photography

Starring Lily James, the newest film in our list is based in Guernsey; however, you may recognise a number of the scenes within the movie. Contrary to the name, this film was actually set in Bideford, Clovelly and Saunton Beach, among other areas in Devon.

Sense and Sensibility 

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The 1995 classic, Sense & Sensibility was filmed throughout the entire county of Devon, with the main house being set in Saltram House. Yet, it doesn’t just stop there. The latest adaptation of Sense and Sensibility (2008) featuring Dominic Cooper, was also set in Devon, but this time in Hartland Abbey.

War Horse

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Based on the book by Michael Morpurgo, War Horse has been adapted not only into a stage play, but also a film. In 2012, Dartmoor became the home to War Horse and was specifically chosen by the director, Steven Spielberg, due to its outstanding beauty. 

Edge of Tomorrow

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Photo Credit: Ben Carpenter Photography

A gripping movie, Edge of Tomorrow tells the battle of the human race against an alien race, and there’s no better place to film a large battle than on Saunton Sands for all the wide shots of straight up action. 

There we have it – a list of featured films that also share a love for Devon!

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Well… Hello June! Where did you come from? With a new month comes many more activities to take part in here in North Devon, so here is our guide to what’s on in North Devon this June.


Meet The Brewer – 7th June 

Always wanted to meet a brewer in person? At 6pm, you will be able to meet Darren from Bath Ales at the Red Barn who will be talking about all things beer! 

The Red Barn
Barton Road 
Woolacombe 
EX34 7DF


Our House – 19th – 21st June

The London Love Story is coming to North Devon! Held in the Theatre Petroc, you are invited to journey through Joe Casey’s first date with the girl of his dreams, Sarah. 

Petroc
Old Sticklepath Hill
Barnstaple
Devon
EX31 2BQ


North Devon Marathon – 24th June

If being active is more your thing, then why not take part in the North Devon Marathon! Either complete a half marathon or finish the entire thing, but make sure to enjoy and admire the Areas of Outstanding Beauty as you pass through! 

Woolacombe
North Devon


Outdoor Theatre, Wuthering Heights – 24th June

As the days gets warmer, an outdoor theatrical evening had to be on our to do list. Held at the beautiful Hartland Abbey & Gardens, Hotbuckle Productions will perform the classic Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë. 

Hartland Abbey,
Hartland,
Bideford,
Devon.
EX39 6DT

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4th of June marks the annual celebration of Devon Day. Being celebrated through the entirety of Devon, it is a time where locals take the time to enjoy and share the greatness of Devon. However, did you know that Devon Day actually is also known by another name?

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Saint Petroc is a 6th Century saint (and thought to be the son of an unnamed Welsh King) was born in South Wales in the 6th Century and is honored upon his feast day – 4th of June. Despite not originating from Devon, Devon Day has adopted the same date due to the work which Saint Petroc achieved throughout his life: the Saint spent most of his adult years ministering Devon and parts of Cornwall.

Ever since, Saint Petroc has been remembered on his feast day, yet this is not the only approach that Devon undertook to dedicate their county to this particular saint. A competition held by the BBC took place during 2003 for Devon locals to design a flag for their country. The winner, Ryan Sealey, dedicated his flag design to Saint Petroc and has been adopted as the Flag of Devon since 2006. As a result, Saint Petroc Day became more commonly known as Devon Day.

Now a widely recognised day, many take the time to share their most fond memories and pictures of Devon as well as taking part in many activities – Devon style. From sheep racing to indulging in scones, jam and cream (of course, the cream goes on first here in Devon) there is plenty of ways to enjoy the natural beauty of Devon. So, all that is left for us to say here at Dimmet is Happy Devon Day to one and all and try not to eat too many scones!

Photo Credit: Ben Carpenter Photography

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One of our favourite things about Dimmet must be its location in Braunton, North Devon. Not only is North Devon home to stunning views and landscapes, but it is also filled with history. So, here are our Top 10 facts about North Devon!

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  1. Devon used to be known as Devonshire and in ancient history was under the rule of the Dumnonii Celtic Tribe (Deep Valley Dwellers).
  2. North Devon stretches over 419 miles of land, however despite being 23rd out of 326 districts for area, it is only ranked 255th out of 326 districts for its population, which currently stands at approximately 94,000 people.
  3. Braunton, North Devon is the home of Dimmet, however Braunton is also the home of the Braunton Burrows which are the largest sand dunes in the country.
  4. North Devon also is the home to the only name of a place in the entirety of Europe which contains an exclamation mark! Westward Ho! was named after a novel written by Charles Kingsley.
  5. If partying is your thing, then head to Combe Martin which currently holds the world record for the longest street party. The event marked the Queen’s jubilee back in 2002!
  6. We all know that Exmoor covers part of North Devon, however as well being an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it also has the highest coastline in Britain!
  7. In addition to having the highest coastline, Exmoor also has the largest concentration of wild red deer in England.
  8. Built in 1361, St Nicholas’ Chapel is based in Ilfracombe, North Devon and is said to be the oldest working lighthouse in the UK.
  9. Alongside the oldest lighthouse in Britain, North Devon is also home to the oldest borough in England – Barnstaple.
  10. North Devon was the last area in Britain to perform an execution of females thought to be practicing Witchcraft. These women came from Bideford.
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Happy May! With 2 bank holidays this month and a half term, there is no surprise that there are numerous events to enjoy near Dimmet. So here are you May offerings!


Spring Design for Living Fair – 5th May to 7th May 2018 

This three-day event showcases local products from around Somerset, including handmade ceramics, clothing, glass work and even more!

Rosemoor
Great Torrington
Devon
EX38 8PH


Plant Heritage Spring Plant Fair – 12th – 13th May 2018 

Another wonderful fair based in Rosemoor this month is the Plant Heritage fair. With a variety of rare and unusual tress, plants and shrubs for sale, this is a must for any gardener or plant collector.

Rosemoor
Great Torrington
Devon
EX38 8PH


 The Road House Band – 18th May 2018 

It is The Road House Band’s turn to take to the Red Barn stage this May 2018 – an excellent night out with great live music.

The Red Barn
Barton Road
Bideford
Devon
EX34 7DF


Flower Festival – 19th May to 20th May 2018 

This Flower Festival is a great way to welcome in Spring by attending flower workshops, demos, arranging displays, craft stalls and even more!

Clovelly Road
Braunton
Devon
EX39 3QU


The Beekeeper Experience Day – 24th May 2018 

Want to find out what happens inside a beehive or ever wanted to keep bees yourself? This delightful experience day takes you step by step on learning the basics on how to keep bees and the processes from beginning to end.

North Road
South Molton
Devon
EX36 3AZ

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As you know, Dimmet is the Devon word for the half-light at the end of the day (dusk) and is the perfect fit for our holiday home, however the Devon dialect spans much further than just Dimmet. So here is our guide to some our favourite words in the Devon dialect.

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Feeling achuucked? Achuucked is the Devon word for thirsty – perfect for your favourite cup of cider!

If you are going the wrong way around, here in North Devon you would say back se fore.

If you visit Devon this Summer, you may spot numerous drumbeldrones flying around. Drumbeldrone is the Devon word for Bumblebee.

Another word you may hear several times around this time of year is lent rosums, which means daffodils.

Are you acting maze as a brush? In Devon, this actually means that you are being silly or fooling around.

Now…tea drinkers – surely this refers to those who drink tea? Not in Devon! It actually refers to a pair of soft best boots!

For those who are wearing their tea drinkers, you may be referred to as swant – also meaning proper.  

We all know that around this country, the word something has its variations, and Devon is no exception – Devon folk often say zummit.

Here at Dimmet, we love learning about the area around us, and this is just a selection of our favourites in the Devon dialect. So, enjoy seeing the lent rosums and the drumbeldrones flying around, always wear your tea drinkers and of course, enjoy the magical dimmet period.

Photo Credit: Dennis Kummer

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Now the holiday season has really started for 2018 we will be introducing a what’s on in and around Dimmet for each month! There is a plenty to do no matter the month or the weather here at Dimmet and here are your April offerings!

 


Bluebell Sundays – Hartland Abbey
Every Sunday until 22nd April 2018
Bluebell Sundays are a lovely chance to visit Hartland Abbey and Gardens at a reduced entry fee and to see the beautiful carpets of bluebells which reach from the Walled Gardens almost to the sea, 1 1/2 miles away. 

Hartland Abbey
Hartland
Devon
EX39 6DT

Website: https://www.hartlandabbey.com/


RHS National Rhododendron Show – Rosemoor
21st – 22nd April
Come and marvel at the remarkable variety and colour of these beautiful, spring flowering plants. This National Show has over 60 classes covering all types of Rhododendrons, as well as trade and advice stands.

Rosemoor
Great Torrington
Devon
EX38 8PH
 

The Rivals – The Red Barn
27th April 2018
The Rivals are here to help you find your inner groove, get on the floor and move your feet to the infectious sounds from bands and artists influenced by the Mod movement through the years.

The Red Barn
Barton Road
Woolacombe
Devon
EX34 7DT

Website: http://www.redbarnwoolacombe.co.uk/ 


Swisherama – Sandy Brown – White Moose
Throughout April and into May.
White Moose is celebrating its 5th birthday this year and to mark the occasion we are holding an exhibition of Sandy Brown’s vibrant paintings as well as some of her world-famous ceramics.

White Moose, 
Moose Hall
Trinity Street 
Barnstaple
Devon 
EX33 2LX

Website: https://www.whitemoose.co.uk/ 

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