It seemed like on yesterday we were planning our Christmas dinner, but with April comes a lot more activities! With Easter and half term, there is no doubt you will be able to find something to do in North Devon this month. Here is our guide to What’s on in North Devon this month.


North Devon Arts Exhibition Group – Throughout April 2019

If you are an art lover, then why not indulge in local art at the North Devon Exhibition Group this April. From paintings to sculptures, whatever your taste, you’ll be able to find something for you!

White Moose,
Trinity Street, 
Barnstaple, 
North Devon, 
EX32 8HX

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


Easter Chick Hunt – 8th to 22nd April 2019

Perfect for families, the Easter Chick Hunt is happening in Clovelly! Grab a map and get hunting. P.S There are prizes!

Clovelly,
Bideford,
England,
EX39 5SY

https://www.clovelly.co.uk/events/easter-find-the-easter-chicks/


Easter Grotto – 11th to 24th April 2019

If a treasure hunt is not your family’s thing, then why not head towards the Easter Grotto instead held at the Milky Way – don’t forget to talk to Easter Bunny to get your egg.

The Milky Way Adventure Park,
Higher Clovelly,
Bideford,
Devon,
EX39 5RY

https://www.themilkyway.co.uk/childrens-events-north-devon


Lynton and Barnstaple Railway – 21st April 2019

The last activity on our list falls on Easter Sunday, and what better way to get out with the family that a train ride. You may even find a few extra Easter themed activities whilst you are on board.

Woody Bay Station,
Lynton,
Devon,
EX31 4RA

https://www.lynton-rail.co.uk/page/Special-events

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February Half Term is now over, but the fun isn’t stopping there. Spring is coming which means a whole lot of new activities are now on the board for you to enjoy. Here is our guide to what’s on in North Devon this March.


 Ladies Night at The Tides Inn – 1st March 2019

For all the ladies out there, The Tides Inn is holding a Ladies Night full of arts, crafts, food and bubbly!

The Tides inn, 
Beach Road, 
Woolacombe, 
Devon, 
EX34 7BP

https://www.tidesinnwoolacombe.co.uk


POP : Psychedelia and Beyond by John Hurford – 14th to 30th March 2019

If you enjoy art or local culture, then this is the event for you. The POP exhibition will showcase art by John Hurford start at mid 60s, going into the 70s – our favourite era!

White Moose Art Gallery, 
Trinity Street, 
Barnstaple, 
North Devon, 
EX32 8HX

https://www.whitemoose.co.uk


Guided Photography Walk – 16th March 2019

There is no better time than Spring to wrap up, grab the camera and take some beautiful shots of the nature around you. You can do just that with this guided photography walk.

Marine Drive, 
Woolacombe, 
Woolacombe, 
Devon, 
EX34 7

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/whats-on


Live Music at The Red Barn – The Jukes – 29th March 2019

The last of our events this month is a performance by The Jukes at The Red Barn. Performing rhythm, blues and jazz, this would make a great evening to wind down.

The Red Barn, 
Barton Road, 
Woolacombe,
Devon, 
EX34 7DF

https://www.redbarnwoolacombe.co.uk/

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It is time to bundle up! Grab your wooly hats and gloves because there is still so much to do and see, even if the snow is starting to make itself at home! Here is our guide to What’s on in North Devon this February. 


Barnstaple Library Local History Event – 2nd February 2019

Are you an eager historian? Now is the perfect time to delve into your local history at the Barnstaple Library Local History Event with the theme Big Tech – Local Ties! 

12 Tuly Sreet,
Barnstaple,
North Devon,
EX31 1EL

https://www.instagram.com/techtalesbarnstaple/ 


Saturday Science Club – 16th February 2019

If history is not your thing, then why not take the kids to the Saturday Science Club this February half term! The perfect excuse to get stuck and hands dirty (not to mention refreshments!), this activity is a must!

Barnstaple Library,
Barnstaple,
Devon,
EX31 1EL 

https://sciencedipity.co.uk/saturday-science-club/ 


Lambing Live during February Half Term at The BIG Sheep – 16th February to 24th February 2019

The Big Sheep are inviting you to join the Lambing Live session this half term. Another amazing activity for the family, you will be able to meet the youngest lambs, and perhaps even see one born! 

Abbotsham,
Bideford,
Devon,
EX39 5AP

https://www.thebigsheep.co.uk/events/lambing-live/ 


Family Volunteering with the National Trust – 21st February 2019

Love getting out? This free day out is great for the family where you can help the Ranger’s with their Gorse bash ‘n’ burn – and don’t forget the marshmallows! 

Mortehoe,
Village Car Park,
Mortehoe,
Woolacombe,
Devon,
EX34 7DT 

https://www.woolacombetourism.co.uk/whats-on/ 

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Who else is already missing the festive period? We are currently suffering from the January blues, but not to worry! To help take away your January blues this winter, there are still many activities to take part in North Devon this January, so you can start ticking off your New Year’s bucket list straight away! 


Bude Geological Walks – Wednesdays and Sundays throughout January 2019 

Calling all adventure lovers. The Bude Geological walk is perfect for anyone who loves walking, tours and of course Geology! Embark on a 2 hour adventure with Dr Roger Higgs… and don’t forget your coat!

Bude Tourist Information Centre,
The Crescent,
Bude,
Cornwall,
EX23 8LE

http://www.geoclastica.com/BudeGeoWalks


Woolacombe Dunes Park Run – Every Saturday in January

The Woolacombe Dunes Park Run is still on this year and perfect for anyone, whether you are a champion runner or trying to burn off some of those Christmas calories!

Marine Drive,
Woolacombe,
Devon,
EX34 7DN 

http://www.parkrun.org.uk/woolacombedunes/ 


Motown Tribute Evening – 12th January 2019

Love music and food? Who doesn’t! This January, why not treat yourself by attending the Motown Tribute evening where you can relax and enjoy a two course buffet! 

Highbullen Hotel,
Chittlehamholt,
Umberleigh,
North Devon,
EX37 9HD

http://www.highbullen.co.uk 


IDTA Fundraising Quizzes – 15th January 2019

Thought the festivities were over? It is not too late to finally win a quiz this winter! Why not create a team and join in on the fun with the IDTA Fundraising Quiz.

Fore Street,
Ilfracombe,
Devon,
EX34 9ED 

https://www.visitdevon.co.uk/northdevon/whats-on/idta-winter-series-of-fundraising-quizzes-p2521233 

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Who else is looking forward to some family fun this festive period? We certainly are and what better way to enjoy the winter months and Christmas time than attending a few events in your local area! Here is our list of what’s on in north Devon this December.


Christmas Market – Every Saturday in December

The Big Sheep are offering you a chance to tick off more on your Christmas to buy list by holding their Christmas Market every Saturday approaching the big day! Food or arts and crafts, the choice is yours.

The BIG Sheep
Abbotsham
Bideford
Devon
EX39 5AP

https://www.thebigsheep.co.uk/events/christmas-market/


Lynton & Barnstaple Railway Santa Specials – every weekend in December

Calling all families! This December, Lynton and Barnstaple are offering children the chance to meet Santa on the most magical train ride of their lives!

Lynton & Barnstaple Railway
Woody Bay Station
Martinhoe Cross
Lynton
Devon
EX31 4RA

http://www.lynton-rail.co.uk/page/Special-events


Woolacombe at Christmas Weekend – 7th to 8th December 2018

From music to Christmas gifts, Woolacombe at Christmas is a weekend not to be missed and will certainly get you in the Christmas mood! Don’t forget the Christmas treasure hunt!

Woolacombe Village
Woolacombe
Devon
EX34 7DL

https://www.woolacombetourism.co.uk/whats-on/


Boxing Day Barbeque – 26th December 2018

Christmas seems to fly by so quickly, but with the Boxing Day BBQ, the fun doesn’t have to disappear. Perfect way to enjoy more food, more drink and more Christmas lights before the festive period is over.

Clovelly Harbour
Clovelly
England
EX39 5TF

https://www.clovelly.co.uk/events/clovelly-herring-festival/

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After filling ourselves with treats from the Halloween season, it is time to wrap up warm and enjoy the upcoming fireworks! From bonfire night displays, to the start of Christmas events, there are a multitude of activities to enjoy in North Devon this November. 


Andrew Lloyd Webbers Sunset Boulevard – 1st to 3rd November 2018

For all theatre lovers out there, the dramatic musical Sunset Boulevard is coming to North Devon. Held in the Queens Theatre, Barnstaple, this event is a great evening out!

QUEENS THEATRE, BARNSTAPLE, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 1SY

https://www.parkwoodtheatres.co.uk/Parkwood-Theatres 


Bonfire Fireworks Night at The Big Sheep – 5th November 2018

Halloween has now finished, and therefore it is time to focus on the next big event – Bonfire Night! This year, why not wrap up warm, venture to the Big Sheep in Bideford and watch fireworks with the family. 

The BIG Sheep, Abbotsham, Bideford, Devon, EX39 5AP 

https://www.thebigsheep.co.uk/events/bonfire-fireworks-party/


Christmas Craft Fair at Arlington Court – 17th to 18th November 2018

November, the month where the coats come out, the weather gets chillier, and everyone starts preparing for Christmas! Arlington Court have got you covered with their craft fair to help kick start your Christmas shopping!

Arlington Court, Arlington, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 4LP 

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/arlington-court-and-the-national-trust-carriage-museum 


Christmas at the Court – 24th and 25th November 2018

To help you get into the Christmas spirit, why not come to the Christmas at the Court, where you can enjoy a Victorian Christmas with a festive trail and family crafts to take part in! 

Arlington Court, Arlington, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 4LP 

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/arlington-court-and-the-national-trust-carriage-museum 

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Who can believe we are in October already? Here at Dimmet, we have been enjoying the start of Autumn as we watch North Devon evolve from one season to another. Unlike the trees in Devon, which are beginning to lose some of their leaves, North Devon is still packed with fun activities throughout October for the family, especially for the upcoming half term. Without further ado, here is our guide to what is on in North Devon in October 2018. 


Morning Deer Walks at Arlington Court – 14th to 21st October 

Ever walked with red deer before? Now is your chance as you stroll only the Arlington Estate with an expert ranger and keep on the look for red deer as you walk through. 

Arlington Court, Arlington, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 4LP

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/arlington-court-and-the-national-trust-carriage-museum


Kirsty Merryn’s She & I tour – 19th October

The award-winning folk singer-songwriter is bring her solo tour to Barnstaple including songs from her debut album “She & I”. Ideal for all folk lovers. 

St Anne’s Arts and Community Centre, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 1SX 

https://www.theploughartscentre.org.uk/event/kirsty-merryn 


Choc Fest at Affinity – 20th to 21st October

Hands up if you love chocolate! If this is you, then Choc Fest will be right up your alley. Said to be bigger and better than ever before, this Choc Fest will bring you pizzas, brownies, cakes and much more chocolatey goodness. 

Management Office, Clovelly Road, Bideford, Devon, EX39 3QU 

https://www.visitdevon.co.uk/northdevon/whats-on/choc-fest-at-affinity-p2548523


Halloween Festival – 20th to 31st October

It wouldn’t be a complete October guide of things to do without a Halloween event! The Big Sheep is holding their annual festival which has many surprises in store for anyone who dares to enter! 

The BIG Sheep, Abbotsham, Bideford, Devon, EX39 5AP 

https://www.thebigsheep.co.uk/events/halloween-festival/ 

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The summer holidays may be behind us now, yet this doesn’t mean the fun has to stop. North Devon is still thriving with many activities to take part in, so here is our guide of things to do in North Devon this September.


Lobster & Crab Feast – 2nd September 2018

A lover of lobster and crab dishes? So are we! This September, Clovelly are celebrating their famous lobster and crabs by cooking delicious meals as well as providing live music, demonstrations and entertainment.

Clovelly Harbour, Clovelly, Devon, EX395TF

https://www.clovelly,co.uk/events/lobster-and-crab-feast/


Shepherding Experience Walks – 6th September 2018

Ever wanted to know what life is like as a sheepdog? In Mortehoe, you’ll be able to watch Sweep & Fly as they get to work in North Devon.

Morte Point, Mortehoe, Mortehoe, Devon, EX34 7DT

http://www.boroughfarm.co.uk


Mortehoe Craft Fair – 14th September 2018

From craft stalls to produce stalls, the Mortehoe Craft Fair makes a wonderful day out for all the family. Plus, it is free! 

Mortehoe Village Hall, Mortehoe, Devon, EX34 7ED

https://www.woolacombetourism.co.uk/events/event/mortehoe-craft-fair-3/ 


Lyn Food Fest – 30th September 2018

For all the foodies out there, the Lyn Food Fest is an amazing opportunity to try and buy a variety of different foods! Explore food and drink from local and independent producers. 

Lynton Town Hall, Lee Road, Lynton, Devon, EX35 6BT

https://www.facebook.com/events/1860975143953539/ 

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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!

chunks 1517504 960 720 - The 1970s buffet is back! 

Photo Credit: 3dman_eu

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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