A Visit Devon led tour of the county sets off next week - 16 September to 18 September - bringing five national journalists to the region who will visit a selection of Arts & Crafts businesses.
The three day trip will begin in Kenton near Exeter, with a visit to Powderham Castle where the group will have lunch with Lady Devon before visiting the Powderham blacksmith.
They'll then head to Bovey Tracey to meet local llamas at Spin A Yarn, specialists in locally produced organic wool and fleece, before heading to the English Riviera and a tour of the new Abbey Sands building on Torquay seafront.
The next day sees them visit Cockington Court followed by a stop at Torre Abbey to take part in the Potent Plants Tour as part of the resort’s Agatha Christie Festival, before travelling to Plymouth to see work on the Ocean Studios Artists’ complex within the historic Royal William Yard.
Their final day has them meeting Gulf Stream Surfboards in Woolacombe, professional board builders for two decades, before heading to the Dartington Crystal factory to try out glass blowing and then a visit to Trill Farm.
Victoria Hatfield from Visit Devon commented, "Devon has so much to offer visitors as a year round destination. Not only does it have beautiful beaches and countryside but there is a wealth of creativity across the county as well as fabulous places to eat and stay. It’s no wonder visitors return year after year.”
Whilst the tour is being hosted by Visit Devon, accommodation and meals are being provided through members of the organisation, supporting the initiative.
Among the businesses Visit Devon is grateful to are Bistrot Pierre; Rockfish; Noel Corsten’s EX34; Magdalen Chapter Hotel, First Great Western; Blue Chip Holidays; Haytor Hotel, Torquay and Epchris House, Ilfracombe.