Peppa Pig and George at Devon’s Crealy

Event Date: 
01/04/2013 - 11:00am to 3:00pm
Devon’s Crealy Great Adventure Park, Sidmouth Road, Exeter EX5 1DR

Meet everyone’s favourite Piggies! Peppa Pig and George are at Devon’s Crealy on Monday 1st April. They’ll be meeting and greeting fans at intervals throughout the day!

All part of the extra fun at Devon’s Crealy this Easter school holidays.

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Devon on flood alert after heavy overnight rain

Devon was on flood alert today after torrential overnight rain.

Motorists were facing a tricky journey into work because of strong winds and standing water on many routes including the A376 and A380.

A landslip has closed a long stretch of the A379 road in Shaldon, from Ringmore Road to Deane Lane in Maidencombe.

The landslip is reported to be at least 15ft across and 3ft deep.

A flood warning map (below) issued by the Environment Agency showed 10 flood warnings and 19 flood alerts, including along the Exe. Officials say high tide, expected at around midday...

Bug Box Making at Escot

Event Date: 
09/04/2013 - 10:30am to 10/04/2013 - 4:30pm
Escot Estate, Ottery St Mary

Go along to Escot and make your very own garden bug box to take home with you.

Non-members £5 plus Escot admission fee; members £5. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Booking via entrance kiosk.

10.30am-4,30pm both days. Please wear old clothes.

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Ikea in discussions with Exeter Council over site for new store

Rumours and rumblings about the potential arrival of Swedish giant IKEA to Exeter's growing list of big name retailers have rumbled on for years - in 2001 plans to open a store failed because the City Council was unable to identify a site of sufficient size to satisfy the retail giant's needs.

However, we could well be moving a step closer to this becoming reality. It is now believed that a site near Sandy Park and opposite Tesco has been identified as of a sufficient size and therefore the preferred site following discussions with Exeter City Council.

Steve Pettyfer, IKEA...

South Hams pub in UK’s top 50 places to eat

Authored by Lucy
Posted: Tue, 02/12/2013 - 7:34pm

The Millbrook Inn at South Pool in South Devon has been celebrating having recently been named as one of the top 50 gastropubs across the entire UK.

The prestigious list is organised by the Morning Advertiser and judged by 500 voters, including celebrity chefs, pub guide editors, food lovers and industry trade chefs.

Just three pubs in Devon were included on the list with the Millbrook Inn joined by the Jack in the Green at Rockbeare and the Masons Arms at Knowstone.

The Millbrook has consistently impressed with its food, which places a strong emphasis on locally...

Devon Wildlife Trust birdwatching walk, Roadford Reservoir

Event Date: 
16/02/2013 - 10:00am
Roadford Reservoir

Join Tavistock Devon Wildlife Trust Local Group for a walk led by local bird expert Tony John. Bring binoculars.

Meet at the car park to the main Roadford Dam Visitor Centre at 10am.

Suggested donation £3.

Dartmoor - The source of many rivers, illustrated talk

Event Date: 
09/01/2013 - 7:30pm
RC Church Hall, Ashburton Road, Bovey Tracey

An illustrated presentation on the wildlife of Dartmoor by Brian Maddock, naturalist and Dartmoor National Park Walks Guide organised by Bovey Tracey DWT Local Group.

£3 suggested donation.

New Year's Day Racing at Exeter Racecourse

Event Date: 
01/01/2013 - 12:45pm to 4:00pm
Exeter Racecourse

Horse racing at Exeter Racecourse has been a tradition for more than 30 years, and when the first race comes under starters’ orders at 12.45pm there will be thousands of people enjoying the camaraderie of a day at the races.

Cheer home the winners with a group of friends, your family - racing is free to everyone aged 17 and under - or go in the hope of finding new love. It’s about the only sport you can feasibly say who do you fancy, when viewing the horses in the paddock of course, and with the racecard as an icebreaker, your New Year’s resolution of sorting out your love life may...

Friends of Michelle Conroy gather to say farewell

On Sunday afternoon, friends of Michelle Conroy gathered outside the St Petrock’s Centre on the Cathedral Green to say their goodbyes. Michelle was the young homeless person who was killed by a falling tree during the storms last week.

About 50 people were present, most of them from Michelle’s ‘street family’. One friend sang a song and then prayers were led by Canon Anna Norman-Walker from the Cathedral. Everyone was then invited to write a few words in a book of remembrance. This will be in St Petrock’s this coming week and then sent to Michelle’s family in the Channel...

Tributes paid to 21-year-old homeless lady killed in storms

The woman killed by a tree in last week's storms was today named. Although formal identification is not due until tomorrow (30th November) today's Express & Echo newspaper named the 21-year-old as Michelle Conroy.

Police were called to the scene after a report that a tree that had fallen on Western Way, near to the junction with Barnfield Road in Exeter. The tree was reported to have landed on or near to three people.

On police arrival at the scene three casualties were confirmed. One person was trapped and receiving treatment and two others...