Top 20 things to do in Devon this summer

Wondering how you’re going to keep the kids amused during the summer holidays? We've come up with a few suggestions here:

Knights and Dragons Let your little ones run loose at Powderham Castle’s Knights and Dragons magical trail by Pocketwatch Theatre. The event is running from 24-29 July and is aimed at children aged 5-11. Each session lasts 45-60 minutes.

Bird spotting Dust your wellies off and join a guided tour with the RSPB bird spotting. The tours are every Saturday, perfect for the little ones to discover different types of bird species. Entry £...

The Bear Trail - Opening Day

Event Date: 
23/07/2016 - 10:00am to 5:00pm
Westcott, Cullompton, EX15 1SA

The Bear Trail is an innovative and challenging outdoor adventure trail, masterminded by Ben Jordan, a former Captain who served for 5 years in The Rifles regiment of the British Army.

Set over a 10 acre site in Wescott, near Cullompton, The Bear Trail features over 16 separate obstacles where children (and adults!) can run, jump and climb their way across zig-zag bridges, high nets and bear-infested mud pits. The course incorporates physical activity, teamwork and creative thinking, giving cubs and grizzly bears alike the chance to push their boundaries and test their limits....

No time to relax, says new regeneration chair

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 07/07/2016 - 1:56pm

As the UK summer holiday season looms, bringing the usual influx of tourists lazing on Exmouth’s beaches, work is intensifying to encourage more visitors to come to the town all year round.

East Devon Conservatives want to provide a platform for local traders and entrepreneurs to develop and grow businesses that provide the goods and services expected from a vibrant 21st century holiday destination, as well as boosting employment in the town. And that, says the new man heading up Exmouth Regeneration Programme Board, means ditching the mind-set that shuns new ideas and clings to...

Explore the countryside with East Devon education rangers

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Sat, 06/04/2016 - 10:23am

The East Devon Countryside Team Education Rangers are about to start a busy summer spent outdoors.

Over the summer term the rangers will be running more than 50 visits to East Devon District Council's nature reserves, beaches and other sites across the area, and over 30 of these visits are to EDDC’s Seaton Wetlands site. The Education Rangers will also be involved with the busy Countryside events programme run for local residents and tourists across East Devon.

Penny Evans, Education Ranger said: ‘’Being outdoors is beneficial for children who are able to learn through...

Shearings partners with SW Coast Path to attract walkers

The Shearings Hotel Group, an award-winning UK-based hotel operator with hotels all along the South West Coast Path, has teamed up with the South West Coast Path Association to help guests enjoy the coastline and offer great breaks for walkers.

The two Shearings hotel brands, Bay Hotels and Coast & Country Hotels, specialise in leisure breaks and are found in stunning locations around the UK.

The partnership will enable guests, staying at both hotel brands in the south west region, to access walks specifically suited to their abilities along the 630 miles of stunning...

More choice for Devon’s sun-seekers

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Thu, 04/21/2016 - 11:53am

Thomson and First Choice are today announcing increased capacity at Exeter airport for their summer 2017 flying programme.

This includes new 10 and 11 night durations to Lanzarote as well as an additional seasonal flight to Tenerife which gives greater choice and flexibility to holidaymakers flying from the South West.

The move to introduce new routes is part of the holiday company’s strategy to ensure customers across the UK can fly from their local airport and stay at the best hotels in some of the most exciting destinations. The new routes will go on sale today in line...

Exeter Airport gears up for busy Christmas

As the school holidays start and the Christmas holidays get underway Exeter Airport is expecting to deal with over 20,000 passengers over the two week festive period.

Already three flights have taken hundreds of excited children to Lapland on excursions that involved tobogganing, snowmobile and reindeer sleigh rides plus of course a meeting with ‘Santa'. The season of ski flights also started last weekend with departures to Switzerland and France, and the Paris flights are also popular at Christmas with trips to Disneyland.

The departures to the Canary Islands leave across...

Over a Quarter of South West Workers to Miss Out on Holidays this Christmas

Authored by karl_young
Posted: Fri, 12/18/2015 - 3:16pm

The festive season is almost upon us, and office workers around the South West may face some disappointment in the workplace, as 28% of people are doubtful they’ll be able to get the time off work they need to enjoy the Christmas holidays.

Office supply company, Viking, surveyed 1,500 office workers to investigate one of the most contentious aspects HR departments have to face: taking time off at Christmas. It seems that the South West is the fourth meanest area of the country when it comes to granting time off for the holidays, with the North East being the stingiest.


Christmas at Killerton: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Event Date: 
21/11/2015 - 10:00am to 03/01/2016 - 4:00pm
Killerton, Broadclyst, near Exeter, EX5 3LE

The magical world of Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is brought to life at Killerton. You can see the house transformed into scenes from the classic fairy-tale. Wrapping up warm to follow the outdoor family trail, take part in activities and see if you can spot the willow reindeer under thousands of twinkling lights.The estate stays open until 6pm on Fridays and Saturdays in December so you can fall in love with Killerton at dusk. The shop will be selling beautiful gifts, Christmas trees and local produce and the cafe and restaurant will serve up delicious treats. Bring the whole family...

Exeter Airport voted the best by travel trade

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Wed, 11/04/2015 - 10:22am

Exeter Airport has been voted the best in class at this year’s Travel Agents Choice Awards which were entirely nominated by and voted for by UK travel agents and designed to identify and acknowledge the industry’s favourites.

The UK travel retailers, who cast 1,000 votes for 42 categories, gave Exeter Airport top marks in the UK domestic airport category.

Exeter Airport managing director Matt Roach said: “I’d like to thank all those in the industry who voted for us and our staff for the major role they have played in Exeter Airport receiving this accolade. The award follows...