Sun route flights return for Easter

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Thu, 04/02/2015 - 12:02pm

Flybe, the Exeter-based airline, has re-introduced a series of ‘sun route’ flights to Alicante, Malaga and Faro to coincide with the first Bank Holiday of 2015.

The routes to Spain and Portugal from Exeter have started ahead of the Easter break and operate until late September with a frequency of up to four per week from May when Palma Majorca is also introduced into the Flybe schedule.

Thomson Holidays have already started their 2015 flights to the very popular Balearic Island and the all year-round Thomson flights to Sharm el Sheikh, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria, Cyprus and...

Castle opens its doors for new season

Powderham Castle, the 600 year old home of the Earl and Countess of Devon near Exeter, opens its doors this Friday for the start of the new 2015 season.

After months of preparation, the Castle & grounds will be open again to visitors from Friday 27th March to Friday 30th October 2015, and provides a perfect history-laden family day out. The Castle is open from Sunday to Friday from 11am to 4.30 pm.

This Saturday, Powderham Castle with be holding a Spring Open Day to celebrate the start of the 2015 season from 11am to 4.30 pm.

Close neighbours living in Powderham...

Exe Egg Chase

Event Date: 
28/03/2015 - 9:00am to 12/04/2015 - 8:00pm

A special Easter egg hunt inspired by Rugby World Cup 2015 kicks off along the Exe Estuary Trail this spring.

The Exe Egg Chase will run during the Easter holidays, starting on Saturday March 28 and running through to Sunday April 12.

People taking part have to find small, Rugby-ball shaped chocolate eggs which are hidden at a number of businesses along the estuary trail route including, Saddles & Paddles, Toby Buckland Plant Centre, Stuart Line Cruises, Darts Farm, the Salutation Inn and Double Locks.

The Rugby eggs can be found by following clues downloaded...

Bugs, Ponds and Dens

Event Date: 
08/04/2015 - 9:00am to 09/04/2015 - 4:30pm
Escot Park, Ottery St Mary

Creepy crawlies, things that jump, squirm, swim and have lots of wriggling legs - Oh yes! Join our Forest School team leaders and discover the mini-beasties that live in the Escot wetlands. You will be equipped with magnifying glasses, bug collection pots and fishing nets to help you in your quest. Then try your hand at making Blob Monsters or building a den with the help of Escot master den-builders! But will it stand up to the water test!

11.00am - 1.00pm

Members: £4 per child

Non-members: £5 per child.

Places are limited and booking is required. Children...

Easter Family Cooking Workshop

Event Date: 
31/03/2015 - 10:30am
Exeter Cathedral

Tuesday 31st March 2015, 10.30-12.30 (Pearson Education Centre) with Julia Pugsley

Competent cook or baking beginner - this workshop is one for all the family.

Bake hot cross scones

Create chocolate Easter nests

Decorate Easter biscuits

Children under 6 must be accompanied by an adult and we encourage full family participation in the activities!

Booking Information

£6 per participant including all ingredients – take away all of your yummy creations in an Easter package.

Places can be booked from 01392 285983 or online (no...

Exeter hotel first to offer Paleo package

The Magdalen Chapter in Exeter is THE first hotel in the UK to launch a Paleo package.

Unavailable anywhere else in the country, this unique break gives guests the chance to experience an entirely Paleo friendly escape.

A diet which has seen skyrocketing popularity in recent months, the Paleo plan is based on the diet of the Paleolithic era. Also known as the Hunter Gatherer, Caveman or Stone Age diet, Paleo is high in meat and low in complex carbohydrates from sources like grains. It is also entirely gluten free.

Hotel General Manager Fiona Moores said: “Here at...

£10m investment paying off for holiday park

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Tue, 01/27/2015 - 11:40am

One of Devon’s biggest independent holiday parks is enjoying a record-breaking start to the year, with bookings up nearly 50%.

Multi-award winning Ladram Bay Holiday Park, on the Jurassic coast overlooking its own bay and beach between Sidmouth and Budleigh Salterton, saw bookings rise by 46% in the first full week of January, and then by 52% the following week, compared with the same period in 2014.

Ahead of re-opening after the winter break on Friday March 13, work is well underway on phase two of a £10 million re-development at the family-run park, with the swimming pool...

New Premier Inn to open in Exmouth early 2015

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Wed, 12/03/2014 - 10:37am

Whitbread PLC is to open its brand new Premier Inn on Exmouth Seafront early in 2015.

The new property will contribute extensively to the local economy and beachfront environment whilst generating more than 30 new permanent and seasonal jobs for the residents of Exmouth. The brand new 60 bedroom hotel is situated on the Esplanade directly opposite one of the best beaches in Devon and a short walk from the main town centre, providing access to all that Exmouth has to offer for tourists and residents alike. The hotel provides private car parking and water sports storage for guests...

Explore Devon the naturally healthy way

A new website has been created to help visitors and residents get out and explore Devon’s green spaces, promoting everything from a gentle woodland stroll to an invigorating bike ride, from spotting our celebrated wildlife to discovering ancient geology.

The new website, , has been launched by Devon County Council to bring together ideas for things to do and places to go to be more naturally active outdoors while enjoying Devon’s fantastic natural environment.

The website also supports the ‘Naturally Healthy’ theme of the Devon Local Nature Partnership...

Exetreme Imagination @ Exeter Cathedral

Event Date: 
27/10/2014 - 10:30am to 29/10/2014 - 4:30pm
Exeter Cathedral

The Exetreme Imagination Festival comes to Exeter Cathedral!

Together, our aim is to promote creative writing for and by young people, as well as for older generations who wish to reminisce over their own childhood memories and writings.

We are excited to offer a number of workshops and activities over the half term week, hosted by three prominent, local children’s authors who live in or come from Devon.

For more information and to book, please call 01392 413174

Monday 27 October 2014

Fantasy fanatic? Adventure addict? Love reading and writing?...