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People welcomed back into city centre as pubs and restaurants reopen

Authored by Exeter News Blog
Posted: Fri, 07/03/2020 - 8:34pm

City Council Leader Phil Bialyk has welcomed people back into the city as a number of restaurants and bars open up for the first time since ‘lockdown’.

But the Leader has urged people to be sensible and vigilant in an attempt to stop a second wave, as well as be patient, as some businesses are not ready to open.

The City Council has been at the heart of work to ensure the city centre returns to some form of normality following the pandemic.

The Council has been working with partners in the public and private sector as part of a City Centre Recovery Group which...

Italy Announces it’s Open for Business

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Tue, 06/02/2020 - 1:05pm

The Italian Tourist Board announces that from 3rd of June 2020, British visitors will be able to travel to Italy with no quarantine restrictions.

Flavio Zappacosta, manager for UK and Ireland commented: ‘The tourism industry is one of Italy’s key economy drivers so it is with utmost importance that we open for business as soon as it is safe to do so. We know how popular Italy is for Brits and hope we can inspire them to start to plan and book an Italian holiday this year.’

As of 18 May 2020, the country already started to significantly open up to members of the public....

Charity zoos: business as usual

Charity zoos: business as usual

Authored by Paigntonzoo
Posted: Thu, 03/19/2020 - 11:06am

The three South West zoos run by regional conservation charity Wild Planet Trust have a defiant message for coronavirus: “It’s business as usual”.

Staff and volunteers are prepared for the impact of coronavirus, but at this time the charity zoos remain open. Zoo spokesperson Phil Knowling said: “We’re monitoring the situation closely and will naturally continue to follow the advice of Public Health England and the Government. We will close if directed or if we no longer have the people to operate safely, but right now WE ARE OPEN!

“Our three zoos, Paignton Zoo, Living...

Bumper day of fun at farm open day

Authored by McQueenie Mulholland
Posted: Tue, 06/05/2018 - 6:10am

AS if running a busy beef and arable farm, as well as one of Exeter’s only butcher’s shops, wasn’t enough, local farmers Neil and Sally Grigg are soon to be opening their gates to the public, as part of the national Open Farm Sunday scheme.

The Griggs, who run Burrow Farm in Broadclyst, near Exeter, have taken part in Open Farm Sunday before, and say that in the past it proved to be a great way to give people a fun, free day out in a location that wouldn’t normally be accessible to them.

‘So many drive past our farm gates and see our cows grazing in the fields, but...

Exeter Dissenters Graveyard open to visitors next weekend

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Fri, 09/01/2017 - 8:48am

The Dissenters Graveyard in Exeter will be open to visitors between 11am and 4pm on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September as part of Heritage Open Days.

This is an opportunity to walk through the nearly restored graveyard and browse through the range of information on the histories of the Graveyard, of Dissent, of the monuments and the people associated with site.

At 2.30pm on Saturday, the West Gallery Quire in costume will sing hymns and psalm settings of the 18th and 19th Centuries.

The programme will include hymns by Sir John Bowring, the most distinguished of...

Open gardens event in aid of Rowcroft Hospice

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Sun, 05/07/2017 - 9:39pm

Six gardens near Kingsteignton will be opening their gates to members of the public, to raise vital funds for Rowcroft Hospice in June. The ‘Orchard Open Gardens’ event will take place on 18 June from 12 noon to 5pm. Entry will be £5 per person, with free entry for children. One of the gardens is owned by Liz Allen, a partner with Exeter law firm Stephens Scown LLP, and Trustee of Rowcroft. She says: “The gardens are all so different. Ours is a walled garden, with deep herbaceous borders, a water garden, summerhouse and an ancient orchard. The other gardens include a lovely traditional...

Moretonhampstead gardens open for charity

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Sun, 05/07/2017 - 10:36am

The spring flowers in Moretonhampstead gardens Sutton Mead and Mardon must have loved the driest winter for decades.

The colours of the apple blossom, wisteria, rhododendrons and azaleas have never looked better. Both of these four acre gardens will be open in aid of The National Garden Scheme on Friday, Saturday and Sunday 19, 20, 21 May. 2-6pm.

There will be a sale of plants raised in the gardens and delicious homemade teas. Parking is available at both gardens and for anyone wishing to combine their visit with a walk on the moor, dogs on leads are welcome.

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Charity garden opening

Event Date: 
19/05/2017 - 2:00pm to 21/05/2017 - 6:00pm
Venue: 
Sutton Mead and Mardon, Moretonhampstead

The spring flowers in Moretonhampstead gardens Sutton Mead and Mardon must have loved the driest winter for decades.

The colours of the apple blossom, wisteria, rhododendrons and azaleas have never looked better. Both of these four acre gardens will be open in aid of The National Garden Scheme on Friday, Saturday and Sunday 19, 20, 21 May - 2pm-6pm.

There will be a sale of plants raised in the gardens and delicious homemade teas. Parking is available at both gardens and for anyone wishing to combine their visit with a walk on the moor, dogs on leads are welcome.

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Bampton residents celebrate opening of new library

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Sat, 04/15/2017 - 12:44pm

Bampton residents and library staff were joined by Julie Dent CBE, Chair of Libraries Unlimited and local MP for Tiverton and Honiton Neil Parish, as they celebrated the successful relocation and official opening of the new Bampton Library on Thursday 6th April.

The library moved into its new, spacious and bright location within the Library and Resource Centre, Old Schoolroom, Bampton last month.

Libraries Unlimited and the Library and Resource Centre Supporters (LARCS) provided refreshments as guests were invited to take a look around the new facilities and hear speeches...

M&S to open new Exmouth foodhall

Authored by MandSSW
Posted: Mon, 03/27/2017 - 11:28am

The new Marks & Spencer (M&S) Foodhall in Exmouth is set to open at 10am on Wednesday 29th March. Located on Royal Avenue, a stone’s throw from the railway station, the M&S Foodhall will feature a 24 seat Café, as well as the very best of M&S’s innovative and delicious food and drink products.

Opening just in time for Easter, the team at Exmouth will be delighting shoppers by handing out Easter eggs to the first 20 customers in store to celebrate opening day. Shoppers will also be able to discover the mouth-watering range of products for Easter from M&S’s Spring...

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