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Here you will find a range of events and walks provided by Exmoor National Park Authority and other organisations. Each organisation is responsible for their own listings, ring the contact telephone numbers provided if you require additional information. (If you are the organiser of a local event and would like to submit it to appear in the calendar click here)

Use the tick boxes to filter the type of events you are interested in or leave the boxes blank to see all events. Tick as many boxes as you like, but please note you will only see events that meet all the categories you have ticked. For example if you are looking for an event that is both "free" and "great for families" and where "dogs are welcome" - then you need to tick all those boxes and then press "update calendar". The more boxes you select - the more events will filtered out of the calendar to only leave any that meet your search criteria. You can view a week or a month at a time. Click on individual entries in the calendar for more information about the event.

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Edge of Exmoor Artists Exhibition

Sunday 30th April 2017

Location: Dulverton Heritage Centre
Duration: 7 days
Description: Local Artists Jane Hollowood, Jacki Leighton-Boyce and Keri Manning-Dedman exhibit their unique interpretations of the landscape, flora, fauna and spirit of Exmoor in paintings and ceramics
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Wildflower trail

Monday 1st May 2017 1210

Location: Heddon Valley National Trust shop, Heddon Valley, near Parracombe
Duration: 5 hours
Description: Discover the magical beauty of Exmoor's wildlflowers this Spring with this informative self-led trail for adults through the Heddon Valley. Do you know your Irish Spurge from your Bettony? Pick up your trail map from the National Trust shop.
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Simonsbath Festival May Day Celebrations

Monday 1st May 2017 02:00 pm

Location: Exford Village Green
Duration: N/A
Description: Simonsbath Festival starts in the customary way with May Day celebrations for all the family on Bank Holiday Monday May 1 on Exford Village Green. • Maypole dancing and country dancing by the children of Exford School • Live music from Spinach for Norman • Competitions including tug o’ war and welly throwing • Exford hand bells demonstration • Raffle Besides maypole dancing and country dancing by children from Exford School, the village will be joining in with live music from Spinach for Norman and a host of other activities to celebrate the arrival of Spring. For information please telephone Marian Lloyd on 01643 831451 or email tickets@simonsbathfestival.org.uk
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In the Footsteps of Rachel Reckitt, Sculptor, Engraver & Welder - A Guided Walk

Tuesday 2nd May 2017 10:00 am

Location: Roadwater Village Hall. GR ST 03191 38282
Duration: 3 hours
Description: On this walk, hear about Rachel Reckitt, her work and the places associated with her. Firstly to Golsoncott, passing below the gardens of Rachel's home, then to St. Bartholomew’s Church, Rodhuish to see fine works by Rachel and her mother and finally to The Valiant Soldier Inn where another of Rachel's sculptures can be seen. Some steep climbs and may be muddy. Food available in the Valiant Soldier and the village shop. Very occasionally walk details may change, so please check www.exmoorsociety.com in advance
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Annual Stallion Parade

Wednesday 3rd May 2017 10:30 am

Location: Ralegh's Cross
Duration: 2 hours
Description: The iconic Exmoor pony is one of Exmoor's much-loved treasures and a key visitor attraction but for the most part the ponies can only be seen running free on the moor.The Exmoor Pony Society was set up in 1921 to establish a stud book and conserve the breed and each year moor bred and in-ground stallions and youngstock gather at Ralegh's Cross for the annual parade.This provides breeders and enthusiasts the opportunity to see stallions up close and for those who do not know a great deal about the management and welfare of the herds an opportunity to learn how the breed which faced near extinction at the end of the Second World War can still be seen running on many of the commons within the Exmoor National Park.
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Meet the gardener: a seasonal garden tour

Wednesday 3rd May 2017 1202

Location: Arlington Court
Duration: N/A
Description: Join one of the Arlington gardeners for a look at the plant highlights for the month from the Victorian garden, kitchen garden and pleasure grounds.
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Dulverton Heritage Tour

Wednesday 3rd May 2017 03:00 pm

Location: Dulverton Heritage Centre
Duration: N/A
Description: Why not join us on a guided walk exploring the history of Dulverton. Discover some secret places and hear tales of old from local guides
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Sea Glass Jewellery Making Workshop

Thursday 4th May 2017 1202

Location: Lynmouth Pavilion
Duration: 2 hours
Description: A workshop to make beautiful Jewellery out of the Sea Glass which can be found on Lynmouth beach. All materials including Sea Glass if it is required are provided. Subject to weather and tides you will go beachcombing with Helen and Debbie from Treasures of Exmoor and Exmoor Arts, to find some sea glass (sea glass is provided if this is not possible) . Then return to the Pavilion to make some wonderful jewellery to take home. This is one of our most popular workshops, it is suitable for all abilities. Helen and Debbie will help you make something you can give as a gift or keep as a beautiful memento of Exmoor Simple designs are available for children to try, many other designs are available for adults.
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Minehead Country Market

Friday 5th May 2017 1209

Location: Quaker Meeting Hall, 9 Bancks Street, Minehead
Duration: 2 hours
Description: Tired of cooking for yourself? Delicious, nutritious traditional fare to take home from the market that is not in the High Street.Available every Friday morning in the Quaker Meeting House on Bancks Street in Minehead, the Minehead Country Market (formerly the Minehead W.I. Market) is in its 20th year of providing breads, cakes, honey, jams, chutneys, savouries and main dishes, along with plants, veg in season, and handcrafted items to the same standard of quality and hygiene as Country Markets across the nation. Come in and try our tasty foods, yard and farm eggs, seasonal plants and hand crafts – and have a chat to our friendly market staff.Open 9:00 – 11:30am each Friday.
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Discover Porlock Marsh Guided Walk

Friday 5th May 2017 1210

Location: Porlock Visitor Centre
Duration: 2 hours
Description: Join a Heritage Walk Leader on a walk to discover the history and formation of the Porlock Bay landscape and how this has affected the village and the surrounding area.
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Goppin' Challenge 2017

Saturday 6th May 2017 09:00 am

Location: Combe Sydenham Country Park
Duration: N/A
Description: The Goppin Challenge is a Royal Marines designed Obstacle Course Race intent on burning your legs, annihilating your lungs and covering you in sh*t! Our passion is providing people with fun, challenging events to promote team-work and self-belief in unforgiving environments! The 'Goppin' Challenge, when possible, aims to use as much of mother nature herself! Our courses include lakes, bogs, streams, tunnels, mud, clay & man-made obstacles. We operate in any climate no matter what! - www.goppinchallenge.com
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Ilfracombe Art Trail

Saturday 6th May 2017 10:00 am

Location: Greenclose Road, Ilfracombe
Duration: 1 day and 8 hours
Description: With over 50 local artists on board, the 2017 Ilfracombe Art Trail is set to be a weekend packed full of open houses/studios, private gardens and exhibitions in some of this historic seaside town’s most prestigious venues. Completely free and utterly unique! A detailed map and guide are available in most venues, so come along and make an artful weekend of it!
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Fireside Tales for Families

Saturday 6th May 2017 1204

Location: TA24 8ET
Duration: 1 hour
Description: Taking place at 4.15-5pm on the first Saturday of January, February and March 2017, the idea is to bring the ancient craft of storytelling together with family life whilst enjoying fireside warmth and friendly company.Join me this Saturday and listen to an enchanting European folktale. Hear how a young girl meets the months of the year in person and how they help her to overcome a cruel stepmother and stepsister. Everyone is welcome though because this is a family event I insist that all adults are to be accompanied by a child please! Cost: £3 (suggested) donation per person For those of you who have never visited New Place it is a delightful house and home on the edge of Porlock village. The fire will be lighted, the cushions plumped and I look forward to welcoming you, your family and maybe your friends as well! Places are limited and seats will be allocated on a first come first served basis. To reserve your places please email the number of seats for adults. how many children + their ages. Directions to New Place, Bossington Lane, TA24 8ET. If coming from Porlock village go up the steep hill and take the left hand turning on the hairpin bend towards Bossington If coming from Minehead on the A39 as you get to Porlock veer right at the top of the steep hill and then take the first right hand turning on the hairpin bend into Bossington Lane. After approx 50 metres, New Place is the first drive on the left – parking is available.Please feel free to forward and share this email with colleagues, friends and family.Wishing you and all your loved ones a healthy and joyful happy new year.
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Simonsbath Festival concert by multi-national band Mankala

Saturday 6th May 2017 07:30 pm

Location: St Luke's Church, Simonsbath
Duration: N/A
Description: The festival’s opening concert by multi-national band Mankala celebrates the joyous sounds of South African Township and other African musical styles, including Soukous and Desert Blues. Formed by a multi-national collective with a common love for African music, Mankala have been performing their unique pan-African-coalition of sounds across the UK and beyond since 2003. Refreshments available and a tasty savoury snack, costing £6, may be booked in advance for the interval by telephoning Marian Lloyd on 01643 831451.
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Exmoor Equitrek 2017

Sunday 7th May 2017 09:30 am

Location: Brendon Common
Duration: 7 hours and 30 minutes
Description: Yes, Exmoor Equitrek is on again! Our first event last year was a great success - with one rider saying it was the best ride she had done all year! Visit our website for full details and entry - http://www.exmoorequitrek.co.uk/ - Please share with any one who loves horse riding.Equitrek is a fun ride through the beautiful Exmoor countryside offering unique access to private land not normally open to the public. The courses are varied terrain, either 10 or 20 miles consisting of bridleways, tracks and farmland with 50 optional jumps. There is no significant road work and only three road crossings which are marshalled. Depending on how quickly you ride the courses – it is not a race! - the 10 mile course should take 2 to 4 hours, the 20 mile course 4 to 6 hours. It is possible to cut back and return to the start along most parts of the course. The course is well marked and marshalled with check points. St. Johns Ambulance will be in attendance. - Hot and Cold food and refreshments are available. There is ample free parking and easy vehicle access. - https://www.facebook.com/events/392840157753337/
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Guided Walk - Coastal Archaeology at Porlock Weir

Sunday 7th May 2017 09:30 am

Location: Porlock Weir Car Park
Duration: 2 hours
Description: CITiZAN and Exmoor National Park Authority are teaming up to explore the prehistoric landscapes of Porlock Weir. An area which has been explored in the past but is currently lacking any long term monitoring of the loss of the prehistoric forest. We will be exploring the rich heritage this area has to offer from the Mesolithic forests to the 19th century boat house nestled in the cliff. The event is free but spaces are limited so please book in advance to avoid disappointment. The meeting time will be 09:30 on Sunday morning at Porlock Weir Car Park.
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Point-To-Point Racing

Sunday 7th May 2017 02:00 pm

Location: Holnicote Estate, Porlock
Duration: N/A
Description: Point-to-Point is a form of amateur horse racing over fences held at a variety of courses. It's a great day out in the countryside where people come together to enjoy the sport and to socialise. Most Point-to-Point meetings consist of at least six races; start times vary depending upon the time of year and number of races. Most courses open their gates a couple of hours before the first race, so you have plenty of time to grab a racecard, study the form and enjoy your picnic before racing starts. The course is slightly undulating, all grass, teardrop shaped track downhill into back straight and slightly uphill after the ditch through to finish.
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Mining and Mystery at Wheal Eliza - A Guided Walk

Wednesday 10th May 2017 11:00 am

Location: Ashcombe car park, Simonsbath. Grid Ref. 775394
Duration: 2 hours
Description: Join a member of The Exmoor Society for this short walk along the River Barle, hear the history of the Knights, mining in this part of Exmoor and the tragic mystery of Wheal Eliza. One or two short climbs but overall an easy walk along the valley. Return to Simonsbath for optional pub lunch or bring a picnic. Very occasionally walk details may change, so please check www.exmoorsociety.com in advance
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Combe Martin Seashore Safari

Wednesday 10th May 2017 11:30 am

Location: Combe Martin Museum EX34 0DH
Duration: 2 hours
Description: Seashore rock pool ramble, sometimes followed by microscope workshop. Wear appropriate footwear, equipment and seashore guide provided. Parents to supervise children. Can last up to 2 hours, but flexible for younger families! See 7th April entry for picture. Find out more on our facebook page: “Combe Martin Museum Seashore Safaris”
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Simonsbath Festival talk by farmer and film-maker David Kennard

Wednesday 10th May 2017 07:30 pm

Location: St Luke's Church, Simonsbath
Duration: N/A
Description: Local farmer David Kennard whose DVD ‘The Year of the Working Sheepdog’ has sold 80,000 copies worldwide talks about juggling life as a farmer and film-maker. David and his wife Debbie have farmed the North Devon coastline at Borough Farm, Mortehoe, for the past 25 years, keeping 600 breeding ewes and latterly 60 head of cattle. Growing financial pressure in the 1990s led to farm diversification in the form of sheepdog displays for summer visitors and the shows have continued for the past 18 years. Last summer Borough Farm hosted 25 shows attracting more than 8,000 people. David’s film ‘The Year of the Working Sheepdog’ grew out of the success of the sheepdog displays, leading to two published books and an entry in the Sunday Times best-sellers list. In 2007 the Channel 5 children’s series ‘Mist: Sheepdog Tales’ brought David’s dogs to a wider audience and produced an avid young following for the Borough Farm sheepdogs. David talks about the highs and lows of livestock farming and the unlikely mix of farming and filmmaking, interspersed with the humour that is a must for anyone who spends a life working with animals. Refreshments available in the interval and an optional snack, costing £5, may be booked in advance for the interval by telephoning Marian Lloyd on 01643 831451.
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Exmoor Watercolour Painting Workshop

Thursday 11th May 2017 1202

Location: LYNMOUTH PAVILION
Duration: 2 hours
Description: Watercolour Painting Workshop with Chris Howe (Exmoor Arts) Chris will teach you how to paint in watercolour. Whatever your experience or artistic ability you will produce a painting to feel proud of. Chris teaches in a gentle and friendly manner, the classes are full of fun and have been enjoyed by everyone from complete beginners who have never picked up a brush before to established artists wanting to try a new skill. You can take one class on it's own or come to several Everyone is welcome all materials are provided
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Lynmouth Flood Walk

Thursday 11th May 2017 02:30 pm

Location: National Park Centre Lynmouth
Duration: 1 hour
Description: Join a Heritage Walk Leader on a Flood Walk of Lynmouth, hear about the Great Flood of 1952 and how it has shaped the village until the present day.
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A Seated Historic Tour of Dulverton

Thursday 11th May 2017 04:00 pm

Location: Dulverton Heritage Centre
Duration: 1 hour
Description: Join us on a seated historic tour of Dulverton ; hear fascinating secrets and facts from our knowledgeable guides.
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Stained Glass Making Workshop

Friday 12th May 2017 1210

Location: LYNMOUTH PAVILION
Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes
Description: Stained Glass Workshops with Lani from Glorious Glass Come and make a 'Light Catcher' to hang in your window. Many designs are available to choose from including boats, dragonflies, fish and stars (Too many to list all of them) All materials and tuition are included, NO GLASS CUTTING. Lani will teach you how to make a lovely decorative, light catcher in a fun environment. This workshop is suitable for all adults (Over 14 years old only due to the hot soldering irons) but be warned once you've made one you will want to make more!
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National Mills Weekend - Simonsbath Sawmill

Saturday 13th May 2017 10:00 am

Location: Simonsbath Sawmill SS 7715 3915
Duration: 6 hours
Description: Join in the national celebration of Britain’s windmill and watermill heritage by visiting the historic, water-powered sawmill and estate workshops at Simonsbath in the heart of the National Park. The mill will be open specially for this event on Saturday 13 May and Sunday 14 May with tours, displays and demonstrations from 10 am to 4 pm each day. No booking necessary. There is some parking available (at your own risk) at the mill and we can reserve spaces for visitors with limited mobility if you contact us in advance. You may find it preferable to park at Ashcombe Car Park, Simonsbath and to walk the 500m to the mill, but do take special care on this busy road! (Recommended route through the meadow at SS 77353915). Visit nationalmillsweekend.co.uk or simonsbathsawmill.org.uk for more details or see Simonsbath Sawmill’s Facebook page.
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Spring Gala

Saturday 13th May 2017 10:00 am

Location: Woody Bay Station
Duration: 1 day and 7 hours
Description: Celebrate times past, real ales, marquee attractions. All our resident locos in steam
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Cowbridge Sawmill as part of National Mills Weekend

Saturday 13th May 2017 11:00 am

Location: Cowbridge
Duration: 1 day, 5 hours and 30 minutes
Description: COWBRIDGE SAWMILL OPEN DAYS Saturday/Sunday 13th and 14th May Open 11.00 to 16.30 Guided Tours, Blacksmithing and Woodturning displays throughout the weekend. Refreshments available. Free Admission but donations welcome. At junction of A396 and Wootton Courtenay Road , Timberscombe. TA24 7TD
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Cowbridge Sawmill as part of National Mills Weekend

Saturday 13th May 2017 11:00 am

Location: Cowbridge
Duration: 5 hours and 30 minutes
Description: National Mills Weekend COWBRIDGE SAWMILL OPEN DAYS Saturday/Sunday 13th and 14th May 2017 Open 11.00 to 16.30 Guided Tours, Blacksmithing and Woodturning displays throughout the weekend. Refreshments available. Free Admission but donations welcome. At junction of A396 and Wootton Courtenay Road , Timberscombe. TA24 7TD
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Point-To-Point Racing

Saturday 13th May 2017 02:00 pm

Location: Holnicote Estate, Holnicote, Porlock, Exmoor, W. Somerset
Duration: N/A
Description: Holnicote course is slightly undulating, all grass, teardrop shaped track downhill into back straight and slightly uphill after the ditch through to finish. Point-to-Point is a form of amateur horse racing over fences held at a variety of courses. It's a great day out in the countryside where people come together to enjoy the sport and to socialise. Most Point-to-Point meetings consist of at least six races; start times vary depending upon the time of year and number of races. Most courses open their gates a couple of hours before the first race, so you have plenty of time to grab a racecard, study the form and enjoy your picnic before racing starts.
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National Mills Weekend - Simonsbath Sawmill

Sunday 14th May 2017 10:00 am

Location: Simnsbath Sawmill SS7715 3915
Duration: 6 hours
Description: Join in the national celebration of Britain’s windmill and watermill heritage by visiting the historic, water-powered sawmill and estate workshops at Simonsbath in the heart of the National Park. The mill will be open specially for this event on Saturday 13 May and Sunday 14 May with tours, displays and demonstrations from 10 am to 4 pm each day. No booking necessary. There is some parking available (at your own risk) at the mill and we can reserve spaces for visitors with limited mobility if you contact us in advance. You may find it preferable to park at Ashcombe Car Park, Simonsbath and to walk the 500m to the mill, but do take special care on this busy road! (Recommended route through the meadow at SS 77353915). Visit nationalmillsweekend.co.uk or simonsbathsawmill.org.uk for more details or see Simonsbath Sawmill’s Facebook page
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Cowbridge Sawmill as part of National Mills Weekend

Sunday 14th May 2017 11:00 am

Location: Cowbridge
Duration: 5 hours and 30 minutes
Description: National Mills Weekend COWBRIDGE SAWMILL OPEN DAYS Saturday/Sunday 13th and 14th May 2017 Open 11.00 to 16.30 Guided Tours, Blacksmithing and Woodturning displays throughout the weekend. Refreshments available. Free Admission but donations welcome. At junction of A396 and Wootton Courtenay Road , Timberscombe. TA24 7TD
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Simonsbath Festival concert by The Lyra Ensemble from St Petersburg

Sunday 14th May 2017 07:30 pm

Location: St Luke's Church, Simonsbath
Duration: N/A
Description: The Lyra Vocal Ensemble of four highly talented artists who trained at the prestigious St Petersburg Conservatory promises to be one of the highlights of the festival. The ensemble has a varied repertoire and will perform a mixture of sacred music from the Russian Orthodox Church as well as folk songs and popular Russian classics. Andrei Sysoev – tenor and leader – was born in St Petersburg and graduated from the St Petersburg Conservatory. Andrei won the International Competition of Sacred Music in 1995 as the conductor of a chamber choir. He is a choir master in St Peter’s Cathedral in St Petersburg and also works as a composer. Aleksei Goloviznin – bass – was born in the Karelian ASSR, Byelomorsk, and graduated from the St Petersburg Conservatory. He works as a touring musician and is well-known in St Petersburg as a jazz-singer. Zlata Gogol – mezzo – was born in St Petersburg and graduated from the City Academy of Culture. She works as a touring musician and is well-known in St Petersburg as a baroque soloist. Marina Busse – soprano – was born in Great Novgorod and studied at the St Petersburg Conservatory as a soloist. She works as a touring musician and is well-known in St Petersburg as a singer and a vocal trainer. Refreshments available and a tasty savoury snack, costing £6, may be booked in advance for the interval by telephoning Marian Lloyd on 01643 831451.
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Open Day at Simonsbath Sawmill

Monday 15th May 2017 1210

Location: Simonsbath Sawmill SS 77153915
Duration: 6 hours
Description: A chance to visit the historic, water-powered sawmill and estate workshops at Simonsbath in the heart of the National Park and to learn about the history of this remarkable village. “Drop in” tours available all day. No booking necessary but if you are coming to Simonsbath particularly to see the mill it is advisable to ring us on 01643 831202 (between 10.00 and 16.00 on the day) to check that we are open. There is usually some parking available (at your own risk) at the mill and we can make special arrangements for visitors with limited mobility if you contact us in advance. Please note that there are no public toilets at the mill. You may find it preferable to park at Ashcombe Car Park, Simonsbath – entrance between the church and the Exmoor Forest Inn - SS774394 and to walk the 500m to the mill but do take special care on this busy road!
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Wildflowers of watersmeet Woodlands - A Guided Walk

Tuesday 16th May 2017 10:30 am

Location: Car park, Watersmeet Road, Lynmouth SS 724494
Duration: 5 hours and 30 minutes
Description: Join a member of the Exmoor Society on this 5-6 mile walk to see the spring flora and rare whitebeam trees in this area. Walking along the beautiful East Lyn valley to Watersmeet, then a steep climb to Blue Ball, Countisbury, we descend on the coastal path to Lynmouth, enjoying stunning views. A steep climb and descent. Older children welcome. Dogs on leads please. Please bring a picnic. Very occasionally walk details may change so please check www.exmoorsociety.com in advance.
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Hidden Dunster Guided Walk

Wednesday 17th May 2017 11:00 am

Location: Dunster National Park Centre
Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes
Description: A guided walk around this historic village exploring some of the hidden aspects of its fascinating history. Starts at 11am from the National Park Centre Dunster Duration: 1.5hrs Booking advisable
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Simonsbath Festival talk by wildlife research consultant Jochen Langbein

Wednesday 17th May 2017 07:30 pm

Location: St Luke's Church, Simonsbath
Duration: N/A
Description: 21st Century Deer - An exploration of the diverse habits of red deer on Exmoor and elsewhere in the UK  -    Dr Jochen Langbein gives an illustrated talk about Exmoor’s red deer, based on his own research locally, and deer elsewhere in the UK with up-to-the-minute information on deer numbers, distribution, impacts and management. Jochen uses slides and film clips to show the traditional view and beauty of the wild deer, and the local fascination with them, while also challenging some of the conventional wisdoms on deer behaviour and how adaptable they can be in the face of ever changing man-made pressures.      Dr Langbein’s passion for wildlife began as a child in rural southern Germany.  Graduating from London University with a degree in Zoology, his professional interest in deer began when he worked with the Forestry Commission to analyse the diet of Scottish wild red deer. After an MSc in Ecology at Bangor, followed by two years managing the North Staffordshire Deer Survey, he went to Southampton University as part of his PhD to investigate the reproductive success and mating systems of fallow deer in deer parks throughout Britain. A postdoctoral project led Jochen to Exmoor to set up a study into the ranging behaviour, habitat-use and impacts of deer on Exmoor’s oak woods. On its conclusion in 1997 he settled in the area with his family to work as a freelance wildlife research consultant. His work continues to be mostly related to the management and behaviour of deer, combined with his love of filming and photographing wildlife.   Refreshments available in the interval and an optional snack, costing £5, may be booked in advance for the interval by telephoning Marian Lloyd on 01643 831451.
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The Fabulous East Lyn Valley

Thursday 18th May 2017 12:00 pm

Location: National Park Centre at Lynmouth Pavilion
Duration: 4 hours
Description: A gentle walk along the Watersmeet Valley, looking at plants and wildlife along the way, with a Heritage Walk Leader from Exmoor National Park. This is a friendly chatty walk, with a chance to learn more about the flowers, plants and history of the valley. There is a planned stop for refreshments at Watersmeet house, where you can use the National trust café - or picnic. It isn't necessary to book - but is advisable to guarantee your space
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Natural History Walk

Thursday 18th May 2017 1202

Location: ENHS Porlock Weir Centre - adjoining car park
Duration: 2 hours
Description: An easy pace stroll to explore the natural history within the wonderful and varied landscape around Porlock Weir. Starts at ENHS Porlock Weir Centre adjoining the car park. 2 - 4 pm on the third Thursday of each month May - September inclusive. Donations welcome.
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Discover Bossington Guided Walk

Friday 19th May 2017 10:30 am

Location: Bossington car park
Duration: 2 hours
Description: Join a Heritage Walk Leader on a walk to discover the beauty of Bossington. Booking essential via Porlock Visitors Centre.
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Westcountry Ultra Hilly 50 Miler

Saturday 20th May 2017 10:30 am

Location: West Somerset Community College, Minehead
Duration: N/A
Description: Ok, so you like hills? Well here's a race that will take you to the top of some of the highest ones Somerset has to offer. On a clear day the views from the tops will draw an audible gasp from any of you who are known to gasp audibly at incredible views. There are very runnable sections too, but you're never too far from the next climb/descent. What's more, this route will take you through a multitude of breathtaking scenes; some of Britain's highest coastal cliffs, lush ancient woodland, sweeping moorland, paths alongside fast flowing rocky rivers - Exmoor has all of this, plus villages and small towns that redefine quaintness. Starting off at West Somerset Community College in Minehead, where a glorious banquet hall (or as close as you get to one in an ultra race) awaits you upon your return you will head to the beginning of the South West Coast Path, which is symbolised with a large metal hand holding a map. From here (unless it is an extremely foggy day) you will see the enigmatic North Hill towering above the town. You'll be heading straight to the top, where you'll traverse along to Bossington Hill, from which the views alone will be enough to take your mind off the steepness of the descent. Then you'll head down an enchanting woodland path to Bossington car park; if you're lucky there may be some wild garlic still to snack on along the way. You will make your way gradually along the coast all the way to Lynmouth, historic scene of a disastrous flood in 1952 (don't worry, it hasn't repeated itself since, even during the ferocious storms of 2014), which is a kind of half way point, although it's actually a little before half way. On the way here your eyes will get a four course meal of wonderful natural surroundings - occasionally you will run through coastal forest, but will often be able to see the sea off to your right. Along this stretch are some of the most runnable sections of the route, but there is plenty of up and down. You may find yourself wanting to stop often to take photographs, as the views along here you may see on a number of postcards in local shops. After leaving Lynmouth you will head alongside the river Lyn for a while (keep your eyes peeled for Dippers and other wildlife) before heading up into the moors, following the Coleridge Way - this is a route devised to follow in the footsteps of famous poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, who is said to have composed his best known works during walks at different places along the route. There have been no 'beast' sightings in recent years, but the wild atmosphere of this place will make you realise how it captured the imagination back in the 80s. Heading across vast hills to County Gate and onwards, where you will be surrounded on all sides by Exmoor at its most captivating, you will be preparing to drop down to almost sea level before a massive climb back up through ancient woodland. Depending on when in the day you arrive here you can keep your eyes and ears open for an array of wildlife - the woods at Webber's Post and Horner, due to the age of the trees, attract Redstarts, Wood Warblers, Pied Flycatchers and a host of the usual woodland birds. At the top of the climb is Dunkery Beacon, which rises to 519 metres above sea level; hardly a mountain, but it still offers incredible panoramic views on a clear day. The cairn at the top may be a good place to pause, take in your surroundings and gear yourself up to make the most of some downhill miles. The descent back into Minehead is long, but at this point you will know you are on the home stretch and that there is a feast awaiting you at the finish. You can sit and eat, and share anecdotes with your fellow finishers as they arrive. - See more at: http://www.runultra.co.uk/Events/Westcountry-Ultra-Hilly-50-Miler#sthash.4KKZ38i8.dpuf
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Porlock Open Gardens

Saturday 20th May 2017 02:00 pm

Location: Porlock Visitor Centre
Duration: 4 hours
Description: A variety of gardens will be open - large and small, wild and tamed - most of them never normally open to the public. Some will have refreshments, plant sales, raffle or other attractions on offer. Money collected from ticket sales will be used to support Porlock Visitor Centre. Unfortunately no dogs please.
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Lady Maisery folk concert (2017 BBC Folk Award Winners)

Saturday 20th May 2017 07:30 pm

Location: St Mary's Church, Stogumber
Duration: 3 hours
Description: 2017 BBC Folk Award winners perform at St Mary’s Church, Stogumber Over the past 5 years, the innovative folk band Lady Maisery have toured extensively throughout the UK and Europe, frequently playing to sell out audiences. Each of the trio - which consists of Hazel Askew, Hannah James and Rowan Rheingans - are accomplished multi-instrumentalists as well as breathtakingly melodious vocalists who perform intelligent and thoughtful arrangements of both traditional songs and original compositions. Underpinning every performance are Lady Maisery’s distinctive harmonies: sometimes lush and rich, sometimes dark and invigorating, they intertwine with assured precision. In addition, the trio are one of the foremost English proponents of mouth music, or “diddling” – once common in England, and still found across parts of southern and northern Europe, this form of singing without words is a perfect showcase for their sheer musicality. The group’s third album Cycle was released in October 2016 to rave reviews from the national press. The Guardian called it "some of the most exquisite, thrilling vocal harmony work in the English folk scene". Last month, a collaborative album with seven other folk singers, Songs of Sensation, won Album of the Year at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. The event takes place in St Mary’s Church at 7.30pm on Saturday, 20th May and tickets, which are priced at £8 and £12 each, are available from the Festival website (www.stogumberfestival.com) or in person at Central Stores, Stogumber.
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Bratton Down Point To Point Horse Racing

Sunday 21st May 2017

Location: Bratton Down
Duration: N/A
Description: Undulating course on side of hill; very sharp turns into and out of home straight can be slippery; long uphill finish and results of many races change after last fence; going, on old moorland turf, often good despite late season dates.
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Raleghs Cross Long Walk

Sunday 21st May 2017 09:45 am

Location: Ralegh's Cross Inn
Duration: 6 hours
Description: Explore the engineering connected with iron mining and its setting in the Brendon Hills. We visit Beulah Chapel, Brendon village and the Winding House. Then we go all the way down the Incline to Comberow, through the woods to Leighland Chapel, circling back via a picturesque waterfall. Bring a packed lunch. About 7 miles. Steep. Walking boots and rain wear are essential.
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Porlock Open Gardens

Sunday 21st May 2017 02:00 pm

Location: Porlock Visitor Centre
Duration: 4 hours
Description: A variety of gardens will be open - large and small, wild and tamed - most of them never normally open to the public. Some will have refreshments, plant sales, raffle or other attractions on offer. Tickets can be purchased from the Visitor Centre or from Cost Cutters on Porlock High Street.Money collected from ticket sales will be used to support Porlock Visitor Centre. Unfortunately no dogs please.
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Lynmouth Boat Trip

Monday 22nd May 2017 03:15 pm

Location: Lynmouth Harbour
Duration: 1 hour and 15 minutes
Description: Look for rare nesting sea birds along Exmoor's dramatic coastline west of Lynmouth, with commentary from an Exmoor National Park Ranger.
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Lynton and Valley of Rocks - An Historic Tour

Tuesday 23rd May 2017 10:00 am

Location: Valley of Rocks ENPA car park by toilets
Duration: 2 hours and 30 minutes
Description: Join a member of The Exmoor Society on this fascinating 2.5 ml walk to see a different view of Lynton, learn how it has been shaped over the years and how the Victorians were drawn to the splendour of Valley of Rocks. Very occasionally walk details may change, so please check the www.exmoorsociety.com in advance
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Simonsbath Festival talk by Rob Wilson-North

Wednesday 24th May 2017 07:30 pm

Location: St Luke's Church, Simonsbath
Duration: N/A
Description: In search of John Knight, the man who made Exmoor - An illustrated talk -   No-one has done more to shape the way Exmoor looks than John Knight, who arrived in Simonsbath in 1820 with his wife and six young children. Over the next 17 years Knight transformed the moorland at the heart of Exmoor, turning it from a desolate moorland once described as a ‘filthy barren ground’ into what the local press at the time imagined might be ‘an enviable possession’. He set about making what was to be a great estate, with proud castle and wonderful grounds at its heart. However, in 1837 he left Exmoor, never to return. Since then commentators have judged Knight harshly, but new research has shed light upon the man himself, his motivations and the influences on him. This is an extraordinary story of a remarkable man in interesting times.   Refreshments available and a snack, costing £5, may be booked in advance for the interval by telephoning Marian Lloyd on 01643 831451.
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Ascension Day Breakfast

Thursday 25th May 2017 07:30 am

Location: BARBROOK VILLAGE HALL
Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes
Description: FULL ENGLISH BREAKFAST SERVED
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Needle Felting Workshop

Thursday 25th May 2017 1201

Location: LYNMOUTH NPC
Duration: 4 hours
Description: Needle Felting Make a needle felt Exmoor Animal with Robyn from Moorland Felts and Exmoor Arts. Robyn will teach you how to make your choice of animal, using locally sourced wool. This workshop is huge amount of fun, it is our most popular workshop and many people who have attended find they have a new hobby to carry on with at home. Places are limited, due to popularity you are advised to book in early. All materials are provided (also tea and coffee) Everyone is welcome - but over 14 years old please due to sharp needles
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Lynmouth Flood Walk

Thursday 25th May 2017 02:30 pm

Location: National Park Centre Lynmouth
Duration: 1 hour
Description: Join a Heritage Walk Leader on a Flood Walk of Lynmouth, hear about the Great Flood of 1952 and how it has shaped the village until the present day.
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Dulverton Heritage Tour

Thursday 25th May 2017 03:00 pm

Location: Dulverton Heritage Centre
Duration: 1 hour
Description: Why not join us on a guided walk exploring the history of Dulverton. Discover some secret places and hear tales of old from local guides.
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In Search of John Knight's Lost Mansion and Gardens - A Guided Walk

Friday 26th May 2017 01:30 pm

Location: Ashcombe car park, Simonsbath (£2 fee) SS 773 394
Duration: 2 hours and 30 minutes
Description: Join a member of the Exmoor Society and National Park Conservation Manager on this walk centred around Simonsbath to explore the setting of the village and John Knight's uncompleted gardens, laid out in the 1820's. 2.5 km max, mainly level, but does involve some steeper paths. Dogs on leads welcome. Please wear suitable weatherproof clothing and boots. This walk links with the illustrated talk on this subject at the Simonsbath Festival on 24th May 2017 (each can be attended separately). Very occasionally walk details may change so please check the website www.exmoorsociety.com in advance.
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Book Sale

Saturday 27th May 2017

Location: Dulverton Heritage Centre
Duration: N/A
Description: Mega Book Sale (weather permitting) in aid of Model Railway and Heritage Centre Funds
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Family Butterfly Trail

Saturday 27th May 2017 10:30 am

Location: Heddon Valley National Trust shop, Heddon Valley, near Parracombe
Duration: 8 days and 5 hours
Description: Heddon Valley is home to hundreds of beautiful butterflies, attracting some of the rarest species in Britain. In celebration of these unique residents we have created a fun family trail through the valley, with butterfly clues to find along the way. You might even spot some of the real things! Pick up your trail from the National Trust shop.
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Nautical family trail

Saturday 27th May 2017 1210

Location: Arlington Court
Duration: 5 hours and 30 minutes
Description: Join in with this trail to learn more about the Chichester family and their nautical links from sailing to collecting model ships. Plus learn more about Sir Francis Chichester who singlehandedly circumnavigated the globe fifty years ago.
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St Mary's church, Nettlecome FETE

Saturday 27th May 2017 02:30 pm

Location: Huish Barton Farm on the B3190
Duration: 2 hours and 30 minutes
Description: Traditional Fete held in a beautiful walled garden, with Live music, Cream Teas, homemade Cake and jam Stall, Tombola, Raffle, Books, Bric a Brac, and nearly new clothes, entertainment for the children with a Punch and Judy show and a Bouncy castle and much more.
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Bulworthy Project Barbecue Café Evening

Saturday 27th May 2017 1206

Location: Bulworthy Project
Duration: 5 hours
Description: Bulworthy Project Barbecue Café Evenings are a great social event for all the family. No need to book. Admission is free. You just pay for food and drinks as you order. We will source the highest quality local ingredients to cook over Devon's finest charcoal. The salad will be picked on the day here at Bulworthy Project and as always there will be vegetarian and gluten free options. We will of course have some local cider and ale, white wine from Yearlstone Vinyard and some great organic red as well as a selection of soft drinks. The campfire will be going and although we hope for a lovely warm evening, but we do have a marquee so that everyone can stay warm and dry whatever the weather. We're looking forward to getting the barbecues fired up for another evening of great food and great company in the woods. You are welcome to explore the woods whilst you are here and there will be further entertainment that will be organised closer to the date. For full details see: www.bulworthyproject.org.uk/barbecuecafe.html
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Simonsbath Festival concert by The Dime Notes jazz band

Saturday 27th May 2017 07:30 pm

Location: St Luke's Church, Simonsbath
Duration: N/A
Description: The highly-polished London-based jazz band The Dime Notes play the irresistible, foot-tapping early jazz of the 1920s, digging back into the blues-drenched sounds of clarinet-driven New Orleans jazz, unearthing a repertoire of stomps, blueses, and forgotten gems of the era from musicians such as Johnny Dodds, Jelly Roll Morton and Red Nichols. Fronted by Chris Barber’s long-time clarinetist David Horniblow, an established figure on the European jazz stage and American pianist/composer/musicologist and Jelly Roll Morton specialist Andrew Oliver, a recent arrival to the UK, the band is anchored by the unstoppable pulse of the UK’s finest rhythm guitarist Dave Kelbie, accompanist in Evan Christopher’s Django a la Creole, John Etheridge’s Sweet Chorus and many more. The bass chair is occupied by London bassist Tom Wheatley, well-known across the international scene for his swing and versatility and in demand across many genre boundaries with his huge sound and stylistic versatility. The Dime Notes present a fresh take on a timeless style, emphasising the propulsive grooves and sultry melodies which made early jazz revolutionary, controversial, and wildly popular. Refreshments available and a tasty savoury snack, costing £6, may be booked in advance by telephoning Marian Lloyd on 01643 831451.
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Big Breakfast

Sunday 28th May 2017 08:00 am

Location: Allerford & Selworthy Community Hall
Duration: 3 hours
Description: Come and enjoy a full English breakfast cooked while you wait. Wide choice. From £5 for 6 items.
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Porlock Duck Race

Sunday 28th May 2017 01:00 pm

Location: Sparkhayes Camping Site, Porlock
Duration: 3 hours and 30 minutes
Description: Duck racing at Sparkhayes Camping Site in the beautiful vale of Porlock . Refreshments, bar and chidrens activities.
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Family ranger day

Monday 29th May 2017 11:00 am

Location: Arlington Court
Duration: 4 hours
Description: A chance to get outdoors, maybe get mucky and pick up some new skills along the way. Join our rangers on a fun day in the outdoors for families. Learn about the work they do and try your hand at picking up some skills, such as den building, pizza making, hunting for bugs and more.
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Fun Day with Teddy Bear parachute jump

Monday 29th May 2017 11:00 am

Location: St.Mary's Church Lynton
Duration: N/A
Description: Fun Day with Teddy Bear parachute jump with lunches and cream teas available
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Brayford Duck Race

Monday 29th May 2017 01:00 pm

Location: Brayford Village
Duration: 4 hours
Description: BRAYFORD DUCK RACE : BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY 29th May 2017, 1.30pm.A fun day for all the family with cream teas, ice creams, hot dogs, plus various stalls as well as a Family Dog Show (Pedigree, Family and Obedience classes). Come and enjoy the fun, or sit and enjoy listening to the local jazz band.Duck Race prizes £75, £50, £25, as well as Vouchers and Other Prizes from local Organisations and Attractions Dog Show commences 1.00pm Ducks in the water at 3.30pm.
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Combe Martin Seashore Safari

Monday 29th May 2017 02:30 pm

Location: Combe Martin Museum EX34 0DH
Duration: 2 hours
Description: Visit our beach for a seashore rock pool ramble, sometimes followed by microscope workshop. Wear appropriate footwear, Equipment and seashore guide provided. Parents to supervise children. Can last up to 2 hours, but flexible for younger families! See 7th April entry for picture. Find out more on our facebook page: “Combe Martin Museum Seashore Safaris”
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Tarr Steps Discovery Day.

Tuesday 30th May 2017 11:00 am

Location: Tarr Steps
Duration: 4 hours
Description: Discover what amazing bugs and beasties live in the streams of Exmoor as we river dip at Tarr Steps. Please wear outdoor clothing and suitable footwear. Remember to approach Tarr Steps via Liscombe (from the North) as the ford can be quite deep!
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Drop-in family crafts: nautical hats

Tuesday 30th May 2017 12:00 pm

Location: Arlington Court
Duration: 4 hours
Description: Bring your imagination and drop in for some creative crafting.
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Family ranger day

Wednesday 31st May 2017 11:00 am

Location: Arlington Court
Duration: 4 hours
Description: A chance to get outdoors, maybe get mucky and pick up some new skills along the way. Join our rangers on a fun day in the outdoors for families. Learn about the work they do and try your hand at picking up some skills, such as den building, pizza making, hunting for bugs and more.
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Moor To Enjoy Event

Wednesday 31st May 2017 01:00 pm

Location: Lynmouth National Park Centre
Duration: 2 hours
Description: Celebration event promoting the Health and Wellbeing benefits of being out and about on Exmoor National Park. There will be Information Stands and Activities including: Beach Art and Sculpturing, Storytelling, Guided Walk, information on volunteering opportunities, the National Trust, and more......
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Simonsbath Festival talk by Matthew Fort of The Great British Menu

Wednesday 31st May 2017 07:30 pm

Location: St Luke's Church, Simonsbath
Duration: N/A
Description: Food and travel writer and judge on The Great British Menu, Matthew Fort talks about his new book ‘Summer in the Islands’. Who hasn’t dreamed of a summer in the sun, of taking time out, of beachcombing, of drifting without restraint and responsibility from island to island?   When Matthew was in his early twenties, he spent summers travelling around Italy’s Aeolian Islands, riding the ferries, with their cargoes of passengers and animals, cars and lorries carrying essential supplies.    Forty years later he returned, travelling by ferry and by scooter around not just the Aeolian Islands but to many of Italy’s island treasures, among them Elba, where Napoleon was imprisoned before being freed to begin his last hurrah that ended in the Battle of Waterloo; to Sardinia, where you find the finest bottarga, cured mullet roe, and Canto O Tenores, a form of polyvocal singing; to Pianosa, on which particularly dangerous Mafia bosses were kept and which Joseph Heller used as the setting for Catch 22; to Capri where Maxim Gorky ran a school for revolutionaries and was visited by Lenin and Stalin; to Salina, famous for its capers just as Pantelleria is for its dessert wine. Each island has its own history and food culture to discover and explore and ruminate on.  Summer in the Islands is a record of what turned out to be two carefree summers voyaging on a Vespa. Refreshments available and a tasty savoury snack, costing £5, may be booked in advance for the interval by telephoning Marian Lloyd on 01643 831451.
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Forest Night Walk

Wednesday 31st May 2017 08:30 pm

Location: Nutcombe Bottom car park
Duration: 2 hours
Description: Come for a walk with Exmoor National Park and Forestry Commission rangers as we search for wildlife in the woods of Croydon Hill. We can’t guarantee anything but we’ll be on the lookout for deer, bats, glow worms and the elusive Nightjar. Torches, binoculars and insect repellent advised (in addition to outdoor clothing and suitable footwear).
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