Lorna Doone 150th Anniversary


The 150th anniversary of the publication of Lorna Doone by renowned author R D Blackmore is being celebrated across Exmoor with a series of events throughout the year.

The novel set in 17th century Exmoor was first published in 1869 and has never since been out of print.  The story follows young farmer John Ridd's search for revenge over his father's murder, and the chance meeting with beautiful Lorna Doone that changes the course of his life.

It incorporates wonderful descriptions of the most remote and rugged parts of Exmoor, including real life events such as The Great Winter and The Monmouth Rebellion, plus the folk traditions of the notorious Doones and the highway man Tom Faggus – the ‘robin-hood’ of Devon.

This year’s Lorna Doone themed events will be celebrating the culture, landscape and heritage of Exmoor. The focal point of the celebrations will be a major exhibition at the Guildhall Heritage Centre in Dulverton which will run from April to October.

The National Park Authority, Exmoor Society and other groups will be holding talks and walking events to celebrate the landscape that inspired the novel.

Further details can be found here

There is a free Lorna Doone leaflet available from our National Park Centres. The centres also sell a wide range of commemorative merchandise as well as the novel itself and a new publication called The Lorna Doone Trail, which marries the plot with the landscape, to help readers ‘tread in the footsteps’ of Blackmore and his characters

Below are some of the upcoming events to celebrate the Lorna Doone Aniversary.

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