Choice Cottages | Self catering holiday accommodation | May 2013

Insights into Clovelly?s fishing heritage

by Admin31. May 2013 09:00

Places to Visit in Devon:

Insights into Clovelly’s fishing heritage

Cottages in Clovelly

For centuries the main occupation at Clovelly was fishing, the village boats sailing out into the waters of Bideford Bay to harvest the shoals of herring and mackerel. If you walk along the path by the side of the cottage containing the Kingsley Museum, just a few yards down from the New Inn, you’ll come to the pretty little Fisherman’s Cottage. Its interior will bring you insights into how a Clovelly fisherman and his family lived in past times. The parlour is decorated with domestic treasures from the 1930s, including simple cottage furniture, colourful pictures and religious engravings, china and ornaments. The tiny kitchen is plain but full of period charm. Upstairs there are two bedrooms, one small and the other still smaller, a sail loft, and an attic complete with straw mattresses. The cottage is packed with fascinating information and old photographs. Like all the early cottages in the village, it is built in cob and stone. A wall in the downstairs room has been left unplastered to show how it was made, with a bottom layer of stones from the beach, and then a layer of cob (earth mixed with a little straw).

 

Wells once supplied Clovelly’s water and older residents still remember how pure it was. In the front room there is a typical village well. Residents would watch the level carefully, as sometimes, in heavy rain, it could overflow and cause a flood. This fascinating cottage is well worth a visit. The way it is furnished and equipped, and the plentiful information and old photographs, will offer you a vivid picture of Clovelly’s rich fishing past.

 

Many great Holiday Cottages UK can be found or specifically Cottages in Hartland and Clovelly. More info at:  www.clovelly.co.uk

The Searchers | Landmark Theatre, Ilfracombe

by Admin30. May 2013 09:00

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The Searchers | Landmark Theatre, Ilfracombe

Thursday 6th June 2013 at 19.30

The Searchers | Landmark Theatre Ilfracombe

Now celebrating their 50th Anniversary, The Searchers remarkable career continues. With such classic hits as Sweets For My Sweet; Needles and Pins; Don’t Throw Your Love Away; Sugar and Spice and When You Walk In The Room, they have contributed enormously in establishing the UK as the world’s leading nation in the music industry. There is no doubt that the decade that gave us The Beatles, as well as The Searchers and many others was very special and will go down in history as being the most imaginative period of music creativity and expression. The Searchers, with total record sales well in excess of 40 million, still have great appeal to audiences of all ages. They tour the globe as much today as they have done throughout a fantastic career spanning 5 decades. Their special ‘solo’ concert is a highly entertaining show and has been enthusiastically and warmly received throughout the world. Combined with anecdotes and reminiscences, this fully self-contained concert includes all their famous hits, plus many album recordings, B-sides and a selection of other collector and well known favourites. Don’t miss The Searchers live in concert!

 

Stay in Luxury Cottages Devon UK or Cottages in Ilfracombe. More info at: www.ndtt.org.uk/searchers 

Royal Cornwall Show | The Show Ground, Wadebridge

by Admin29. May 2013 10:37

Things to Do in Cornwall:

Royal Cornwall Show | The Show Ground, Wadebridge

Thursday 6th – Saturday 8th June 2013

Royal Cornwall Show | Cornwall Cottages

For three days each year the dedicated showground at Wadebridge is transformed into a living town, bustling with life, energy, agriculture, entertainment and trade. It is a significant event on the Cornish calendar with around 130,000 people attending. This has been Cornwall’s showcase since it was first held back in 1793 and, as you’d expect from a county show, a fascinating glimpse into rural life in the county. Apart from the livestock judging, there is the famous flower tent decked out with wonderful displays from individuals and local nurseries. The main ring offers a full three days of entertainment featuring different headline acts each year, plus show jumping and a fast and furious inter-hunt relay. There is also a full programme of entertainment and demonstrations in the countryside area, alongside Cornish heritage and Cornish wrestling. You’ll find busy marquees dedicated to goats and rare breeds, cage birds and poultry, bees and rabbits, there’s a major dog show, a traditional steam fair, the Cornwall Festival of Dance, forestry and if that’s not enough then there’s the motor fair, agricultural machinery, crafts, health and beauty ... in fact, something for all the family.

 

The show is well attended and there can be traffic queues entering the main car parks (which are plentiful) to the showground. The advice is to get there early. There are simply loads of stalls selling fantastic local food and drink for you to sample straight from the suppliers, a chance to see some sheep shearing close at hand, you can browse the many trade stands (over 1,000 of them), listen to live music and during the three days the show often gets a visit from a member of the royal family, so you may even be able to rub shoulders with Royalty! The Royal Cornwall Show is regarded as one of the last true major agricultural shows in the UK. The first show was held near the Red Lion Inn in Truro over 200 years ago was just a ploughing match between local farmers. 

 

Book Holiday Cottages UK including Cornwall Cottages.

 

More info at: www.royalcornwallshow.org

Things to Do in Devon - Lynmouth?s LLAMA Festival

by Admin28. May 2013 12:00

Things to Do in Devon:

Lynmouth’s LLAMA Festival

Friday 7th  - Sunday 9th June 2013

Lynmouth’s LLAMA Festival

This is a small festival - at the most, 3000 people. The scale creates a very intimate feel. Some great artists and entertainers perform at the Llama Festival. It’s a diverse and eclectic mix of music with plenty of surprises to be discovered with something for everyone. They have a tradition of very high quality musicianship and a big range of musical genres. What sets LLAMA apart is the wonderful location. It takes place in the beautiful setting of the North Devon seaside village of Lynmouth with its charming harbour. The festival site is right by the sea on the edge of the Exmoor National Park. The mix of Exmoor’s rugged beauty and high cliffs are in contrast to the sights and sounds of the festival. Watch the waves lap on the rocks on the nearby beach as the tides move in and out. Take a break from the music and in a couple of minutes you can visit the quaint cafes, tasty restaurants and charming gift shops of the village. There’s nothing quite like it! The festival is very easy going with a friendly relaxed atmosphere. Whether you want to dance to the music near the stages, lay back on the grass in the sun after your picnic, dip your toes in the sea or trawl along the festival stalls for a bargain, it’s all there! You can expect to hear some great bands but it’s not all about the music. Wherever you turn there’s something going on. 

 

For the children there will be lots to do including the traditional face painting and for everyone there are wonderful food stalls. This year you might see some special scarecrows, circus performers and more musicians in the “Factory Lounge”. Take a deep breath of some of the special sea air, relax and soak up the atmosphere! I know you want to know – why is called a llama festival? – There has been no mention of any of those South American camelids so far! LLAMA stand for the Lynton and Lynmouth Arts and Music Association, which is a small and ever evolving team of dedicated local people who work hard to try to create something very special that celebrates music and the arts for the community and visitors. So now you know!

 

Tickets are not available on the day – so make sure you book in advance.  Why not book self catering holiday cottages in Lynton or Lynmouth cottages in Devon while you're at it. More info at: www.llama.org.uk

Babe the Sheep Pig by Dick King Smith | Castle Hill Gardens, Filleigh, Barnstaple

by Admin27. May 2013 09:00

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Babe the Sheep Pig by Dick King Smith | Castle Hill Gardens, Filleigh, Barnstaple

Sunday 2nd June 2013

Babe the Sheep Pig by Dick King Smith | Castle Hill Gardens, Filleigh, Barnstaple

Illyria present Babe the Sheep Pig at Castle Hill as an Outdoor Theatre Production. Bring the family, a picnic, chairs or a rug and enjoy this much loved children's story in the wonderful gardens at Castle Hill. Farmer Hoggett wins a piglet at the fair - and everyone knows what unfortunate fate awaits piglets on a farm.  Adopted by Fly the sheepdog, Babe develops his own methods of herding sheep using politeness instead of barking orders.  Entered for the county sheep dog trials he is going to need Fly's help and all his wits to win the trials and save his bacon! Dick King Smith's heart warming tale of friendship, courage and determination is vividly brought to life by the creative team at Illyria and is suitable for all ages 5+

 

Book your next self catering holiday cottages UK or Barnstaple cottages with Choice Cottages

 

More info at: www.castlehilldevon.co.uk/what-s-on

Simonsbath Festival Gumboot Dance Workshop

by Admin26. May 2013 09:00

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Simonsbath Festival Gumboot Dance Workshop

Saturday 1st June 2013 16.00 – 18.00

Gumboot Dance Workshop Simonsbath

Workshop tutor Cecilia Ndhlovu will give adults and children a chance to discover a whole new language, dance and culture based on that most humble and yet - to many Exmoor residents and visitors - most indispensible piece of footwear: the wellington boot. The Gumboot Dance originated in the gold mines of South Africa where miners were forced to work underground in poor conditions, often standing for hours in infected water. Instead of attempting to drain the mines the owners gave the miners wellington boots for protection. The miners were forbidden from talking, and as a result created their own means of communication to keep up their morale, send messages to each other and warn each other of dangers like falling bricks. This language was developed using a variety of welly tapping, thigh slapping, foot stamping and clapping. After the workers were freed, the steps they learnt in the mines became part of the new Gumboot Dance form and were then recognised nationally as a South African traditional dance and are still celebrated today to mark the end of slavery in the mines. Cecilia Ndhlovu is a professional dancer now based in the UK. She runs Gumboot Dance workshops for adults and children of all ages and will be releasing a Gumboot Dance workout video later in the year. Bring your own wellies! Refreshments available and a light post-workshop, pre-concert supper may be booked in advance. 

 

More info at: www.simonsbathfestival.co.uk | Self catering Holiday Cotttages UK and cottages in Exmoor

Charley?s Aunt | Landmark Theatre, Ilfracombe

by Admin25. May 2013 09:00

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Charley’s Aunt | Landmark Theatre, Ilfracombe

Sunday 2nd June 2013 at 19.00

Charley’s Aunt | Landmark Theatre, Ilfracombe

It is 1892 and dashing Oxford undergraduates, Jack and Charley are preparing to propose to Amy and Kitty, but a chaperone is needed or the girls will refuse their lunch invitation.  As luck would have it, Charley’s Aunt is arriving from Brazil (where the nuts come from) and will happily serve the purpose.  However, a telegram declares that her trip is delayed so their plans are in disarray until they hit upon the idea that Lord Fancourt Babberley, their good friend, should put on a frock and assume her identity. But madness ensues when Charley’s real aunt from Brazil (where the nuts come from) finally arrives. All is well in the end after a breath taking chase, a musical interlude and an absurd number of marital engagements.  Creative Cow, the company who brought North Devon The Rivals last year, will take on this hilarious farce and wrestle it to the floor in a flurry of Victorian vim and verve.

 

More info at: www.ndtt.org.uk/charley | Holiday Cottages UK & Devon Holidays for your accommodation

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We are an expanding family run company with offices in Bideford, Barnstaple, and Braunton and have a friendly, experienced team providing guests with the personal touch.

We have a wide portfolio of quality hand-picked self catering cottages to let in the South West and are proud of our high levels of service to holiday makers.

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We currently specialise in the West Country Counties with many properties in the popular Seaside areas of: Croyde Bay, Saunton, WoolacombeLee Bay, Westward Ho!, Appledore, Bideford, Teignmouth, Lynton and Lynmouth. In addition, a selection of properties are available for the Country and town locations of: Barnstaple, Braunton, GeorgehamExmoorHartland and Torrington

With hundreds of hand-picked properties to choose from, you are assured of the best of quality, from luxury Holiday Cottages to romantic getaways, pet friendly properties and large traditional thatch Holiday Homes - there is something for everyone’s budget.

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