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Author: Clare Mackenney

Cadhay House – an historic stately home

Cadhay House Historic East Devon Stately Home An interesting manor house with plenty of history, Cadhay House in East Devon is open to the public in Friday afternoons in the summer months.  The rest of the time it is available to hire for the week – perfect for a big family gathering or party. Having seen the leaflets it was another place that has been on my list to visit for a couple of years. So I grabbed the chance before the season ended. With the children back at school I thought this might be a nice trip out for my...

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Goren Festival – A Family Friendly Music Festival in Devon

Goren Festival Family Music Festival “A small un-commercialised music festival, with a laid back atmosphere. Perfect for families with younger children where everyone can relax and unwind surrounded by beautiful countryside.”  As the nights draw in again, I am looking back wistfully at the lovely weekend we spent at Goren Festival which take place in East Devon during early July. So – what can you expect at Goren Festival? Starting at the begining – like most festivals you can’t park very close, so be prepared to make a couple of trips with your gear if you are camping. Fortunately...

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River Cottage Spring Fair and Summer Festival

River Cottage Spring Fair and Summer Festival Earlier this year we were lucky enough to be invited along to the River Cottage Spring Fair. The Summer Festival is on over the August Bank Holiday Weekend and there’s still time to buy tickets.  The  Summer Festival is a larger version of the Spring fair, spread over two days with the addition of music and camping. I thought it was time to share our experience and photos from earlier this year as there is still time to buy tickets for the Festival. What to Expect Set in beautiful East Devon countryside, the...

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Dartmoor and The Moor Otter Trail

A Mini Adventure on Dartmoor following Moor Otter Trail Dartmoor makes me slightly nervous. It’s quite big, a bit bleak and a little scary when the fog descends.  I remember being in the Cadets, hiking across the vast open expanse of moorland near Okehampton, trying to map read and getting wet feet!  I’ve been back a number of times during a pre-children rock climbing phase, but I don’t really know my way around many areas. I see other people’s pictures and posts of gurgling rivers, pretty bridges and beautiful views and think I really need to be a bit...

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Family Canoeing with Tamar Trails

Family Canoeing in Devon and Cornwall with Tamar Trails Watersports are something I loved in my 20’s but these days I’m more of a land lover.  However when the opportunity to take the family canoeing in Devon and Cornwall with Tamar Trails came up, it seemed too good a chance to miss. Canoeing takes place in large stable boats with a single paddle. It’s a far cry from being sealed into a kayak on Lake Windermere and being forced to capsize!  No, this is all about staying dry and keeping your sandwiches out of the puddles in the bottom...

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About Clare

Clare Flipflops or WelliesHi! I am Clare and I live in glorious East Devon with my family. I love finding new places to explore in the West Country. So whether you are on holiday, recently moved to the area or like me live here and realise that there are great places a just few miles away that seem to have passed you by, then read on, I hope you enjoy my blog.

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31aug - 3sepaug 311:00 pmsep 3Bournemouth Air FestivalFree Family Event

2sep10:00 am- 10:00 pmBridport Hat FestivalHats, Hats and more Hats!

2sep10:00 am- 5:00 pmChardstock Street FairVillage Fair

9sep11:00 am- 3:00 pmOtterhead Lakes Open DayGuided Walks and Tea

22sep - 24sep 2210:00 amsep 24Shute Festival of Literature and LandscapeShute in East Devon

30sep - 8octsep 3010:30 amoct 8Town Mill Arts Open and ArtsFest ExhibitionLyme Regis

30sep2:00 pm- 5:00 amColyford Goose FayreMedieval Fun

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