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Christmas Fairs and Events in the West Country

Christmas Fairs and Events in the West Country Are you searching for an unusual gift for Christmas or even an upcoming birthday.  Maybe you just enjoy browsing and enjoying the Christmas spirit of local events to get you in the festive mood. Even better if there’s a mulled wine or hot chocolate on offer, oh and a mince pie (personally I love a decent slice of stollen!) Why not head along to one of these Christmas Fairs and Events in the West Country, we certainly will be – now should I wear Flip flops or Wellies! Christmas In Exeter...

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Heddon Valley A Short Accessible Walk in North Devon

Heddon Valley, a Short Accessible Walk in North Devon A weekend away led me to explore a small area of North Devon. Managed by the National Trust, Heddon Valley near Coombe Martin offers a short accessible walk to the South West Coast Path as well various longer options. Even more ideal is that the National Trust car park at Heddon is just metres from a lovely pub! Our group was on a hen weekend and the theme was 1940’s. We dressed with varying degrees of authenticity as Land Girls (I suspect Hunter wellies may not have been available then!). We got a few...

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Stourhead National Trust Gardens Wonderful Walks and Day Out in Wiltshire

Stourhead National Trust Gardens Wonderful Walks and a Great Day Out in Wiltshire Access to the countryside, woods and green fields are something that as a Devon girl born and bred, I’ve taken for granted. However as I’ve got older and had children of my own I realise how lucky I am. Many people in towns and cities do not have that privilege. So it is interesting to know that the National Trust was established over 100 years ago by 3 philanthropists with exactly that sentiment in mind – providing access to the countryside and buildings of historic interest...

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Firework Displays in Devon Dorset and Somerset 2017

A quick round up of local displays in my part of the world, East Devon, West Dorset and South Somerset covering West Bay to Exeter and Taunton I’ve always loved fireworks and it’s great now that our children do as well.  We used to have to find a display where we could sit in the car and watch them as they were too loud for child number one! That seems a long time ago now and it’s certainly easier once children are older and taller! There are plenty of displays to choose from. Please check individual website for ticket...

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f.east Cafe and Vegetarian Food in Somerset

f.east –  a Fabulous Cafe near Ilminster A recent morning out ended up with a new find. Now if you live in South Somerset you may think I’m well behind the times – in fact a quick look on Trip Advisor tells me I’m no trail blazer! This is one of the quirks of living right on the border of three counties and one of the reasons I write this blog. Traditional advertising is very county or town based so you have to keep yours ears and eyes open for new places like this. My Mum and I had...

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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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