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Events in Devon in January and February can be quite interesting and innovative. These months can be dark and stormy. There is always a silver lining, why not go looking for the snowdrops as they peep shyly through. The bare branches of the trees shows their mighty architecture. Thought of a cruise - in Devon in winter? Yes!!! Or why not find an event you can attend. Perhaps one of the following:
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Bird Watching Cruises winter wonderland, watch the birds on the Exe River in January. Sail in comfort from Exmouth along the river. Very popular as your commentator is a leading ornithologist.
January 2017 dates are already full.
Guided visits at Higher Uppacott Longhouse Dartmoor. An interesting tour through a Grade I building of national importance and certainly different. It is a medieval
farmhouse where both people and cattle lived!!! Visits have been suspended until repairs can be completed.
Royal Horticultural Society Rosemoor Winter Sculpture Exhibition still on until 19th February.
Exeter Racing New Year's Day Racing. A Devon tradition!
Exeter Racing 17th January 2017. January Jumps
Antique Collectors Fair 28th January 2017 Newton Abbot Racecourse. Free entry.
Royal Horticultural Society Rosemoor Winter Sculpture Exhibition still on until 22nd February.
Guided Bird Watching Cruises Cruising is a popular pastime, why not have a 2 to 3 hour cruise on the River Exe and see the wintering birds. Quite comfortable! Hear the commentary from a leading ornithologist.
2017 dates departing Exmouth
9th to 12th February are full
24th to 27th February are full
There are some places on 28th February.
Wild Night Run February 11th 2017 10 miles and 5 miles.Both start at 5.30pm South Brent Village Hall. Pretty tough and pretty muddy. They say it is the 'jewel in the crown of the Wild Night Run series'.
Craft 4 Crafters Show Crafters set the date for this one, you are not going to want to miss it!!! It is on 16th to 18th February 2017 from 10am to 5pm each day. Westpoint Arena, Exeter. The Show is exactly what it says it is, Reckons to be one of the largest in the southwest. Why not stock up for 2017 while you are there!!! Make sure you have comfortable shoes!!!
South Devon Coastal Marathon 6th February 2016. Picturesque and punishing!! They say it is "as as good as it gets".
Endurance Life Marathon Coastal Trial Series South Devon 4th February 2017. Venue Beesands, Near Kingsbridge. This one is of the severe category but sells out very fast. If you are interested book now!!!
Exeter Racing 12th February 2017. Super Sunday Raceday.
Toy and Train Collectors Fair February 19th 2017 Conference Centre, Westpoint, Clyst St Mary, Exeter.
Guided visits at Higher Uppacott Longhouse Dartmoor. An interesting tour through a Grade I building of national importance and certainly different. It is a medieval farmhouse where both people and cattle lived!!!
Exeter Racing 24th February 2017 Devon National Race Day.
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Devon country lanes in winter have their own unique character. They can be wet, covered in snow or hard with icy puddles. Those lanes still beckon the wanderer on. The trees are in their skeleton mode whispering (or howling) in the wind, can also be still and quiet. More of the countryside around is visible in winter.
Exeter is the capital city of Devon. A bustling place with good shopping, shopaholics! Lot to do in the city. Great nightlife. Reckoned to be a high quality lifestyle for residents! Even has its own airport!
Dartmouth is in the Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Lovely old town and area on the River Dart. Dartmouth Castle is one of two forts, the other being Kingswear Castle that have guarded the river mouth since 1388.
Dartmoor National Park all 368 square miles of it. An ancient stretch of moorland that has seen human habitation for aeons. Tors, standing stones, wonderful wildlife. The Ministry of Defence have firing ranges over part of it. See Dartmoor Trails.
Newton Abbott a delightful market town on the river Teign famous for its racecourse. That tower in the centre is St Leonards Tower all that is left of a chapel that was built in 1220.
There is a plaque nearby which reads:
"The first declaration of William, Prince of Orange, the glorious defender of the Protestant Religion and the liberties of England, was read on this pedestal by the Rev John Reynall, Rector of this parish, on November 5th 1688." William of Orange stayed at Forde House in the town before moving on to London to take the crown with his wife Mary.
Clyst St Mary is a village close to Exeter. It is home to West of England Showground and the Crealy Adventure Park. It is famous as a site for a decisive battle of the Prayer Book Rebellion in 1549 when the rebellion was quashed at awful cost to the village.
Beesands is a tourist and fishing village on the South Devon coast. Apparently Keith Richards and Mick Jagger made their first public appearance in the Cricket Inn.
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There are some delightful cottages around the county. Probably one near where you would love to stay.
Want a cute car? Large car? Small car? Whatever you need you will find it here. You will probably find your favourite car hire firm here and Car Rentals do not add a penny to their price for looking all over for you!
If you do decide the leave the car at home and help the environment too, why not go National Express They run coaches all over the country. Some pretty good fares too.
Just imagine - sit back and relax, no hassling with the traffic!!!
Do you know that you can book on your mobile phone and they will send the ticket as a text!!!!
Virgin Trains is an excellent main line railway.