Heritage Open Days

What a wonderful month September is turning out to be! Our guests are enjoying lots of warm sunshine: wonderful. 

We are also making the most of the Heritage Open Days all through to the end of this week (20th Sept). There are a lot of interesting places free to visit, including our lovely and very local Powderham Castle. Definitely worth a visit, whether for the castle tour or just a wander around the gardens and grounds.

Teignmouth Recycled Art in the Landscape

The renowned recycled outdoor art trail along Teignmouth sea front is still looking wonderful despite being battered by a fair amount of wind & rain over the last couple of weeks. Even Greta dropped by: who knew?!

Here are a few samples but you should definitely take a stroll and enjoy them all. And by the way, I haven’t touched up the colour, the sky really was that blue yesterday.

New Sea Wall at Dawlish

I try to keep this news feed upbeat but it is hard to ignore the blot on the landscape at Dawlish that is the new sea wall so it has a mention today. Still under construction: lots more concrete to go everyone! Doesn’t look any better whichever angle you take it from and unfortunately obscures other more attractive vistas. 

On a lighter note the gorillas have got their masks on so very Covid aware. Or perhaps just using them to avoid seeing the wall. 

Dawlish Warren this evening, August 24

Storm Francis is threatened, but this evening all was calm down at the beach. Still some people in the sea at gone 8pm , and lots of people sitting outside with food & drink at around The Boathouse. All the shops open, and the funfair rolling, everything colour & lights. Three huge cruise ships sitting out in the bay, becoming a bit of a fixture at the moment, presumably empty!

Bicton Steam Event

Bicton Botanical Gardens is once again holding events and this weekend there is a Steam Rally. Alongside the steam engines there are classic cars, motorbikes, model boats and agricultural vehicles, lots to see & admire.

 Bicton Gardens are a beautiful place to visit at any time, whether looking for a peaceful walk or family activities. 

Check out their website for details of future events and how to visit. 

Open Air Events at Powderham Castle

We are very pleased that Sandays is within 3 miles of Powderham Castle where, despite the Covid blight, there is still lots going on.

Don’t forget to check out their website for family friendly events, open air cinema & theatre, and various other happenings.

Car boot fan?

If you are a fan of car boot sales then you will be pleased to know that the Dawlish Warren Boot sale is back on Thursday afternoons.

Also look out for a one-off car boot sale at Powderham Castle on Sunday 23rd August, check their website for details.

Babbacombe looking stunning today

It is lovely seeing our area teeming with visitors again, and looking stunning in the sunshine. Oddicombe beach is a wonderful spot for swimming or other water sport fun, and now the cliff lift is running again you don’t even have to expend the energy getting up and down. 

As it was a clear day, the view from the Babbacombe Downs was amazing, and with most of the cafes open for business it was a happy scene there today. I drove from Sandays today (25/30 mins, plenty of parking) but it is also possible to catch the No.22 bus.

Torre Abbey re-opening to general public next week.

Torre Abbey in Torquay is the latest place to be re-opening to all next week and it is definitely worth a visit. They re-opened for Friends & Members to begin with so we have had a sneak preview or two, and it is lovely as ever. This place has a fascinating history and works well as a gallery / museum, but the gardens are a crowning glory.

Easy on the train from Sandays to Torquay station, which is very close to the Abbey. As opposed to Torre station which is actually a long way from Torre Abbey, so don’t be tempted to jump off early!

A one way system and the ubiquitous hand sanitisers keep everything legal! Check out their website for opening times, booking etc.

Who will you meet at Dawlish Warren?

Who will you meet at Dawlish Warren? Well you just never know! In the short distance between the station and Sandays, this character was causing quite a stir this afternoon. He will be featuring on lots of family photos by the end of the day!

Torquay Gardens

There are many gardens in Torquay, which are usually kept looking beautiful throughout the year. But I am making special mention of the ones which lie between the leisure centre and the beach because they look absolutely stunning at the moment. In fact a reason in itself to go there and enjoy.

Looking pretty at Sandays

It is looking pretty in front of Sandays at the moment. The lilac has gone completely mad this year and is sending off the most wonderful scent, Meanwhile it seems to be a good year for the Agapanthuses as well so we are enjoying numerous tall blue flowers. 

Looking pretty

Lilac