Sometimes the unplanned half term events are the best of all: there is a new little family of 4 cygnets on the brook in Dawlish. Very little and fluffy as I passed by today and being harassed by other swans. Fingers crossed for them and the adults, our black swans are such a lovely sight, we do enjoy seeing them.
Especially for half-term!
The wonderful South Devon Railway is offering half price tickets for all this weekend: Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th October.
Big free car park at Buckfastleigh, ride the steam train to Totnes and back.
The same car park serves the Buckfast Butterfly & Otter Sanctury if there is time to spare (separate entrance charges apply).
We visited Hannahs at Seale Hayne today; always one of our favourite places. The Gallery is currently home to 2 exhibitions: Devon Remembers and Healing of the Mind.
Devon Remembers is a tribute to those lost from the South West during WW1, an astonishing carpet of over 33,000 hand made poppies, each one being a person lost.
Healing of the Mind is about lives being saved and transformed in an exhibition commemorating the centenary of the opening of the Seale-Hayne Military hospital and the remarkable, and often controversial work of Arthur Hurst. More than 300 soldiers were treated at Seale-Hayne with the most remarkable results. The accounts of some of these cases are very moving.
Would recommend at trip to Hannahs to catch these exhibitions and check out their website for other interesting stuff.
This most iconic of locomotives is scheduled to be coming through Devon on 4th (Taunton to Plymouth), 6th (Plymouth to Penzance) and 8th (Plymouth to Exeter) October. Ask at the local stations for details/timings.
A chance drink at the Pavillions bar in Teignmouth last weekend provided a front row seat for a Starling spectacular as the sun went down! Gradually the roof tops and wires around were filling up with starlings that would suddenly take off and fill the sky and then settle back again. As the sky turned pink the chattering and activity increased until, as if having received a signal, they all disappeared under the pier. It really was a wonderful thing to witness.
Devon Open Studios is now underway with opportunities to visit studios and meet artists across the county.
There are many venues that house several artists and a variety of work, and also clusters in towns and villages that enable visitors to do a trail and experience a lot without too much travelling around.
There are a lot of options around Teignbridge and Exeter, so Sandays is well placed!
Check out lots of Heritage Open Days coming up within easy reach of Sandays over the next couple of weeks. Some of these are special events / places not usually open to the public, and others (such as many National Trust venues) are offering free entry.
See website: https://heritageopendays.org.uk
It is Shaldon Regatta all this week with lots of events every day, and not all on the water! Caught some of the beach volleyball today, entertaining the crowds out enjoying the sun.
Among all the holiday fun the life of Teignmouth port carries on and boats of every description could be seen in just a few minutes from my vantage point on the Ness beach.
Easy to get to Shaldon from Sandays, various different options.
Brilliant procession in Dawlish this evening: colour, noise, action, and excitement all round. Lovely end to the “Dawlish Celebrates Carnival” week.
The local History Society of Babbacombe & St.Marychurch offer guided walks during July, August and September on Tuesday mornings. Meet near the Cliff Railway Cafe at 10.30am and they alternate between the 2 places each week.
I went along to the Babbacombe walk today and really enjoyed it; learnt a great deal, went into All Saints church and other areas I hadn’t seen before. I drove to Babbacombe from Sandays (took about half an hour today) and parked in the large public car park in St.Marychurch; the No.22 bus is another option.
The walk lasted 2 hours with 2 very knowledgeable friendly guides; more talking than walking! Once back at the wonderful Cliff Railway it would have seemed silly not to take a trip down to Oddicombe beach on such a lovely summer’s day! The Cliff Railway is also quite historic of course, having been originally built in 1926 and had various different phases during that time. Spare a few minutes for the information centre at Oddicombe beach which provides lots of background detail and photographs.
Some rain and cooler weather is a bit of a shock for most people this year after the lovely spell we have had. Despite that Torquay was looking beautiful as ever today with loads of potential options for all ages.
We took the opportunity of exploring the museum and were greatly impressed. The Lego exhibition is proving very popular, not to mention the activity tables so the kids (and has to said, some of the adults too!) can get stuck in and build their models.
In addition to all the usual attractions there is a large funfair on the sea front at the moment; lots of colour, noise & action!
It is very easy to get to Torquay from Sandays, just 30 mins on the train.
Torquay looking beautiful
‘Tis the season for summer holidays here at the Warren and with the lovely warm weather so far it has been amazing. Everything is in full swing and this coming Saturday (August 11th) the Dawlish carnival kicks off too with lots of events all week. The big day for the Warren is THURSDAY 16TH when we have our firework evening. This is always a really enjoyable evening with families gathering on the green from early evening, lots of music and picnics, The Boathouse serving drinks as fast as they can(!) and finally a great firework display.
Don’t miss it!