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Coast & Moor Outdoor May Festival

Fun for all the family in May

Exmoor Coast & Moor Outdoor Festival May 2017

What a glorious time to come to Exmoor ! Not only is nature bursting into new life wherever you look; there's lots going on all over the Greater Exmoor area. Come and visit and enjoy all that our Coast & Moor Outdoor Festival has to offer this May. We have guided walks and nature trails, duck races and point-to-point, art trails, open gardens and falconry. Try kayaking, rock climbing, painting or maybe how to use a compass. Enjoy a seashore safari, a boat trip or a night at the opera. Just take your pick:


Coastal Horse Riding


An amazing, fast Coastal Horse Ride onto North Hill, following the South West Coast Path around Bossington Beacon to Selworthy Beacon, and further along the coast towards Minehead, before turning south and returning to the farm.  Ride of approximately 2.5 hrs, available every day in May, for £55 per person.  Horse riding experience up to canter level essential. Booking essential: Cathy Powell Exmoor Owl & Hawk Centre 01643 862816




Take up a May Star Opportunity of Flying four birds to your gloved hand, followed by an Exmoor Cream Tea, and enjoy the Afternoon with the Birds Flying Display for £40 per person.  Available every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday throughout May.

Booking essential: Cathy Powell Exmoor Owl & Hawk Centre 01643 862816

Guided Kayak Trips


Surfside are offering Guided kayak tours throughout May from Combe Martin giving people the opportunity to view the stunning Exmoor Coastline from the water. . The tours start from £25 per person for a 1 hour escorted tour including all equipment (based on a 4 person group). 

Other tour lengths and prices available please phone 01271 883220 to request more information   


In Search of John Knight's Lost Mansion and Gardens - Guided Walk

26 May 1:30pm - 4:00pm

Join Exmoor Society member and National Park Conservation Manager Rob Wilson-North on this walk centred around Simonsbath to explore the setting of the village and John Knight's uncompleted gardens, laid out in the 1820's. 2.5 km max, mainly level, but does involve some steeper paths. Dogs on leads welcome. This walk links with the illustrated talk on this subject at the Simonsbath Festival on 24th May 2017 (each can be attended separately).
Meet: Ashcombe car park (£2 fee), Simonsbath, TA24 7SH. Grid Ref. SS 773394 Exmoor Society.


National Trust Family Butterfly trail (self-led trail

Sat 27 May – 31 May, pick up anytime 10.30am and 3.30pm

Heddon Valley is home to hundreds of beautiful butterflies, attracting some of the rarest species in Britain. In celebration of these unique residents we have created a fun family trail through the valley, with butterfly clues to find along the way. You might even spot some of the real things! Pick up your trail from the National Trust shop. No booking needed.

More info: Call 01598763402 Or visit


Bampton Spring Fest

27 May – all day

A family fun day all around Bampton including Blue Cross Dog Show, Birds of Prey, Car Boot Sale, Craft and Food Stalls, Duck race and activities for all the family.

More details at


A Night at the Opera

27 May 7pm

Professional opera company, London Festival Opera will be presenting ‘A Night at the Opera’ on Saturday, 27th May 2017 in the historic Music Room at Woolhanger Manor, Lynton. A Night at the Opera is a programme of passion and humour with works by Verdi, Puccini, Mozart, Handel, Rossini, Bizet, Offenbach and Gilbert & Sullivan. Doors open at 7pm for drinks and canapés included in the ticket price.

Tickets £30 per person with all profits going to North Devon Hospice.

Please contact Leah for further information and tickets on 01598 763309 or visit


Rock Climbing Experience

28 May

A half day Rock Climbing experience at the beautiful Valley of Rocks with qualified instruction, as well as all the equipment you need. Exmoor Adventures will teach you all you need to know including climbing skills and techniques, belaying and knot tying.

Location: Valley of Rocks, Lynton, North Devon :  AM – 10:00 – 13:00 (Under 18′s or families)  PM- 13:30 – 16:30 (Adults) £35pp

Booking Essential at /  07976 208279 More information:


Porlock Duck Race

28 May 1:00pm - 4:30pm 

Duck racing at Sparkhayes Camping Site in the beautiful vale of Porlock . Refreshments, bar and chidrens activities. Booking: No need to book - just turn up. No Charge.

More information:   01643 862470 or 07721 045123


Have a Go Archery

28 May – 4 June

How good are you with bow and arrow? Try your hand at archery on the Green Court at Dunster Castle. £4 for 8 arrows. Normal admission price applies.

No booking necessary

For more info call 01643 821314


Brayford Duck Race

29 May 1:00pm - 5:00pm

A fun day for all the family with cream teas, ice creams, hot dogs, plus various stalls as well as a Family Dog Show (Pedigree, Family and Obedience classes). Come and enjoy the fun, or sit and enjoy listening to the local jazz band. Duck Race prizes £75, £50, £25, as well as Vouchers and Other Prizes from local Organisations and Attractions Dog Show commences 1.00pm Ducks in the water at 3.30pm. Location: Brayford Village EX32 7QF.  No need to book - just turn up. Free entry to Duck Race, small charge for Dog Show.
More Information contact: 01598 710388 / 710417 / 710901


Combe Martin Seashore Safari

29 May 14:30 
Seashore rock pool ramble. Meet at the museum, wear sensible footwear for scrambling over rocks. All equipment provided plus laminated rockpool guide and the use of our fantastic new microscope. Parents to supervise children. Can last up to 2 hours, but flexible for younger families! Find out more at or on our facebook page: “Combe Martin Museum Seashore Safaris”  Cost: £2 No need to book.  


Lee Spring Fair 

29 May 12 noon onwards

Set in the beautiful village of Lee near Ilfracombe, also known as Fuchsia Valley. The annual spring fair opens at 2pm with delicious light lunches and refreshments served in the Memorial Hall from 12 noon onwards.  Stalls and games, Ilfracombe Mayor and Town Crier, guitar and ukulele performances by local children, welly wanging, raffle, tombola and lots more – something for all the family to enjoy.  All weather protection so come rain or shine it will be great fun.  Memorial Hall and meadow EX34 8LW. Parking in the village and at the seafront.   See 


Lynmouth Seaside Safari

 29 May 2 - 4pm

Join a National Park Ranger to find out “who is eating who and “what is hiding where” in the rockpools”. Meet at the Lynmouth Pavilion. EX35 6EQ


Tarr Steps Discovery Day

30th May 11am - 3pm  

Discover what amazing bugs and beasties live in the streams and woodlands of Exmoor as we river dip and bug hunt down at Tarr Steps.

Location: Tarr Steps Meadow, TA22 9PY. Remember to approach Tarr Steps via Liscombe (from the north) as the ford can be quite deep and there is no parking on the south side.


Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP)

30 May

Join the growing number of SUP enthusiasts across the world with a 1 hour introduction to Stand Up Paddle boarding. Learn the basics whilst having fun with qualified instructors.

Location: Minehead.  £15 per person. Please book: Channel Adventures


Family Jousting

31 May - June

Test your knightly skills as a family at medieval Dunster Castle. Have fun hobby horse jousting and practicing sword drills. Sessions will run throughout the day and must be booked on arrival. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Suitable for ages 4+. Weather dependent.

Normal admission charge applies. £1 per person.

More info:  Call 01643 821314



31 May, 4 June

Come and enjoy a guided Coasteering trip with Exmoor Adventures around the stunning North Devon coastline. Experienced and qualified Coasteering instructors will kit you out with a thick winter wetsuit, buoyancy aid and helmet, before taking you on an adventure to remember.

You’ll journey along a section of coastline by means of swimming, scrambling, climbing and jumping into the deep water. You’ll be up close and personal with a unique landscape, with the possibility of seeing such wildlife as porpoises, seals and much more. We provide thick 5mm winter wetsuits, as well as wetsuit socks. AM & PM sessions available.

£35 per person Booking Essential at /  07976 208279 More information:


Croydon Hill Forest Night Walk

31 May 8:30pm - 10:30pm  

Come for a walk with Exmoor National Park and Forestry Commission rangers as we search for wildlife in the woods of Croydon Hill. We can’t guarantee anything, but we’ll be on the lookout for deer, bats, glow worms and the elusive nightjar. Torches, binoculars and insect repellent advised.

Location: Nutcombe Bottom car park, TA24 6TA.   More information:


Nutcombe Bottom Discovery Day

1 June 11am - 3pm

Discover what amazing bugs and beasties live in the woods of Exmoor as we bug hunt through the forest. We’ll be joined by the Forestry Commission who will be helping us explore the natural world.  Location: Nutcombe Bottom car park, TA24 6TA.


Exmoor Pony Centre

1 June 12 – 3pm

Get up close to some of the ponies that were taken into care and have a fun time at the Centre. These events are held in all weathers with riding under cover if necessary. Booking is not required and entrance to the Centre is free. There are small charges for the individual activities.

Activities available :
Pony Rides - the minimum age for riding is 4 years old
Pony Grooming
Crafts & Games
Refreshments (cakes, sandwiches) are served by our volunteers in our warm Green Room Building.

More info:


Discover Porlock Marsh - Guided Walk 

2 June

Join a Heritage Walk Leader on a walk to discover the history and formation of the Porlock Bay landscape and how this has affected the village and the surrounding area.

Time: 10.30 to 12.30pm approximately

Venue: Meet at Porlock Visitor Centre. TA24 8QD
Price: Free but donations requested CareMoor for Exmoor
Contact: Book your space at Porlock Visitor Centre 01643 863150



PAW Patrol at the West Somerset Railway

3 June  

Come and see Chase & Marshall from PAW Patrol on Saturday 3rd June 2017 at Minehead Railway Station.  The heroic pups will be making personal appearances at intervals between 10am and 4pm.  

Entertainment on the day will include:

  • Enjoy a 20 mile steam train ride to Minehead Station from any of our stations along the line.
  • Free vintage bus ride trips round Minehead and sea front from Minehead Station.
  • Free Face painting.
  • Free Crafts.
  • Entertainer on the platform.
  • Helter Skelter and Bouncy Castle (additional charge applies, subject to weather.).
  • Buffer Stop Shop.
  • Turntable Cafe.

More information and tickets from West Somerset Railway 01643-704996