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Coast & Moor Outdoor May Festival

Fun for all the family in May

Exmoor Coast & Moor Outdoor Festival May 2018

 

Wednesday 16 May – 2 - 3pm – Gardens

Drop-in garden demo/talk: The cut flower patch

A chance to find out more about the cut flower patch as you join one of National Trust Arlington's gardeners. No need to book - just turn up. Charge: free but normal National Trust admission prices apply. Find out more via http://bit.ly/Arlington-Whatson  or telephone 01271 850296.

Location: Arlington Court, Victorian garden EX31 4LP

 

Wednesday 16 May – 11-1230pm – Guided walk

Hidden Dunster Guided Walk

A guided walk around this fascinating historic village Leave from Dunster National Park Centre.

Booking essential : 01643 821835. Dogs welcome.


 

Thursday 17 May – 2- 4pm – Art

Watercolour Painting Workshop

Learn to paint in watercolour in a friendly relaxed environment at the Exmoor National Centre in Lynmouth. Suitable for all abilities. Booking essential 01598 752509 NPCLynmouth@exmoor-nationalpark.gov £15

 

Thursday 17 May - 3pm – Guided Walk

Dulverton Town Tour      

Explore the history of Dulverton. Discover some secret places and hear tales of old from local guides. No need to book. £3.00 Meet at Dulverton Heritage Centre. More info: 07969 243887

 

Friday 18 May – 1030 – 1230 – Guided walk

Explore Bossington

Join a Heritage Walk Leader to discover the landscape, wildlife and history of the beautiful area around the picturesque hamlet of Bossington. This varied walk includes wonderful coastal views, woodlands and moorland and also shows how the owners have affected land management and settlement. Wear suitable clothing and footwear. For more information and bookings please contact Exmoor National Park Centre at Lynmouth 01598 752509 NPCLynmouth@exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk 


Location:  National Trust Car Park in Bossington Village 10.30 am
Free but donations requested CareMoor for Exmoor
 

 

Saturday 19 May – 10 -12.30pm -  Guided Walk
Molland Moor Cuckoos

Molland Moor, 1200ft high on the southern edge of Exmoor offers wonderful views.  Unspoilt and wild, it is a perfect place for cuckoos but also to see the Molland herd of Exmoor ponies and possibly red deer. Rough-going in places. 2.5hrs/4miles. Meet 10.30am, Molland Moor Gate (known on OS as Anstey Gate) (SS 835 297). Dogs on leads only.
 

Very occasionally walk details may change so please check with The Exmoor Society 01398 323335 www.exmoorsociety.com Free - but donations welcome.

 

Saturday 19/20 May – 12 - 5pm – Gardens 

Brendon Open Gardens Weekend

Stunning part of Exmoor National Park. All gardens have views. Excellent walking along river between Brendon & Rockford. Refreshments served at Brendon House & Higher Tippacott Farm. Light lunches, home-made cakes & cream teas. Adults: £5.00 Children: Free

More info from https://www.ngs.org.uk/find-a-garden/garden/30224/

 

Saturday 19 May – 2pm – Nature

Fossil Hunting

The first of many Fossil Walks! Join geologists Andy King and Dave Evans on a fun and educational fossil walk along Watchet’ s fascinating coast. Booking essential. Tel: 01984 632101 info@lovewatchet.co.uk

Further info from Watchet Visitor Centre, Harbour Road, Watchet, TA23 0AQ

 

Sunday 20 May – Active

Rock Climbing in Valley of Rocks

Join Exmoor Adventures for a half day Rock Climbing experience at the beautiful Valley of Rocks where you’ll have the opportunity to test your nerve on a range of different climbs. They’ll teach you all you need to know including climbing skills and techniques, belaying and knot tying as well as provide qualified instruction and all the equipment you need.

Location: Valley of Rocks, Lynton, North Devon

 Costs: £35 adults, £25 children. A family of 4- £100

Booking Essential via exmooradventures@gmail.com / 07976 208279

 

Monday 21 May – 10- 4pm - Artisan

Open Day at Simonsbath Sawmill

A chance to visit the historic, water-powered sawmill and estate workshops at Simonsbath in the heart of the National Park and to learn about the history of this remarkable village. Free “Drop in” tours available all day. No booking necessary but if you are coming to Simonsbath particularly to see the mill it is advisable to ring us on 01643 831202 to check arrangements.

More info: www.simonsbathsawmill.org.uk

 

Wednesday 23 May - 10.30 – 3.30pm – Guided walk
Exmoor’s Devon Commons 
 

A walk over some of Exmoor’s Devon Commons looking at the history, archaeology and management issues. The owners of North Furzehill Farm have kindly offered to show people around their lovely Exmoor garden after the walk. Bring a picnic. 5hrs/8miles max. Meet 10.30am, North Furzehill Farm EX35 6LN (SS 724 450) Dogs on leads only.

Very occasionally walk details may change so please check with The Exmoor Society 01398 323335 www.exmoorsociety.com Free - but donations welcome.

 

Friday 25/26/27 May – Festival

Dunster Festival

Enjoy a packed programme of sublime Chamber Music in the atmospheric and charming medieval village of Dunster in Somerset. For places to stay in and around Dunster check here 

 

Friday 25 May – 3:30 - 5pm - Nature

Lynmouth Boat Trip

Look for rare nesting sea birds along Exmoor’s dramatic coastline west of Lynmouth with commentary from an Exmoor National Park Ranger. Booking essential 01598 752509 NPCLynmouth@exmoor-nationalpark.gov £20 per person.

 

Saturday 26 May onwards -  10:30 – 3:30pm – Nature

Family Butterfly Stroll

Heddon Valley is home to hundreds of beautiful butterflies, attracting some of the rarest species in Britain. In celebration of these unique residents the National Trust have created a fun family trail through the valley, with butterfly clues to find along the way. Pick up your trail from the National Trust shop.  £1 Dogs on leads welcome. More information: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/heddon-valley

 

Saturday 26 May – 10am – Food

Enjoy the taste of Exmoor at Dulverton Farmers Market

Try a selection of local produce, street food and find locally produced arts and crafts – the Dulverton Farmers Market is on the last Saturday of each month at  The Lion Stables Car Park, Dulverton
 

 

Saturday 26 May – 6 - 9pm – Food

Bulworthy Project

Bulworthy Project Barbecue Café Evenings are a great social event for all the family.

Enjoy the highest quality local ingredients cooked over Devon's finest charcoal. There will be local cider and ale, and the salad will be picked on the day at Bulworthy Project. As well as great locally produced meat, there will be vegetarian and gluten free options. The campfire will be going there is a marquee whatever the weather.

No need to book. You just pay for food and drinks as you order. There will be further entertainment that will be organised closer to the date. More information: www.bulworthyproject.org.uk/cafe  07594 569441

Location: Bulworthy Project EX16 8DL

 

Sunday 27 May – 2pm - Fun Event 

Watchet Wheelbarrow Race
 

Don’t miss out on Watchet’s annual wacky race on the esplanade at Watchet Fancy dress is involved!

Further info from Watchet Visitor Centre, Harbour Road, Watchet, TA23 0AQ Tel: 01984 632101 info@lovewatchet.co.uk

 

Sunday 27 May   – Guided Walk

Dulverton Town Tour      

Explore the history of Dulverton. Discover some secret places and hear tales of old from local guides. No need to book. £3.00 Meet at Dulverton Heritage Centre. More info: 07969 243887

 

Sunday 27 May 2 – 5pm – Fun event

Charity Duck Race

Come and enjoy an hilarious afternoon and if you're lucky win some money. Fun for all the family to have a quacking good time! There will be refreshments including a BBQ and licensed bar. Admission and parking are free. No need to book - just turn up. Contact 01643 862978 for more info.
Location: Sparkhayes Campsite, Porlock TA24 8NE
 

 
Monday 28 May 1:30 – 5:30pm - Fun Event 

Brayford Duck Race and Dog Show

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) - starting at 1.00pm. 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. Ducks in the water at 3.30pm.

Location: Brayford EX32 7QJ Free entry Contact: 01598 710388 for more info

 

Monday 28 May – 10am – 4pm -  5 days – Activity

Multi Activity Week – Wimbleball

5 days packed with new experiences and filled with adventure - kids (aged 8 – 14) will have a go at sailing, kayaking, windsurfing, SUP, and raft building. These 5 days offer a relaxed environment for children to meet new people and learn new skills. The emphasis on the multi-activity week is to provide youngsters with a great outdoors learning experience in a fun and friendly setting. £160 per child.

More information from www.southwestlakes.co.uk/group-activities/activity-weeks/

 

Tuesday 29 May 11:30 – 1:30pm – Nature

Combe Martin Seashore Safari

Come along for a gentle seashore safari, looking for wildlife in the beach rock-pools. free rock-pool guide for each family, microscope workshop often available. Wear suitable footwear. No need to book - just turn up. £2 per child (accompanying adults free). More information: Combemartinmuseum.co.uk 01271 889031

Location: Combe Martin Museum EX340DH
 

Tuesday 29 May 8:30 – 10:30pm – Nature

Forest Night Walk

Come for a walk with an Exmoor National Park Ranger to search for wildlife in the woods of Croydon Hill. Lookout for deer, bats, glow worms and the elusive Nightjar. Torches, binoculars and insect repellent advised. No need to book - just turn up. Free but donations to Caremoor welcome.
 

Location: Nutcombe Bottom (SS977424) nr Dunster TA24 6TA More info: 07973 727469

 

Wednesday 30 May – 10am – 4pm – Nature

The Nutcombe Bottom Big Adventure

Join the adventure! Come and explore the natural world with family games and activities lasting all day. Come play in the woodland, make a den and search for mini-beasts. Please wear outdoor clothing and suitable footwear. A partnership event with the Forestry Commission. No need to book - just turn up. Free but donations to Caremoor welcome.

Location: Nutcombe Bottom Car Park TA24 6TA   More Info 01398 323841

 

Wednesday 30 May 10.30– 12.30pm - Guided walk

In Search of John Knight

Join Exmoor Society member and the National Park’s Head of Conservation & Access, Rob Wilson-North, on this walk centred around Simonsbath. Explore the setting of the village and John Knight's uncompleted gardens. Mainly level, but some steeper paths. This walk links with the illustrated talk on this subject at the Simonsbath Festival on 28 May 2018 (each can be attended separately). 2hrs/1.5-2miles.

Meet 10.30am, Ashcombe Car Park, Simonsbath TA24 7SH (£2 fee).  (SS 773 394). Dogs on leads only.

Very occasionally walk details may change so please check with The Exmoor Society 01398 323335 www.exmoorsociety.com Free - but donations welcome.

 

Thursday 31 May – 12 – 3pm – Wildlife

Exmoor Pony Centre: Activity Afternoon

Join the Exmoor ponies for hands-on fun and activities including rides, grooming, crafts and trails. Meet our friendly team of Exmoor ponies and enjoy home-made refreshments in our Green Room. Minimum age for rides 4yrs, weight limit 12st. Booking essential 01398 323093. Free entrance, small charges for some activities
More information: www.exmoorponycentre.org.uk

Location: The Exmoor Pony Centre TA22 9QE
 

Thursday 31 May – Active

Give it a Go - Archery

Join a Channel Adventure  instructor for a 1 hour introduction to Archery: Learn the fundamentals whilst having fun with our qualified and highly experienced instructors! £15.00 Booking Essential www.channeladventure.co.uk/book-now/ 01643 708715