Our guide to holiday cottages in Axminster
The pretty little market town of Axminster sits at the heart of the Axe Valley in East Devon, and it’s the perfect place for those of you who want to enjoy a real taste of west country living. Part of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the friendly town is just a short drive from the infamous Jurassic Coast and it’s also home to Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage Canteen and Deli – so foodie or fossil hunter, you’ll be in your element.
Things to do in Axminster
A break in Axminister is a refreshing holiday in the UK. If you’re here at the end of May, you’ll enjoy a trip to the River Cottage Spring Food Fair. Based at River Cottage HQ, this is your chance to sample the finest flavours of the season and learn how the team grow their own produce. If you’re lucky, you’ll get the see Hugh himself. However, even if you don’t spy him, there’s plenty to see. Take a peek at the local animals, get your cooking questions answered, learn the best culinary tips and tricks and wander the produce stalls. On the opening night, you’ll find live music – it’s a truly mixed affair.
If you’re heading to River Cottage, you must visit the River Cottage Cookery School. Brush up on your cooking skills, whether you’re an amateur or more seasoned chef. These cooking classes are an easy way to learn more about cooking. Choose from a one day to four day course, depending on how much you want to learn. You’ll be taught by the exceptional River Cottage team and they’ll guide you through every step of the way. Using fresh produce, this hands-on experience is a memorable learning adventure.
If you prefer something more relaxing and less hands on, go for a walk around Axminster. There’s plenty of picturesque views to take in. Keep your camera or phone on hand as you never know what sights you’ll come across on your journey.
Axminster is surprisingly packed with attractions. From museums and wildlife to good food, you’ll find it all in one place. To get close to some of the friendly animals in the area, a trip to Axe Valley Bird and Animal Park is a must. Located in the Axe Valley, this little zoo is home to many different mammals and animals. Unlike many zoos, Axe Valley Bird and Animal Park encourages visitors to get close to wildlife. You can even become a keeper for the day and look after your favourites animals – don’t worry, there’s zookeepers on hand to help you. Some of the animals you might get to care for include zebras, flamingos, parrots and kangaroos. If you’re extra lucky, you might visit when there’s a special event taking place!
Dinosaurs are really exciting and the Dinosaurland Fossil Museum brings you up close to some extraordinary dinosaur fossils. The first exciting discovery took place back in 1811 and since then, there have been many interesting finds. This museum has over 8000 specimens, most of them found on the coastland. You’ll get to see dinosaur eggs, ammonites and fangs as well as the Time Gallery, which gives you an insight into the history of the Earth.