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{"LocationDetails":{"Id":542,"Name":"Axminster","Description":"\u003ch1\u003eOur guide to holiday cottages in Axminster\u003c/h1\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe pretty little market town of Axminster sits at the heart of the Axe Valley in East Devon, and it\u0026rsquo;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\u0026rsquo;s also home to Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall\u0026rsquo;s River Cottage Canteen and Deli \u0026ndash; so foodie or fossil hunter, you\u0026rsquo;ll be in your element.\u0026nbsp;\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003ch2\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eThings to do in Axminster\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/h2\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eA break in Axminister is a refreshing holiday in the UK. If you\u0026rsquo;re here at the end of May, you\u0026rsquo;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\u0026rsquo;re lucky, you\u0026rsquo;ll get the see Hugh himself. However, even if you don\u0026rsquo;t spy him, there\u0026rsquo;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\u0026rsquo;ll find live music \u0026ndash; it\u0026rsquo;s a truly mixed affair.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eIf you\u0026rsquo;re heading to River Cottage, you must visit the River Cottage Cookery School. Brush up on your cooking skills, whether you\u0026rsquo;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\u0026rsquo;ll be taught by the exceptional River Cottage team and they\u0026rsquo;ll guide you through every step of the way. Using fresh produce, this hands-on experience is a memorable learning adventure.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eIf you prefer something more relaxing and less hands on, go for a walk around Axminster. There\u0026rsquo;s plenty of picturesque views to take in. Keep your camera or phone on hand as you never know what sights you\u0026rsquo;ll come across on your journey.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003ch2\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eAxminster \u003c/strong\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eAttractions\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/h2\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eAxminster is surprisingly packed with attractions. From museums and wildlife to good food, you\u0026rsquo;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 \u0026ndash; don\u0026rsquo;t worry, there\u0026rsquo;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\u0026rsquo;re extra lucky, you might visit when there\u0026rsquo;s a special event taking place!\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eDinosaurs 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\u0026rsquo;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.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","Alias":"axminster","MainImageLocation":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/emily.judge/2018/11/Axminster.jpg/carousel.jpg","PointOfInterests":[{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"River Cottage Cookery School","Body":"\u003cp\u003eWe\u0026rsquo;re guessing you\u0026rsquo;ve heard of The River Cottage Cookery School, as it\u0026rsquo;s become one of Devon\u0026rsquo;s most recognised places to brush up the old cooking skills. Part of the hugely popular River Cottage project, the cookery school welcomes the novice, curious and accomplished cook and offers a wide variety of courses.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe thought of a cooking lesson can be daunting (even if you\u0026rsquo;re not that bad in the kitchen) but these courses are designed to be simple, hands on and seasonal to help visitors pick up the basics quickly. Courses can last between one and four days, and they\u0026rsquo;re all held in the exciting setting of Britain\u0026rsquo;s most-filmed farmhouse. Feel inspired by the rural location of River Cottage and get back to grips with raw ingredients.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eAll classes are taught by the River Cottage team of culinary experts, and you\u0026rsquo;ll stop for a seasonal lunch to keep you going during your day. There\u0026rsquo;s a real emphasis on hands on learning, so expect to spend a lot of your time actually creating your dish before reflecting on your efforts with the guidance of the team. River Cottage Cookery School is a relaxing way to brush up your talents, and there\u0026rsquo;s a course for every level.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eRiver Cottage rose to fame when Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall set up home in a Dorset cottage and began to live off the land. The nation watched as he grew his own produce and rediscovered just how much we can get from our own gardens. These days, River Cottage stands for everything that\u0026rsquo;s natural and celebrates good food in every way, and the cookery school is just one branch of the inspiring project.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-size:12px;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cem\u003e*Image courtesy of Russell Talbot\u003c/em\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.7502,"LocationLongitude":-2.98965,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2014/05/River Cottage -1-7_credit_Russel_Talbot.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"axminster/bridport-lyme-regis/river-cottage-cookery-school","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2014/05/River Cottage -1-7_credit_Russel_Talbot.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Dinosaurland Fossil Museum","Body":"\u003cp\u003eThe first dinosaur fossil discovery in Lyme Regis happened all the way back in 1811, and the area continues to lure enthusiasts with its fossil-littered coastline. \u003ca href=\"http://www.dinosaurland.co.uk/\" target=\"_blank\" title=\"Dinosaurland Fossil Museum\"\u003eDinosaurland Fossil Museum\u003c/a\u003e is THE Lyme Regis attraction for those who don\u0026rsquo;t manage to find their own, as it\u0026rsquo;s packed with over 8000 specimens.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eDinosaurland Fossil Museum is home to the South West\u0026rsquo;s biggest collection of fossils, and many of them were found on Dorset\u0026rsquo;s Jurassic coastline by its leading palaeontologist owner Steve Davies. This is as close as you\u0026rsquo;re ever going to get to real dinosaurs, and the exhibits include dinosaur eggs, ammonites and even dinosaur dung. Most of the fossils were excavated by Steve himself, and it\u0026rsquo;s great to see his findings displayed for the public with such thought.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe museum is housed in the very building that saw Mary Anning baptised in 1799, and as she discovered the world\u0026rsquo;s only Ichthyosaur nearby it\u0026rsquo;s the perfect setting for this collection. The Time Gallery has been carefully designed to give visitors an idea of the Earth\u0026rsquo;s history, and the sight of the Earth timeline running up a flight of stairs illustrates just how insignificant humans are in the scheme of things.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eScenes throughout the gallery show adults and younger visitors how the world has changed over time, which helps put the many fossils into perspective during a visit. Get as close as you dare to dinosaur teeth and blood that\u0026rsquo;s been buried for 200 million years, and check out the map to find out where to discover your own fossils during a Lyme Regis holiday.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.7264,"LocationLongitude":-2.93412,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2013/07/dinosaur.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"cricket-st-thomas/bridport-lyme-regis/dinosaurland-fossil-museum","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2013/07/dinosaur.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Axe Valley Bird and Animal Park","Body":"\u003cp\u003eThe Axe Valley Bird and Animal Park sits in the Axe Valley close to Axminster and is one of those lesser-known little zoos that take visitors by surprise. Home to all kinds of birds and mammals, this is a friendly wildlife park that encourages visitors to take their time and engage with the animals wherever possible.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe Keeper for a Day packages enable visitors to try their hands at taking care of their favourite animals and the zookeepers will be on hand throughout to ensure it\u0026rsquo;s an unforgettable experience. Animals include zebras, lemurs, flamingos, parrots, kangaroos and many more and the feed dispensers mean parents can buy a handful of bird feed for their children and let them feed the ducks geese when they reach the ornamental pond.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eAxe Valley Bird and Animal Park opens every day except for Mondays (although it opens on bank holiday Mondays) and usually hosts special seasonal events throughout the year. Visitors with pre-school children can time their visit for a Tuesday or Thursday morning to join in with Toddler Time, which includes a free hot drink for mums and dads and an activity for the little ones.\u0026nbsp;\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.7782,"LocationLongitude":-3.02131,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2014/05/zebra.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"cricket-st-thomas/axminster/axe-valley-bird-and-animal-park","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2014/05/zebra.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Axminster Museum ","Body":"\u003cp\u003eAxminster Museum was once the local police station and courthouse and you\u0026rsquo;ll find it right in the heart of the town. It\u0026rsquo;s one of those buildings that\u0026rsquo;s almost as fascinating as the artefacts inside it, and visitors can still peer inside the old police cells which now form part of the caf\u0026eacute; next door! Most of the collection is found in the former courtroom upstairs from the station and one of its highlights is a model of local landmark Weycroft Mill.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eOther collections include one dedicated to Axminster carpets and the town\u0026rsquo;s long association with the agricultural industry. Local artefacts tell the tale of how the town endured two world wars, and the museum houses some of the few remaining artefacts from Newenham Abbey which stood in the town until the dissolution of the monasteries.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eEntry to the museum is free and it\u0026rsquo;s open between May and September (apart from Sundays, Mondays and bank holidays). A visit makes a nice start to a stay in the area as it tells the tale of the town from the beginning, although please note that due to the building\u0026rsquo;s age there is limited access for wheelchairs and pushchairs.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.7816,"LocationLongitude":-2.99994,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2014/04/Roman Coin.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"devon/axminster/axminster-museum","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2014/04/Roman Coin.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"The Tytherleigh Arms","Body":"\u003cp\u003eThe Tytherleigh Arms is as pretty from the outside as it is welcoming and it\u0026rsquo;s one of Aminster\u0026rsquo;s best-loved places to dine out. The former coaching inn dates back to the 16\u003csup\u003eth\u003c/sup\u003e century, so it has a cosy atmosphere and more character than you can shake a stick at \u0026ndash; and dogs are welcome in the bar area.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eChoose between the informal bar area of the dining room if you want to enjoy a meal during your visit, and if the sun\u0026rsquo;s shining there\u0026rsquo;s plenty of room outside on the patio for those who just can\u0026rsquo;t drag themselves away from the fresh air. The menu changes regularly and offers seasonal meals created using fresh ingredients from the surrounding area, and vegetarians are always pleasantly surprised to see a selection of meat-free dishes to make things easier for them.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eChildren are welcome for lunchtimes and highchairs are provided (although please note that those under five aren\u0026rsquo;t permitted inside of an evening) and if you take your dog along he\u0026rsquo;ll be welcome to lie down and enjoy a nap under your table while you dine in the bar. The Tytherleigh Arms is always at the top of the TripAdvisor poll on places to eat out in the area so bear it in mind if you\u0026rsquo;re planning on dining out during a stay nearby.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.8261,"LocationLongitude":-2.96893,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2014/01/pint of beer.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"cricket-st-thomas/axminster/the-tytherleigh-arms","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2014/01/pint of beer.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Hunters Lodge Inn","Body":"\u003cp\u003eEvery holiday needs a friendly former coaching inn packed with history just around the corner, and Hunters Lodge Inn sits right on the Devon and Dorset border near Axminster. The inn welcomes families and serves hot meals throughout the day so it\u0026rsquo;s a popular place for a relaxed meal or a light bite.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eIt\u0026rsquo;s always worth booking a table as the restaurant area gets booked up in advance (but on the plus side that\u0026rsquo;s the sign of a restaurant with a great reputation!) but there\u0026rsquo;s plenty of seating outside too so if you enjoy dining al fresco you can tuck in on the patio area. The garden area behind the pub is huge so not only does it make a pretty place to sit and enjoy a pint of something cold but it\u0026rsquo;s also perfect for keeping the kids entertained. There\u0026rsquo;s a play area complete with a climbing frame, a slide and swings so on a sunny day Hunters Lodge is a popular spot with children as well as their mums and dads.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eDogs are welcome along too, and as Hunters Lodge is a family-run pub you can look forward to a friendly greeting and service with a smile when you call in.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.7627,"LocationLongitude":-2.96837,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2014/01/pint.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"devon/axminster/hunters-lodge-inn","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2014/01/pint.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"The Old Inn","Body":"\u003cp\u003eYou\u0026rsquo;ll find The Old Inn in the pretty village of Kilmington near Axminster, and with its thatched roof and impressive selection of beers and ciders it\u0026rsquo;s every inch the perfect pit stop. With a spot in The Good Pub Guide, the inn has a loyal following (especially as it\u0026rsquo;s a CAMRA pub and offers a wide range of Real Ales). Families are welcome so there\u0026rsquo;s a relaxed feel throughout the inn, and well behaved dogs are also allowed inside and out.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe Sunday lunches are always popular so if you get the chance to pop in and try one then the reviewers on TripAdvisor would urge you to do so, and we\u0026rsquo;re assured that the meals taste fantastic and the portions are generous. Described by one reviewer as \u0026ldquo;the kind of pub I wish I lived next door to\u0026rdquo;, The Old Inn offers a friendly welcome to new faces and the staff are always happy to go the extra mile.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eWith its sloping thatched roof and whitewashed walls the building itself is the stuff postcards are made of, so it\u0026rsquo;s a special place to spend some time during a visit to Devon.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.7793,"LocationLongitude":-3.0333,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2014/01/pints and barrel.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"devon/axminster/the-old-inn","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2014/01/pints and barrel.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"River Cottage Canteen","Body":"\u003cp\u003eJust three miles from the famous River Cottage HQ, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall\u0026rsquo;s River Cottage Canteen tempts fans of the hit series and foodies from all over the country. The canteen and deli use the River Cottage ethos to serve up the finest fresh produce the South West has to offer, and they do it with all the style you\u0026rsquo;d expect from the celebrity team.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe restaurant\u0026rsquo;s set right in the heart of the Axe Valley and the River Cottage chefs serve up the tastes that make the South West stand out from the rest of the nation. The canteen restaurant\u0026rsquo;s open for breakfast, lunches, evening meals and Sunday roasts and families are welcome too so it manages to retain the warm atmosphere of a traditional farmhouse kitchen.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eAside from offering one of the most unique dining experiences in the country, River Cottage Canteen also hosts special events throughout the year which include live music while you dine. 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Set for 30\u003csup\u003eth\u003c/sup\u003e May, the River Cottage Spring Food Fair is all about sampling the finest tastes and flavours of the season, cooking in style and learning how the guys grow their own produce all year round.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eWander stalls laden with fresh produce, say hello to some of the friendly resident animals (always a hit with the kids) and there\u0026rsquo;s even the chance to get your favourite cookbook signed by Hugh himself. The rest of the River Cottage experts will be on hand to answer all your culinary questions and share hints and tips on whipping up a storm from real, good ingredients straight from the garden.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eFriday night is the opening Gig Night with Steve Knightley, and the Saturday evening post fair Gig Night will welcome live music from Mad Dog Mcrea. 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