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{"LocationDetails":{"Id":110,"Name":"Bideford \u0026 Barnstaple","Description":"\u003ch1\u003eOur guide to Barnstaple \u0026amp; Bideford holiday cottages\u003c/h1\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eBarnstaple is a large market town in North Devon, and stands on the River Taw. With the area\u0026rsquo;s finest shopping, a fascinating history and a convenient location for visiting surrounding attractions \u0026ndash;\u0026nbsp;Barnstaple holidays\u0026nbsp;offer plenty to see and do! Nearby, Bideford was once amongst Britain\u0026rsquo;s largest ports, and remains a bustling quay. Self-catering\u0026nbsp;\u003cem\u003eBideford holiday cottages\u003c/em\u003e\u0026nbsp;are great choices for family-friendly holidays, or just a break for two. Bideford and Barnstaple are the perfect locations to get away from it all - at any time of the year.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003ch2\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eThings to do in \u003c/strong\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eBideford \u0026amp; Barnstaple\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/h2\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eTaking a break in Bideford \u0026amp; Barnstaple is full of excitement, whether you\u0026rsquo;re looking for adventure or are searching for rest and relaxation. If you\u0026rsquo;re in the area during May, attend the Exmoor Walking Festival. Taking place over 10 days, enjoy a programme of guided walks to local landmarks, around woodland or through the countryside. The 30 guided walks range in length and many include stops for tasty cream teas along the way.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eIf you want to try some local produce, there\u0026rsquo;s no better way than by visiting the Barnstaple Farmers Market. Voted one of the best food markets in the UK, you\u0026rsquo;re bound to find some delicious food and wares. The market has everything from fruit, fish and cheese to meat and cakes. Make sure you also check out Butchers Row for the best in meat and fish.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eWe\u0026rsquo;re sure adults will love the North Devon Beer Festival, so if you\u0026rsquo;re around in May why not pop along for the very best in ciders and beer. If you don\u0026rsquo;t drink, don\u0026rsquo;t worry. There\u0026rsquo;s also plenty of food on display as well as live music for all to enjoy. This free event is a big attraction and with over 30 local ales to try, you\u0026rsquo;ll be spoilt for choice.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003ch2\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eBideford \u0026amp; Barnstaple \u003c/strong\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eAttractions\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/h2\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe attractions in Bideford \u0026amp; Barnstaple is part of its allure. The whole family will love a train journey so head to the Tarka Line for a day of exploration and adventure. Stretching from Exeter to Barnstaple, hop along the train to discover some of the best countryside views in the area. On the way, you\u0026rsquo;ll spy thatched villages, local wildlife and the famous red rock. Another opportunity to get up close to some local occupants is via the North Devon Falconry. Here, you\u0026rsquo;ll find a range of birds as you get the chance to interact with hawks and get to know falcons or eagle owls. This unforgettable day is a once in a lifetime experience to treasure.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eFor more of a cultural experience, a visit to Burton Art Gallery is a must. This thrilling gallery and museum offers displays and exhibitions of some of the finest works in the area. The craft gallery also displays beautiful jewellery, pottery and ceramics from local artists. The regular family events are a great way for all the family to get involved in arts and crafts. For the more active types, we highly suggest visiting the Ultimate Adventure Centre. Thrill seekers will love getting to grips with coasteering along the beautiful coast. Experience sea caves and turbulent seas are on your way, but don\u0026rsquo;t worry, you\u0026rsquo;ll have the knowledge of a local instructor to guide you.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","Alias":"bideford-barnstaple","MainImageLocation":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/emily.judge/2018/11/Bideford \u0026 Barnstable.jpg/carousel.jpg","PointOfInterests":[{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"North Devon Beer Festival","Body":"\u003cp\u003eThe North Devon Beer Festival takes place in Barnstaple each May, and with all beers supplied by local microbreweries it\u0026rsquo;s a popular way to sample the very best of north Devon\u0026rsquo;s beers and ciders (well when in Rome\u0026hellip;). Don\u0026rsquo;t worry if you\u0026rsquo;re no expert on beers and ales, there\u0026rsquo;s always a selection of locally produced food to enjoy as well as live music so it\u0026rsquo;s a great day out for all.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe event is free to enter, so you can choose to browse at your leisure and have a wander around, and if you do decide to try one of the many beers you can buy a wristband and pick your favourite. The choice may be a tricky one though, as there are always more than 30 locally brewed ales and beers to try, and that\u0026rsquo;s before the range of ciders. Whether you enjoy the festival with friends or pop by to soak up the atmosphere and sample the food as a family, the North Devon Beer Festival is one of the friendliest events in north Devon.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eHeld at Barnstaple\u0026rsquo;s Pannier Market, the festival is a relaxed day out and always attracts an eclectic crowd from all walks of life. There\u0026rsquo;s always live entertainment to add to the fun, and we guarantee you\u0026rsquo;ll end up staying for far longer than you planned to.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":51.0782,"LocationLongitude":-4.0579,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/2013/05/1368609558.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"devon/bideford-barnstaple/north-devon-beer-festival","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/2013/05/1368609558.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"The BIG Sheep","Body":"\u003cp\u003eDiscover Devon\u0026rsquo;s quirky side and meet some of its friendliest animals at The BIG Sheep. One of the highlights of this family day out is the hilarious sheep racing, where visitors place their bets and watch as six sheep strive for glory, complete with miniature sheep riders (as you do). There\u0026rsquo;s even a special currency available called the Ewe Ro so you can place your bets in style.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe BIG Sheep also includes rides, trampolines and another favourite \u0026ndash; the chance to bottle feed the new lambs between April and October. Aside from being a unique experience for children, lamb feeding is also a fantastic photo opportunity for mum and dad. Be warned though, some of the lambs can be greedy little things. The feeding sessions take place at 12.30 and 4.30pm.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe BIG Sheep is one of the South West\u0026rsquo;s most hands on attractions, and eager children can also have a go at driving a tractor truck for themselves, they\u0026rsquo;ll even be given a free certificate to show their friends how well they did. The BIG Sheep also hosts seasonal events, such as an Easter egg hunt, so check what\u0026rsquo;s on when you plan your visit. It\u0026rsquo;s best to visit between April and October as there are very few animals onsite during the winter months.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":51.0157,"LocationLongitude":-4.24423,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/2013/05/new racing pic.JPG/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"devon/bideford-barnstaple/the-big-sheep","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/2013/05/new racing pic.JPG/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"The Ultimate Adventure Centre","Body":"\u003cp\u003eLet the Ultimate Adventure Centre get your heart racing with a spot of extreme coasteering along north Devon\u0026rsquo;s beautiful coast. Test your physical limits and have a great time with turbulent sea swims, sea caves and progressive jumps. Your route will be chosen carefully to suit your ability, so although you\u0026rsquo;ll have lots of fun with plenty of thrills you\u0026rsquo;ll feel completely safe throughout your experience.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe Ultimate Adventure Centre is one of the longest running in Devon, and its instructors have the local knowledge to make sure you get the best from your time in (and above!) the waves. Because they run trips in a number of different locations the Ultimate Adventure Centre ensure that trips operate in almost all weathers, so disappointment is rare. The coasteering sessions are suitable for any adventurers aged ten and over who can swim a distance of twenty five metres.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eWe know that planning each day of your holiday before you arrive can be tricky, so if you don\u0026rsquo;t get time to arrange your visit why not go along for an open session? Open sessions operate throughout the season from March until September\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":51.0173,"LocationLongitude":-4.24203,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2018/02/Ultimate Assault Photo.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"devon/bideford-barnstaple/the-ultimate-adventure-centre","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2018/02/Ultimate Assault Photo.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"North Devon Falconry","Body":"\u003cp\u003eHere\u0026rsquo;s an idea for an unforgettable experience, spend a whole day hunting with Harris hawks, handle them for yourself and enjoy a swish lunch at a local restaurant. A day package for the North Devon Falconry includes all of the above and more, all under the watchful eye of a falconer. You\u0026rsquo;ll start your day with a brief lesson on how to handle the hawks, before interacting with her as she faces the challenges of hunting before your eyes.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eChoose from a half day or a full day experience and then enjoy the once in a lifetime moment when a soaring bird of prey lands on your hand. A day at North Devon Falconry is one you\u0026rsquo;ll never forget, and the Harris hawk is one of the easiest birds to train and handle so it\u0026rsquo;s a suitable experience for all ages.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe experiences can even be adjusted and planned to meet specific needs, so get in touch and let them falconers know what you\u0026rsquo;re after before booking if you\u0026rsquo;re unsure. Children under 16 can take part for half price, so the experiences are popular gifts too. North Devon Falconry also offer experiences with falcons and eagle owls, so the choice is yours.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":true,"LocationLatitude":51.0705,"LocationLongitude":-4.07448,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2014/06/FALCON.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"devon/chulmleigh/north-devon-falconry","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2014/06/FALCON.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"The North Devon Surf School","Body":"\u003cp\u003eAre you ready to take the plunge and learn to surf? North Devon has been churning out confident surfers for decades, and the North Devon Surf School has been running surfing lessons for more than twenty years. Based at the much-loved Westward Ho! Beach, The North Devon Surf School teaches the young and old, the fit and the...not so fit \u0026ndash; so don\u0026rsquo;t be shy if you fancy giving Devon\u0026rsquo;s favourite sport a go.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eChoose the length of your session so that it fits in with your plans \u0026ndash; you\u0026rsquo;re on holiday after all \u0026ndash; and discover just why surfing is a way of life for so many. You\u0026rsquo;ll be provided with everything you need to get started, and all equipment is brand new at the beginning of every new season. If you\u0026rsquo;re visiting Devon for a weekend and want to get the basic book The Flexi Three, which includes two morning sessions and the opportunity to try out a selection of boards.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe more you relax and enjoy yourself the faster you\u0026rsquo;ll learn to surf, so The North Devon Surf School knows just how to get you riding a wave within just two lessons. Westward Ho! Beach may be beautiful but it\u0026rsquo;s not a favourite with more experienced surfers \u0026ndash; so learners can learn the ropes without worrying about who sees.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":51.0436,"LocationLongitude":-4.23425,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/2013/05/1368195624.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"devon/bideford-barnstaple/the-north-devon-surf-school","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/2013/05/1368195624.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"The Milky Way Adventure Park","Body":"\u003cp\u003eWho said a day in the countryside has to mean a quiet one? The Milky Way Adventure Park is home to Devon\u0026rsquo;s biggest rollercoaster (it\u0026rsquo;s also the longest, tallest and fastest in the county - hold on tight!), so bring your spirit of adventure along. The Cosmic Typhoon reaches speeds of up to 40mph so you might not notice the spectacular views from the top the first time, but don\u0026rsquo;t worry \u0026ndash; all rides are included in the price of entry so you can ride as many times as you like.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThere\u0026rsquo;ll be no loitering beside the rides while you watch your family have all the fun, there are rides and attractions for adults, teens and small children at The Milky Way so it\u0026rsquo;s great for families. North Devon has always appealed to visitors looking for something different to do during their Devon holiday, and its many rides and live shows make the Milky Way Adventure Park a fantastic day out whatever the weather. The Milky Way is home to huge indoor play areas for all age groups, and there\u0026rsquo;s a maze and a countryside crafts area to remind you that you\u0026rsquo;re right in the heart of Devon.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eIf you enjoy sitting back and relaxing during a hectic day hop aboard The Torridge Rose, The Milky Way\u0026rsquo;s very own train, and take in the views as you go. The park is 600feet above sea level so it\u0026rsquo;s a brilliant vantage point as well as an exhilarating day out.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.9818,"LocationLongitude":-4.38372,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2013/07/rollercoster.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_poi_logo/users/104/2013/08/milky way adventure park logo.jpg/poi_logo.jpg","Alias":"devon/hartland-clovelly/the-milky-way-adventure-park","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2013/07/rollercoster.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Barnstaple Farmers\u0027 Market","Body":"\u003cp\u003eAdmit it, when you book a holiday you have a little think about trying the local produce once you get there, and who can blame you when the location is Devon? The historic Pannier Market in Barnstaple was voted as one of Britain\u0026rsquo;s Top Ten Food Markets, so it\u0026rsquo;s the best local market for anyone keen to sample the local wares and produce.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eWe\u0026rsquo;re not just talking about the most obvious delicacies of fruit, veg and pasties either, the fresh food to sample includes fish, eggs, cheese, meat and cakes \u0026ndash; everything you need to enjoy the taste of the West Country .\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eMarket goers can buy their food directly from the people who made, caught and bred it, so Barntaple\u0026rsquo;s Pannier Market is one of the freshest ways to enjoy that authentic food experience during your visit.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eWhile you\u0026rsquo;re there check out Butcher\u0026rsquo;s Row which has stood since the market building was built in 1855 and is known for its quality meats and fishmongers. They\u0026rsquo;ll be more than happy to tell you everything you need to know about the meat and you\u0026rsquo;ll be able to take something back to your cottage that\u0026rsquo;ll impress the whole clan.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\u0026nbsp;\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":51.0803,"LocationLongitude":-4.05936,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2014/01/market.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"devon/bideford-barnstaple/barnstaple-farmers-market","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2014/01/market.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Fremington Adventure Centre","Body":"\u003cp\u003eIf you arrive in North Devon and feel a sudden urge to seek thrills on the waves and try new activities you won\u0026rsquo;t be the first, and we\u0026rsquo;re pretty sure you won\u0026rsquo;t be the last. Something about the area\u0026rsquo;s rugged coastline often has even the most steadfast indoor types coming over all adrenalin junkie and eager to experience something fantastic.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eFremington Adventure Centre is found between Barnstaple and Bideford, and it helps hundreds of thrill seekers get the hang of those activities they\u0026rsquo;ve always fancied trying every year.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe centre welcomes families, groups of friends and couples and you can choose between taking to the water for your adventure or staying on dry land. Activities include surfing (well it is Devon after all), coasteering, SCUBA diving and kitesurfing. The land-based thrills include rock climbing, abseiling and even survival training.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eDon\u0026rsquo;t worry if you\u0026rsquo;ve never tried your activity before, you\u0026rsquo;ll have a fully trained instructor with you at all times to make sure you get the most from your experience. All you need is a reasonable level of fitness (and to be able to swim in waves if you\u0026rsquo;re doing a water activity) and to bring a tower and sunscreen along.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":51.0747,"LocationLongitude":-4.12385,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/101/2013/07/surfing_inspiration_landing.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"devon/bideford-barnstaple/fremington-adventure-centre","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/101/2013/07/surfing_inspiration_landing.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Skern Lodge","Body":"\u003cp\u003eHands up if you\u0026rsquo;ve always fancied trying something adventurous...and hands up if you\u0026rsquo;ve always talked yourself out of it...Skern Lodge specialises in adventure days for individuals and families, and each package is carefully tailored to make you feel at ease. There are all kinds of land and water based activities to try at this North Devon centre, and they\u0026rsquo;ll make sure you get exactly what you dreamt of from the experience.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe activity choices don\u0026rsquo;t just stop at surfing and cycling either, Skern Lodge offers days out you\u0026rsquo;ll have never even considered, including surf skiing, raft building, high ropes, crate stacking (we told you they were out there!) and many more. The activities aren\u0026rsquo;t only a chance to see what you can do, but they\u0026rsquo;re also a fun way to explore more of the area during your visit. They\u0026rsquo;re also nice ways to spend time together as a family, as it\u0026rsquo;ll be a big surprise for the kids when they see what they\u0026rsquo;re going to be doing for the day.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe evening activities available aren\u0026rsquo;t just unique, they can also be great ideas to mark special occasions. Nothing says happy birthday like a moonlit beach walk or a camp fire, and it means you get to enjoy every minute of your day in Devon to the max. Skern Lode plan activity days for all levels, so get in touch and let them know exactly what you fancy doing.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":51.0532,"LocationLongitude":-4.20409,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/2013/05/1368537510.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"devon/bideford-barnstaple/skern-lodge","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/2013/05/1368537510.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Hiking The Tarka Trail","Body":"\u003cp\u003eThe Tarka Trail makes use of the disused Tarka Line railway, and follows the north Devon route taken by Tarka the Otter in the book by Henry Williamson. The route rolls on for 180 miles throughout north Devon, and it makes for some great hikes. The Tarka Line from Exeter makes access to the route easy, and many parts of it pick up some of Devon\u0026rsquo;s other walking routes such as the South West Coast Path and Dartmoor Way.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe great thing about the Tarka Trail is that it includes every type of Devon landscape, so you\u0026rsquo;re not limited to sticking to the coast, or woodland but can choose from valleys, beaches, moors...pretty much whichever area takes your fancy. The walks also vary hugely in terms of difficulty, so you can take the children or choose yourselves a challenge depending on the type of holiday you\u0026rsquo;re after.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe Tarka Trail is well signposted, and there are plenty of parallel bus and train routes so if you prefer your hikes not to be too regimented you\u0026rsquo;ll be free to hop on and off along the way. The trail includes a range of circular walks too, so this is one of the easiest for those who aren\u0026rsquo;t familiar with the area to plan and tackle. Follow the footprints of Tarka the Otter and discover north Devon\u0026rsquo;s impressive scenery, and there are 21 points along the way that tell visitors about the history and local wildlife of the trail.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":51.0814,"LocationLongitude":-4.06986,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/101/2013/11/family_walking_iStock_000025178729Large.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"devon/chulmleigh/hiking-the-tarka-trail","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/101/2013/11/family_walking_iStock_000025178729Large.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Docton Mill","Body":"\u003cp\u003eThere are three good reasons to visit Docton Mill, its flower gardens won a gold medal, it was voted the best cream tea in Devon and it was voted the best tea room in Devon. Those three awards have probably covered everything you need in a great day out, but just in case you\u0026rsquo;re still deciding we\u0026rsquo;ll tell you a little more.\u003cbr /\u003e\r\n\t\u003cbr /\u003e\r\n\tDocton Mill Gardens are located in north Devon\u0026rsquo;s Hartland, and they\u0026rsquo;re open between March and October so that visitors can enjoy them at their best. The gardens were awarded a gold medal at the Devon County Show and make a relaxed attraction for those who enjoy exploring in their own time.\u003cbr /\u003e\r\n\t\u003cbr /\u003e\r\n\tDon\u0026rsquo;t miss the river walk bordered by bluebells, wild garlic and narcissi, and enjoy the casual beauty of the wild flower gardens. North Devon attracts those who love being outdoors and close to nature, and Docton Mill is a lovely place to enjoy both.\u003cbr /\u003e\r\n\t\u003cbr /\u003e\r\n\tThere\u0026rsquo;s an area where visitors can buy plants too, so if you feel like taking a piece of Devon home to your own garden you\u0026rsquo;ll be able to choose from a wide selection. Dogs are welcome throughout the gardens but must remain on short leads, and the attraction is always kept as natural as possible for the feel of a wild garden. 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