{"LocationDetails":{"Id":321,"Name":"Exeter","Description":"\u003ch1\u003eOur guide to self-catering Exeter holidays\u003c/h1\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eYou name it, you can probably enjoy it during a visit to the historic city of Exeter. There\u0026rsquo;s the canal and the pubs that line it for those of you who like to explore on two wheels, and part of Exeter\u0026rsquo;s compact charm is that you can be in the heart of the city one moment and relaxing on the cobbled waterfront over a leisurely meal the next.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003ch2\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eThings to do in Exeter\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/h2\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eIf you fancy picking up the pace a little, you\u0026rsquo;ll find a bustling shopping centre with just the right combination of high street chains and quirky independent shops - so there\u0026rsquo;s plenty of opportunity to shop for those back home while you\u0026rsquo;re in Devon.\u0026nbsp;\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eOn sunny afternoons life slows down and centres around the cathedral green and visitors are always welcome inside to appreciate one of the county\u0026rsquo;s most iconic buildings. Just one more thing, don\u0026rsquo;t miss the underground passages that lie right beneath the city centre\u0026hellip;you\u0026rsquo;ll never look at the city in the same way again.\u0026nbsp;\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eIf you\u0026rsquo;re visiting around May, you\u0026rsquo;ll find the Devon County Show in town. Grab your wellies and get ready to have some fun as this annual event showcases the best in country life. Stalls sell homemade produce, crafts and other unique goodies, while there\u0026rsquo;s animal displays and live music to look forward to. Bring the children and dog with you as there is loads to see and do \u0026ndash; comfortable footwear is a must as the showground is massive.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003ch2\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eExeter \u003c/strong\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eAttractions\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/h2\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eYou\u0026rsquo;re probably already starting to relax when you\u0026rsquo;re on holiday but the opportunity to unwind is always welcome. An Eden Spa day is the perfect spot for a bit of pampering. You can choose from a range of Elemis products and treatments as you get to grips with a little slice of heaven. Our favourite treatments include a massage and a faux tan. If you have an ailment, let the helpful staff know as they\u0026rsquo;ll help you to choose a treatment that will take away your aches and pains.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eFor more active shenanigans, take a trip to Go Ape. All the family can travel high above the treetops on zip wires as you discover some amazing Exeter scenery. The Haldon Forest Park venue offers a selection of courses for varying ages so even the youngest family members can experience this fun, memorable adventure.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eScream and shout at the top of your lungs at Crealy Great Adventure Park. As the official Visitor Attraction of the Year, the all-weather fun day out is a thrilling attraction for everyone. Rides, animals and displays will make you smile from head to toe. Our favourite part of the park is the Animal Barn \u0026ndash; little ones will love to see which cute animals are living on site. You might see a cuddly chick or fluffy rabbit on your travels. There\u0026rsquo;s also pony rides and the chance to feed the goats. 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Powderham also hosts many events and activities throughout the year, such as a Bird of Prey attraction, concerts and themed days.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eWork on the castle started in 1391, and it still belongs to the ancestors of its founder Sir Richard Courtenay today. It\u0026#39;s now the home of the East and Countess of Devon and it\u0026#39;s packed with stories from over the centuries. The guides know the castle inside and out, and they\u0026#39;ll tailor each tour to suit the age groups of the party. The castle\u0026#39;s architecture is one of its most striking features, and outside there\u0026#39;s a deer park which is home to 600 fallow deer.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eIf you\u0026#39;ve got small children make sure you walk them over to the Walled Garden and Play Area and Pets Corner, the friendly pets are always happy to greet friendly visitors. 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Woolsgrove Cookery School operate a lesson to suit every cook (or non cook as the case may be) and the school\u0026rsquo;s kitchen is located in the pretty courtyard of the owner\u0026rsquo;s own farmhouse. Enjoy picking up new skills from Gretchen in a traditional setting yet with state of the art equipment to make things that little bit easier.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eGretchen firmly believes that the joys of cooking need to fit around the modern hectic lifestyle, and the courses are so detailed that they even start with how to choose the best ingredients for a great meal. This cookery school has a relaxed atmosphere, and if you love the idea of learning new recipes in a cheery Devon kitchen then it\u0026rsquo;s the one for you. 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The Eden Day Spa in Exeter is open every day of the week, and its wide choice of treatments will help you to relax at the start of your holiday, while away time during it or feel rejuvenated before your return.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThis peaceful haven offers soothing treatments using some of the industry\u0026rsquo;s leading products (yes, including Elemis) to give you that spring in your step that comes from a few hours away from it all. The spa is found in Exeter\u0026rsquo;s Guildhall Shopping Centre, and customers are free to choose their own treatments without being confined to one set package for the day. It can be tricky knowing which is best for you, especially if you have any conditions to consider, so the menu helpfully includes advice and recommendations according to specific ailments.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eEden Day Spa always offers a friendly welcome, and the staff are always happy to recommend long term routines and products to help customers keep that after-spa glow once they\u0026rsquo;re back home. 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Crealy Great Adventure Park has theme park rides, indoor play areas and farm animals for children of all ages, so no matter how old your brood are they\u0026rsquo;ll discover Devon\u0026rsquo;s fun side.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThere\u0026rsquo;s always something to watch at the Crealy Show Dome, and the resident animals that live in the Animal Barn love to be visited and held by friendly children. Will you come across newly hatched little chicks, hilarious chipmunks or fluffy rabbits? Out in the paddocks children can even ride the ponies, come face to face with the deer and feed the goats \u0026ndash; so it\u0026rsquo;s easy to see why Crealy is a firm favourite with families year after year.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eTheme parks can be tricky when you\u0026rsquo;ve got toddlers who are a long way away from meeting the height requirements, and Buddy Bear\u0026rsquo;s Kingdom is especially designed for the little ones. You may even see Buddy Bear himself roaming around the park.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.7049,"LocationLongitude":-3.41536,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/JosephG/2013/05/rollercoster.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"devon/exmouth-topsham/crealy-great-adventure-park","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/JosephG/2013/05/rollercoster.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"GoApe","Body":"\u003cp\u003eDevon could have been made for adventurers, and GoApe, just 15 minutes from Exeter makes it easy for all ages to make like monkeys and get high up into the forest. Skim high above the treetops and admire views over Dartmoor in style as you ride the breathtaking zip wires, and that\u0026rsquo;s after you test your determination as you climb, clamber and cling your way up and down towering trees.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe highlights of GoApe are its two 235m zip wires, as how often do you get to glide above the world? There are different courses for different levels and ages, and if you don\u0026rsquo;t want to tackle a particular section you can always skip it and move on to the next one. That said, once you get started there\u0026rsquo;ll be no stopping you from launching yourself from Tarzan swings and tackling crossings to make it to the next stage.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eGoApe is located in Haldon Forest Park, and it\u0026rsquo;s a popular place for a bike ride or a walk after you\u0026rsquo;ve finished monkeying around. 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The highest point of the course is 14m(trust us, it feels a lot higher when you\u0026rsquo;re getting ready to leap) and there are an impressive 39 crossings, so prepare to rediscover muscles you\u0026rsquo;d forgotten existed.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.6535,"LocationLongitude":-3.58022,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2013/08/goape.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"devon/dawlish/goape","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2013/08/goape.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Tar Barrels at Ottery St Mary","Body":"\u003cp\u003eNow this Devon tradition may seem quite strange, but bear with us. Each bonfire night sees thousands gather in the small town of Ottery St Mary to watch locals run through the streets carrying flaming barrels of tar on their backs. Still feeling bemused? We don\u0026rsquo;t blame you a bit. This spectacle has snowballed in the last few years after making headlines around the world, and now the crowds are bigger than ever.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe tradition of burning barrels in Devon goes back hundreds of years, although nobody knows quite when it started. What we do know is, the thrills of this event have made it world-famous, and it gets bigger every year.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eIf you fancy braving the tar barrel ritual we strongly advise you to arrive early to ensure a parking space in one of the two main car parks. It\u0026rsquo;s \u0026pound;10 per car in both of them, and there is strictly no parking on any of the town\u0026rsquo;s roads as they\u0026rsquo;ll be closed for the event. This is because the narrow streets throughout the town must be kept open for emergency services.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eIt may sound scary, but you don\u0026rsquo;t have to get to the front of the crowd or close to the barrels if you don\u0026rsquo;t want to, just make sure you can see. Delays getting in and out of the town aside, tar barrels is a truly Devon tradition and the kind of event you\u0026rsquo;re unlikely to see anywhere else, so it makes an unforgettable way to mark bonfire night.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":true,"LocationLatitude":50.7526,"LocationLongitude":-3.28015,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2013/06/719647_52983161.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"devon/exeter/tar-barrels-at-ottery-st-mary","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2013/06/719647_52983161.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"The Devon County Show","Body":"\u003cp\u003eThe Devon County Show is all about wearing wellies with pride, performing diggers and parading cattle, and it\u0026rsquo;s one of the most important events in the South West\u0026rsquo;s agricultural calendar. Held annually at Exeter\u0026rsquo;s Westpoint Arena, the show is an open air celebration of rural Devon and it\u0026rsquo;s a real family event.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eWander thousands of stalls laden with homemade foods, local produce and arts and crafts, and gather for displays and spectacles including live music, animal displays and demonstrations. The Devon County Show is held for three days each May and it\u0026rsquo;s a unique day out that\u0026rsquo;s got something for all ages. The showground is huge (you\u0026rsquo;ll never see everything in one day) so comfortable footwear is a must, and dogs are more than welcome to come along too.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003e\u0026nbsp;Every year\u0026rsquo;s show is different than the one before, so no matter how often you go you\u0026rsquo;ll see new performances \u0026ndash; and the looks on the children\u0026rsquo;s faces show that you don\u0026rsquo;t need to be an expert to have great fun watching the cattle! Dogs are always more than welcome at the show, so take him along and let him enjoy all the sounds and smells of the country. The showground opens at 8am.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":true,"LocationLatitude":50.7122,"LocationLongitude":-3.43911,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/2013/06/1371479713_5418.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"devon/exeter/the-devon-county-show","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/2013/06/1371479713_5418.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Exeter Ship Canal","Body":"\u003cp\u003eThe Exeter Ship Canal runs for 5 miles to the Exe Estuary, and if you\u0026rsquo;re looking for walks a little further afield then it\u0026#39;s a great way to see some of the countryside that surrounds the city. One of Exeter\u0026rsquo;s most popular pubs, The Double Locks, sits on the canal, and makes a great starting or stop-off point when walking the canal.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eIf you walk the section of canal between its basin and The Double Locks you\u0026#39;ll pass the Canal Paper Mill along the way, and it might be hard to imagine these days but the area was once a thriving hub of activity. For a slightly longer walk, start at the Double Locks Pub and head to Topsham Lock Keepers Cottage, as this route is packed with things to see.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThere\u0026#39;s a small hand-pulled ferry close to Exeter\u0026#39;s quay and canal basin that drops passengers from one side of the canal to the other for a small charge. 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With contented dogs snoozing on the floor, a fire crackling on a chilly day and locals passing the time of day with visitors, this thatched South Devon pub has changed little over the centuries.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe building dates back 500 years, and it still has the wooden beams and cosy character to prove it. The pub not only serves hot meals but also takes pride in changing the Specials board to reflect the tastes and ingredients of every season, and the kitchen staff include local produce wherever possible.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe pub may have a history that stretches back hundreds of years, but it \u0026lsquo;s full of surprises. 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With an idyllic position overlooking the Exe Estuary, the pub has a sprawling beer garden that makes just the place to spend a sunny afternoon beside the water.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe pub is unique in that you can only reach it on foot, by boat or by cycling, so if you fancy ditching the car for a day and enjoying a walk with a well-earned pit stop then wander the canal to this pretty country haven. The pub sits in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, so if you can just picture yourself tucking into a plate of something hearty while the boats glide past on the estuary then make sure you call in to The Turf.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eBetter yet, why not book one of the barbeques for your group and cook your own food in the garden? 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