{"LocationDetails":{"Id":121,"Name":"Exmouth \u0026 Topsham","Description":"\u003ch1\u003eOur guide to self-catering Exmouth holidays\u003c/h1\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eExmouth is South Devon\u0026rsquo;s original seaside town, and has attracted holidaymakers since the eighteenth century. Its sandy beach, striking coastal views and quaint town centre continue to lure those in search of a relaxing, friendly break all year round. Topsham, just outside of Exeter, matches Exmouth\u0026rsquo;s bubbly charm with its unique, nostalgic architecture surrounding a historic port. Whether you opt for Topsham or Exmouth, each area has plenty to discover.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003ch2\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eThings to do in Exmouth \u0026amp; Topsham\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/h2\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eOn sunny days, walk around a beautiful pebbled beach at Budleigh Salterton. It\u0026rsquo;s only a short drive from Exmouth and both locals and tourists come here to unwind by the sea. Bathers can splash around in the shallow waters while walkers can bring their dogs to get some fresh air.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eIf you\u0026rsquo;re visiting in October, the Exmouth Carnival comes to town. Its plenty of fun for all ages with colourful costumes, live entertainment, music and activities galore. The town crier lets everyone know what is happening \u0026ndash; highlights include face painting, craft stalls and competitions. Join the dazzling crowds and have fun with this brightly lit show.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eFans of live music will appreciate the Budleigh Salterton Jazz Festival which takes place every April. Concerts cover a range of musical styles and the biggest names in jazz turn out to make this a must see event. It\u0026rsquo;s held around Budleigh Public Hall and you\u0026rsquo;ll need to buy tickets for most shows.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003ch2\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eExmouth \u0026amp; Topsham \u003c/strong\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eAttractions\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/h2\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eIf you\u0026rsquo;re in Devon, getting up close to farm animals is a must. At World of Country Life, there are animal experiences that will brighten your whole day. Make friends with the petting farm residents, walk a goat or feed the lambs by bottle. Kids and adults alike will love this memorable opportunity. You can also see what country life is really like for the people who live here \u0026ndash; peek at vintage steam engines, walk along a Victorian street and check out the farm museum. Everyone will enjoy this day out.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eYou can\u0026rsquo;t go to the seaside without visiting the beach and Exmouth Beach is the perfect place to spend the day in the sunshine. Sandy shores, rockpools and crashing waves will help you to relax as you watch the fishermen hard at work and the local birds flying overhead. Bring your towel and bucket and spade and make this a day to remember.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eCrealy Great Adventure Park is the official Visitor Attraction of the Year and a great all-weather day out. Thrilling rides and cute animals make this a favourite attraction of ours. We love the Animal Barn where you can get close to the adorable animals. A sweet little chick might be on hand to greet you. Feed the goats, have a pony ride or have an exciting adventure in Buddy Bear Kingdom. 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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. The adventure play castle - Courtenay Fort- provides entertainment while the grown ups sit and rest, and there are nature trails throughout the grounds.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.6426,"LocationLongitude":-3.46267,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2014/04/Powderham Castle.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"devon/lympstone/powderham-castle","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2014/04/Powderham Castle.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"The Galley","Body":"\u003cp\u003eThis delicious fish and seafood restaurant rides high in the TripAdvisor reviews, so we must recommend it if you\u0026rsquo;re self-catering in Devon\u0026#39;s Topsham. The simple, chic menu changes each day and makes use of local produce, so expect impressive seafood on an exciting menu.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe restaurant is situated on Topsham Quay, and its views over the River Exe make it perfect for a romantic meal or to mark a special occasion. The Galley offers an a la carte menu at lunch and dinner, and children are always welcome. 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Its quaint English charm attracts visitors from overseas keen to try a cream tea in true English style and they\u0026rsquo;re never disappointed. The tea room also serves up freshly made sandwiches and homemade cakes (that we\u0026rsquo;re assured are delicious), and the reviews promise a warm welcome and unrushed service.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eNow it would be an injustice to underestimate the cream teas in our description so we\u0026rsquo;ll describe them for you. We\u0026rsquo;re talking warm scones that crumble on the inside, a selection of different flavoured jams to choose from and clotted cream\u0026hellip;and did we mention that they\u0026rsquo;ve been awarded the title of \u0026lsquo;Best in Devon\u0026rsquo; in the past? The coffee lovers don\u0026rsquo;t get forgotten either as there are free top ups for coffees.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\u0026nbsp;The tea rooms are housed in a Georgian property surrounded by lawns, and to enjoy a warm day while you tuck in is a highlight of a holiday in Devon. Topsham is a pretty town just outside Exeter and many visit its market on Saturday mornings. 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The competition focused on how couples work together to serve up great meals, and Olivier and Sheila demonstrated their skills throughout the series and came out on top.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe restaurant also has an AA Rosette Award for Culinary Excellence to its name and prides itself on putting Exmouth\u0026rsquo;s food scene on the map (and the television!). The restaurant enjoys a quiet location in an old fashioned Exmouth backstreet close to the town centre and its new decor makes it the perfect setting for a special meal.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eAs much of the restaurant\u0026rsquo;s fish and produce as possible is sourced locally, and the its sophisticated menu will be sure to make a visit one to remember. 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This is the place to catch a glimpse into the Devon of days gone by, when flour milling and bread baking were part of everyday life.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe mill\u0026rsquo;s peaceful setting means it\u0026rsquo;s a relaxing day out and a chance to enjoy history in a beautiful setting, and there are crafts and demonstrations throughout the day too. Visitors can pick up a unique, handmade souvenir in the gift shop, browse local artwork in the gallery or even enjoy live music in this picturesque location.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eOtterton usually mills twice each month, producing 12 tonnes of flour every year. There aren\u0026rsquo;t many places where you can buy a bag of fresh wholemeal flour produced in the way it\u0026rsquo;s been made for more than a thousand years, and Otterton Mill\u0026rsquo;s shop stocks just that.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThis attraction is open every day of the week and it hosts regular live events, please check the official website for what\u0026rsquo;s on before you plan your visit. 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Built by a pair of eccentric spinsters in the 18th century, A La Ronde is full of surprises both inside and out.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eHave you ever returned from holiday with a whole set of new ideas and plans based on the sights you experienced? A La Ronde was constructed by a pair of cousins after their return from travels around Europe, and judging from its features they saw some pretty remarkable attractions.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe house includes a spectacular gallery completely adorned with more than 25,000 small shells, as well as a feather frieze decoration with the original feathers from native game and birds still visible. 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There\u0026rsquo;s parking nearby and you can pick up a boat trip with Stuart Line Cruises and explore the Jurassic coastline, visit Torquay, Brixham or Sidmouth.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eAlthough it gets busy in the summer there\u0026rsquo;s so much room that this beach doesn\u0026rsquo;t feel overcrowded, and there\u0026rsquo;s a dog ban during the summer months. The dunes that back the beach make great spots to curl up with a book and it\u0026rsquo;s not uncommon to come across beachgoers having a sneaky snooze in them on a warm day!\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe sands at Exmouth beach are ideal for the little ones to rockpool, and while many visitors are content to unroll the towels and set about relaxing the area\u0026rsquo;s also good for windsurfing. The waters are some of the safest in the region, so this is also a popular place to canoe and enjoy the views from the water.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eExmouth Beach is a great spot for the fishermen amongst you too, and you can choose between beach fishing or boat fishing trips that take you out to the wrecks in the surrounding waters.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.6154,"LocationLongitude":-3.41348,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2014/06/Exmouth Beach.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"devon/exmouth-topsham/exmouth-beach","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2014/06/Exmouth Beach.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Dawlish Warren Beach","Body":"\u003cp\u003eNobody discovers Dawlish Warren Beach and just visits the once, it\u0026rsquo;s one of those resorts that lures its fans back year after year, and TripAdvisor is full of reviews by parents happy to take their own children to it after years of holidays nearby.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe sandy beach is backed by fluffy dunes and the Dawlish Warren Nature Reserve and it stretches for miles in either direction. Dawlish Warren Beach is a Blue Flag Beach, an official sign of clean sands and safe waters \u0026ndash; meaning it\u0026rsquo;s ideal for family beach holidays in Dawlish. With lifeguards keeping a close watch on the beach during the summer, families can enjoy a day in the sun at Dawlish Warren Beach with peace of mind.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe beach is also backed by the Riviera Line - one of Britain\u0026rsquo;s most scenic stretches of railway \u0026ndash; and if you walk along the sea wall chances are you\u0026rsquo;ll be passed by a train emerging from the cliff tunnel. You can walk all the way along the Exe Estuary in one direction or to Dawlish town in the other and this walk is part of the South West Coast Path.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThere are free events for all ages held on the beach during summer, including firework displays and children\u0026rsquo;s entertainment. 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This pretty shingle beach is reached via a winding lane and the views more than make up for the longish walk down to it.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eRegular fishing trips operate from Branscombe Beach, but if you stay behind while your angler goes in search of a catch you\u0026rsquo;ll find rock pools, a picnic area, a restaurant and toilets to help you enjoy this scenic Exmouth beach. The beach has its own car park close by and a shop to provide the perfect picnic too.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eBranscombe beach rolls on for about a mile to Beer Head, and if you walk along to this unspoilt fishing village you\u0026rsquo;ll be rewarded with fantastic views back towards Seaton. Beer is tucked in one of the Devon coast\u0026rsquo;s most sheltered spots, and the Jubilee Gardens on the cliffs make the most of the village\u0026rsquo;s position in a suntrap.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eYou\u0026rsquo;ll be following a path well-trodden by smugglers as you walk between Branscombe Beach and Beer Head too. 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The beach is made up of very large, flat pebbles which may look ordinary but actually date back all the way back to the Triassic period and historic fossils can be found on many of them.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eBudleigh Salterton Beach is just 12 miles from Exeter and there\u0026rsquo;s parking nearby. You\u0026rsquo;ll find toilets, cafes and shops on the seafront to keep you fed and watered and if you require level access to the beach make sure you park up in Lime Kiln car park. There\u0026rsquo;s a seasonal dog ban on the main beach (which is the section between Lime Kiln car park and South Parade) between 1\u003csup\u003est\u003c/sup\u003e May and 30\u003csup\u003eth\u003c/sup\u003e September, but this is a nice spot for a winter walk with your dog.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe beach is two miles long and its popular with families thanks to its safe bathing waters. Just be careful of the shelf which can leave swimmers out of their depth without much warning...go slowly as you make your way in to the waves. 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Trips include bird watching days, day trips to Torquay and Brixham in South Devon and even speedboat rides for those who like things a little faster.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe estuary also makes a handy vantage point for enjoying some of the many events that take place throughout the year, and the firework cruise on bonfire night is always booked up well in advance. 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Well the World of Country Life is just the place to do it, and there\u0026rsquo;s an animal experience around every corner. Make friends with the residents of the petting farm, feed the deer from the safari deer train and walk a goat (or let it walk you, whichever you prefer). There\u0026rsquo;s even the opportunity to feed lambs and calves by bottle. Now if that isn\u0026rsquo;t enough animal fun for one day we don\u0026rsquo;t know what is...\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe attraction is a nice way to see what country life is really like, and there are some indoor attractions to visit too. Wander an indoor Victorian street, check out the vintage steam engines (always a favourite with the dads) and find out how things used to be at the Farm Museum. There are indoor and outdoor play areas for children, so don\u0026rsquo;t worry if there\u0026rsquo;s a shower during your visit (the animals certainly won\u0026rsquo;t) and you might even see a ferret race while you\u0026rsquo;re there (yes, really!).\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe park opens for the season during February and is open every day of the summer, so if you\u0026rsquo;re in the Exmouth area it\u0026rsquo;s a must. 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The attraction is crammed with rides, animals and characters to make for a whole day of family fun, and there are seasonal events to look out for too. 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? 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We\u0026rsquo;re talking scenic glasshouses, the Bicton Woodland Railway, a nature trail, maze, mini golf and a countryside museum \u0026ndash; so prepare to spend the day and leave full of ideas to spruce up your own garden when you get home...\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eBicton Park Botanical Gardens include plants from all over the world, and they span 300 years. The park is home to the Italian Garden, the American and Stream Gardens, the Mediterranean and Rose Gardens, the Fernery and Shell House, the Hermitage Garden and the Pinetum and the Arboretum. Bicton Park is well known for its rare and many trees (there are over 1000), and many of the 300 species are endangered in the wild. 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This unspoilt forest is safe, quiet and scenic and it\u0026rsquo;s ideal for riders of all levels. As well as cycle paths, walking trails and family play areas, the park is also home to a picturesque riding trail that connects with the trails along Buller\u0026rsquo;s Hill too.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe trails include a stretch of a quarter of a mile for galloping, and the forest park is one of those special places that will leave you feeling refreshed and relaxed almost as soon as you discover it. Feel free to bring your dog along to the forest park too, but it\u0026rsquo;s important to stick to the designated riding trails. One of the nice things about riding the Harcombe Riding Trails is that they\u0026rsquo;re constantly worked on by Haldon4Horses, an enthusiastic group who dedicate their time to ensuring that access is easy, signs are clear and all other potential riding issues are kept at bay.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eParking won\u0026rsquo;t be a problem either, Harcombe Riding Trails include their own car park, and riders are welcome to make use of the Harcombe horse box park and access the trails nearby. This car park is free of charge, so please use this one instead of the main pay and display one at Haldon Gateway. 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