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Sunday, May 24, 2009

Sidwell Street Market

Sidwell Street Market in Exeter is an open air street market, specializing in clothes, bags, food and plants. Sidwell Street market is open from Monday to Saturday 8.30am to 4.30pm.

Sidwell Street Market

Sidwell Street Market is helds on the pavement adjacent to Sidwell Street between Paris Street and Cheeke Street in Exeter City centre, north east of Exeter High Street. Keep walking away from the river up the hill from the High Street and you will see the market.

Trading licences are granted for one or two pitches for quarterly periods up to 12 months in total by Exeter Council.

Fees for licences for Sidwell Street pitches are revised annually on 1st April each year, and the fee for a three month licence is presently 660GBP. Our friends Devonshire-deli.com are in residence with some excellent local cheeses.


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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Shaldon Cottages

Whitewashed cottages, rose gardens, tidy streets - these beautiful terraced houses are in the village of Shaldon across the estuary from Teignmouth.

Shaldon Cottages

© David Beech

Shaldon has some historic buildings, good pubs and excellent places to stay including hotels and B&Bs. Connected by bus and train to both Torquay and Exeter, Shaldon is an excellent place to spend a holiday in Devon.

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Monday, May 11, 2009

Holidays in Devon

The credit crunch, the weak Pound and a forecast of warm weather this summer are fueling a British holiday boom.

Holidays in Devon, Teignmouth Pier

Predictions are for a 20% rise in British holidays this year as Britons foresake the beaches of Spain and Portugal for the delights of the Devon coastline and the Scottish Highlands. However a bumper summer means more traffic on the roads and more problems booking hotels.

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Sunday, May 10, 2009

Powderham Castle

Powderham Castle, located in the Exe Estuary south of Exeter, is one of the south west's finest castles, up there along with the so-called "last castle built in England," Castle Drogo.

Powderham Castle has a much longer history than Castle Drogo and dates originally from 1391. Built by Sir Philip Courtenay, today it belongs to the 18th Earl of Devon so the house has been in the hands of the Courtenay family since the start.

Powderham Castle

Only one of the original six towers of the castle remains from the 14th century and the building has been much altered, damaged and restored over the ages. Powderham suffered substantial damage during the English Civil War (1642-1646) but was considerably restored and remodeled during the Georgian (1702-1837) and Victorian periods. The present gothic style castle owes much to the work of the Victorian architect, Charles Fowler.

Powderham Castle

Powderham Castle offers one-hour guided tours, a gallery, gift shop, tea room and a deer park. The castle rooms may also be hired for wedding receptions and as a film location.

Powderham Castle is off the A379 to Starcross near the village of Kenton.

Powderham Castle
Tel: 01626 890243
Opening hours: 11.00am to 4.30pm
April 5-October 30; Sunday - Friday (closed Saturday)

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