Our Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has so much more going on than just good looks...
Winter The weather doesn't stop things happening down here! For starters people come from all over to witness the tradition of Tar Barrels that goes on in Ottery St. Mary itself. On the 5th November residents of Ottery of different ages take turns carrying a flaming barrel of tar on their backs through the town centre. It is a tradition going back hundreds of years and something the town is very proud of (there is even a locally made gin named after it). The Stable is a comfortable walking distance from the heart of the festivities and the main car park used is located at Otter Nurseries. You can't help but find yourselves caught up in the buzz of the crowd walking in together. For more information follow the link
There are plenty of East Devon places that need to be on your Christmas experience to do list here are our favourites;
Christmas lights at Killerton House
Exeter Christmas Market
The Polar Express tram ride in Seaton
Cotley Farm -Whimple
Christmas shows and pantomimes at the Northcott and Barnfield Theatre Exeter
Exeter Winter wonderland
Spring Spring around here can't help but feed your soul. The wildflowers burst from all the banks, migrating birds fill the sky and their song fills your ears. The fields opposite The stable are host to new lambs and if the magic of nature isn't enough for you there is also plenty to do... Walk on the beach- It's a typically quiet time of year to head there and dogs are still allowed on most beaches without restrictions until 1st April. Visit Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter - Frequently updating their wonderful exhibitions. Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival weekend- Great fun for all ages hosting fabulous authors and creative workshops.
Summer Pixie Day- Another fantastically quirky Ottery St. Mary tradition. Beginning with a fair in the afternoon full of games, pet shows and food stalls. Later, the children of the town dressed up as pixies re-enact the local folk story of the town pixies chasing the bell ringers and capturing them in the "Pixie Parlour". The end of Pixie Day is signified by the bell ringers escaping. It is pure joy to witness and be part of. It is normally held on a Saturday close to Midsummer's Day. Sidmouth Folk Festival- Bridging the last days of July and first few of August folk music, folk activities and folk values take over Sidmouth for a whole week. It listen to incredible bands, witness talented artists and street performers.Many of the hotels and resturants play host to music workshops for all different abilities. The enitre town is part of it with something to discover around every corner. Outdoor cinema at Powderham Castle Beautiful Days Festival- 3 Day family friendly music festival held on the grounds of Escot which is just a 9min drive or 3mile walk away from The Stable. It remains proudly unsponsered and independant and is now looking at it's 20th year. Attracting bands such as The Specials, Maximo Park, Skunk Anansie and other great artists.
Autumn Festivals don't stop in summer but they do turn quite food oriented.... Ottery St Mary Families and Food Festival - At the beginning of September it's a not for profit festival. It is run by the community and celebrates local produce and local talent. In past years there have been live demos, live music and shopping opportunities.