Off-Road Bike ride, Porlock Marsh to Porlock Weir. Stunning Scenery around these parts. The Incoming Tide was almost Orange when it hit the Beach! A welcome Cappuccino was waiting for me at the Terrace Bar, Porlock Weir Hotel. Almost Mediterranean, looking towards the Harbour.Percy Hill, 13 June 2022
A new competition is open for children between 4 and 13 to find, recreate and celebrate their favourite tree.
Ema from Wild Wellies ( Tales & Treasures!) & Kerrie from Threeatop Woodland services have come together to bring you their ‘My Favourite Tree’ competition. With their love of trees, they have a combined passion to share their knowledge through fun and education. This time they want to encourage a child to find, recreate and celebrate their favourite tree thus allowing a door to be opened to observe, care and create a connection to a a specific tree their favourite tree.
For further info, please contact Ema at email@example.com
Ken Sellick first created the wildflower meadow on his farm near Stogumber, Somerset five years ago, after his crop was eaten by wildlife, and invited people to pay it a visit through some local ads.
In 2021, proceeds go to Macmillan. Have you been there yet?
These photos were taken by Rachel Thresher.
From Hawkridge to Tarr Steps. Photos by Caroline Dodd.
“Some epic downpours today on Exmoor. Jack is going to start gentle walks again over the next few days to see how he progresses. These pictures were from this morning on a drive across Molland and Anstey Commons. Beautiful colours of Autumn starting to show and dramatic skies.”
Sarah Hailstone, 09 October 2019
You can follow Sarah’s and Jack’s adventures on Exmoor on their Facebook page.
Exmoor theatre company, Pleasure Dome, are set to be the first to stage an open air theatre production at the Valley of the Rocks near Lynton. In order to fund the production, Pleasure Dome have launched a crowdfunding campaign and so are calling upon the support of the local community.
This summer, Pleasure Dome Theatre Company, will bring open-air entertainment to both the community and holiday makers alike, by staging a production of Macbeth to mark the year of Shakespeare’s 400th birthday. This production will be the start of a seasonal programme of outdoor entertainment consisting of classical theatre, opera and modern productions situated in the stunning surroundings of the Valley of the Rocks.
“We are an artistic collective who aim to utilise the dramatic and beautiful scenery of The Valley of The Rocks near Lynton, making Exmoor a cultural destination as well as a tourist hub. We provide outreach programmes and will offer local opportunities to work within a professional company to aspiring youngsters and enthusiastic older members of the locale alike.”
“I decided to found Pleasure Dome in 2015 after a lifetime of thinking someone should do some theatre at The Valley of the Rocks. I spent my early summers scrambling up and down it’s weaving pathways and peering out to sea. I always thought it was an otherworldly and magical location, somewhere not quite of this planet, a place where the sea meets the sky, a place where imagination meets reality, and I can think of nowhere more fitting to perform in. ”
To buy tickets to Macbeth, or to become a patron of the company, visit http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/new-open-air-theatre-in-the-valley-of-the-rocks
To find out more about the production and the cast, please go to www.pleasuredometheatrecompany.com
Macbeth will run from the 2nd-20th of August at 7:30 (with no show on Mondays) and 3:00 Sunday matinees.
NEWS FROM EXMOOR NATIONAL PARK
A free, fun family adventure day for all ages around Simonsbath and Blackpitts, Exmoor National Park
“I held my first glow worm”; “Amazing fun, very informative”; “fantastic free event”; “lots of muddy but happy people”
This ‘drop in’ event will feature the Bogstacle course, stream dipping, live bats, the opportunity to visit one of the South West’s last remaining operational water powered sawmills, and lots more all-weather and undercover activities. There is something for everyone! Entrance is free, although some activities may request a small charge. There are toilet facilities and food available on site – parking at Simonsbath, follow the Bogtastic signs.
Held during UK National Park’s Week and in the month of International Bog Day, Bogtastic is the South West’s biggest and best bog festival celebrating the special qualities of Exmoor’s bogs, heritage and wildlife. Over 400 people attended last year!
The UK has 20% of the World’s blanket bog and Exmoor is fortunate to have some of this rare and fascinating habitat. This unique and internationally important landscape is often considered to be the UK’s equivalent of Brazil’s exotic rainforest. Not only is it home to numerous endangered species and a carnivorous plant, the sundew; it naturally stores carbon dioxide and water.
Exmoor National Park ‘has some of the finest and unique examples of bogs in the UK. Bogtastic is a festival of fun and learning – a great opportunity to learn more about this special landscape and Exmoor’s amazing wildlife and heritage’ Morag Angus (Exmoor Mires Partnership).
Bogtastic coordinator Lucy McQuillan says: ‘Bogtastic is great fun for all ages so do come and join in the fun, please wear outdoor clothing, wellies and bring spare clothes.”
For further information on Bogtastic please contact: Lynmouth National Park Centre on 01598 752509. If you’d like volunteer at this event please contact Patrick Watts-Mabbot on 07973 727469|
or visit www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk
or the Facebook page www.tinyurl.com/bogtastic16. #Bogtastic16.
Following on from last year’s successful event which was attended by more than 400 people, Bogtastic 2016 takes place on Tuesday 26th July from 10am to 4pm in and around Simonsbath.
This free family event is a fun adventure day celebrating Exmoor’s wildlife, moorland and heritage with many activities and displays. In Simonsbath, the River Barle flows past the historic water-powered sawmill, under the old stone bridge and by a meadow, along a beautiful moorland valley. Here you can play games and go stream dipping to find out about the river’s wildlife – fish, otters, birds, bats and creatures you’ve never seen – it’s a great place for a picnic too. Take a minibus up the hill to where the sky larks sing at Blackpitts and explore the bogs full of multi-coloured mosses.
Held during UK National Park’s Week, Bogtastic is the South West’s biggest and best bog festival. This ‘drop in’ event will feature the Bogstacle course, live bats, the opportunity to visit one of the South West’s last remaining operational water powered sawmills, and lots more all-weather and undercover activities. There is something for everyone! It is free entry, with toilets and food on site and locally. Bring your wellington boots and dress for any weather – there is shelter in case it tries to rain.
See you at the welcome tent!
Entrance is free, although some activities may request a small charge. For further information on Bogtastic please contact: Lynmouth National Park Centre on 01598 752509 or visit www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk or the facebook page.