Date for the Diary: Farm & Food Tour across Exmoor

Join Shaun and Daphne for a scenic drive across the moors in a LandRover to a remote hill farm for a tour of the farm with the farmers who will show you their free range pork, Dexter cattle, dairy goats and alpacas. You are then invited into the traditional farmhouse for refreshments and tastings of the delicious food they produce, followed by a demonstration of alpaca wool spinning.

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Depart Luccombe 1.30 pm, transport provided.  
Return to Luccombe approx. 5.00 pm
West Country Farm & Food Tours
When we talk to people about our business, we often receive comments relating to our enthusiasm and passion. We thought you might like to know why we do what we do.

1) We get a kick out of the facial expressions of our tour guests when they learn something new or taste something delicious. We enjoy receiving feedback from our host farmers and food producers – especially when they’ve opened someone’s eyes to something they didn’t know existed. Seeing our group purchase produce direct from its source knowing they will enjoy eating it later really makes us smile.

2) We get to spend the day travelling around the stunning countryside of the West Country, pootling along country lanes and visiting locations that are often not open to the general public – heaven! For our guests who dont know the area or who dont like narrow lanes with high hedges, we take away the stress of reversing or getting lost and replace it with comfort, companionship and commentary.

3) Food. We like food – especially locally produced food. One of the most important elements of a day out with us is our lunch stop. Sometimes we will head to a café, tea room or pub, other times one of our host food producers will provide a light lunch at their location. We can also make use of suppliers to create yummy picnics that we can enjoy wherever we choose.

4) We see ourselves as a link bringing together suppliers (farmers and food producers) and consumers (our tour guests). We might visit a farm to learn about their beef production, but our guests will leave knowing there are idyllic holiday cottages and a camp site there too. Our group will learn where products can be purchased in the future too, such as local farmers markets or on line.

5) Our transport is provided by local community transport groups for which we pay a commercial rate. This enables them to use the money to support the vital community based work they often struggle to fund. We make sure we treat the drivers properly too – they come on the visits and enjoy lunch with us.

6) Children are indeed the future, and we want to give them a taste of our tours too. Already some of our tour guests have given us a contribution to our education fund, and some of our host farmers have insisted on giving their fee to the cause. Our aim is to be able to provide local schools with a taste of West Country Farm and Food Tours.

Date for the Diary: One Day on Exmoor – 25 May 2015

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On Bank Holiday Monday, 25 May 2015, we want you to record what you are doing on Exmoor that day.  

Whether you are out walking the dog, go rock climbing, put your toe into the sea, have a cream tea or just dig over the garden – take a photo (or more) and send them to us.  As we are quite a nosey lot, we are also keen on hearing from you. This can be a short paragraph – a bit like a “Dear Diary” entry – or a longer account*. You an also send us a video or do a voice recording.

We will collate all the entries and send them on to the country archives.

All photos and stories will be published here on the Exmoor4all blog. We are also hoping to publish a photobook.  All fingers crossed, there’ll be a public screening of the photos during the summer. Just watch this space!

You images and stories on Facebook www.facebook.com/Exmoor4all, send them via Twitter @Exmoor4all or email them to exmoor4all@gmail.com

We’re looking forward to lots and lots of photos and stories!

PS: This is NOT a competition, just a bit of fun – and a way to show the world how fab it is to spend a day on Exmoor!

  • No longer than 600 words, please!

Exmoor Club Card: Spring Offer – save more than 50%

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Our SPRING OFFER is only available for a few more days! Make sure you don’t miss out and get your club card now:  

Only £12.00 for a whole year of fantastic savings (instead of the usual £25.00) – what’s not to like!

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With the Easter holidays upon us and spring well on its way, it is a great time to explore all that Exmoor has to offer.  To make going out a bit more affordable we have set up the Exmoor Club which offers its members great savings across Exmoor.

Here are some examples of the discounts available:

2 for 1 admission at NT Knightshayes Court
20% discount – NT Selworthy Tea Room and Shop20% discount on selected activities at the Exmoor Owl and Hawk Centre
25% discount on web design (Edward Martin Computers)
40% discount on Archant publications like Somerset Life and Devon Life
15% discount at Exmoor Zoo
10% discount at West Somerset Railway
10% discount on Exmoor Safaris with Experience Exmoor
10% discount with Exmoor Adventures
10% discount at The Culbone
10% discount on selected activities at Calvert Trust Exmoor
£25.00 discount at the Yarn Market Hotel

For  a full list of deals and discounts go to www.exmoorclub.co.uk

 

Date for the Diary: Easter Family Activity Day at Calvert Trust Exmoor

Calvert Trust Exmoor Logo RGB SquareOn Friday 21st of April Calvert Trust Exmoor are holding a family activity day, open to everyone with or without a disability, for just £2 per activity, or 6 activities for £10.

Drop in anytime from 9:30am – 2pm to enjoy various activities including archery, giant swing, abseil, climbing and carriage rides. (Activities will start at 10am and be available until 3pm; last admission for new visitors will be 2pm).

Refreshments and snacks are available on site, or why not bring lunch and enjoy a picnic beside beautiful Wistlandpound reservoir?

Rob Lott, Head of Communications at Calvert Trust Exmoor; “It’s very exciting to be opening up our great activities to our local community again this year. We ran two open days in 2013 and they proved to be really popular; so much so we are planning three open days this year. Please come along to enjoy a fun day out with us and get a taste of ‘The Calvert Experience’.”

New for this year, if you want to you can pre-book your activities by emailing exmoor@calvert-trust.org.uk in advance of the open day.

To find out more why not visit the Calvert Trust website on http://www.calvert-trust.org.uk/dropIn or phone 01598 763221. The Trust will also be running two further open days later in the year, on Friday 29th August and Friday 31st October.

 

Notes:
Calvert Trust Exmoor is the South West’s premier holiday destination for people with disabilities, and the only 5 star accredited activity accommodation in the country. We welcome over 3,700 residential guests and 5000 day visitors a year with the philosophy of “At Calvert Trust Exmoor it’s what you CAN do that counts”. This sums up our approach to what we do, we help people of all levels of ability to fulfill their potential and be all that they can be.

Calvert Trust Exmoor is the third Calvert Trust Centre. It was opened in 1996 to offer people with physical, sensory and learning disabilities – and their friends and families – the chance to achieve their potential through the challenge of outdoor adventure.

Web: http://www.calvert-trust.org.uk/exmoor
Blog: http://pilgrims-progress-exmoor.blogspot.co.uk/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CTExmoor
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/calvertexmoor
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/CalvertTrustExmoorUK
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